Since my boy is still being desensitised to the dremel and hates the clippers, I stuck a piece of 80 grit sand paper to a block of wood and hand filed his claws. I do this in exchange for breakfast every day and his claws look great !
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Brilliant indeed! I'm going to give this a try I've long since given up on taking my older V to the groomers to have his nails clipped, he just doesn't trust them. We've made good progress with me clipping his nails, but he still fusses. I had a groomer suggest a nail file to me, but the file wasn't abrasive enough. I never considered sand paper!
Perhaps stupid question, but is an emery board different from a nail file? I tried a nail file I have on hand that has 3 different grits. I don't think it was abrasive enough for my guys nails. Would it be more abrasive?
When I think of nail files, I think of metal ones, but I wasn't thinking you can also call emery boards nail files. I pictured the really coarse ones that basically look like sandpaper glued to popsicle sticks. The only advantage it might have over sandpaper is a more convenient shape. I found these 60 grit ones and there is even a review from someone who uses them on her dogs' nails. Like you she found every other nail file useless.
A couple years ago, I read about someone training their dog to scratch a board on which they had put adhesive backed non-slip tread, like you would put on stairs or in a factory. I made the board and clicker trained Scout and my sister's dachshund mix to scratch it. The dachshund got the idea, but of course that digging motion is instinctual. Scout on the other hand tended to slap the board more than scratch. Sandpaper would have worked better than the tread, but I scrapped that idea.
there is a lot of good stuff in this thread, very appreciative. I used to try a sturdy nail file, which I stole from my wife, but for numerous reasons had to stop that one. I'm going to try the sand paper idea though, get him used to that. My fingers are crossed