What do wild dogs do? Or wolves to keep their nails short and not curled?
What are the dangers of dogs having long nails??
Wild canines run many miles over hard terrain every day. They also scratch and dig. Large domestic dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors tend to keep their nails worn down in the same way. Dogs with very long nails typically are not being walked enough.
The problems with dogs nails being too long is that they’ll actually put pressure on the bones and tendons in the dog’s foot and cause it to become deformed- dogs that aren’t well cared for end up with "duck feet" where all the toes are splayed out and gnarled from trying to compensate for the long nails. Nails can also curl back around and grow into the dog’s foot causing a painful puncture wound. If the dog is constantly limping on painful feet, the rest of his body- legs, hips, back, etc. – has to realign to account for that, and eventually bad nails can contribute to bad hips and bad backs as well. It’s very important to keep your dog’s nails as short as possible at all times.