Grooming A Dog

The fur is a dog's crowning glory but there are situations when dog owners would think that shaving will be best for the dog. The heat of the summer months would take a toll on the dog thus long haired breeds are commonly shaved.

Excessive shedding, fur that tangles and mats easily, hot spots and other fungal infections are usually the reasons why a pet owner would opt to shave the dog. A pet owner will opt to shave the dog to do away with the need to groom especially if the pet is old and cannot tolerate being constantly brushed.

Dog owners have varied reasons for shaving the dog. Professional groomers charge from $40 to $80 to shave a dog. Shaving the pet would be fun - the dog will not complain and the hair would grow in no time anyways.

If you have decided to shave the dog, the task would be much easier (and kinder on the clipper) if the hair is clean and tangle free.

Dirt and dried up feces that clings to the coat will be removed if the dog is bathed. After the dog is bathed and dried, the hair must be brushed thoroughly to remove the tangles.

Shaving the dog will be easier if the pet is placed on a table with the head loosely fastened to an overhead support to abort the dog's attempt to jump while being shaved. A dog that will be shaved for the first time must be accustomed to the humming and the vibration of the clipper thus before the starting to shave lay the turned on clipper against the body of the dog.

With a #10 blade start shaving the hair between the eyes of the dog. Be careful not to prod the eyes with the blade of the clipper. Move on to the face and to the ears. For long eared breeds, lift the ear to shave the hair on the inner ear.

The armpit area is the next. To shave the hair under the dog's armpit you have to raise the leg but be sure that the position is not making the pet uncomfortable. Move down to the anal area. Shaving this area is actually necessary for long haired breeds so as to prevent feces from sticking to the hair every time the dog defecates. To work on the rest of the dog's body you have to replace the #10 blade with a longer one. Run the clipper in long slow strokes from the head to the neck and down to the side of the body . Pull the loose skin of the belly to make shaving easier. Last to be shaved are the legs and feet. Congratulate yourself for a job well done.

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