Dog Hair Cuts
Groomers Are Expensive
Here's How To Do It Yourself

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Unfortunately, going to the grooming salon for dog hair cuts can become rather expensive, especially if you have a pooch that needs monthly grooming and maintenance. If your pup will allow it and you feel comfortable, there is no reason you can’t at least do a basic trimming, if not all your dog hair cuts right at home.

hairy dog waiting for dog haircuts

Remember that pups with long coats need to be trimmed on a regular basis for more than aesthetic reasons since it can easily become matted or tangled and this will mean having to cut it all off eventually. Food, dirt and other debris from outdoors can easily become stuck into becoming matted  and this begins to cause hygiene problems for your pal.

Long hair that goes without grooming can also become a hazard, as they will begin to trip over it or it may fall in front of their eyes and keep them from seeing well. One of the major reasons for cutting your dog’s hair if it is long is to keep away potential parasites like fleas, ticks and even lice that can easily hide in a pup’s long coat.

How Often: This will truly depend on the length of your dog’s coat, the texture of the coat, and the cut style you are going for on your dog. If your pooch has a long coat, like a Maltese or an Afghan Hound, you will need to keep up with grooming at least once a month to every two months, unless the dog’s hair is clipped. For the dog that's curly or wire-haired, they can go without a cut for almost an entire season, although some will vary drastically in the rate of growth.

Supplies You'll Need: Before getting started, make sure you have an unclogged, well-oiled set of clippers or trimmers, a pair of scissors for cutting, a hair brush and comb, a blow dryer, towels to lay on the ground, a broom and dust pan and a bag to remove the excess hair.

Yorkie puppy needing haircut

How-To Steps To Cutting Your Dogs Hair

Trimming a Long Coat

1. Before you begin cutting or trimming, spend time brushing or combing your pals coat, depending on the texture to remove any matting or tangles. This will make the cut process go a lot more smoothly.

2. If you plan on keeping the dog’s hair all one length, simply decide on a length for the entire job that needs to be cut. Usually 1-2 inches is appropriate. Use only hair cutting scissors and trim around the hairline along the floor first.

3. Next, move onto the area around the neck, legs, and muzzle. This may require cutting at an angle, especially around the face, so that the dog can see out of his eyes and can open the mouth without getting a mouthful of clippings.

4. Before you finish up, check to ensure that the cut is even all over.

5. After you are finished trimming, be sure to give your dog a shampoo bath in order to remove the excess. Blow dry afterwards to check the style and to admire your work. Always'll grow back should you goof.

6. Then you'll want to brush the coat to make sure all excess hair is removed.

Beautifully groomed Shih Tzu

Clipping a Long or Curly Coat

1. Get started by clipping the undercarriage with a 9-10 clipper. This includes under the armpits, the belly, the crotch and the butt up to the tail.

2. Move on to a 7-8 clipper and shave the legs and paws.

3. If you have a dog where the ears, face, or top of the back needs to be shaved or clipped, go back to a 9-10 clipper and use the comb to carefully navigate around the eyes and muzzle.

4. After all dog hair cuts are finished, it is best to shampoo your pal to remove any excess clippings. From here, go ahead and blow dry if the weather is cold.

5. Brush the coat after giving dog hair cuts so that you can make sure the clipping has been done evenly.