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Does anyone have any recommendations on residing the quick on a doberman's nails? I have the nails as short as they will go but I would like them a little shorter so they don't click when he walks.
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if they are clicking, then they are much much to long, thats for sure.
start dremmling the nails every other day, bit for bit, til you get them to the lengh you like
if they are at the lengh you like, you just need to keep it up, maybe once a week.and with dremmling them eevery other day the quick will go back too

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To shorten the nails, you need to expose the quick (not cut into it, just expose it) about every 3 days-much easier to do this with a dremel than with clippers. Putting Preparation H on the nail after you dremel and expose the quick also helps the quick to recede.



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To shorten the nails, you need to expose the quick (not cut into it, just expose it) about every 3 days-much easier to do this with a dremel than with clippers. Putting Preparation H on the nail after you dremel and expose the quick also helps the quick to recede.
I have never heard of prep h to make the quick go back. Our dog Kitana had horrid nails when we got her and we cut them all the time but they are still long. I am going to try the dremel every couple days and the prep h.
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To shorten the nails, you need to expose the quick (not cut into it, just expose it) about every 3 days-much easier to do this with a dremel than with clippers. Putting Preparation H on the nail after you dremel and expose the quick also helps the quick to recede.
I did not know that about Prep H - learn something every day - great tip!!

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[QUOTE=Marieldobes;716333]I did not know that about Prep H - learn something every day - great tip!!

It *is* a great tip, isn't it? I can't take credit for it, someone posted it on this board about a year or so ago...I think that was Michelle Kramer. I tried it, and found it really did work.

(LOL, I'm one of those people who HATE doing toenails, and frequently find myself in the position of having to get nails shortened fast before my handler yells at me. ).



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I also think that the prep H is a great tip and it makes sense that it would work. One question, does it burn or cause pain to the dog at all to use it? I am guessing it wouldn't unless the quick was open, but am wondering as I would like to try it too.


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I also think that the prep H is a great tip and it makes sense that it would work. One question, does it burn or cause pain to the dog at all to use it? I am guessing it wouldn't unless the quick was open, but am wondering as I would like to try it too.
I've never seen the slightest bit of body language that would lead me to suspect there was any discomfort involved in using it. Considering it's actual function, and WHERE it's used, I'd say there's none...people use it to get RELIEF from hemmorhoid pain.



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Using the dremmel definitely helps. I've finally gotten to the I've had it phase of the nail thing. Jubes is a nightmare and it takes 3 of us to do hers. Jordan isnt' that bad but the quicks on the outside nails in the back are very long. When you hit the quick with the dremmel there is only a little seepage of blood and no reaction from the dog at all. Total blood loss is less than a single drop. I'm going to try the every 3 day thing and see if I can make some progress. I have been trying the prep H but I dont think I was going down far enough.
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I have a couple of Pula's nails that are longer than I want (outside back feet). This is my first dog dremeling and it took m e a few tries to get it, and so I didn't get enough off the first times. Hence the longer nails. I went into the quick with the dremel and just a little seepage. She didn't seem to notice. I am trying to work them back, and it sounds like I just need to do them a little more often to get the quick to recede. The Prep-H is a good tip. Thanks.
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Rocketdog, these must be longer nails on a lot of dogs. All J's back nails are all shorter than the front except for those 2. They've even been quicked at the groomers and I felt so bad for him. I wanted him to have a positive experience, just brought him in for the experience really and had them to a nail trimming just for him to have something done and they quicked him on one of his back outside nails.

I have to admit I do get lazy. It is easiest to do the nails at night when he's had a full day and that is his lazy time. When I work 3rd shift that leaves me with only 2 nights a week and quite frankly I'm lazy on those nights. I need to get back to my priorities and the nails somewhere near the top.
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To shorten the nails, you need to expose the quick (not cut into it, just expose it) about every 3 days-much easier to do this with a dremel than with clippers. Putting Preparation H on the nail after you dremel and expose the quick also helps the quick to recede.

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I did not know that about Prep H - learn something every day - great tip!!

It *is* a great tip, isn't it? I can't take credit for it, someone posted it on this board about a year or so ago...I think that was Michelle Kramer. I tried it, and found it really did work.

(LOL, I'm one of those people who HATE doing toenails, and frequently find myself in the position of having to get nails shortened fast before my handler yells at me. ).
We have something in common - I really have to work at doing Jordan's nails once a week and they are a little longer than a like and one of these days Michelle is going to be calling for her - so I need to be ready!!

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Hi all love all the good info. I would like to see some pic's so i know how far to go.

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Hi all love all the good info. I would like to see some pic's so i know how far to go.
Some pictures would be great to see how short the nails should be. I love this form. Everyone has just great ideas. A great pool of knowledge.
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Here is a pic of my guy's rear paw- they are not incredibly short but just enough so they don't touch the floor. I dremel them once a week
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I would start by dremmeling every few days.

I am in no way implying you're even considering it but the last thing you want to do is purposely cut into the quick like ive read some people do to shorten the nails. No reason to traumatize the dog to get quick results.

I've made a few mistakes along the way and thankfully been forgiven. You will get the hang (no pun intendend) of it in no time.
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Oh...and here is a good tutorial on how to dremel that has been recommended on this site numerous times.

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