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    Been watching other groomers work on dogs lately and i've noticed that they tend to clip nails even though the nails are already quite short. They aren't touching the ground and aren't causing the dog discomfort in any way yet they still clip them. I've seen a couple of dogs who had nails that were as i described above and they had their quick's cut because the groomer thought the nail needed clipping but because the nail was black they didn't realise how close the quick was.

    I have done this myself as well, the owner wanted the dogs nails trimmed. The dog had black nails and i took just the very tip off the nails as they were already quite short, this resulted in the quick being cut. I know the more you clip them the shorter the quick goes, but i still find it a little odd that people see the need to clip them SO short even though the nails are not harming the dog in any way.

    I don't need to clip my dogs nails at all (even the dew claws, they use their dew claws enough to keep them worn down) because they just wear them down themselves, however if i sent them to a groomer, they would probably clip them a bit, just for the sake of it, which i really don't understand. Of course with the correct method, clipping nails is very safe, however accidents happen and I tend to think why should we risk it unless the dog genuinely needs his nails clipped?
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    I agree ... i rarely clip my dogs nails. Bronx has white nails and its easy to see the quick but Mojos are black and i am so worried i'd cut them to short so i leave them long.

    Last vet visit i asked him to cut Mojos for me and he showed me how to do it if they are black nails. From the tip of the nail back it 'hollows' out or 'concave' might be a better word... where it stops and becomes even again is where you dont want to cut. So i still play it safe and leave a bit of the concave in the nail.

    I think people cut their dogs nails because they think they could scratch people or other dogs easily. To be honest i think dogs nails are sharper after they have been cut.


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    I cut my dogs nails every two weeks and the quick doesn't seem to get sorter at all. One of my dogs nails curves out wards when it gets too long and they don't naturally wear down but my dogs usually are only running on soft surfaces.

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    Susan Garrett's team vet on nail clipping - introduced by Susan Garrett
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM4H...ature=youtu.be

    and doberdawn on dremelling nails - she shows diagrams for the quick and explains... and her dog's claws are really stumpy.
    How to Dremel Dog Nails @ DoberDawn.com

    Frosty doesn't get to run on hard or sandy or dirt surfaces very much at all - she mostly gets to run on grass or sometimes the beach - so nothing much wears her claws down and when they get long she scratches her friends right open. She's not that gentle.

    So she went for a claw trim today. I go to a groomer who is really good even with all black claws. So Frosty can blame the groomer not me - that's if she isn't being chain fed bits of steak treats. She's not that stressed if she's still eating. And she's not bothered enough by the trim to stop eating. I figure $10 for every month and a half ish - is worth it.

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    I've never clipped a nail in my life. They just wear down naturally, including the dew claws. However, i do wonder how our sheep dogs ever wore their nails down as they were almost entirely running on grass but they never seemed to be a problem

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    where were your sheep dogs when they weren't herding. My cousins dogs are in small runs or chained up on dirt patches which they spend some time digging and scratching... the equivalent of living on sand paper. There's not that much dirt in my home. Ie most of Frosty's spare time is spent sunbaking on a mat in the yard on the grass, or on the couch.

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    Hmm various responses As a groomer, i know how to and will clip clients nails... but i think my opinion of 'too long' is a little different to other peoples

    A large part of my backyard is concrete, and the dogs do zoomies all over that, so i guess thats how they wear theirs down. Our old working Border Collie X used to only really walk on grass and he never had his clipped, so maybe its different with different types of dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    MMJ

    where were your sheep dogs when they weren't herding. My cousins dogs are in small runs or chained up on dirt patches which they spend some time digging and scratching... the equivalent of living on sand paper. There's not that much dirt in my home. Ie most of Frosty's spare time is spent sunbaking on a mat in the yard on the grass, or on the couch.
    Yup, they were chained on dirt patches, so maybe that explains it.

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