Last weekend, I was at our local Petsmart, and saw these on the shelf. I had been considering buying one for our two dogs, but didn't want to buy one "on TV" just in case it didn't work. I wanted to be able to return it. So when I finally saw this in the store, I decided we'd see how it worked, and brought one home. Here's Lucy getting a pedicure today:
It's very simple to use - just turn it on, put the dog's nail in the cut-out of the orange guard, and rotate the file from the top to the bottom of the nail in one motion. You don't want to spend too much time on the nail at once, because it will get hot and it vibrates the nail. The instructions say 2-4 seconds, moving between nails as you work, and that's plenty of time to grind a thin portion of the nail off. If the nail goes too far down in the guard, the file stops spinning, so the nail won't get stuck, and your dog can't get hurt. Here's a close-up (blurry, sorry) video of Gabriel's pedicure today:
Does it work? Absolutely. You do need to start slow, which means not taking much off at first, but you can work up to longer sessions. One of the great things about this as opposed to nail clippers is that you don't get those ultra-sharp edges that snag on everything (including skin) after you're done. This doesn't crush the nail, and because you're taking small amounts of material off at a time, it's easier to avoid the "quick" (especially on dog nails like Gabe & Lucy have...black, with no way to see where the quick ends). And it's much less stressful for the dogs, at least for my dogs. Gabriel has run away from nail clippers all his life, hiding under the table or in the bathroom (he's 9 yrs old). He doesn't run from this though - he'll sit calmly and let me file his nails without complaint. And you can see that Lucy takes it in stride as well, laying comfortably in her chair like she's at a salon.
So if you've got $20 and a dog (or several), I'd say this is definately worth trying, at least. I know I won't be using our clippers again anytime soon - this is much easier on the dogs nails, as well as thier stress levels.