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I'm trying to figure out how long I can go between getting the fluffs groomed, so I was wondering approximately how often do you have your fluff's nails cut? I know that nails grow at different paces, but on average?

I brush and bathe the dogs just fine, but I am too afraid to cut their nails right now. But if it means I don't have to make an appt with the mobile groomer as often, I guess I'll have to learn.

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when i was cutting them myself, i cut after each weekly bath when the nails were soft. i just shaved a little off each time to give me confidence and them used to it. when i have the mobile groomer come over to do it, i have her come every other week - but that is mostly to get them used to having people come over and also to have some of the longer quicks recede. does that make sense? anyway, i think you can have the nails trimmed as little as once a month? walking on concrete helps to keep them shorter.
 

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That's the one thing I don't do for Rocky at all...I bring him to the groomer for a nail trim when he doesn't get groomed every month to five weeks...I'll go in between. Now that I have him in the puppy cut, I will probably bring him every four weeks and get them trimmed then. We take long walks after the sun goes down, so I'm sure that helps. I'm too chicken to do it myself!

I'm trying to figure out how long I can go between getting the fluffs groomed, so I was wondering approximately how often do you have your fluff's nails cut? I know that nails grow at different paces, but on average?

I brush and bathe the dogs just fine, but I am too afraid to cut their nails right now. But if it means I don't have to make an appt with the mobile groomer as often, I guess I'll have to learn.

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I usually do it every other week. I'll do it every week if I'm actively showing the dogs.

Marina loves cutting the nails - and I'm more than happy to have her do it! That was one of the hardest parts of grooming for me to get used to - cutting the nails. Of course, I'm kind of wimpy about it and I don't cut them as closely as they could be cut.
 

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I think that it will not be easy to cut Keiko's nails. She cannot bear to have her front legs touched at all. When I try to touch them, she immediately lays down and tucks her legs under her body. She broke her front leg in a fall a couple of years ago, so she's very nervous about those front legs. I'm working with her every day to de-sensitize her, but so far, no luck.

If I just trim their nails a bit each week with a small nail scissor, maybe I won't be so afraid.
 

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If I just trim their nails a bit each week with a small nail scissor, maybe I won't be so afraid.
It took me a while (a looooong while) to get comfortable with the idea of clipping nails myself. I use cat nail clippers, they are like little scissors, and do their nails after each bath when the nails are soft. I bathe every week and trim a little bit each time. Get some Quik Stop and keep it handy in case you cut too close. Sprinkle a little bit of Quick Stop into the cap and should you cut a nail too short and it starts to bleed, just put that nail into the Quik Stop in the cap and the nail will stop bleeding. You will get used to clipping nails after you do it a few times.
 

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I use the Pedipaws, because the clippers were too scary for me. We trim them once a week and it's always a two-person job! It's my least favorite thing to do!
 

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I am not overly fond of doing it. If Lola is walking outside on the hard pavement a lot, she doesn't really need it so much, but I check and snip as necessary every other week.
 

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I have never cut them myself- I let the groomer do that. Now we're going probably once every 5-6 weeks. Bisou only walks on the sidewalks so I think that helps too.
 

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Hunter does a lot of walking so the only nails that ever need trimming are his dew claws. I usually have them trimmed every 6 weeks.
 

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I do mine once a week. But once a month should be fine. You could do a little filing in between if they have any specific nails that grow quickly (some dogs dewclaws grow more quickly since they aren't down on the ground for example).
 

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Micky gets his clipped at the groomers. I'm way too chicken to cut them myself. He gets groomed every 3-4 weeks.
 

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I literally never cut my Malts nails. I file them with an emery nail thingy... like just a normal people nail file. Its fairly easy since the nails are white (white nails are softer than black nails) and small. Its superrrr easy after a bath. I prefer this much more because I never hurt my baby andddd her nails arent rough and jagged when I'm done so they dont scratch my skin :)
 

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Do you take both of the girls out for walks on concrete at all? If you do, you probably don't need to trim as often.

I end up trimming the nails on the front legs about every 2 weeks, and hardly ever need to trim the back nails because they wear down on their own. The tricky ones are the dewclaws which are almost impossible for me to trim but somehow I manage.

If you are not comfortable trimming the nails yourself, especially while Keiko is getting used to her paws being handled, take them in to have it done. I was so afraid for so long...then when I ordered all of my grooming supplies, I ordered nail clippers "just in case" I got the courage. lol I still do not feel comfortable clipping London's nails (although I do it), but Preston's are all white and tiny and are so easy to do...he is also a VERY good boy. :) Taking off a tiny bit each week after a bath is the best way to start out. Make sure you have Quik-stop powder or gel handy (I use the gel...only had to use it once!).
 

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I tried to cut Nelson's nails when he was a baby. It didn't go so well. He was too squirmy and I didn't want to take a chance. Now my cats nails, I've been cutting his since he was a kitten for like 9 years now. I do his once a week or every 2 weeks.

But Nelson't gotten his clipped quite a bit already. He's gone to the groomer twice and got it done. And any time we go to the vets we get it done while we are there. They don't charge extra if you have an office visit, for like a shot or something. And they did it today while he got neutered too. So he'll be good till his next grooming time.

We will just do it when he gets groomed, or if they seem long before then, we'd go to the vet to have them do it. His nails are dark and thicker now, and he still wouldn't sit still, so I wouldn't want to risk cutting too close, OUCH!
 

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For now I will let the groomer do them. I don't take them out on concrete, so their nails grow fast.
 
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