If you have a pet with nails be it a dog, cat or whatever, you will end up with a scratch somewhere at some point in time. Hardwoods, tile and vinyl floors are great options for those of us with pets, but can end up scratched from their nails. Doors can also get scratched if they paw at them. My Doberman girl, Scarlett, gets very upset when the kids accidently leave her outside. She likes to stay wherever we are and will paw at the door if left alone. Cats can be de-clawed, but our dog babies cannot. I received a great tip from Scarlett’s breeder when she was a puppy that has helped us save our floors and doors.
Sand down her nails with an electric Dremel.
I know it seems crazy but it is a versatile tool that does a great job. Some dogs will not tolerate this, but if you can train them to do so, you’ll quickly see the benefits. Here are some tips to keep your dog safe and your floors unscratched.
1. Only sand or file down the tips. You don’t want to hit the dog’s quick as it will bleed and bleed. If you do end up hitting the quick, I find that applying a little cornstarch to the affected area and a small dab of coconut oil right after helps to stop the bleeding and aids in healing.
2. Start them out young, if you can. The longer a dog goes without trimming their nails, the longer the quick grows. This makes it difficult to get the nice short nails that won’t scratch your floors.
3. Put the Dremel on the lowest setting with a fine sanding bit. This will allow you to go slow and not scare your pup.
4. Put the dog on a leash while sanding their nails, so they can’t run off.
5. Give treats and lots of praise. Scarlett gets a treat after we finish each nail, which helps her fear factor.
6. Sand in the direction of the grain of their nail, which is usually in a downward motion, and never sand from underneath the nail.
Using the Dremel on your dog’s nails takes a bit of practice and getting use to, but after a little time, you’ll be a pro! I prefer the Dremel to some of the products out there marketed particularly to pet owners because the Dremel is more powerful and gets the job done quicker. This tool also comes with a better warranty. I also appreciate the different sanding bits, which can accommodate various nail thicknesses and breeds/size of dog. Nail trimmers can also be used to keep their nails short, but they intimidate me. I prefer using the Dremel, and I feel that the filing action is healthier for their nail bed rather than cutting. If this is a problem in your home, give the Dremel a try – just don’t forget the treats! Happy Designing!