There are many reasons why you should be able to sharpen dog nail clippers. First of all, they will stay sharper for a longer period of time and work better. Secondly, they are safer because there is less chance of them breaking or cracking when you use them on your dog’s nails. Finally, they just feel better in your hand and let you cut through the nail easily without having to put much effort into it.

Within this blog post I will go over exactly how to sharpen dog nail clippers so that you can do it yourself at home!

How to sharpen dog nail clippers?

Here are some easy steps to follow:

How to sharpen dog nail clippers

Find a nail file or emery board for dogs

To prevent your dog from making a mess of their nails, you can file them down with a nail file or emery board. These are available at pet stores, pharmacies and other retailers that sell pet supplies.

If you’re not sure which type to use (or if you’re not sure what kind to buy), look for one labeled specifically for dogs. That way there’s no risk of hurting your pup by using the wrong tool on them!

Place the file on a flat surface

Place the file on a flat surface. You’ll want to be able to see exactly where you are filing so that you don’t accidentally file your dog’s skin or cut the nails too short. An emery board can do the trick for dogs, but if you don’t have one, simply use a nail file for dogs instead.

Place the clippers with the blade down and apply firm pressure

Place the clippers with the blade down and apply firm pressure. This can be done by placing them on a flat surface and pressing down firmly, or by holding them in your hand and squeezing hard. However, you must make sure that you are holding the clippers correctly.

Do not press too hard or too lightly; there must be sufficient force to cut through the nail but not so much that you risk damaging your dog’s paw or injuring yourself in any way.

Check for sharpness

To check for sharpness, you can use the file to make an indentation in your nail. Once you’ve done this, if you look at the file and see a small indentation, then the clippers are sharp enough. If there’s no indentation or if it’s very shallow, then the clippers will need to be sharpened by another method.

Rinse and dry clippers, then wipe them with oil

To clean the clippers, rinse them off with water and dry them thoroughly. Then, wipe the clippers with a cloth that’s been dipped in a small amount of oil. You don’t want to use too much; just enough to cover the blades without dripping down onto your dog’s paws.

Don’t allow your pet to chew on an oiled nail clipper, either; this could cause him some discomfort or even harm him if he swallows it.[1] Keep your pet’s nails trimmed regularly so that you don’t need to do any major work on them every few months—and always be sure to keep all tools away from children!

Wipe off excess oil, then use the new, sharp clippers to clip your dog’s nails

Once you’ve finished oiling up the clippers, it’s time to use them on your dog. You’ll want to hold his paw gently and clip each nail one at a time. If all goes well, he should barely notice it—but if he does start making a fuss, distract him with treats or give him something else fun to do (a walk or game of fetch). You can use this same technique for all four feet; just be sure not to overdo it!

It’s important that you don’t forget about sharpening your tool every once in a while. A dull blade will be more difficult for you to use, so make sure that yours is always ready when needed by giving them a quick touch-up with some oil every few weeks or so.

Things to consider while sharpening dog nail clippers

There are a few things to consider when purchasing dog nail clippers.

How to sharpen dog nail clippers

First, you should think about the size of your dog’s paws and how big his nails are likely to get. If you have an extremely small dog or one with very tiny paws, it might be best for you to get human nail clippers. If you have a large dog with very large nails, it would be best for you to get a heavy-duty set of clippers that are designed specifically for dogs.

Second, you should think about how often you will be using your new nail clippers. If this is going to be an occasional use item, then any kind of set will do just fine; however, if it’s something that will be used several times a day every day, then you’ll want to make sure that the clippers are strong enough and sturdy enough to handle the extra wear and tear.

Finally, you should consider the size of your dog’s nails. If this is a new puppy and he or she has very small paws, then human nail clippers might be perfect for you; however, if your dog has medium sized paws or large ones with very long nails, then it would be best to get a set specifically designed for dogs.

It is important to keep your dog nail clippers sharp so you don’t hurt your dog by cutting the quick of their nail, which is painful and can cause bleeding.

To keep them sharp, use a nail file or emery board on the blades after every use. The best way to do this is by stroking the blade edge down a piece of sandpaper at an angle. This will remove any dull spots from each blade and make them nice and even again.

After you’ve sharpened them up, make sure that you clean and dry them off with a soft cloth before putting them away in their case or drawer for safekeeping until next time!


Thank you for reading our guide on how to sharpen dog nail clippers. We hope this has been helpful in understanding the correct process of sharpening your trimmers so that they are safe and effective when using them on your dog. If you have any questions or comments about this article, please leave them below!