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Doberman Nail grooming tips

Discussion in 'Doberman Health Issues and Questions' started by iceman, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Marinegeekswife

    Marinegeekswife Hot Topics Subscriber

    I agree they are a bit long but definitely not the worst I've seen by far. Just go back every 2 - 3 days and take a little more off. You'll get the length down in no time. I've heard of the Preparation-H trick Jan mentioned but haven't tried it myself. I've also been told that some dogs just have a longer quick than others.

     
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  2. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I don't think your dogs would have any nails left if you used it Jess. LOL

    That does remind me of a different question though. I've had a few dogs rip their nails completely off over the years - will that affect how the quick comes back? I can't remember any more what they came back like since it's been quite a few years since it happened.
     
  3. GennyB

    GennyB Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber


    My dog's nails get behind all the time. Greta has some funky nails, don't know if it has to do with the CDA or not. Clip them and they crack all the way back, grind them and they shred.
    When I broke my wrist, the nails got REALLY long. I tried the Preparation-H and I think it did help.
     
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  4. Marinegeekswife

    Marinegeekswife Hot Topics Subscriber

    Ha ha ha! I actually have been doing them just short enough to not click these days. I had read about how working dogs do better traction-wise if they have a little more nail.
     
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  5. Rits

    Rits Admin Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Gelcoater, For dobermans I would say they are longer than preferred but agree everyone else that they aren't horrible. The outside nails would need the most work. The middle two nails is about the length I like to see on all other breeds. :) Good work, keep it up.
     
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  6. Gelcoater

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    Thanks everyone.
    Jess,every 2-3 days? I was thinking a couple weeks.But if every few days is the rate,I guess that's what
    I'll do.
     
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  7. Gelcoater

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    Yeah,the outside is the one I hit quick.Just pinprick of blood,she pulled back on that one.I looked,saw the dot of blood and knew,that's it for now.
     
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  8. Marinegeekswife

    Marinegeekswife Hot Topics Subscriber

    Every week or two is maintenance trimming. If you want to shorten them up you have to do it more often as each time you do the kwik will pull back and you can trim it shorter in a few days.
     
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  9. Gelcoater

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    Cool,thanks.
     
  10. Sosthenes

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    Cato gets his nails ground ever two week by his groomer. He runs on black top every day and they still grow like weeds.
     
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  11. Ataro

    Ataro Notable member

    I tried going for uber short, but then Ashra kept sliding all over the place (on grass, dirt, sand etc. when playing) and actually got carpet burns on the pads on the upper part of her pasterns. So, now I don't worry too much about it as long as they're not touching the floor. I'm still trying to even out a couple of nails though, to maintain some symmetry, so I clip them every 5 days.
     
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  12. Marla

    Marla Notable member

    Bought our Dromel at Lowes, the ones at the pet stores just don't have then power the regular ones have. I will never not own one of these! I also find my guys nails grow so much faster than any other breed of dog I have owned! He actually loves to get them sanded cuz when were done its a big party with treats!
     
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  13. Gelcoater

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    Yep,we had that party here today:)

    Not directed at Marla,but something I thought I would throw out there for newbie puppy owners.Touch their feet alot.Rub them,run your fingers between the toes,etc.We have done this with Daisy from day one.Much like people feet,paws are sensitive.Get them used to the paws being handled from an early age and nail time is so much easier.
     
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  14. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Dremel once a week for me would keep them perfect, but alas, once I get behind on that, its all about catch up. :confused: They grow like weeds! When it was summer, it was a ritual for hubby and I to give them a quick little dremel as we had coffee on the deck on Sunday. When that stopped, ugh. So then I try and keep the dremel out in the kitchen, plugged in and every once in a while I can grab a paw and zip! I don't make a whole ritual out of it and do it often and quickly, hoping the quick slinks back and the dog has a good experience. Sometimes just a paw at a time.
     
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  15. Gelcoater

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  16. DaisyDobe

    DaisyDobe Notable member

    When I've fallen behind I normally end up doing the normal angle to the quick, right up to the point where I think I can get away without having that pin prick of blood. I then hit the underside of the nail. Then I angle the dremel around the edge of the entire nail to create a more rounded look with the softer inside section protruding out the center a tad. I'll then do this "rounding" technique daily on each nail to keep the hard outer shell from protecting the center. I believe this causes the quick to recede a little more quickly than just doing the straight angle every third of fourth day. Doesn't seem to affect my dog negatively, other than the look of "Dad, we did this yesterday, do we really have to do this again?". My girls nails are not ultra short, as long as I don't hear them on the hardwood floors, I'm good with that.
     
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  17. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Exactly what I do. :D

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  18. Max1mus

    Max1mus Notable member

    Does short nails have anything to do with my pup sliding all over the grass when he tries to accelerate quickly or makes a quick cut? We play with the flirt pole and he slides all over the grass going after it. All of his nails are not touching the ground and I grind them down every 3-4 days and hes 5 months old.
     
  19. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I would guess it's just that pups are a little more clumsy at that age and sometimes the fast moves do make them slide. He's moving okay otherwise, isn't he?
     
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  20. Marinegeekswife

    Marinegeekswife Hot Topics Subscriber

    Yes and no. Nails to help with traction. Many purely working dog owners I know like the nails a little longer for just that reason. That said, puppies are naturally very clumsy.
     
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