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    Anyone applied nail caps?
    I have recently applied them for a customer(in November o6). She says they are a blessing for her floors and newly adopted german shorthair. Her floors are now scratch free and her dog can walk without slipping and sliding around.
    We removed and applied a new set of caps yesterday. My customer had to replace some here and there at times prior to that.

    I would like to know if any of you have any tips or tricks to share. ie..removal of caps, glue residue removal etc.

  • #2
    If I might how much you charge to apply them. Do many people ask for it?
    If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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    • #3
      application charges

      I am not sure if I should disclose how much I charged. My customer purchased the caps on her own and asked me to apply them. We then came to an agreement on what to charge at that time.
      She has nearly convinced me to start selling the caps and provide the service.
      I could introduce the product in the shop and individually. I may not invest in a ton of these things but a starter kit would suffice until I see what kind of interest customers will have.
      As far as charges ... I am thinking of setting up base prices for size of dog, time, and finally the product. The customer has to also have a take home kit to apply any that may come off. Not all dogs are going to sit still and that can be a huge factor in how much time or how many people to do the job.

      Removing the nails is not as easy as the instructions indicate that is why I am seeking tips or tricks. Removal may be a stickler for time.

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      • #4
        I keep thinking about offering it, but haven't thought of a way to present it.

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        • #5
          I was thinking I might invest in the groomer's set, but don't have any personal experience with the product. Interesting!

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          • #6
            I tried them for my greyhounds, they dig like gophers. I couldn't get them to stay on. Maybe it was their digging in the dirt that caused them to come off.

            astrordog

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            • #7
              Originally posted by pamperedpups View Post
              I was thinking I might invest in the groomer's set, but don't have any personal experience with the product. Interesting!

              Try them with a friend's dog.
              I did not have any experience either but the application process is quite simple. Removing them is the tricky part.
              I suggested to my customer that she mark her calendar which nail cap she replaces (toe #1 right front) . I had two that I could not get off and she thought they were ones she had just replaced a couple of days prior to her visit with me.
              I would like to invest in the groomer's set as well.

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              • #8
                I've never used these.. but have an idea..

                When you apply the nails you could apply the clear ones.. then when any get replaced they could be the black ones, so you can tell which ones were replaced. If the owner doesn't want 2 different colors of nails, then they could write down which ones were replaced (but most owners probably wouldn't care if there's 2 different colors for a little while).

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                • #9
                  You might want to look more into this, my VET hates them. Causes infections in some animals. He said they should be taken off the market. Maybe its just him. Has anyone else had or have heard of medical problems from these? I wouldn't use them on a cat since they're claws retract.

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                  • #10
                    I think it falls under the same thing as acrylic nails. Some people believe your nails breath and therefore they are bad. I have used them on cats (their nails don't retract the entire way) and I replace all of them when it comes time for grooming. My concern is this; just like acrylic nails, you have to be careful if water gets in there, it can cause mold on the nail.

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                    • #11
                      Great points about the safety of nail caps. I've reconsidered and will stay away from offering them at my salon. Thanks, everyone!

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                      • #12
                        I was curious about nail fungus and infections myself. I think that is why the caps must be changed after x number of weeks.

                        It is interesting that Kim in SD's vet hates them. (Great to know his experiences). I would love to hear from other vets opinions as well. Quite often I recommend that a customer seeks advice from their vet before using certain products.

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