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Old 04-21-2010, 02:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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when i first brought mochi home, the breeder warned me that having hardwood floors is not so good for poodles. reason being they have slippery paws from the hair growing out between the toes and the slipping causes their toes to 'spread'. i notice that when she slips on the floors a bit sometimes, her toes do seem to spread as if they're gripping for traction, but nothing's there to grip. has anyone else heard of this before or is it just a myth?

mochi has really pretty feet and i'd hate to see them otherwise!
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I have heard this and I am not sure it's just a poodle thing.

If I had hardwood floors I would have rugs scattered all over. Dogs can develop a fear of slipping - not all but they can. Aoki rarely goes into the kitchen, so I have rugs scattered but enough that she does have to walk on some of the floor. I don't want to enable her fear.

I would think if they slip the wrong way they can throw their hips out or break a bone. ?
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I see what you mean in regards to fear of slippery surfaces and injury. I think I saw a Cesar Milan episode on a dog that refused to walk on linoleum floors. Thankfully I haven't noticed that behavior in mochi.

I'm more concerned about her toes losing their nice shape from always having to spread her toes wider apart for more traction? I don't know if I'm explaining this correctly Her toes have a nice arched shape and they are tightly formed together so I was wondering if slippery surfaces could potentially cause damage to the form.
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I think its more likely to affect old dogs hips if anything. It wouldn't only affect poodles, as most other breeds have hair that grows between their toes. My dogs do fine on hard wood or any other slick surface. I've never noticed it affecting them in any way. It's all a matter of what they are used to. My spoo does have a phobia of slick floors, but if she wants to eat she has too walk thru the house. She just goes slowly. It's myth IMO. That's not to say that an old dog with bad hips couldn't be injured if they fell they wrong way. I'd say it has nothing to do with the feet. IMO.
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we have hardwood and tile floors throughout our house. we are careful not to play too rough with jessie in the house b/c we don't want to encourage her jumping too much. i don't believe the natural arch of the spoos toes which create (along with their thick pads) that beautiful, almost balletic position of their feet could be changed just b/c they are walking on a "slippery" surface. i agree, i would be more concerned about hips.
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I read that hardwood floors are not terrible as long as they are not on them all the time without some support. It does effect their joints and hips at a much higher rate then a carpeted or grass floor. Also slip breaks can happen to young ones too - but obviously harder in the older dogs.
I think training has much to do with how a dog will do on these type floors.

I also read to keep their nails well trimmed.
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I also read to keep their nails well trimmed.
And the hair between the paw pads clipped! This is one reason I'm such a fan of clean poodle feet! Katy lets Meau's feet grow too long (IMO) between doing FFT and she seems to be more "slippery" than Lucy whose feet I keep clean all the time... They have more grip and traction using their naked paw pads then with hair covered paw pads (IMO...)
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Thanks for all the input guys! I suppose I don't shave her paws often enough...every 4-6 weeks at the groomers. I've never learned to use clippers before. Poodles are still very new to me. How often should I be shaving them?
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About 4 months ago, we tore out the carpet and put in laminate flooring planks....so now the whole first floor is wood. We have 2 huge area rugs but the "racetrack" area is not the carpet area. They have no problems...however I still feel that they need to run alot so they run outside more....the inside is more for relaxing. With carpet, it was endless racetrack games of chase etc.
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Thanks for all the input guys! I suppose I don't shave her paws often enough...every 4-6 weeks at the groomers. I've never learned to use clippers before. Poodles are still very new to me. How often should I be shaving them?
I try to do Lucy's face, feet and fanny every week or two at the most - I was going NUTZ because she was just spayed and I put off her clipping for a little longer than usual. Some people don't mind faces and feet getting fuzzy, but I love seeing Lucy's clean face and feet! She's only been to a professional groomer (besides Arreau during her first eight weeks of life) once when she was about 5 months old. Other than that, I do Lucy's grooming myself... I like it!! It's FUN!! And I never knew how to use clippers either until I got my spoo!
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