Grooming a dog’s hair is surprisingly important, but most people feel it’s too hard of a job to do themselves. On this week’s Dog Guide, is a step by step manual on how to trim your pooches mane.
Reason to Cut your dog’s hair:
There are many reasons, that are not just comfort based. Longer hair can not only become extremely irritating but also obstruct their vision and with dangerous roads lurking we really don’t want that. The main places it can cause irritation is between a dog’s toes, but longer hair tends to pick up dirt and debris easier.
If you don’t consistently groom your dog or get a professional to do it, your dog’s hair will become matted. That is not only irritating for the dog, but can also become very painful.
Firstly there is nothing against getting a trained professional to carry out the task, in fact it is advised. But this guide is for those who can’t justify it, or don’t really get a chance to leave the farm.
Next off is your tools. Personally I like to go old-fashioned and stick to the trusty scissors. My pup was a very energetic one to start with, so as with most dog training it took a lot of treats to get her not hate me cutting her hair. If ever in doubt or struggling, have a treat at hand.
I chose the scissors as my dog, like many others, tends to scare at the sound of anything electric. Hoovers, Blenders, Vibrating phone, you name it! Some of you may have this problem, some may not.
Now my dog loves getting its hair cut and in fact looks forward to it during Spring. Cutting their hair during Summer is also important due to them becoming too warm. It is advised to groom them as close to when the weather turns as possible. You don’t want to have to shave your dog when there’s snow outside.
- Using a Scissors or Clippers: First brush your dog’s hair. Next when you are done, leave a treat out in front of the dog in small pieces. Then give it one small piece before you start, just so it know’s a reward is coming if it behaves.
- Then begin cutting its hair, starting at the back, Having a comb on hand also helps with using both a comb and scissors. Going as slowly as possible, looking for and cutting knots out in the process, work your way up the back to the shoulders. With the scissors just simply cut small pieces between your fingers and try to stick to the same length, as long as it’s close enough it shouldn’t matter. With a Clippers always cut against the grain, in an upwards motion.
- After a couple of minutes, or should the dog become restless, give them another treat.
- When using a clippers always be careful to ensure the blade isn’t going to close to the skin. A trick which may help dogs spooked by the clippers sound is to let it sniff it thoroughly first.
- From there on you turn your dog on it’s back, this makes it easier to cut its belly and leg hair. The legs are important as knots here can hurt your pet. When using the Clippers, cut in an upwards motion against the growth. Make sure it doesn’t become tangled in the hair, this can be painful.
- There are seven general rules for cutting your dog’s hair, they are as follows: rush your dog, Use the right tools/blade, Be careful not to pull the hair, Take your time, Cut in the correct direction, Know what your dog’s breed should look like, watch the clippers don’t get to hot
If you can’t justify paying someone to do it, try it yourself! Trust me, I do and it’s surprisingly easy.