Best Dog Nail Clippers and Grinders*

Help keep your canine’s nails strong, healthy and at the ideal length with some of the best dog nail clippers, grinders and files.

 
 

Pet parent faves

Help create a positive nail-clipping experience with some of the best dog nail clippers and other nail care equipment most popular with Petco pet parent customers.

Miller Forge Pet Nail Clipper

Miller

Forge Pet Nail Clipper

Simple and excellent value for the price, this plier-style dog nail clipper is made with heat-treated steel to hold up against even the toughest nails. Choose the right size clipper for your dog and help keep your pet’s nails short and healthy.

Features:
  • Available in 2 sizes: 5-inches and 6.5-inches
  • Plier-style dog nail clippers help keep nails short
  • Heat-treated steel

Well & Good Stainless Steel Nail Clippers for Large Dogs

Well & Good

Stainless Steel Nail Clippers for Large Dogs

Some consider this to be one of the best large dog nail clippers. These Well & Good clippers are made from heavy-duty stainless steel that can quickly and effectively cut through your big dog’s tough nails. The ergonomic rubber safety grip helps prevent slipping so you can achieve a precise cut.

Features:
  • Available in one size
  • Heavy-duty stainless-steel blades designed for easy, painless trimming and a precise cut
  • Ergonomic rubber safety grip

Wahl Classic Nail Grinder

Wahl

Classic Nail Grinder

A popular dog nail grinder, this Wahl model is effective and offers great value for the price. The battery-operated nail grinder allows you to trim, shape and smooth your pet’s nail. This model includes a safety-cap that can help prevent over-trimming and reduce dust. This grinder is best for small- and medium-sized dogs, and it’s made with a quiet design, making it a good option for noise-sensitive pets.

Features:
  • Available in one size
  • Powerful battery-operated nail smoother designed for easier at-home grooming
  • Ideal for trimming and shaping pet’s nails and smoothing rough nails on small to medium dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and birds
  • Includes safety-cap and safety-stop features to help reduce dust and prevent over-trimming
  • Quiet design for noise-sensitive pets

Wahl Premium Nail Filer

Wahl

Premium Nail Filer

If you’re looking for a more professional nail care experience for your dog, try one of our best dog nail grinders. This Wahl model lets you trim your dog’s nails as well as shape, file and smooth them for a more natural result. This model includes 6 sanding bands so you can choose the perfect option for your pet. A mini spotlight on the top of the grinder makes it easier for you to work.

Features:
  • Available in one size
  • Designed to help preserve your pet’s natural nail by shaping and smoothing gently
  • Ideal for trimming and shaping pet’s nails and smoothing rough nails on small to medium dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and birds
  • Mini spotlight brightens up the nail area for greater visibility
  • Battery operated nail smoother
  • 2-AA batteries included

Well & Good Blue Nail Clippers for Dogs

Well & Good

Blue Nail Clippers for Dogs

Excellent value and effective, these Well & Good dog nail clippers can help ensure your pet’s nails never get too long. The clippers include a no-slip handle so you can get the job done fast. The stainless steel, round-tip clippers help give you a precise cut while avoiding your dog getting snagged.

Features:
  • Available in one size
  • Fun blue color
  • Stainless steel, round-tip clippers for precise cutting
  • Helps avoid snags
  • No-slip handle
  • All life stages

Millers Forge Guillotine Style Pet Nail Trimmer

Millers

Forge Guillotine Style Pet Nail Trimmer

This dog nail clipper is made with a high carbon steel blade that is heat-treated for sharpness. This makes it easier for you to clip your pet’s nails quickly and precisely. The sure-grip handles help prevent slipping, and the clipper comes with a replacement blade for even more future trims.

Features:
  • Available in one size
  • Sure-grip handle for precision and comfort
  • A high carbon steel blade is heat-treated for sharpness
  • Fast change blade allows for sharpening
  • This nail clipper set includes a bonus replacement blade

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Learn More About Dog Nail Clippers and Grinders

Clipping your dog’s nails on a regular basis isn’t just a good grooming habit. It can actually help prevent painful splits or breaks that can make walking uncomfortable. Some pet parents are unsure about trimming or clipping their pet’s nails, but you can help make this an easy and stress-free process for you and your pet with practice and patience. Here are some steps to follow to incorporate into your nail care routine:


  • Get your dog used to the idea of having their nails trimmed
    Touch their feet and nails regularly so they get comfortable with the sensation.

  • Get suitable dog nail clippers
    You can choose scissor clippers or guillotine clippers. Either option works, and it’s up to your preference.

  • Get set up
    When it’s time to trim your pet’s nails, make sure you have your clippers, a towel and treats ready. Hold your dog’s paw in your non-dominant hand and spread their toes. If your dog has long fur, you may need to push it back to see the nails properly.

  • Get started
    Clip each nail at a 45-degree angle away from the paw. Scissor clippers work just like normal scissors. Make sure to position the scissors around the nail before squeezing the handles to make the cut. Using a guillotine clipper, move your dog’s nail through the hole. Find the right position and then squeeze the handles. You’ll need to squeeze a little harder if you have a big dog with tough nails.

  • Use caution
    Don’t forget to check to see if your dog has a dewclaw or fifth digit and nail toward the wrist. Dewclaws need to be trimmed just like your dog’s other claws, so they don’t snag on things. When clipping, looking for the pink line that runs up your dog’s nail from the base. This is the quick, and you want to avoid it. Cutting the nail too short will often cause pain and bleeding. It can be difficult or impossible to see the quick in dark-colored nails. Turn your dog’s paw over and observe where the underside of the nail looks thick. This is where the quick is.

  • Smooth and finish
    Once you’ve clipped your dog’s nails, you may want to use a dog nail file or grinder to help smooth out any rough edges. Give your dog treats, pets and praise so your pup associates nail clipping with positive outcomes. Learn more about how to cut dog nails and why it’s important.

Some dogs and pet parents prefer to use the option of a dog nail grinder to trim their dog’s nails. A grinder can sometimes be a gentler way to keep a dog’s nails short. Here are a few steps to follow:


  • Choose a high-quality dog nail grinder
    Pay attention to the type of sanding band that comes with the grinder. Some grinders come with multiple band options. You’ll want to use a coarser band for dogs with thicker nails.

  • Get set up
    When you are ready, hold your dog’s paw firmly in your non-dominant hand and spread their toes. It’s extra important to push long fur away from the nail so that it doesn’t get caught in the device.

  • Get started
    Turn on the grinder and place it against your dog’s nail. If this is your first time using a grinder, you may want to use the slowest setting until you feel more comfortable. Move the grinder across your dog’s nail to get an even trim. If your dog’s nails are extra-long, switch nails after a few seconds so that heat doesn’t build. You can rotate between nails until you get the length you want.

  • Use caution
    As with clipping, you want to stop grinding before you get to the quick of the nail. A grinder with a safety guard can help prevent you from nicking the quick.

  • Smooth and finish
    Use the softest sand band to smooth out the end of each nail.

Give your best friend plenty of treats and praise when you finish the process. And browse all your options for nail grooming equipment with our selection of dog nail care tools.

Filing can be an excellent way to smooth your dog’s nails after clipping, but you can also just use the file to shorten your dog’s nails without clippers. This method is the most time-consuming, but it may also be the best option for dogs who aren’t comfortable with clipping or grinding. Nail filing can also be a good method to help puppies get comfortable with the nail trimming process. Here are a few steps to get started with the nail filing process:


  • Invest in a strong dog nail file
    An emery board used for human nails usually won’t be strong enough for a dog’s nails.

  • Get set up
    Hold your dog’s paw in your non-dominant hand. Spread their toes and use the coarse side of the board to begin filing down each nail, including the dewclaw if your dog has them.

  • Get started
    File the nail in a sweeping motion. Start from the back of the nail and follow the curve of the nail to the tip. File the nails down to a length where the nail is even with the dog’s paw pads while they’re standing. This will help ensure that you don’t file too far and hit the quick.

  • Smooth and finish
    After the main filing is down, switch to the smoother side of the file to shape and smooth the nails. Filing should help smooth out any rough edges on your dog’s nails.

Take breaks if your dog becomes nervous or agitated, and give your dog treats and chews along with praise when you’re done.

The best electric dog nail file for you and your pup will depend on what features you prefer and which product your dog will best tolerate. Some pet parents appreciate dog nail grinders with safety guards, while others don’t need them. You’ll also want to find a grinder that is designed for your dog’s size. Some grinders are extra quiet, which can be useful if your pet has a low sound tolerance.

You can also find some of the best dog grooming supplies to add to your tool kit online or at your neighborhood Petco Pet Care Center.

*Based on petco.com sales data.