In the past it was necessary to send your dog to a groomer to have a DIY dog haircut. There are many advantages to having a DIY dog hair trim; however, it does have its downfalls. The first downfall is that it can be expensive. This will probably not be an issue if you are looking at the type of dog grooming that is necessary for a show dog or if your dog is extremely long coated. If your dog’s hair is short and you do not care about his length then this may not be an issue for you.
The second downfall to having a DIY dog hair trim is that there is a fair amount of time that must be dedicated to the process. If you want to spend several hours on one of these haircuts then it will not be cost effective for you. Most people do not have the time to spend this much time on their dog’s hair and so it is something that is done more often in professional barber shops or beauty salons rather than at home.
Another thing that you need to consider is the possibility of infection. This is a possible issue if you are using clippers that are not properly cleaned. You can avoid this problem by making sure that the equipment is washed and disinfected after each use. You can also get some product for your dog that is designed to reduce bacteria growth if there is an issue with your dog’s ears after the haircut.
One advantage that you will find to be very helpful is that your dog’s nails will be trimmed. This is especially useful for dogs that like to play in the grass. If they are not properly clipped then they could get them nicked up and seriously injured if they are not cared for immediately. It is best to make sure that your dog’s nails are thoroughly trimmed before he gets his new DIY dog haircut so that he will be protected from injury. Even though this will not typically be a problem because your dog’s nails grow back, you should still take care of this one and make sure that it gets done every six to eight weeks.
The next thing that you need to do is get your dog’s hair cut shorter. This is not a very difficult task and can be completed relatively quickly. All that you have to do is bring your dog to the salon and tell the staff what you want done to his hair and the dog will do it for you! In fact, you may even be able to get your dog haircut while you are there. That way you do not have to wait around all day for your appointment, which would be a hassle.
Once you get your dog’s hair cut, you will need to have his ears pinned back. This is something that you should never fail to do because if you fail to pin your dog’s ears back then they will get ragged on by the clippers. Then you will need to find some pins to put in his ears so that he can put them back in place when the clippers are done. You will have to know where to pin his ears because sometimes the clippers get snagged on his ears and have to be removed before the entire process is completed. If you are having trouble finding the correct pins, you can ask the salon to help you.
After you have taken your dog to the salon, you will need to wait around for the dog to calm down. This may take up to ten minutes but it is worth it because if he panics he could pull out stitches. Once he calms down go ahead and trim his hair. It is probably a good idea to have an assistant or two just in case your dog decides to bolt during the grooming process. Once you are done trimming his hair, you can put him in a sit stay, hold him by his leash, and take him outside to his designated doggie spot.
Before you let your dog out of his doggie door (make sure he is safely locked in) take him outside to his doggie spot and give him a good pat. He should soon look himself over and feel better. If he doesn’t feel any better you can take him back inside to his doggie bed or crate. Your dog will thank you if he can’t run away anymore because he will look forward to getting that DIY dog haircut.