New Product Announcement: Presenting the Best Dog Nail Grinder, ‘Paws Down’

We’ve added a new product to our shop — the Nail Pro nail grinder by BarxBuddy — and we are confident that you will agree that this is the best dog nail grinder on the market. This veterinarian-recommended Nail Pro nail grinder is easy to use, durable, quiet and includes safety features to protect your pets’ paws. 

The BarxBuddy team developed the nail grinder based on feedback we heard from dog owners like you. Learn more about what it does, how to use it, and why grinding can be better than cutting pets’ nails.

Main photo by Joe Caione on Unsplash

What Does Nail Pro Nail Grinder Do?

The rotary-style Nail Pro nail grinder is similar to a Dremel tool that you use for household DIY-type projects and repairs. It’s also similar to nail grinders that professional manicurists use to remove acrylic nails and gel polish from human nails. 

Nail Pro has a rotating head with a removable bit that is easy to replace. It has two speeds: Use the high speed for filing longer nails and use low speed to fine finish rough edges. Our Nail Pro has a quiet motor, unlike household rotary-style tools, which are noisy and can send a pooch running for cover.

Why Use a Rotary Style Grinder on Pets’ Nails?

Dogs’ nails differ from human nails in many ways. While ours are flat and solid, dogs’ nails are tubular and they house the fleshy quick, which is live tissue. If you cut too far into the quick, you hurt your dog and put them at risk for infection. 

The Nail Pro nail grinder has a guard that protects the quick, so you don’t hurt your dog. 

Nail Pro Electric Nail Grinder Features

  • Safety guard to protect the quick
  • Two speeds — high for longer nails and low for shorter nails and smoothing finish
  • Quiet sound — much quieter than a household drill or Dremel
  • Lower vibrations — so it is comfortable for your pets
  • Grinds rather than cuts 
  • Doesn’t pull (like some nail scissors do, especially when they get dull)
  • Compact, portable, and easy to store
  • Veterinarian recommended
  • No cords; battery operated (2 AA)

Why Use a Nail Grinder?

A rotary-style grinder offers benefits for your dog:

  • Gently trims your dog’s nails 
  • Protects the quick (living tissue inside their claws) 
  • Reduces chances of split nails, injuries, and infections

Nail grinding benefits you as well:

  • Eliminates or reduces floor scratches, fabric snags, and furniture tears
  • Protect yourself and your visitors from dog scratches
  • Saves you money and stress with frequent grooming visits

How Does BarxBuddy Electric Nail Pro Nail Grinder Work?

The battery-operated Nail Pro is powered by two AA batteries (included). When you turn the grinder on, the head rotates at a safe and high speed. Simply place the dog’s claw in the special port, touch it to the grinder head, and let it file for a few seconds. Don’t push or force the claw; just touch it to the rotator head.

A few seconds should be enough to trim the nail and smooth rough surfaces. 

Look at the filed-down surface. If you can see the quick, your job is done. If you can’t see it, repeat the grinding process. You’ll know when you hit the quick when the tubular nail appears solid. You’ll see the flesh, much like your own nailbeds.

Do All Dogs Need to Have Their Nails Trimmed?

The Nail Pro dog nail grinder is suitable for:

  • Adult and geriatric dogs
  • Large and giant dogs
  • Medium-size dogs
  • Small and teacup-sized dogs
  • Cats

Yes, you may use your Nail Pro to trim your cat’s nails. With all due respect to our feline friends, however, cats can be less cooperative than dogs. So, you might want to slowly introduce the nail grinder to the cat. In fact, if you have a skittish dog, you might want to read the next section about how to get started using the Nail Pro Nail Grinder.

Introducing the Nail Pro Nail Grinder to Your Pets

If nail grinding is new to you and your dog (or cat), we recommend that you slowly introduce the motorized nail trimmer before doing full-blown nail grinding. 

NOTE: Before you even use the Nail Pro on your dog, show it to your pet so they don’t always associate it with “trauma.” Some groomers recommend using the train, treat, repeat method to get your pet used to nail grooming. It goes like this: Show the pet your grinder, let them sniff it, offer a treat and a verbal “yes” or “good dog” affirmation, and then set the grinder down. Next time, show it to her, offer her a treat, quickly grind one nail, and then give her the verbal “yes” or “good girl.” Repeat, so your dog associates fun things with the nail grinder.

Other tips, whether or not you are new to nail grinding: 

  • Consider recruiting a trusted friend to help with the nail grinding, especially someone your pet adores.
  • Turn the nail grinder on before using it so your pet can get used to the sound. 
  • Have distractions nearby — a favorite toy or low-calorie healthy treats.
  • Take frequent breaks and allow you and the animal to rest.
  • Be calm, don’t yell, and give lots of encouraging words and head scratches.
  • Schedule nail grinding during times when your dog is the most relaxed, such as at the end of a busy day.
  • NOTE: Dogs and cats pick up on their owners’ moods and tempers. If you are not calm and confident, your pet won’t be either — and they’ll sense if you’re faking it. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and smile.

Tips for Getting the Most from Your Nail Pro Electric Nail Trimmer 

  1. Check the color: Trimming dogs’ nails that are light, white, or opaque is easy — you can usually see through the nail to the quick. However, dark nails are more of a mystery. Always grind your dogs’ nails a few seconds at a time, and check them to see if you can see the quick. 
  2. Don’t cut beyond the quick: We can’t stress this enough. The quick is live tissue with nerves and blood vessels; if you cut into it, you’ll draw blood and cause pain for your dog! 
  3. Use extra caution on overgrown nails: If your dog has overgrown nails, you’ll need to trim them a little at a time, allowing the quick to recede. This blog post on explains what to do with overgrown dog claws.
  4. Recruit a friend: You can trim your dog’s nails on your own, but it’s easier if you’ve got a partner to help. If you have a small to midsize pet, have your partner hold the cat or dog on their lap with their hands under the animal’s front legs so the animal is facing you.
  5. Larger dogs need extra care: If you’re trimming a larger dog’s nails with the grinder, lap-sitting is probably not an option. Bigger dogs have bigger caloric intake, so don’t be afraid to use nail-grinding time to offer lots of treats combined with verbal assurances of “good dog.”
  6. Trim often: A regular practice of trimming your dog’s nails will keep them in ideal shape and also keep you and your pets conditioned for the grooming session. Regularly trimmed nails are less painful, and when you follow our “train, treat, repeat” approach, your dog will associate the experience with good things!

FAQs About Nail Pro Nail Grinder

How much does the dog nail grinder cost?

Visit our shop to see the latest offer on the BarxBuddy Nail Pro.

Is the Nail Pro pet claw grinder safe for all types of dogs?

Yes. The Nail Pro is recommended by veterinarians and groomers alike because it is safe and easy to use on dogs and cats of all sizes, ages, breeds, and temperaments. The grinder is housed in a durable plastic guard, which protects your pets’ paws.

How does the nail grinder work?

It is battery-operated and has two speeds — high and low. We’ve included an instruction booklet that explains how to use the nail grinder. Place one claw at a time in the opening of the grinder for 5 to 10 seconds. 

Can the nail grinder be used on dogs that have nervous temperaments?

Yes, but like other things you do with your nervous dog, you’ll need to gently approach your dog and slowly get them used to the nail grinder. Follow the tips above in the section labeled “Introducing the Nail Pro Nail Grinder to Your Pets.”

Is the Nail Pro nail grinder electric?

The nail grinder is powered by two AA batteries and a 1.5-watt, 3-volt DC motor that will last more than 10,000 hours.

How often do I need to replace the nail grinder heads?

The frequency that you’ll need to replace the nail grinder heads depends on how often you use the grinder, how many dogs you use it on, and the thickness of their nails. On average, with regular use for one dog, the nail grinder head should last about 3 months. You can purchase replacement heads from our shop.

How loud is the motor?

We like to say that it is “whisper quiet,” nothing like a household drill, Dremel or other rotary tools that you’d use for DIY projects around your house. Our goal was to create a motorized tool for trimming nails that isn’t scary to dogs and cats. 

What if I want to return the Nail Pro nail grinder?

We offer a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, send us an email at within 30 days of receiving your grinder. We will refund your purchase or replace the grinder free of charge.