View Full Version : Nail Coverings for Dogs??? UPDATE!!

24th January 2007, 04:16 PM
Mary Alice scratched the daylights out of our leather couch last night!! :yikes

Karlin had posted a link to some nail covers for cats.

Does anyone know where I can get something similar for this very naughty doggie???

Does anyone know how to fix/mask large scratches on leather??

Now Hubby doesn't want her left alone.....she goes berserk in a crate, but he has visions of her ripping up the leather.

She was only alone for 5 minutes when this happened...I was sleeping and he was out of the room. :sl*p:

This hasn't gone over very well...she's in big trouble with Hubby. :shock:

Daisy's Mom
24th January 2007, 04:22 PM
I have bought these nail covers, but I haven't used them, so I can't comment on whether they work.


I actually bought them prior to getting Daisy because we have hardwood floors and we were so concerned that they would be really scratched up by her nails. (My husband really did not want a dog and he used that problem to try to talk me out of getting her. So I bought these glue-on nail covers as a way to alleviate the problem and take it out of play, so to speak. ;) )

They sound good, but I just haven't had the nerve to put them on yet, and we haven't been able to tell that she's scratching the floor up yet either. But I have them on hand just in case.
They say that they are harmless even if they do chew them off and swallow them. They eventually fall off as the nail grows. One of the testimonials said that she uses a missing nail cover as an indicator that her dogs nails need trimming.

24th January 2007, 04:46 PM
Thanks very much.

Some free advice....after what happened at our house, put them on before something happens. :)

I'm going to try to find some in a petstore because it takes two weeks if ordered online!!! :flwr: :flwr:

24th January 2007, 04:50 PM
Have you tried filing her nails after cutting them? Chester is fairly tolerant and will let me file each nail with one of my emery boards to get the sharp/rough edges off and it makes a HUGE difference. I'll flip him over belly-up in my lap so all 4 paws are easy to get to and it only takes 1-2 minutes to do all the nails. Sometimes he wants to fidget so I'll swaddle him in a blanket with one leg at a time sticking out and that restrains him nicely. Also, walking a furbaby on the concrete sidewalks will file/smooth down the nails nicely too.

I haven't heard of anyone using the nail covers on a dog, and in the meantime, you may want to throw a sheet or blanket over the sofa until you are able to smooth out her nails! It may take a little while to get her used to having the nails filed, but do it a little bit every day and give lots of praise and treats and she'll get used to it soon enough.

Daisy's Mom
24th January 2007, 04:57 PM
You're probably right -- my husband would have a conniption if she scratched up our leather chair. I should probably just go ahead and try to put the nail covers on. If she tore something major up, he'd probably never get over it. I've hesitated partly because I'm still really nervous about trimming her nails, and this seems like a more delicate process than that. Getting her to hold still is a challenge, to say the least.

My dh really likes Daisy and loves on her whenever she goes up to him, but he still says that she's too much trouble. As he puts it, "she's a great dog for someone who wants a dog." She really loves him and just turns herself inside out being charming with him. I think she knows he's a harder sell than me. She's got me wrapped around her little toe and knows it.

24th January 2007, 05:02 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.

The couch was covered!! She kicked the cover off...she's been kicking covers off since we got her but we didn't think she'd claw it!!
She normally kicks the covers off and goes to sleep.
Hubby said she was asleep when he left the room....but she hates being alone...she used to just howl.

We do walk her on sidewalks a few times a day.

I haven't been able to get at her nails...we had them cut at the vets.

I shall have a go at them with an emery board....hadn't thought of that!!

I do appreciate your suggestions...unfortunatley Mary Alice is a rascal, to say in the least!!! :shock: :shock:

24th January 2007, 05:23 PM
I used the soft claws on my cats and I wasn't quite sure what I thought of them. A few of them fell off after 2 days, but the others stayed on for weeks! (I guess I figured out how to put them on correctly after a while) What I didn't like was that my kitty's fur was accidently glued in with the tip :yikes It didn't seem to bother him, but I was so worried that it was going to cause an infection or hurt him. I didn't know how far to push them on either because their claws are retractable... I haven't used them since because I am a worry wart.

I think they would be fine for a dog, the hair is easier to work with around the paws if it is trimmed back. Also, their claws don't go back into themselves the way cats do. It was nice that the cat couldn't claw up my furniture anymore :lol: I did it while he was sleeping and he barely noticed.

24th January 2007, 05:33 PM
I called my vets office because I wasn't sure about her chewing glue.

She WILL eat these things....for sure!

They said many folks use them for cats....some are ok, some don't like it.

So, mixed reviews....but I'm getting them asap.

If she doesn't like them, too bad.

Hubby wasn't a happy camper, not at all! :x :x :x

Thanks for telling me about the fur and glue problem. :flwr: :flwr:

24th January 2007, 06:14 PM
I've used Soft Paws and they work really well. They are also made for dogs -- same website.

24th January 2007, 06:22 PM
Thanks Karlin.....now all I've got to do is find some and get them on her! :flwr:

Joanne M
24th January 2007, 06:36 PM
I hope, I'm not tempting fate by saying Tucker's destructive chewing has stopped. Now he seems content to anhilate his toys.

I have hardwood floors throughout my house and his nails have not damaged the floors at all. My sister has a golden retriever and his nails have scratched up her floors. I wonder if its the difference in weight?

Tucker did his worst damage in the early months that I had him. Both times when I was at home. I went down to the basement to do laundry and he ate my eyeglasses. The next worst damage came again when I was in the basement. He chewed a very large chunk out of the doorway molding between the living room and kitchen. The most prominent doorway he could have chosen to do his destruction. I think it was a bit of a temper that made him do it. He knew I was in the house, he wanted attention and was mad because he felt left out (then again, what do I know).

What I have noticed is that he hasn't done this in a year. Though he rips his own stuffed toys to shreds and chews on them to pieces, he is currently laying on the bed in the spare room, where my computer is, and there are three very tempting stuffed animals on that bed. Whether I'm in the room with him or not, he has not bothered these. For the longest time I kept these stuffed toys off the bed, fearing he would destroy them. He seems to understand these are the property of his most favorite cousin Elizabeth. I keep toys for her as she visits often, and he respects them. I hope I don't regret trusting that he'll continue.

Daisy's Mom
24th January 2007, 06:49 PM
That's awesome, Joanne! I'll knock on some wood for you. I seriously cannot wait for the day when Daisy leaves behind the destructive chewing! She grabs anything and everything she can and runs with it, chomping gleefully every step of the way. We have a large coffee table in the family room and she'll always run under it with her "prize" so I can't get to her unless I get down on my hands and knees. So frustrating.

She chews the kids' toys unmercifully, plus anything you drop accidentally is like a magnet for her. I harp on the kids constantly to put anything out of reach they don't want her destroying (for her sake and/or their own). I pray she grows out of this. It's probably the single thing I find most annoying. She'll literally run upstairs and graze in the toy room for any object small enough to get in her mouth and bring it down and taunt us with it. I've tried the dog whisperer thing where I dominantly tell her to drop it, I've tried treating her for dropping it, and everything else in between. She is slightly better at dropping things than she used to be, but she's just as bad as ever at stealing them in the first place.

As far as bigger things around the house, she chewed the bottom corner of 2-3 cabinet doors in the kitchen (solid cherry, new house, yikes!), and she chewed the bottom slat of the wooden blind on the back door. She will also chew the bottom edge of the wooden desk in our office if given the opportunity. So maybe we've been lucky or at least vigilant enough to prevent more major things. We used bitter apple and some supposedly even yuckier stuff on the cabinet door, and she literally went right over and licked it off! Like, yum yum, seasoning! -- thanks, Mom!

I'm very scared she's going to choke on some small object or eat something that will make her sick.

24th January 2007, 06:53 PM
None of mine do destructive chewing but all like to dig at sofas. I have fabric not leather but they all do this with gusto as do a lot of cavaliers so not necessarily soemthing a dog will grow out of. It will be a training issue for you -- you can train her to need to wait to be invited on to furniture so she is only ever there under supervision. This is a polite thing to train any dog to do anyway.

In general I'd never leave a dog with free rein to roam the house. Better to select a room that is the dog's room for when you are out. Mine will stay happily and quietly in either of my upstairs rooms.

Joanne M
24th January 2007, 07:08 PM
I agree with Karlin about free roaming about the house. When I'm not at home, I shut both bedroom and the bathroom doors.

I also should have stressed that I live alone. I have frequent young children, my nieces as visitors. Still it's much easier for me to keep my house puppy proofed than a household with multiple adults and children living there full-time.

After the eyeglass eating incident, believe me, I still worry he'll get into things, that could harm him. Nothing is kept within his reach that I THINK he can be harmed by, that includes bands for my hair, barrettes, my glasses. I put things away after I use them.

But I do not want you to think he's turned such a corner that I don't need to be cautious, because I have to be. I just find it amazing that he has not bothered these three stuffed animals, my slippers or has he chewed on my shoes. I used to make sure my footwear was always put away in the closet and I don't anymore. So I'm proud of him for that but hopefully careful enough that I'm not tempting him or fate.

24th January 2007, 07:13 PM
Was Mary Alice just trying to get the chair "comfy"? We have throws on all the chairs Candle and Ally are allowed on and they dig at those to get them just right before laying down. They have a throw on a leather chair also and there are not any scratches on it.

I agree about not letting them have free roam of the house when you're gone. We don't use the crates anymore but we do gate them in the laundry room when we're gone.

24th January 2007, 07:26 PM

No, I think she was having a temper tantrum....she hates being alone...even briefly.

I know what you mean, we have a "dog chair" too, that both she and Charley have scrabbled to bits.....

She was asleep beside Hubby but he had the nerve to go get a coffee.

He could hear her making noises but thought she was "having a dream or something" :?

When he came back, the couch was all scratched up (it's really quite bad) where he'd been sitting. :shock:

He woke me up to tell me about it, but I thought he was exaggerating.

I'm not too impressed either.....must get those nail coverings fast!!

24th January 2007, 07:41 PM
Stewie does this when he is throwing a tantrum....he will find the noisiest surface he can and dig like a darn gerbil. His paws go sooooo fast!!! I know he is doing it on purpose because he will stop, see if I am looking, then do it again :x He does it on the couch, the wood floors the bathroom tile...where ever I happen to be and not paying attention to him :roll:

Barbara Nixon
24th January 2007, 09:13 PM
Over here is a company called Gliptone aka Liquid Leather which specialises in leather care products. Their original service was for car leather and they are the official suppliers to Rolls Royce. However, they now provide products for household upholstery , too. We had a classic car's seats done by a professional using thier restorer and dye and though not perfect (The car is a 1960s model) the result was very good.

We have used their cleaner and hide food on our suite, for 10 years, and it's as good as new. (For UK members-They supply many leather chain stores under the chains' names, but at a higher price. Buying direct is cheaper).

The website shows examples of what can be achieved. www.liquidleather.com

Cathy T
24th January 2007, 09:21 PM
I can relate to hubby is feeling. We bought new leather sofas and within a month the cat had made a big scratch down the side of the sofa. Knock on wood...I haven't had a problem with either of the dogs doing it.

25th January 2007, 03:18 AM
We put the Soft Paws on Rory when he was staying with my parents and their brand new leather couch. He didn't bother them (which surprised me!) and they work, but they do fall off occasionally. So you have to check them to see if they've fallen off and just replace them as needed.

25th January 2007, 03:44 AM
Thankyou Barbara for the link to Liquid Leather, hopefully we can improve the scratches.

If it's good enough for Rolls Royce, it's good enough for me! :) :flwr: :flwr:

25th January 2007, 03:45 AM
Thanks for the support Cathy, I wasn't impressed myself when I saw it!

We'll have to sort something out, quickly. :) :flwr: :flwr:

25th January 2007, 03:47 AM
Rorys' Mom, thanks, it's good to know they work well....now if only I can find them up here!

Apparently, Petsmart carry them in the US but not in Canada! Arghhh!

My vet can get them for twice the price, but fast! :flwr: :flwr:

25th January 2007, 03:51 AM
Stewie and Mary Alice must have a common ancestor!!!

That's exactly what she does.....she gets into a snit..then checks to see if you've noticed!!

Just incredible!

The really strange thing is, today she was very quiet...she knows she's in trouble and nobody said a word to her. What's the point the next morning....but she noticed us having a good luck at the damage!!! :x :x

She's now cuddled up to me, sound asleep and looks like an angel!! :lol:

25th January 2007, 04:34 AM
When they first came out the SoftPaws were not very popular - sounded like a good idea but the people I knew who used them weren't impressed. I'm sure they've worked out the "glitches" in them since then. I don't know how they work too well on retractable claws on a cat, but I can see them being successful on a dog - as long as the dog didn't decide to chew them off. My shihtzu would chew them off, the Cavs would ignore them.

I saw a pet store keeshound (SP) once that someone had tried to declaw. It was a mess, to say the least. The dog had constant trouble with its feet. Hurts just to think about it.

I think that QVC (www.QVC.com) also has a leather restoring product. I haven't used it, but all their products have a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. If you try it and don't like it you can get your money back.

Good luck! We need new chairs in our L/R, but it's because the ones we have (which are leather) are old and worn out from us sitting in them. The dogs have left them alone except for licking them constantly.

25th January 2007, 03:07 PM
I got them from petedge.com and I believe they ship to Canada??

25th January 2007, 03:53 PM
Yes they do! Thanks very much.

I've just pm'd you about sizing.

I don't think I'm up to catching her today! ;)

Just curious, do you buy colours so you can see them easily??

I know, that's a dumb idea but I want to check her every morning without having to pin her down. :lol: :lol:

25th January 2007, 05:47 PM
Colors are available, and it would be easier to keep up with colored nails than white ones.......

In reference to the emory board, I haven't used one of those but I have used a dremel on toe nails - both to shorten then and to smooth them out. The noise of the tool might be a little spooky to some dogs, but if it doesn't bother them it sure does make quick work of it.

3rd February 2007, 07:15 PM

Mary Alice now has her soft paws (clear) on and they don't seem to bother her at all.

They were put on by two technicians at the vets., she did a fair bit of squirming but once released, doesn't seem to even notice! :D :D

This is the first time they've ever put them on a doggie in over 35 years of practice and have asked me to let them know if it works.

I think they're about to start marketing them to K9s.... :lol: :lol:

FYI, a Cavalier takes an X-large. :)

27th March 2007, 11:39 PM

These are just wonderful!!

Mary Alice can scrabble all she likes and do no damage at all.

They were put on in early February and all but one are still there!!

I've had to call the company, they *must* come off after 6 weeks and we're nearly at 8 weeks.

FYI, you cut the very bottom of the vinyl to shatter the glue and butterfly them off.

I just hope she'll let me put another set on....she hates her feet being touched!!

A very safe and wonderful product!! Thanks. 8)

28th March 2007, 12:59 AM
Glad they are doing their job!

They also work really well on cats (for indoor cats only -- not intended for outdoor cats). The retractable claws don't matter at all. People probably had problems because 1) they got the wrong size and they came off too easily 2) they didn't wait til they bonded to the nail and let the dog/cat walk on them too soon. I got them over two years ago from my belated Maisie tortie cat and she was not bothered one iota by them and they were easy to put on. I just hekl her and caressed her for a few minutes til the glue bonded. They would each last about 2 months -- their nails grow so fast that they'd eventually grow out and come off. I really need to get them for all the cats -- but only have small sizes as Maisie was a little gal.

28th March 2007, 02:07 AM
I'd definitely be training her to stay off the furniture unless invited & I'd keep her out of rooms where she can be destructive. A frantic digging session can easily turn to a ripping & biting session, and I have learned from hard experience that a dog can reduce a lounge to a pile of rubble in a very short time.

28th March 2007, 02:18 AM
Well, it's a bit too late for that....we put large pillows and lots of crate pads on the chairs and sofas after she "had a go" at our leather couch.

It took a couple of weeks to get the soft claws but they're just wonderful.

Mary Alice is a rescue from a very abusive situation and was quite frenetic and distressed when we got her.

Now, she's much improved, calmer but still anxious when we go out.

We put crate pads all over the couch now, and as long as the tv is left on, she seems to go to sleep if we're gone more than 1/2 hour.

We know about the 1/2 from our neighbours!! ;) :lol:

28th March 2007, 04:09 AM
I am so glad they worked for her!! Now If I could only get Stewie to let me touch his feet for more than ten seconds without him trying to bite my hand off!! What a jerk he is :roll:

28th March 2007, 04:20 AM
Monica! That poor baby. He's not a jerk. He's just, well, a little touchy! I'll come over and hold him for you.

The softpaws were on the market at least 15 years ago, if not more. We used to have them where I worked but not many people bought them. They came in all colors. Hopefully they've improved either the covers or the glue since then! They were a royal pain to fool with back then.

28th March 2007, 04:22 AM
so sorry about your couch. I was in the furniture biz and we would try to cover scratches in several ways. first I would clean it with a good cleaner and then some leather conditioner. they do have "leather" paint at some automotive supply stores the basic colors. if you apply it well it's an ok fix. the other thing to try is to use masscara or eye brown pencil in the "wound" all else fails a magic marker. we would try to use several colors so it would blend at look more natural. a good cleaning & conditioning may just do the trick or at least make the scratch much less noticeable. good luck use a light touch which ever you try

28th March 2007, 04:23 AM
I'm a little late on this one as I didnt notice it at the start. I know you have the soft paws now but if you need back up gear, here are 2 suggestions. Surefit in Ajax makes micro sofa covers that fit any sized sofa. As well Petsmart has a product called Scat Mat - it looks like a large fabric softener sheet for the dryer - you lay it on the couch and if the animal tries to lay on it, it gives a natural static electricity shock.

28th March 2007, 05:31 AM
Maddy has chewed my hubby's reading glasses and tries to get them at every chance she gets. She has shredded a newspaper. In general, she has been pretty good. Touch wood. She has grabbed sandals, but we tell her pretty quickly "no" and she drops them. For some reason she seems able to stealthily get the reading glasses.
She is only 6 months old so I know we have a long way to go.
She has been left alone for about 15 minutes in one room but is usually put in her x-pen.

28th March 2007, 01:57 PM
Sasha's thing is either napkins, paper towels, or Kleenex (clean or used). I don't know where she always manages to find them but they are confetti when she get finished.

Too much effort for my Cavs to put into anything!

Scouty girl
28th March 2007, 02:20 PM
I'm so sorry about your leather sofa. But I do feel better knowing that other Cavaliers are destructive. I just thought Scout was more mischievious than your average doggie.

She picks up everything that's on the floor and tries to make a snack out of it, and outside is a nightmare she even goes over to the trees and pulls off bark and chews it and eats some of it. :yikes I try to get it away from her, but everyone knows how that is. She just runs. I have been taking treats outside with me that helps her to come to me. A little bribery. Then there's sticks and the peanut shells the squirrels leave and the big black walnut shells. My coat pockets are full of 'stuff' when I come back into the house.

I have hardwood floors in a few of my rooms. The bedroom floor has been ruined by my Newfoundland. They have sooooo much body heat that she stipped the finish off the floor and it has pits in it from her nails. The only good thing is I'm single and nobody complains about it...LOL

28th March 2007, 07:03 PM
Well, the nail coverings are off.....what an ordeal!!

Two people to hold her down....20 minutes to do two paws!!

After we all calm down, :lol: , we'll put new coverings on...and try to trim the hind claws.

I've broken a sweat and daughter's in the shower....what a workout!!

This poor doggie really gets frightened......I'm going for a cuppa tea! 8)