Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada
I trim my current dog, a lot.
I trimmed my previous dogs, very little. All my dogs get walked on pavement daily, and the other dogs (gsd's) wore their nails down on walks. They also had downward facing toes (cat feet), so their nails where self-trimming. So I'm saying it depends.
However, my current dog came to me with hare feet (nail & toes pointing forward, flat footed) and did not get worn on walks.
I finally took trimming seriously (I use a dremel) and do his nails several times per week. I'm still working on getting them shorter (this is a process of many months) and now he is standing with his toes pointed downward, more cat-footed than hare footed. Obviously his over long toe nails were a problem for him. Now he's walking differently and starting to self trim. I also play a little frisbee in a ball court, that also helps with nails.
I found Nail Maintenance for Dogs (facebook group) very useful for advice on how to do all this.
SONIC--Dominican Street Collie aka 100% Unknown Fibers
All of my other dogs were GSD's, sadly missed, moving forward
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