When your dog’s hair gets tangled, it will bother both you and your dog. So what should be done?
There are two options: The first is to take your dog to the groomer for a trim. Even though this method is easy, having your dog’s hair cut often can be too expensive. Another option is to cut your dog’s hair yourself. I know this may make you nervous at first, but the steps I will tell you about are meant to calm your fears. If you don’t know how to cut dog hair at home with clippers, following the step-by-step below, you can give your dog a safe haircut! Click here to learn with me!
Before clipping your dog, make sure you know what you are doing and have the right tools so you don’t hurt yourself or your dog.
1. Decide how you want your dog to look when it’s done.
If you have a collie with rough hair, you probably don’t want to cut her hair like a poodle.
2. Decide whether to use scissors or clippers:
|Dog’s breed and coat type
|Dogs with longer hair or need careful grooming
|Dogs with thick or double coats
|Detailed trimming/specific styles
|Overall hair removal
|Experience and skill level
|Require more control and accuracy
|Easier to handle for beginners
After deciding whether to use scissors or clippers to cut your dog’s hair, you should have the following tools (this post is about how to cut dog hair at home with clippers):
Here are the steps to get your dog’s hair cut safely.
Take your dog for a walk to make them calm down and use up any extra energy they have. Please spend a few minutes petting your dog to ensure it’s not too scared or stressed out. When your dog has cooled down, you can start brushing it to prepare for the trim.
Doing this helps eliminate tangles or mats, making the clipper work better.
Select the blade attachment according to how long you want your dog’s hair to be. Start with longer attachments and work up to shorter ones if needed. Remember that different parts of the dog’s body may need different blade lengths.
It starts at the top of its head and goes down its neck to its shoulders. Take your time because the sound of the clippers might scare your dog until it gets used to them. Then, keep cutting around its ears, under its throat, and under its chin, all the way up to its chest.
Keep clipping one of its front legs. Hold the leg firmly but gently and lift it to cut it. The skin in this area is usually very thin, so you must be careful not to hurt your dog when you clip here. Don’t forget to cut the hair off its paws, and be careful not to cut yourself on its uncovered paws.
Keep cutting the back, sides, and belly of the dog. You need to lift its front paws so it can reach its arms and belly. When you trim toward its belly, pay close attention to where the clippers cut because the skin here is also thin.
To trim the inside of its left leg, you have to lift its right leg, and vice versa.
If you need to, cut about an inch off its tail, and you’re done!
During grooming, give your dog treats and praise to keep it calm and willing to help. This will help them think of the grooming experience in a good way.
Note: If you aren’t sure about any of the steps or don’t feel fine with them, it is best to get help from a professional groomer.
When you cut a nervous dog's hair at home with clippers, you need to be extra patient, gentle, and cool. You can get your dog used to clippers over time. Let it smell, and look at the clippers when they are closed. Give your dog treats and compliments for being calm around the clippers. Or, you can turn on the clippers without using them and let your dog hear the sound. Reward it for being calm. Do this a few times until your dog gets used to the sound of the clippers.
You need to determine how tangled your dog's hair is first. If the mat is small and not too deep, you can carefully remove it with a comb or brush. But if the mat is big, tight, or close to the skin, it's usually best to get help from a professional groomer.
Different kinds of dog breeds have different types of hair, such as ones that are long, short, curly, or straight. Breeds with faster hair growth, like poodles or Shih Tzus, usually need to get their hair cut more often to keep it from getting tangled. Breeds with shorter hair may not need to be trimmed as often, but it's still a good idea to trim them occasionally to complete their look.
Note:Â Grooming is more than just taking care of your hair. To keep your dog's hair healthy and clean, brush it, bathe it, trim its nails, and clean its ears regularly.
Don’t forget that regular grooming, whether you do it yourself or by a professional groomer, is important for your dog’s coat and general health.
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