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Digger Dog Nail File: Trimming Made Easy

Introducing the DiggerDog Nail File - a new way of trimming your dog’s front nails

Are you one of the many dog owners struggling to trim your dog’s front nails?

For Irena Votavova of Melbourne, such a struggle was the inspiration for this new product, the DiggerDog Nail File, an incredibly simple and natural way to trim your dog’s more problematic nails on the front paws. Here is her story:

“My first beloved Doberman was a female called Zana.

When I took her to the vet for the first time to get her nails trimmed, it turned into a nightmare! As soon as she was put on the table and the vet touched her paw, Zana started fighting. Even with 3 people – the vet, the nurse and I - trying to restrain her, it was almost impossible.

Eventually the vet managed to clip the first nail. At that moment Zana went wild and started howling so desperately, that I decided to stop the procedure. I couldn’t put her through it any more! When I walked out with her, there were traces of blood on the floor….the Vet had cut into the quick.

Soon after this traumatic experience, an idea came to me.
Zana loved her daily bones, but would often bury them for later.

One day I was having my cup of tea in the garden and was watching Zana digging for her hidden treasure – an old bone. Later on, when she came to me, I noticed that the nails on her front paws were trimmed shorter. She had given herself a pedicure!

My little invention was born. I spent the next year and a half testing and prototyping my invention to make sure that it’s safe, stable, strong, but most of all, it works!”

The DiggerDog Nail File is a nail-trimming device that makes the trimming of your dog’s front nails easy and fun for both dog and owner. 

The major difference from other devices is that your dog does its own nail trimming, instead of being subjected to this often-stressful procedure.

✔️ The DiggerDog Nail File is proudly invented, designed and made in Australia.

✔️ Using Australian stainless steel plate that will not rust and should last a lifetime.

✔️ This is a great alternative dog nail trimming tool for dogs that do not like nail grinders or clippers.

✔️ This nail trimming device is also gentle to use with puppies.

How does the DiggerDog Nail File work?

The pet owner places a treat inside the food compartment. The dog quickly gets the idea and digs on the surface to get at the treat. Your dog will soon understand ‘the game’ and be eager to participate. 

A repeat of this simple action on the rough surface of the DiggerDog Nail File is all it takes to trim the dog’s nails. Nail trimming will now change from a stressful task to a fun game which you and your dog will look forward to.

All you will need is a little bit of patience and a quiet environment to teach your dog how to use the DiggerDog Nail File but it is fairly simple.

Miniature Labradoodle 'Pablo' getting the hang of it, trying to open the compartment

1. Use your dog’s favourite treats and put a few in the compartment in front of him.

2. Slide the lid open and let him eat a few so that he starts equating the Nail File with food rewards.

3. Reduce to one treat and start leaving the sliding lid ajar so that he can just see it. He should then attempt to touch or scratch this area to obtain his treat and you must reward him immediately.

4. Depending on your dog, he/ she will soon realise that scratching the Nail File even when the lid is closed yields him a treat and you should encourage your dog to scratch daily to embed the concept. 

Price & Where to Buy:

RRP: $149.00 ($20.00 shipping to anywhere in Australia).

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last updated 25th May, 2023

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