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November 6, 2023

From Floof to Fabulous: Mastering Golden Retriever Paw Trims Like a Pro

Learn how to master Golden Retriever paw trims like a pro

Alex Martin

From Floof to Fabulous: Mastering Golden Retriever Paw Trims Like a Pro


As professional dog groomers, we encounter various breeds with unique grooming needs. One such breed is the beloved and majestic Golden Retriever. With their fluffy coats and paws resembling bear paws, it's essential to master the art of Golden Retriever paw trims.

The Importance of Paw Trims

Golden Retrievers are active dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors. Their paws come into contact with a range of surfaces, including hot pavement, rough terrain, and even allergens. Regular paw trims not only maintain your client's dog's overall appearance but also ensure their paw pads stay healthy.

Tools You'll Need

Before diving into the paw trimming process, gather the necessary tools:

  • Small grooming shears or scissors
  • Nail clippers
  • Styptic powder (to stop bleeding in case of nail accidents)
  • Ear cleaner and cotton balls (for cleaning the ears during the grooming session)

Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Golden Retriever Paw Trims

Step 1: Preparing the Paws

Start by ensuring your client's dog is comfortable and relaxed. Gently brush their paw hair to remove any mats or tangles. Use your fingers to separate the hair around the paw pads. This step helps identify the areas that need trimming.

Step 2: Trimming the Paw Pads

Using your grooming shears, trim the hair around the paw pads. Be careful not to cut too close to the pads, as this may cause discomfort or injury. Maintain a moderate length, ensuring the hair sits flush with the pads.

Step 3: Nail Trimming

Golden Retrievers typically have thick nails that can be challenging to cut. Employ a nail clipper designed for large dog breeds. Trim the nails gradually, avoiding the quick (the sensitive part inside the nail). If you accidentally cut the quick and cause bleeding, apply styptic powder immediately.

Step 4: Checking Dewclaws

Golden Retrievers often have dewclaws, which are the small claws located higher up on their legs. Check if these claws need trimming. If so, use the grooming shears to carefully trim them, ensuring you don't cut too close to the quick.

Step 5: Cleaning and Finishing Touches

After the trimming process, use the ear cleaner and cotton balls to clean the dog's ears. Remember, maintaining overall hygiene is crucial. Finally, give the paws a gentle wipe with a damp cloth to remove any loose hair or dirt.

Tips for Successful Golden Retriever Paw Trims

Now that you know the step-by-step process, here are some valuable tips to elevate your skills and ensure exceptional paw trims for Golden Retrievers:


Mastering Golden Retriever paw trims sets you apart as a skilled groomer. By following the step-by-step guide and implementing the tips provided, you'll be able to transform those floofy paws into fabulous ones with ease.

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