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:
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.