Miley has never had her nails trimmed. She runs a lot, and her nails wear down naturally– as dog nails are supposed to do.
This is one of her front dewclaws, which also wears down as she runs. These dewclaws touch the ground whenever she changes direction abruptly.
It’s so worn down that I have to dig it out with my thumb to show you.
All the dogs I knew growing up spent a lot of time running hard outside– except my grandmother’s miniature dachshund.
She had to have her nails clipped, and oh boy, did she hate it.
I can still see my grandpa holding Heidi in a towel while my grandmother held her jaws shut so Gramps could clip them.
When I asked him why the bigger dogs never got their nails clipped, he just told me it was because they were out running all the time and they naturally wore them down.
You can tell from Miley’s feet that it would be a one in a million shot for her to damage that dewclaw. It’s so well-aligned and gets so worn down that there is virtually no way for it to catch on anything.
I am glad she has them, though. There is a chance she may have to pull herself out of an icy pond some time.
There is a greater chance of that than any chance of her tearing a dewclaw.
Simple risk analysis.
Dog people don’t have it.