How to Groom a Large Dog's Paws

Easy
10 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Your large dog’s paws see so much of his world. They become incredibly dirty quickly and easily as he walks around your backyard or even dog parks where other dogs frequent. His paws can become injured and collect debris poking into his paw pads or even causing bacterial infections. Grooming your large dog’s paws is imperative for his overall health and well-being as well as for keeping him in tip-top big guy shape. Your large dog has huge paws. These big paws need special attention so they can continue to browse the world.

Dog's Perspective

Not all dogs like their paws to be messed with. If your big dog is licking his paws incessantly, he may have an injury and grooming his paws might be uncomfortable. Once you get through your first big grooming with your dog’s large paws, maintain them often to keep them clean and healthy. Be sure to give your big guy a nice tasty treat to ease any discomfort he has.

The Sleepy Dog Method

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Tired
Groom your large dog's paws when he is tired. You can do this after exercise or at the end of a long day. He will be more apt to stay still and lay down quietly if he is a sleepy pup.
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Lie down
Have your large dog lie down. If he's at all apprehensive, just talk with him, rub his tummy, and offer him some love and comfort. You can also give him a tasty treat or have a second person distract him while you work on his paws.
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Bend leg
Working on your dog's front paws is easier if you can bend your dog's leg at the paw to get a good position for trimming between the paw pads.
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Scissors
Use a pair of small straight edge scissors flat against your dog's pads and trim the fur growing out between the pads so that it is flush with the paw pads. Be careful not to push down too hard against his paw pads because you don't want to nick the skin.
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In between pads
Point the tip of short scissors down in between the paw pads and snip the fur carefully between these large paw pads. Pay special attention to the space between the paw pads and do not nick the skin. This area is webbed and very sensitive. Avoid poking with scissors or getting too close to the skin or pads.
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Paw edges
Use scissors or clippers to trim around the edges of the paw pads to keep a nice round shape and tidy appearance
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Nail
If your large breed dog needs a good nail trim, use nail cutters to trim all of his nails carefully, avoiding the quick. If your dog has a dew claw, don't forget to trim that claw as well.
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The Clean, Clip, and Cut Method

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Clean
Using a wet washcloth or wet wipes clean your dog's paws. Be sure to wipe out the areas in between toes and paw pads as well.
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Clip
Use clippers to trim the tops, the front, and sides of your dog's large paws. The fur around your dog's paws should be no longer than the paw itself. Many owners like to keep the hair short so it doesn't touch the ground as your dog walks.
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Scissors
Use a pair of shorts scissors to trim any long fur growing from the bottom of the paw between toes and paw pads. Just be cautious of the skin around your dog's toes and paw pads. Be careful not to cut the webbing in between his toes.
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4
Paw pads
Separate your dog's paw pads and toes and trim in between using scissors. If you have small clippers, you can also scoop clip in between paw pads and toes. To do this, you will need to be able to fit the clippers in that space and very gently just scoop up the fur in between the toes and pads. Be very cautious of the sensitive skin in this area so you don't clip it by accident.
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Edges
Use your clippers or scissors to carefully trim any excess for hanging over the edges of your dog's large paws. You'll want this to be a nice clean edge. You can round this to the shape of your dog's paw to give it a tidy look.
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Claws
While you're working on your large dog's huge paws, be sure to check out his nails as well. Use nail clippers to trim your dog's nails and file them down so there aren't any edges to snag on carpet or terrain.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Your dog's paws see a lot of the world, so they are probably quite dirty every day.
  •  Wiping down your large dog's huge paws can be done every day before bedtime if you want to keep his feet nice and clean.
  • You don't need to clip your dog's fur every time you groom his paws.
  • You also do not need to trim his nails every time you groom has paws.
  • When you trim your dog's nails, take a close look in between toes and paw pads to remove any debris and check for any injury.
  • If your large dog is licking his paws incessantly it might be a sign of an injury or potentially a yeast or bacterial infection. Check these out closely and keep the area clean for healing.
  • With the exception of trimming with scissors in between your dog's paw pads, try to always keep your scissors parallel to your dog's skin to avoid nicks and cuts.
  • When you are trimming your large dog's huge paws and his nails, be cautious of cutting the quick hidden deep inside the nail. This is fairly easy to see if your dog has white or clear claws, however, darker claws hide the quick easily.
  •  If you do accidentally cut your dog's nail quick and it starts to bleed, baking soda or styptic powder can help to stop bleeding.

Conclusion

Let your dog explore his world with healthy paws. Keep his paws clean and well-groomed but be careful not to tickle his toes. A happy dog will be walking free, giving you a round of a-paws when his claws are neat and trim. Paws a bit and take time for a well-groomed, healthy appearance.

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