How to shave 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. 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 long coated dog may be too old to tolerate a good brushing thus an owner would shave the dog to minimize the need to groom.

Due to varied reasons, a pet owner would choose to shave the dog. To have the dog shaved by a professional groomer, a dog owner has to pay between $40 to $80. Shaving the pet would be fun - the dog will not complain and the hair would grow in no time anyways.

Before starting the shaving session it would be best if the dog is bathed and the fur thoroughly brushed to prevent the clipper from overheating. Dirt and dried up feces that clings to the coat will be removed if the dog is bathed. Dry the coat thoroughly and comb the hair 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 is being shaved for the first time have to be acclimatized to the sound and the vibration of the clipper otherwise the pet will vault and resist being shaved.

To shave the face and the area between the eyes, use a #10 blade. Be careful not to prod the eyes with the blade of the clipper. From the eyes, run the clipper carefully down to the face. Shave the hair under the ears of long eared breeds.

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. The anal area comes next. 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. Change the blade and work on the rest of the body. Use continuous strokes to shave the hair on the head, neck and sides of the body . Pull the loose skin of the belly to make shaving easier. Last stop would be the legs and the feet. Finished! Pat yourself on the back and hug the dog for a job well done.

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