There are alternatives to using clippers to cut your dog nails which include nail files and Dremel type tools. Dogs that are active outside and are frequently on hard terrain or able to dig often do not need their nails shortened as often as dogs that do not have outdoor access.
Guillotine Clippers Taking too much off the end can cause injury. On the other hand, many pet-owners find this option to be easier than the scissors, and they are better suited for small to medium-sized pups. They are also less likely to break or splinter your pet's claws if they have brittle paw points.
'Guillotine' nail clippers have a stationary blade (usually a hole or 'ring' shape) and one moving one (the 'guillotine') which slices the nail when you squeeze the handles. They make a straight cut, which can be really handy to avoid making your dog's nail bleed.
Guillotine clippers cut with less force than is needed with plier-style clippers, but they aren't as strong so don't choose these for dogs with very large nails or very thick nails. They work best on dogs with small or medium-size nails (they are also great for cats).
Smart Clippers for Sharp Nails Flat clippers for human nails aren't just the wrong shape for your dog, they more easily hurt and damage your dog's nails. Guillotine clippers are the perfect size and shape to cleanly cut through a dog's nail.
Generally, dual-blade clippers are a better choice for large-breed dogs with thick, hard-to-cut nails, while guillotine-style clippers make for quick and easy slices for small to medium-sized dogs.
Open the clippers. Place a fingernail between the two cutting blades that face each other. You'll squeeze the upper lever and the lower parts together to clip the edge of the nail off.
Can I Trim My Acrylic Nails? Good news: you can shorten your acrylic nails using an e-File or a course file. However, you cannot trim them. If you trim your acrylic nails with a clipper, it will crack the acrylic and the nail will not clip off evenly.
When you don't have a nail file
A high-quality dog nail clipper that is properly maintained and sharpened can last several years. However, cheaper, less sturdy clippers will need to be replaced more frequently. Additionally, depending on how many dogs you have in your household also matters. I have four dogs, so my clippers wear down a lot faster.
In general, high quality dog nail clippers should be able to last at least a year or two without needing to be replaced if they are properly maintained. This includes wiping them after each use with oil and storing them in a dry location.
The first thing you'll need to do is grip your dog's toe between your thumb and middle finger. Apply a bit of gentle pressure but not too much because you don't want to hurt your pup. Then, slowly begin shaving small portions of the nail using your clippers. Never cut side to side – Always cut top to bottom.
While straight-edge nail clippers are typically used to give nails a quick trim, Diagonal Nail Clippers ($6), or angled nail clippers, can be used to snip away dry skin in the corners of the nails.