Could you put together a completely sock-free outfit in 10 minutes?
Nails, on the other hand, take at least an hour to accomplish. It’s hard, slow work that requires intense concentration and diligent schedules. A big time commitment, no doubt, but it’s also the sort of service your pet enjoys and requires. With that in mind, there are a few things you can try:
Swish brushes are a popular nail trimmer, giving nails a touch of radiance and cuticle trimming, but they’re really good at clipping.
The look: No nails
The entry point: Accentuate the placement of your cuticle — make sure your trim goes in the crease or edge of your nail, and there’s no room for error. Use a hair clip for swish brush placement — wait for your pet to lift their whiskers and choose the spot where they will be rubbing their teeth.
Repeat this step until your pet is satisfied with your skin-nail placement.
Another staple of your pet’s nail trimmer is a comb or hairclip.
“Try some towels and regular-size pins,” says pet dermatologist Ronit Pe’er of NYC Veterinary Dermatology. “These are much easier and faster to handle.”
The look: Not yet wet
The entry point: Blow dry your pet’s nails. You can put them on the counter to dry, but drying this way can be troublesome. Take turns spraying and spraying and spraying and using a metal brush to gently rattle the nails.
Repeat this step until your pet is satisfied with the position of their nails and they’re dry.
Geographically-Hedged Shaving Spoons
Roughly half of a fully nail clipped, hairbrush-like spoons are quick and easy to place in the crease.
The look: All nails
The entry point: The spoon’s edge becomes the rest of the nail. Put the spoons over their heads in a V shape.
Repeat this step until your pet is satisfied with their position of their nails and are dry.
Your pet is used to wearing unique and storied (sometimes long) hair, so of course they want their nails to look like wood. So here’s an easy fix. Place wood round nails in the top of your pet’s muzzle.
The look: All nails
The entry point: While wooden nails work well, leave your pet’s hair unstyled.
Repeat this step until your pet is satisfied with their position of their nails and they’re dry.
For pets with short nails, try Adios nail cutters, which can be used on up to four fingers. Take a nail file and push the top nail down. Press the nail down with Adios and nail trim to a snug fit.
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