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Doberman Nail grooming tips

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

  1. Max1mus

    Max1mus Notable member

    Yeah, he's moving fine. I guess he is clumsy and tends slide all over the hardwood floor when hes running. He also has a hard time in the sit position on the hardwood floor as his rear feets slide up underneath him to the down position, LoL. Why can't doberman have feets like geckos? :D

  2. Rhynda

    Rhynda New Member

    Wonderful now people have a visual on what is going on under those black nails. Thanks for posting it.
  3. llheya

    llheya New Member

    Thanks, spend 20 mins each day filing with a nail file-feeding tiny bits of licqorice-she now is pretty relaxed for the
    20 mins-will work up to longer. have never filed so nails are long-we are getting there. and they start to look good.
    reckon on a month or so-for the quick to slowly draw back. its also another bonding thing. and slowly file,file,file,file,file.... The iceman posting was the site that used. very helpful....
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  4. Skylar

    Skylar New Member

  5. Skylar

    Skylar New Member

    Autumn tore a nail off making a mad dash from her crate when the doorbell rang. She got it caught and ripped the nail off and broke the toe. There wasn't much the vet could do except bandage it. It took almost three months but the nail did grow back normal and the toe still arches. Also, my two cents worth on trimming nails. I like to dremel. It is much easier on both of us and keeps her nails nice and short with smooth edges.
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  6. FredC

    FredC Guest

    1. Get a Peticure® from ebay or similier retailer..
    2. Unpackage the Attachment accessory..
    3. Throw Peticure in the garbage..
    4. Attach Peticure Accessory to Dremel Tool.
    5. Grind Nails.
    I use the Peticure® Safe Guard attachment on a Dremel® tool to grind my dogs' nails. I feel it gives a little better protection to the dog because the sandpaper drum and moving parts are covered except for the small circular area that actually does the grinding. The attachment also collects a lot of the nail dust in the cup.

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  7. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Oh that's a great thing with the dust since that's a problem for me with my allergies.
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  8. Skylar

    Skylar New Member

    Great idea! Thanks! My Peticure is in a box with other useless junk I have acquired over the years. You know, the stuff you might find a use for at some point? Aha! At last someone found a use for it.
  9. Gelcoater

    Gelcoater Expert ThreadCrapper $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    That IS a cool idea.!
    Here I thought I was being a wuss wearing a dust mask when I do it.
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  10. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    LOL, same here! I didn't realize the guide thing would fit on the Dremel, but I never thought to try either. I know if you buy the one made special for the Dremel it costs twice as much as the Peticure.
  11. Brienna

    Brienna Hot Topics Subscriber

    I've been considering getting a dremel to do ours for a while but I start to research and get overwhelmed and then just let the idea fall to the wayside. When we first got our two, their nails were VERY short. They had hardly any nail at all. Our entire house is hardwood and they were slipping and sliding all over the place. I read somewhere (maybe here since I notice there were a few mentions of traction) that longer nails would help with traction so I decided to let them grow out. They're obviously getting better traction now just based on the dirt and sometimes bits of grass that fly up behind them when they cut laps around our house, lol. They have managed to dig out small trenches around our yard. So, it's back to the dremel idea so we can get back into a nail trimming routine.

    After reading on here, i'm worried I may have let them grow too much. I feel like they need a little help with traction because of our floors but I certainly don't want to cause them any unnecessary problems. Do I need to trim them down some or is it a good length to start maintenance? (on a side note, every time I would tell them to stay, they wanted to sit down. I had no idea what a challenge it would be to get them to stand. Add that to my list of commands to teach for sure, lol!)


  12. Brienna

    Brienna Hot Topics Subscriber

    Oh, and just for an idea as to how short their nails were when we got them...they came to live with us in November and I've only trimmed their nails once a couple weeks after they came to their new home. They were REALLY short.
  13. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    They don't look bad at all but I would at least trim off the longer points to keep the scratch marks off your floor or anything else they might paw at.
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  14. gettinggreyer

    gettinggreyer Hot Topics Subscriber

    I LOVE the dremel!!! I wear a mask too. I will also do the nails either outside or in our 3 season porch,
    to much dust!
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  15. Brienna

    Brienna Hot Topics Subscriber

    Thanks, JanS ! That's what I was thinking but wanted to be sure. I figure I can use the dremel to keep them rounded/dull/smooth so they still have traction but don't cause too much destruction at the same lol
  16. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I know Marinegeekswife started leaving theirs a little longer for better traction in Schutzhund, but they still look very good when she uses the dremel.
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  17. Marinegeekswife

    Marinegeekswife Hot Topics Subscriber

    Aw thanks! I've left them longer for traction in IPO, traction on the ice this winter, and because I kept forgetting to do them, oops! I think after so many years of keeping them super short the nails are just easier to trim close.

    They look pretty good. And not too long to start Dremeling at all. Did you need a link to the video we made?
  18. Brienna

    Brienna Hot Topics Subscriber

    Who doesn't love a good link? :D
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  19. Gelcoater

    Gelcoater Expert ThreadCrapper $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    The longer nail does nothing for traction on the wood floors,but outside sure they do.
    The sound on the wood gets annoying.
    Daisy is pretty good about letting me dremel,Rocky is scared $#!+less.
    I found a local groomer who will do him for five bucks!Ten is he's out of hand and needs two people.
    I'm thinking..bargain!!!
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  20. Marinegeekswife

    Marinegeekswife Hot Topics Subscriber

    View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApapnNQukXg

    And they are HELL on the floors.
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