We trim our dogs nails with a generic clipper about every two weeks or so. And their nails do wear down naturally when we go for walks or go to the park. But they are mostly inside dogs. Neither Paul nor I have a large enough fenced in yard for both of them to be out much durring the day. And we also prefer them inside with us when we are home. (Both dogs are crate trained when we need to go to work). So their nails do not get as much wear and tear as an outside dogs would.
In the past, when trimming their nails with the clipper, they would end up getting cut into a sharp angle. But there was really nothing else we could do about the edges of their nails becoming sharp. Even if we angle the clippers straight up and down, the edges were still really sharp. I had seen commercials on TV for the Pedi Paw, and I figured it was much like all "As Seen On TV" products. I imagined it would be flimsy, hard to use, or wouldn't work at all. So I never bothered to look into it.
But one afternoon when Paul went to restock our supply dog food/treats/etc. he happened upon a display for the Pedi Paw in Petsmart. I am usually the one who clips the dogs nails (Paul helps me hold them still) and he remembered me always complaining about how sharp the dog's nails get after a trim. So being the thoughtfully sweet guy that he is, he picked one up and brought it home.
After presenting me with the Pedi Paw I was still a little skeptical, but now we had one, and I had no excuse not to at least try it out. So I did, and I must tell you dear readers, that I was pleasantly surprised! After putting in the C batteries and reading the rest of the instructions I decided I'd give it a try. I started with Axle, since he is the least fussy when it comes to nail trimming. He sat nicely for me as I first let him listen to the sound that the rotary grinder made. Its a quiet humming sound, that Axle didn't display too much intrest in. So I asked him for his paw and set out filing down one of his nails. ( I had clipped their nails a few days prior, so they were already a little short.) Here are Axle's nails afterwards!
Clover's nails were a little more difficult to file down. She is only 11 months old, so she is still a squirmy puppy. It was a little difficult to keep her nail placed in the guard, but after a few minutes of coaxing, she was finally able to sit still long enough for me to trim her front paws. This is a great tool, but may not be best of you have a squirmy puppy. Its much easier to use if your dog will sit still long enough for you to do it.
The only downside is the smell. The rotary grinder spins really quickly, and when you place that against your dogs nail (mostly made of protein) it will cause a lot of friction. This friction is what grinds the nail down, and causes heat. So the result is a burning smell. This is normal, but also a litte unpleasant If you are really bothered by the smell I recommend that you do this outside or in a well ventilated area. The smell goes away a few seconds after you stop grinding the nail down, so its not really that off-putting.
I'm really glad that Paul picked this little tool up for us, its easy to use and I am happy with how well it works. Plus the replacement grinders are really inexpensive (about $3.99 for 12 on Amazon). Now that we have the Pedi Paw I no longer have to worry abut getting scratched or stepped on. Its a great little tool to have.