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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-07-2017, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Training in boots?

Berlin's nails have always flaked, and he's broken more than I would expect over the years, especially doing obstacles like the A-frame. This last week he broke 5 separate nails and we're suspecting SLO, an auto-immune condition that affects the nails and causes them to break and is a lifelong condition.

Im considering buying him boots to train in. Anyone train in boots and did it seem to hinder the training outside of the initial "what the **** is on my foot????" phase? He handles full foot bandages fine and has trained with individual paws bandaged so I dont see that being a big issue.

Also, if we do train in boots to protect his nails, can he compete in club level trials with boots on? We're DVG members. I would hate to pamper his feet only to have nails break the week before a trial as we try to get use to not wearing them.

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Btw i would likely buy the ruffwear grip trex
http://www.ruffwear.com/Grip-Trex-Do...=2&category=11
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2017, 01:04 AM
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I actually wonder if you could talk to your vet about the possibility of getting the silicone nail covers sized up for GSD's. It might help with the integrity of the nail and protect them without being a total hindrance.

ETA: You might not even need to discuss it with the vet - here's a look at what I'm talking about http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=1408
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-09-2017, 01:24 AM
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DO those nails need to be trimmed? They look a little long from the picture. We have boots for our work dogs and rarely use them. The dogs need to spend a lot of time in them to get acclimated and relax in them. If the dog is running like in IPO the boots will probably fall off. One of our guys was looking to use them for vehicle searches to avoid scratching cars. His dog had a big adjustment period. The link Femfa posted looks interesting.
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My dog is kind of sensitive to road salt and I have considered a winter pair. But he is also sensitive about having stuff put on his feet and I am not sure I am willing to do the work to get him to put them on happily.

when he sliced his Paw pad he was a really good sport about bandages and wore a pawz boot over the bandage at tracking practice and tracked fine. even let me re bandage standing on the tailgate of my truck, tied to his crate.

So far, mushers secret and a wipe from a damp towel after salt exposure has sufficed
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I don't know about your venue. AKC is considering a revision to allow boots in tracking testo. they may have approved it. I would have appreciated it if I tracked in Florida, where a dog might get a couple sand spurs on a TD and have to stop to get it out each time because they can't walk with a sand spur in their pad
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Your dogs nails are too long! Unless he/she is spending time wearing them down on concrete or some other rough surface you should trim or dremel them once a week until they are under control.




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Nails are too long, 100% agree. His feet are so tight that the length still doesn't touch the ground, so I got bad about working on them weekly because there was no clicking as he walked. Its not until you extend the nail and pull the fur back that you really notice how long they are. It is also difficult to trim many of his nails too much because they're already cracking. He is very reactive to any kind of painful stimulation. They were dremmeled down under sedation and will be kept shorter.

Caps aren't effective with SLO because often the nail flakes and pulls directly off the quick, so a cap isn't going to prevent that. A cap also may hinder proper trimming, and may remove more nail once they're removed or fall off on their own.

The boots I was looking at got very good reviews for staying on, they're made specifically for active hiking/running/jumping/climbing dogs and are much pricier than your typical cheap petsmart boot.
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I personally take collagen fro hair and nails myself and it seems to have a good effect on nail condition. Wonder if that might help your dog too.
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