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How To Shave A Dog

By Jerry Welsh

A beautiful coat is one of the reason why dogs are admired however, some dog owners would opt to shave the pet. Dogs are commonly shaved to better cope with the heat of the summer months. A pet owner would decide to shave the dog because of the following concerns: fungal infections that results to hot spots, excessive shedding and fur that is prone to form tangles. 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. To have the dog shaved by a professional groomer, a dog owner has to pay between $40 to $80. An adventurous pet owner though can do the shaving himself.

Apart from being easier to shave, a clean and tangle free hair would not over work the clipper. Dirt and dried up feces that clings to the coat will be removed if the dog is bathed. The coat must be thoroughly dried and combed to remove tangles. The shaving task would be easier and of course kinder on your back if the dog is positioned on a table but ensure that the head of the pet is loosely fastened to an overhead support to prevent the dog from jumping 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.

To shave the face and the area between the eyes, use a #10 blade. Be careful not to nick the eyes. With careful strokes shave the hair on the face and under the ears. Lift the ears of floppy eared breeds to shave the hair under the ears.

The next is the armpit area. 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 the anal area is necessary for long haired dogs. Change the blade and work on the rest of the body. Run the clipper in long slow strokes from the head to the neck and down to the side of the body . Skin on the belly is usually slack thus you need to pull the skin taut. Last to be shaved are the legs and feet. All done – give the dog a good hug for being a good sport.

Learn more about how to shave a dog at Sarah’s Dogs.

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