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Dog Nail Grinder Review – Lucky Tail Nail Grinder for Pets

Switching from cutting our dogs' nails to using a dog nail grinder was a game-changer for all of us. So much less drama. No more accidental injuries from cutting nails too short. Best of all, the dogs no longer look at me with murder in their eyes when it's time to do their nails -- which I grind down weekly. Yes, really. I've gone through a bunch of different grinders since Clover was a puppy, including an entry-level one that went through untold numbers of D batteries and replacement heads. I've had other (nicer) ones that died after a year or so. I'm now using a new / different one, so here is our review of Lucky Tails Nail Grinder.

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As you can see, the box is pretty glam. The Lucky Tail nail grinder itself it much lighter in the hand than the others I've had over the years. It's also stylish with curved lines and a high-end look and feel. 

For those reasons, I now have an affiliate relationship with the company, which means if you use my links to buy a dog nail grinder from Lucky Tail (currently about $40), then I will earn a little money. 

Often special offers and additional discounts pop up on the site, so be sure to grab those bonus items and savings too!

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Dog Nail Grinder Review - Lucky Tail

So, here's what I like most about this dog nail grinder -- compared to the many others I've tried over the last 7 years or so:

  • Lucky Tail dog nail grinders work MUCH faster.
  • They are MUCH quieter, with less vibration.
  • These dog nail grinders even have little LED lights on each side, which can help you see what you're doing.
  • Lucky Tail nail grinders charge MUCH faster, using a UBS / plug charger that comes with the dog nail grinder unit.
  • They hold their charge MUCH longer. I can do all nails on all 3 dogs each week, and it doesn't start slowing down or pooping out before I'm done.
  • These dog nail grinders feature a protective guard so that you're much less likely to get your dog's coat caught in the grinding wheel. 
  • Lucky Tail also sells replacement grinder heads when you need one. Easy peasy. 

Dog Nail Grinder Strategies

I typically do Mr. Stix's nails first because they are big, thick, and hard like rocks. Plus, he requires the most of my patience, so it's better to get his nails out of the way. 

Then, I usually do Clover's nails because they don't grow much each week and are fast and easy to do. She is very good about sitting still and such.

Then, at the very end I do Tori's. She is VERY dramatic about it all, and we have a whole song/dance we have to go through. Her nails grow a lot each week, even with all the walking and digging and stuff. It's wild. They aren't particularly hard like Mr. Stix's nails, but they grow a lot, so it take a bit longer to do hers. 

I grind the dogs' nails BOTH up and down and across to even out the wear and create smoother edges. 

Why a Dog Nail Grinder is Easier for Us

Honestly, it's a bit of an aging thing. Even with my progressive glasses, which supposedly let me see close up, or with my contacts + reading glasses, which supposedly do the same thing, it takes me a while to focus on small things like a dog's nails.

So with the nail clipper, I'd be trying to isolate the nail with one hand, then grab the clipper with the other and focus on what I'm doing, and in that time, the dogs get more and more freaked out because of my own intensity trying to see what the heck I'm doing and then rush to get a quick snip before anyone moves. 

With the grinder, I know it's working and doing it's thing, so I don't really need to see exactly what I'm doing. I can just feel my way and position it right, and that's that. 

I need to get better about rewarding the dogs with treats while I work on their nails. I've gotten sloppy lately because it takes me SO LONG to groom everyone each week -- doing nails, coats, teeth, ears, etc. 

They fuss a little, so I should work on that with them more, but honestly, it's NOTHING compared to what it used to be like with the nail clipper. 

So, if you haven't ever tried a dog nail grinder, let my experience encourage you and my recommendation of a Lucky Tail Nail Grinder steer you the right direction.


Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.