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Dremel - does fur get caught?

Hi all,

I have a 4 month old Havanese, and I have been wanting to Dremel his nails. I have the Dremel and his breeder socialized him to the Dremel before he came home-- he had his nails dremelled 6 times by the breeder.

But his feet are so hairy, even with grooming, that I am scared of ripping out some foot hair in the process and causing him pain. Especially because he is still a puppy and pretty wiggly for regular toenail trims (which is what I've been doing).

Just wondering if anyone has dremelling experiences they can share ... Do you have trouble avoiding foot hair? If you hit the hair, is it a terrible experience for the dog? Maybe it will be easier than I think? Maybe it really is hard? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks!
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I know you have to hold back the hair and just be very careful. Itís awesome thatís heís already had experience with it!

I didnít buy a dremmel until my puppy was almost a year old and heíd been to the groomer for his nails many times. I was really careful to introduce it slowly, let him come to it, and I used lots of treats. The second it touches his nail he flinches, starts thrashing, and gets that wild look in his eyes. I couldnít find anything to distract him and I didnít feel like I could safely even do it for a second and increase the time. Iím sure someone more experienced could work through it with him. I know Iíve read forum members whoíve had rough experiences with nail grinders and worked through them.

I would maybe work on trimming his feet. Even if you donít groom at home, itís really helpful to be able to trim his feet yourself. If heís comfortable with the dremmel heíll probably be comfortable with a trimmer, and youíll have better access to trim his nails. Mine starts sliding on our hard floors just two weeks after a haircut.

One of my biggest regrets is that I didnít handle my puppyís feet more from the beginning. Generally heís really good about grooming but I need help from my husband to trim his feet or it takes all day. There are lots of videos on how to trim feet, but in the meantime I would handle his feet every day. I knew my puppy didnít like it and I was too hesitant about it instead of gradually increasing how much I handled his feet.

Somewhere here on the forum I read that instead of cutting or grinding nails you can swipe them with a regular nail file. I donít remember exactly the frequency? Iíll see if I can find the thread.
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This thread helped me even after I had been doing his feet for quite a while.

https://www.havaneseforum.com/9-groo...ing-video.html
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There is a definite technique to doing it safely. The first time I tried, I got Kodi's mustache caught in it scared both of us to death and didn't use it for another two years! Then I had a professional groomer teach me how to do it right, and now it's a piece of cake. It's easiest on a dog wet from the bath, so the hair is NOT so fluffy. But that's true of using nail clippers too.


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We started early with the pet Dremel, hoping to socialize Mochi to it, but we failed. Mochi's hair got caught one or twice so we stopped using it. Fortunately, the Dremel didn't pull any hair out, but it was scary. I think the Dremel is too big for their small paws. I've seen smaller pet filers that have a guard that may work better.

We are back to a human nail file and Millers Forge nail clippers.
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We started early with the pet Dremel, hoping to socialize Mochi to it, but we failed. Mochi's hair got caught one or twice so we stopped using it. Fortunately, the Dremel didn't pull any hair out, but it was scary. I think the Dremel is too big for their small paws. I've seen smaller pet filers that have a guard that may work better.

We are back to a human nail file and Millers Forge nail clippers.
It has nothing to do with the size. The Dremel I use, and that my groomer taught me to use, is an ordinary, non-pet, hardware store type Dremel, and it works absolutely fine, even on puppy feet. Itís a matter of knowing how to position and hold both the dog (most important) and the Dremel correctly. Which is why I really suggest having a professional (or someone very familiar with doing it) teach you how in person. I donít know how it can be done on the internet. But when you know how to do it, it is very easy, very fast and totally painless.
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Wow, that wasn't very nice. Guess you could do anything if you had professional teach you to do it correctly and when you do it the right way.
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Wow, that wasn't very nice. Guess you could do anything if you had professional teach you to do it correctly and when you do it the right way.
I think you misinterpreted the response if you thought it was mean. Please consider re-reading the post assuming the response is genuinely intended to help, not as a direct criticism. Lately simple disagreements have been misinterpreted and Iíd hate to see it happen again.

I had trouble with the dremel when it came to my dog and I had planned and prepared - and Iím comfortable with rotary tools because I use a dremel all of the time for artwork. Personally I think trimmers and clippers have a learning curve, too, and all of those things can be overwhelming for someone with a new puppy. I did have a groomer offer to show me how to do a couple things but she was at lunch when I picked up my dog so it didnít work out. I think there are groomers out there who love to share what they know and would take a minute to demonstrate as long as it isnít when everyone is picking up their dogs at the end of the day. Itís worth asking if someone wants to learn to dremel. Nothing wrong with using something else, too. I will probably end up paying for nail trims for life since Iím a little traumatized over making our Hav fear nail grinding!
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I second what EvaE1izabeth said. Karen is always willing to help other forum members with their concerns. She is clear and no-nonsense. I remember feeling a bit intimidated by her when I first joined the forum, but now I know that she would do anything to help any dog anywhere, and I am always grateful for her advice.

Regarding dremels, I am too nervous to do anything to Shama's nails. When she was really little, I think I clipped them once. Now the groomer does them every five weeks or so. That said, I certainly do admire the forum members who figure out how to do their dog's nails, regardless of the method.

How is it going, Zenith360?

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Going back into not bothering to answer mode. Itís just not worth it. Iíll post frivolous newsy items about my dogs, since thats all new people seem to be able to handle.
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