Dogs need regular grooming as part of their health regimen

Dogs need regular grooming as part of their health regimen. Depending on the type of coat your dog has, daily brushing might also be needed, but haircuts should definitely get placed on the agenda for your furry little friend. There are groomers who are experienced at doing this or you can do it yourself. There are now even more options for doing it yourself because you can use scissors or clippers and you can either do it at home or take your pet to a pet store that offers booths for you to use to groom your dog.

It’s not all just about looking good, though. When a dog’s hair gets too long, it can become a haven for fleas, ticks, or lice. Additionally, dog hair gets more matted and tangled as it gets longer and food and other stuff can get stuck into matted hair. If their hair is too long, our little ones can even trip over it or bump into things if it’s covering their eyes.  

One of the tricks to cutting your dog’s hair is to get him at the right height so that you can reach him and maneuver around him. It’s good to have a table at waist height or higher that will support your dog’s weight and allow you to hold him while grooming him. No matter which method you choose to use to cut your dog’s hair (scissors or clippers/trimmers), you need to keep one hand on your tools and one hand on the dog. They make grooming nooses that you can use to keep your pet still while you cut his hair.  Generally, you will want to cut length off the entire coat and ears and trim around its head, neck, and tail.

Using Scissors

Start and complete one area of your dog until you get some practice and feel confident about it before moving on to a new area.

Talk to your dog while you’re cutting his hair, using a comforting voice to ease his fears.  

Comb out any mats or tangles before cutting his hair.  After the cut, brush your dog completely in order to remove any hair trimmings from remaining on his fur.

Angle the scissors when you are cutting.  This will keep you from cutting the hair too short, causing the neighborhood dogs to make fun of your pet.  

Some areas of your dog’s body require scissor-cutting, such as the around the dog’s ears and around the tail. Depending on the breed, you may also need to use scissors under the dog’s paws and around the throat.  

Using Clippers

Read the manual before you use the clippers.

Slowly introduce your dog to the sound of the clippers before you begin trimming his hair. Talk to your dog while you’re cutting his hair, using a comforting voice to ease his worries.  

Don’t push the clippers too firmly into your dog’s back else it could cause razor burn to his back or cut his hair too short. Lean the blade flat on the area of the dog where you are working.

Comb out any mats or tangles before clipping his hair. After the trim, brush your dog completely in order to remove any hair trimmings from remaining on his fur.

Cut toward the direction of the hair. Don’t completely shave your dog because he could get sunburned without his fur to protect him.  

Investigate different blades for different dogs and experiment with different blades on different parts of your dog’s coat. Use clipper coolant to keep the blades from getting too hot.

Even if you still need to take your dog to the groomer, you will know how to give him an occasional trim at home if needed.

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