Dremel is an American company that specializes in making rotary power tools. They produce a highly popular dog grooming tool known as “Dremel Dog Nail Grinder”.
In fact, Dremel Nail Grinder is extremely popular, that a lot of people call all dog nail grinders “Dremels”.
They’re much more efficient and easier to use than conventional nail clippers, making them an excellent alternative that many dog owners rely on.
In the following article, you’ll know how to use Dremel Dog Nail Grinder the right way to minimize all kinds of issues. Let’s dive in!
First up an overview video…
Note for Anxious Dogs – We cover how to calm your dog at the very end. Scroll down if you want that info.
Table of Contents
- Step 1: Know What to Expect
- Step 2: Get Your Dog Used to Dremel Dog Nail Grinder
- Step 3: Put Your Dog for Nail Grinding Position
- Step 4: Prepare Your Tools
- Step 6: Understand Your Dog’s Nail Anatomy
- Step 7: Start the Grinding
- Step 8: Avoid Common Mistakes
- Extra Step – Dealing with Anxious Dogs and Nail Grinding
- Wrap Up
Step 1: Know What to Expect
Dremel dog nail grinders are excellent tools that eliminate a lot of issues. However, they still have their drawbacks that you must be aware of. For example:
- They have a loud buzzing sound that you need to get your dog used to.
- Grinding the nails will produce an undesirable burning smell due to the high friction.
- You can still hit the dog’s quick if you aren’t careful enough.
- The dust of nails shouldn’t be inhaled, which is why it’s better to do the job outside.
Step 2: Get Your Dog Used to Dremel Dog Nail Grinder
Since your dog might still be frightened of the grinder, you need to make your pooch comfortable around it.
Before introducing the Dremel, hold your dog’s paws and massage the pads a little. Hold the nails
Make sure to give your dog treats and praise it while doing so to encourage your dogs to stay put. It’ll also link holding the paws to good things.
Once your dog is totally fine with holding its paws, hold the Dremel and allow your doggie to see it and sniff it.
Start the device from a far distance and let your dog get used to the sound. Keep the treats and praises flowing throughout the process to encourage your dog to tolerate the device.
Get the grinder close to the dog’s nails without touching them directly. Don’t rush the process, especially for the first time using the grinder.
Once the dog is almost indifferent to the nail grinder around its nails, you’ll be ready to start the process.
Step 3: Put Your Dog for Nail Grinding Position
To make sure that you use the Dremel properly, you need to put your dog in a comfortable position. Ideally, your dog should be lying down on its side while extending its legs for your.
This is also essential to avoid critical injuries, especially if your dog is extra-active. That’s why it’s recommended that you do the nail grinding when the dog is tired after a long day of play.
It’ll always be easier if you use another person’s help here, but you can do it alone as well.
Simply swathe your upper body over the dog firmly enough to keep it in position without hurting it.
This way, you’ll be able to hold the grinder in your dominant hand while restraining the dog’s limb with the other.
Step 4: Prepare Your Tools
Besides the Dremel, there are some additional tools that might help you get the job done easier. Make sure you keep these items around you.
If you have sensitive lungs, it’s advisable that you wear a protective facemask, so you don’t inhale the nail dust. Adding gloves is also optional.
If your dog has long hair, it can get stuck into the grinder’s roller and cause injuries. To avoid this, you can puncture a hole in an old stocking and pass the dog’s toe you’re grinding through.
Step 6: Understand Your Dog’s Nail Anatomy
Understanding your dog’s nail anatomy is your key to grind the dog’s nails without cutting into the dog’s quick.
The quick is a part of your dog’s nail that has a rich supply of nerves and blood vessels. Cutting through the quick can cause bleeding and lots of pain.
That’s why you need to spot the quick and work around it, leaving a distance of about 2 to 3 millimeters of the nail after the quick.
If your dog has light-colored nails, it’ll be easy to spot the reddish or pinkish quickly by sight. However, if your dog has dark nails, you won’t be able to see it.
In that case, you can ask a vet or a groomer to tell you how much to grind. If you don’t have access to either of them, working a bit by bit is your best bet.
If you hit the quick, you need to calm your dog down and give it some treats. If there’s bleeding, add styptic powder and leave it for two or three minutes until the bleeding stops.
Step 7: Start the Grinding
Dremel nail grinders are remarkably lightweight, so you’ll be able to hold it with one hand. You’ll find the blue power button on the main unit, swipe it to the right to start at the low-speed setting.
Simply, hold the dog’s nail and approach the grinding rotary bit towards the nail. Press gently until you hear sanding noise.
Make sure that you give your dog some treats for every nail or two that you’ve finished. Praising while working also helps the dog to stay put.
Step 8: Avoid Common Mistakes
One of the common mistakes that a lot of dog owners do while grinding is doing it all in one go. This makes the grinding bit overheat significantly.
As a result, the smell becomes too noticeable that it might freak your dog out. Instead, press for 2 to 4 seconds at a time and stop to allow the device to cool for 5 to 10 seconds.
Moreover, you should be aware that pressing too hard will stop the device, which is a good safety measure. A gentle press is more than enough to grind the excess nails away.
Extra Step – Dealing with Anxious Dogs and Nail Grinding
A lot of dogs hate nail trimming. Sometimes you can switch to nail grinding and that’s easier on them. Some, like my chihuahua hate it even more.
This video shows you how to combine nail grinding with dogs that have been e-collar trained. You can learn more about e-collars here.
Here’s another method for training fearful or aggressive dogs on nail grinding.
There you have it. A complete guide that shows you every step of the way on how to use Dremel dog nail grinder.
The process mainly depends on reassuring your dog and making it comfortable around the grinder. With time, you’ll notice that your dog doesn’t like it, but it can still tolerate it.
By keeping a regular schedule of weekly nail grinding, the session will be even easier and quicker!