When you think about what goes into cutting a dog’s hair, shampooing probably isn’t one of them. It doesn’t take much time at all to rinse off your pet with shampoo and towel him dry and that’s basically all there is to it. For many of us, this technique is good enough to get the job done. However, if you’re interested in giving your pooch a more stylish look, you might want to consider a different method.
There are two main ways to trim a dog’s coat. The first involves using scissors or clippers (or both) while wet. This technique works well when you need to cut away long tangles, but it can also be tricky because it requires you to keep track of where each cut begins and ends.
When you’re dealing with dogs who have thick coats, it’s easy to lose sight of where you’ve already made cuts. If you don’t make sure to follow up on each pass of the scissors, you could end up making too big of a change between passes. The other common technique is called dry trimming. Instead of having to deal with water during the process, you simply soak the entire animal before beginning the haircut.
You then use clippers and/or scissors to remove unwanted bits of fur without worrying about accidentally slicing through healthy areas. With dry trimming, you’ll only need to worry about how close you come to any sensitive parts of your dog’s body. Although this method takes longer than wet trimming, it allows you to create a cleaner, neater finish.
If you’d like to learn more about these methods, we spoke with three experts who gave their input on which approach is best suited to your particular breed of dog. Read on to find …