While many large dogs appear to have short hair on their paws, don't be fooled. Most still need to have their paws properly groomed from time to time. In fact, you should pick one day of the month to groom your dog, including his paws. If you let the hair on his paws become excessively long, it can affect the way your dog walks, how his joints are aligned and can cause significant pain.
Thankfully, keeping a big dog's paws in shape is pretty easy and shouldn't take more than 15 to 20 minutes. Just make sure your pup has learned the basic commands such as 'sit', 'come', 'stay', and 'down', as this will make the job a little easier.
The last thing your dog wants is for every step he takes to be painful. Can you imagine what it must feel like to walk around like this? When you let the hair on your pup's feet get too long, it would be like walking around with your socks rolled under your feet and stuffed between your toes. Your pup may not look like it, but you can bet he really loves how his feet feel after you finish grooming them.
One of the biggest jobs you have as a responsible pet owner is to take good care of your pup and his every need. Hairy paws can be very uncomfortable for your pup to walk on. Too much hair can keep his pads from actually contacting the ground or floor, increasing the risk of a fall and injury. Taking care of his paws should only take a few minutes, but is something you should be doing at least once a month.