How to Groom a Large Dog's Paws

Easy
15 - 20 Minutes
1 Month

Introduction

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. 

Dog's Perspective

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. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Always work gently and quickly, keeping up positive chatter while you work. This will help keep your pup relaxed, as will giving him a few treats along the way.
  • Always use sharp shears, they won't pull or rip the hair out of your pup's feet.
  • Bathing your pup's paws first lets you go over them more thoroughly, looking for injury.
  • If you see any signs of serious injury or damage, be sure to take your pup in to see his vet.
  • Use extreme care when using shears around your pup's paws, as it is very easy to cut him.
  • If there are any mats in the hair on his paws, be sure to use the shears to cut them out, never try to rip them out with a brush or comb.
  • Be sure to give your pup time to get used to the shears before trying to actually use them on his paws, this will help calm him down and make the job much easier.
  • Finally, if you see any signs of infection, excessive damage, or anything else that is out of the ordinary, be sure to take your pup to see his vet. 

Conclusion

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. 

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