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At the Toronto K9 Center, the topic of dewclaws is not just a matter of grooming but one of functional anatomy and animal welfare. The center’s director, Roger Richards, emphasizes the importance of front dewclaws for dogs, particularly working breeds. These dewclaws act as an anchor, aiding dogs in gaining traction on slippery surfaces or when pulling themselves up. Contrary to some beliefs, front dewclaws are not vestigial but serve a vital purpose, especially for active dogs. The center’s educational efforts shed light on common misconceptions, advocating against the removal of these crucial digits. Through articles and videos, they provide valuable insights into the anatomy of dogs’ paws, helping dog owners understand why preserving dewclaws is essential for their pets’ well-being.