The Perfect Pedicure!
Based on the shape of the paw, Doberman nails should be kept short. They are solid feet with upright toes. If you can hear your dogs nails clicking on the floor the nails are absolutely too long. The photo above is one I found on the web and I'll post a few other pics of dogs in various stances to give you an idea of what to aim for. Your pups will come to you with essentially no nail at all. They're clipped while under anesthesia and blood stop applied. The rational for doing this is to prevent nails from getting hung up in sutures and staples while your pups ears are healing. Since done under anesthesia there's obviously no pain involved and they demonstrate no signs of associated discomfort once awake. The goal is to keep up with them. Keep them short and you'll never have to worry about cutting into the quick. I personally prefer Dremels for nail care, but what ever you plan to use be sure to handle your pups paws a lot. Also, best to get them used to the sound and feel of a Dremel, if you plan to use one, before you really actually "use" it. Familiarize them to the sound of it and feel of the vibration. Seems people that put their dogs on a weekly nail schedule... "every Friday night we do nail care", fare the best. Quick, painless and not a big ordeal. Something to keep in mind starting out.
The Photo Below Is NOT What We're Looking For!