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Doberman Nail grooming tips

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

  1. Gelcoater

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  2. Brienna

    Brienna Hot Topics Subscriber

    Thanks Marinegeekswife !

    I haven't noticed much if any sound on the floors from their nails. It's definitely improved their traction out doors. Our yard is a hot mess from the torn up dirt/grass, lol. On the plus side, there was this one spot that was packed down really hard and grass or weeds or anything hasn't been able to grow there for as long as I can remember. where we live was my great grandmother's house so that's my entire life. Now, that soil is all soft and loose. put some grass seeds in it today actually, lol!

    If they serve no purpose on the floors then I might as well start trimming them back down again to save the yard :(
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  3. WYOgirl

    WYOgirl Hot Topics Subscriber

    This is a great thread! I have always clipped at home, but didn't know I needed to do every 2-3 days to truly get the quicks back. I thought it was weekly and that explains why it takes an eternity to get the nails back where I want them after a long season of not clipping (like, say, being large and pregnant and then sleep deprived and overwhelmed with an infant). :) The clicking with laminate floors and four dogs is about to drive me over the edge!

    I will up the puppy pedicure days to every 2-3 for a while and get those nails back where I like them to be!
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  4. Gretchen_Red

    Gretchen_Red Hot Topics Subscriber

    Just bought the Dremmel! Gretchen likes it much better! Any advice?
  5. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I came across this pic of a poor boy with longer nails than I've ever seen. :( I guess they were actually curled under so he had a hard time walking.
    Long nails.jpg

    He was recently rescued and was apparently so flea infested that he was anemic. Poor thing, but thank goodness he was rescued.
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  6. Brienna

    Brienna Hot Topics Subscriber

    Wow! And not in a good way. Bear claws anyone?

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  7. salisa826

    salisa826 Hot Topics Subscriber

    Omg the poor pup!!!
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  8. GennyB

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  9. Gretchen_Red

    Gretchen_Red Hot Topics Subscriber

    I was thinking Sloth claws! Poor boy! At least a better life awaits! I feel bad when G goes 2 weeks without a trim
  10. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I just did our dogs nails again because the pic bugged me so much, and I just did them a few days ago. ;)
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  11. Omg :0 that poor baby is probably in pain every waking moment.
    This is the length I try to stay at. If I could go shorter I would. My girls nails I can keep nice and short cause I see the quick and have been using the dremel on here since day one. I used to clip my boys and after quacking him I stopped doing his nails with clippers and got the dremel. His quick had already grown longer than I like. I've been slowly trying to recede it but he hates nail time so it's a slow process.
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  12. Marinegeekswife

    Marinegeekswife Hot Topics Subscriber

    OMG Jan! And I thought our guys were getting long. I don't feel so bad now... Hope he's recovering well.
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  13. troublelovesmaker

    troublelovesmaker New Member

    I'm a groomer and I ALWAYS have nail clippers on me at all times to clip the nails of neglected pups everywhere. My little pay it forward to the canine world ;)
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  14. Gelcoater

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    @Oh Little Oji

    image.jpg Press the shank lock button on the left there while turning the wrench on that flat area you see where the shaft of the attachment inserts into the tool.
  15. Oh Little Oji

    Oh Little Oji Formerly Tad Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    Very cool, man, thanks! I think my Tim Allen :) brand one has a silver button that can be pushed, but my Handi Works brand does not. Hmm. It dos have a little wrench that looks just like that though.
    EDIT: I just re-found the button this one has. It blends right in with the on/off switch. Success!
  16. WiglWerm

    WiglWerm Hot Topics Subscriber

    I just wanted to add...if you use clippers it is a good idea to have some Quik Stop on hand just in case you hit the quick. Works instantly and a small jar lasts forever. I dremel Spikes nails (actually did them for the first time a few days ago, as they seem to grow slowly and he is a mad man running the yard). I was so surprised how good he was, I was able to do them by myself without having to fight with him! I clip my Yorkie's nails, as the dremmel has a tendency to get caught in the hair...not good. I have hardwood floors and I did notice Spike skid a little more on them since I cut his nails. lol
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  17. Oh Little Oji

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    Agreed on the Quik Stop. I've had that little jar for quite a few years. Still works. Now, a grinder tool getting caught in hair is something I had not thought of! Just another benefit of having Dobermans!
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  18. JanS

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    They sell a guard for Dremel's so it doesn't happen but when we had our Sheltie I still had to be careful.
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  19. Oh Little Oji

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    Is anyone aware of anything that can be applied externally to the nails/toes that causes some numbing effect?

    Of course I don't plan to grind too deep, but since Oji is SO sensitive and bad about this, I wonder if some numbing could help – if even just fooling him now that he's used to the routine.

    The guy has a pretty serious mental issue with nail trimming and it has given me such anxiety as I dread our unpleasant and dangerous trimming sessions. Yes, he now wears a muzzle but there's still a risk of injury as we physically wrestle for control.
  20. Max Hawk

    Max Hawk Hot Topics Subscriber

    Is he okay with just clipping his nails and no dremel? I would love to see you just try starting over with him ..lay him down or sit him in front of you..have treats handy and turn on the dremel ..don't use it just have it running make the movement of going to each foot..give him a treat each time you do each foot..and I just mean get as near as you can ..you don't have to touch the foot with the dremel..and really praise him ..use your tone of voice to tell him what a good boy he is..do this a lot several times a day if you can. I know it will take time but you should with lots of patience be able for him to accept it a lot better.. Everything you can do to make training fun for this dog would help. Slow and steady wins the race here. I know if you work with him you can over come his fear..and this is what is sounds like to me ..he is just afraid and that's really very sad..That lack of trust needs to be changed. I wish ya all the best with him.
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