We have hardwood floors and hairy footed dogs. I trim all of it between the pads when I trim their nails every two weeks. Also in the winter it keeps them from getting snowballs stuck in their and in the summer it keeps them from bringing in all the dirt and mud.
Definitely, but not with scissors. Get a (preferably dog grooming specific) razor and use a #10 blade and run it starting at the large part of the paw pad down over the toe pads. Just make sure not to stick it or push it in between his toes, it doesn't have to be naked in there!
My aussies and my cat all get that foot hair and if I let it go long enough it can grow up to a half an inch in length. I trim it back with a Trimming Shears. basically a scissors specially made for grooming.
I trim the hair level with the pads, works pretty well. I would use a clipper if I had one. I pull or brush the fur on top of the feet between the pads and scissor off the excess there as well. That really helps keep tiny mats from forming around grass seeds.
I use my cordless Wahl Arco SE to shave hair clean between the pads and toes. The Poodles have naked feet, but the Tzu gets shaved clean between the pads, and use a scissor to trim and shape the hair on his feet.
Use scissors when trimming hair out of pads. Do not clipper them out. The need that hair to protect the pads. When you take all the hair too short than they have no protection from stones, stickers, etc. All you need to do is brush the hair up and scissor even with the bottom of the pads. Be careful as you can cut the pad. If you do. Either use quick stop or even cornstarch/baby powder to stop the bleeding. If you do it slow and careful you will have no probs and in no time will be a pro at grooming your own dog. good luck
Chloe has fuzzy feet...when I had her in for a bath two months ago I had the groomer "dig out" the fuzz from the bottom of her foot. She took this really tiny razord and just "scooped" the fur out.
I'm glad I had her do it, because the fur had been irritating Chloe's feet and was causing her to lick at them and they were starting to get infected. Ever since she's had it cleaned out she has been foot-licky free.
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