Trimming a shaggy dog’s hair can actually help their paw health as well as their outward appearance. Grooming the fur along the bottom of dog’s paws can be especially important for longer-haired breeds because, as Dogster.com says, “…longer hair can mat and accumulate dirt. In the wintertime, long
hair on the paws can attract snow and ice as well as hazardous salt and
chemical de-icers.” Another more obvious trimming tip is to regularly shorten you dog’s nails to prevent a host of potential paw issues including catching and tearing the nail, splaying of the feet, and preventing the paw pads from achieving
proper traction – not to mention the constant tick-tack sounds on hard flooring.