How To Cut Your Dog’s Hair At Home When You Can’t Go To The Groomers

There is no doubt that professional grooming is expensive. We live in difficult times and we need to cut corners, but it leaves many people wondering if there is another option. We don’t want to let our dog’s coat grow until it is out of control but at the same time, we need to think about our budget.

You’ll be happy to know that there is another option. That option involves giving your dog a haircut at home. It’s a lot cheaper than using a professional groomer and it is a lot easier than what most people think.

Follow these tips and you will be cutting your dog’s coat like a pro in no time.

Preparation Is Important

Preparing properly for your dog is the path to success. Gather all of the necessary equipment, get the area you are using ready, and get your pet prepared as well. It will make a difference in the end result.

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Here are some other things to consider before you get started:

1. Get familiar with what your dog should look like. There are plenty of pictures online of your pet’s breed and the end result you should expect.

2. Choose scissors or clippers. Keep in mind that your dog’s coat will make a difference as to how much needs to be cut and your own confidence level. You can then choose the equipment.

3. Purchase quiet clippers if you plan on using them on your dog. It can keep your dog calm while the process is taking place. Keep the clippers well oiled and sharp.

4. If scissors are being used, keep them sharp as well and use a suitable length to match your dog’s coat. Small blunt end scissors are also important for more sensitive areas.

5. Know your dog’s coat, including the direction it grows. Look for thick areas that may be difficult to cut and certain obstacles that need to be avoided, such as facial features, genitalia, nipples, and claws.

Get Started with Clippers

Shorthaired dogs would benefit from using clippers or if your dog needs a more thorough makeover. If you are nervous about your own abilities then clippers may also be considered. Snap-on guide combs can help to give a better finish and protect your dog at the same time.

Consider these factors when using clippers:

1. Start by washing and brushing your dog’s coat to remove tangles and mats.

2. Work with natural hair growth direction to produce the proper finish.

3. Start with the neck and work toward the back leg on one side and then do the other side.

4. Work slowly to reduce the risk of harming your dog and to limit lines.

5. Gently hold your dog while cutting, especially if you are working near a sensitive area.

6. Speak gently to your dog as well and give them plenty of love.

7. It is best to use blunt-end scissors when working with tricky or sensitive areas.

8. Keep treats on hand for when the task is over.

Using Scissors Properly

Clippers may not always be the best idea for long-haired dogs, especially if only a trim is needed. Scissors provide a better option. You use the same general cutting process for the most part, but there are some things to keep in mind if you want a professional look.

1. Having the right tools is important. Straight grooming scissors are important for basic cutting and curved scissors for rounding layers of hair. Keep thinning shears on hand for problem areas and rounded tip scissors for double spots.

2. Keep in mind how short you want the dog’s coat before you begin. When you start, use your fingers to guide your way to a consistent finish.

3. Start at the front and work toward the back. Do the sensitive areas last.

4. Thinning shears can be used where thick, heavy, or matted areas exist.

5. Keep the points of the scissors away from the skin and work slowly.

Above all, don’t rush the task. If you find that your dog is getting anxious then take a break. Make them feel good about the process and then get started again.

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