Grooming: Clipping Your Dog’s Fur

670px-groom-a-dog-step-21Decide if you need to clip your dog’s coat. Many breeds have short hair, and don’t require regular clipping. However, if you have a shaggier breed of dog, he may require regular clipping as part of his health routine. Breeds that need regular coat trims include cocker spaniels, sheepdogs, poodles, collies, shihtzus, Pekingese, and chow chows, among others.

670px-groom-a-dog-step-22Clip the dog’s fur after it’s dried. If you plan to clip your dog’s hair, make sure to read the directions that came with the clippers. Get an information book or video, or consult with a groomer about the proper use of your clippers. Make sure that the clipper blades are sharp and the clippers well lubricated. Before clipping your dog, you should have an idea of the look you are trying to create. Read, ask questions and watch videos to get an idea of how to achieve the desired cut.

670px-groom-a-dog-step-23Restrain the dog gently. You don’t want him moving around, so tie him up with a leash. During the clipping process, you can place your free hand under the dog’s belly to encourage him to stay in place instead of fidgeting desired result. Then you may start.

670px-groom-a-dog-step-24Use dog grooming clippers. It’s worth it to spend a little bit of extra money on a good pair of dog grooming clippers. A small investment up front will save you money down the road, since you won’t have to pay professionals to groom your pet. Make sure to use dog grooming blades that will give you the coat length you desire.

Scissors will likely not give you a nice, even coat, and you may hurt the dog with them if he moves suddenly. Grooming clippers are recommended over scissors.

670px-groom-a-dog-step-25Clip the dog’s hair methodically. You can place the blade against the body safely, so long as you don’t press the blade strongly into the skin. Move the clippers surely, but slowly across the dog’s body to remove the hair — moving too fast might leave uneven lines. Always move the blade with the direction of the hairs’ growth. Begin at the neck, then move down to the shoulders, under the ears, and toward the chin, throat, and chest areas. Then, clip the dog’s back and sides. Finally, clip the hair on the dog’s legs. Be careful when clipping around the legs, tail and face. These areas can be sensitive.

–Check the clippers frequently to make sure they don’t get hot enough to hurt your dog’s skin.

–If the clipper blades do get hot, stop and let them cool and/or use a product like “Clipper Lube” spray on them.

670px-groom-a-dog-step-26Reward your dog. Standing still can be hard work! If he seems like he’s getting overwhelmed by all this handling, give your dog a break every few minutes. Praise him throughout the process, and give treats during the break. Do not play with the dog where there is a chance for him to get dirty.

670px-groom-a-dog-step-27Be patient. You may have to go over your dog’s coat a few times before you have a smooth, even cut. Don’t rush it! Give your dog as many breaks as necessary, and make sure to move your clippers slowly.



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