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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-03-2019, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Nail cutting - is it always necessary?

Hello guys,

I hope this new year started well for you and your family of humans and dogs 😊

Two trainers that have seen my boy have told me that it is not necessary to cut his nails as they don’t touch the floor when he stands.

But they are really like 1 mm off the floor and they do click when he walks on concrete but yes don’t touch when he stands.

I have seen this YouTube video where it made the case that it is very bad not to cut the nails as this screws with posture and feet bones.

He hates having his nails cut so if I can do without this stress on him, I would rather do that.

Thanks you for your input.

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A dogs needs to have his nails cut about every two weeks. Failure to do so can result in lameness of the feet. You want your dog to have tight feet, not splayed. If he strenuously objects to cutting, try a grinder. Do these trainers that you mentioned have any clue that your dog's nails will continue to grow?
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Running on concrete keeps nails shorter but they do need to be cut. I had a dog who hated his nail trim I tried to avoid it at all costs. The nails got cracks in them and he developed a horrible infection in his nail bed. A vet who was good with him and his team helped me cut his nails. As he aged his nail growth slowed down. My dogs now I made sure I took the time to get them used of the dremel and clipper because it was something I would not want to go through again. They are young and really grow fast I do try to dremel them once a week mostly every two weeks.


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Never mind posture issues, I do not like the sound of clicking on hard surfaces so I trim regularly. My girl is due for a trimming herself.
Steel's feet are less than ideal in terms of tightness...so I've been trimming his back every week or two to help them firm up a bit - it seems to be doing a good job (or genetics are taking over). I use a grinder for the GSDs and clippers for the Shiba.


Editing to add - he'll hate it until you make it a regular thing. Much like bathing and leash/collar wearing, this is something that must be "desensitized."

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Depends on both thr owner and the dog. My Dane was impossible and we ended up cauterizing her nails to stop the problem. I never trimmed Sabs nails until she retired. No need. Bud needed his done once a month. Shadow trims her own.
Generally if my dogs nails are long they are not getting enough exercise.
I am fairly certain no one goes and catches all the wild canines to trim their nails.
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They don't vaccinate wild canines, clean their teeth, train or vet them either. Maybe people should stop that too.
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Sharp nails can cause injury to humans, just like sharp puppy teeth. I recently received a nasty wound to my lip, when I was caught off guard, while bending over to put a leash on my 5-1/2 month puppy. It took an hour to get the bleeding to stop.

I apparently missed a nail, during a recent trim effort. I have to trim her nails a few at a time, when she is tired/low energy. Sometimes, I distract her with with a favorite treat to chew on, while I sneak in a nail at a time.
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They don't vaccinate wild canines, clean their teeth, train or vet them either. Maybe people should stop that too.
My point was that a majority of dogs getting sufficient exercise do not require nail trims. The argument that it may cripple them is invalid.
We absolutely see wild canines dying or ill from disease. We do not see them crippled from overgrown nails.

But we can be silly if you like.
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I don't trim Jax's nails very often. They grind down with the amount of exercise he's getting. I trimmed them 2 days ago, but that was the first time in 2-3 months. I think it comes down to genetics and activity levels. My rottie mix pretty much never needs his trimmed. They stay short, he also won't let me touch them, so it's hard anyways.
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If I cut my dogs nails every two months they would be like talons and they get plenty of exercise maybe It is genetics or age. I have seen dogs nails so long it effected the way they walked. Long nails get easily get ripped out during a wild run and it is very painful for the dog.


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