I confess. I love power tools.*
*Except circular saws. I am irrationally terrified of circular saws. Jigsaw = useful tool. Chop saw = useful tool. Circular saw = scary instrument of horror straight out of a nightmare.
Anyway... I love power tools. I don't often blog about them because I'm not sure my readers share my enthusiasm for drills or pneumatic pin nailers. ;) However, I'm going to write a review of my latest tool purchase as it might be of interest to anyone with a pet.
I always had to take my previous dog to the groomer for nail trims. Her nails were thick and black, and I was afraid I would cut one into the quick. I'd be nervous, which made her nervous... the whole ordeal was just too unpleasant.
I was determined to handle things better with the two dogs I recently adopted. Filing their nails wouldn't make me as nervous as clipping them, so I followed that path. Research showed a couple of options: a pet nail grinder or a rotary tool with a sanding drum. Naturally, I chose the latter. Why buy a grooming implement when I can buy a power tool that serves the same function plus many more? :)
I chose the Dremel Micro.
I love it! It is small, lightweight, and easy to hold. It has a nifty charger stand so it's convenient and ready to go when I need it. And it's quiet. On the lowest setting, which is what I use for the dogs' nails, it's barely as loud as my electric toothbrush.
Okay, so it doesn't take much to sell me on a multi-function power tool. ;) The real question is: How do the dogs like it? More specifically, how does fearful Nook like it?
Nook is afraid of EVERYTHING. Not just the usual suspects of fireworks and loud noises, but anything and everything new. Set an object on the floor, and she reacts like a monster was released into the room.
So of course, she was scared of the Dremel initially, even before I turned it on. But with patience and lots of reassurance, I managed to convince her it wasn't a monster. Then I managed to convince her to sit still for a couple of minutes and let me file a few of her nails. Now, after a couple more sessions, she isn't the least bit afraid. I did all of her nails this evening, and she didn't protest at all; in fact, she practically fell asleep.
I am absolutely thrilled! I will be able to maintain both dogs' nails with no fear and a minimum of effort. It truly is a huge relief.
Anyone else tried a Dremel or similar tool for their dog's nails?