Regular grooming of a dog is essential for maintaining optimal health and emotional well being. Getting your dog groomed professionally or at home, is an individual choice that lies primarily with the pet parent concerned.
Grooming your dog has probably never been so easy, with the plethora of options available online where it comes to clippers, scissors, trimmers, shampoos and conditioners. Delivered right at your doorstep within a couple of days, ordering online is quite convenient.
For the purposes of grooming your dog at home, you will generally require the following:
- Dog hair clippers
- Dog hair trimmers
- Brushes – slicker brush, pin brush or bristle brush
- Comb – de-matting comb or ending comb
- A good pair of grooming scissors, such as, straight grooming scissors, thinning scissors, curved scissors, safety scissors with rounded tips
Before commencing grooming, ensure that your dog is not unduly agitated or upset for any reason. Keeping treats at hand greatly helps in soothing the dog while grooming.
Cutting The Hair
Prior to actually cutting the hair, you must be clear in your mind as to the purpose that you wish to achieve by the same. That is, whether the haircut is for practical or aesthetic reasons. While many pet parents opt for a practical shorter haircut that is easier to maintain, especially in the summertime; there are many others who opt for style over practicality, giving their dogs eye-catching high maintenance haircuts.
When giving your dog a haircut, make sure to leave a minimum of half an inch length of hair behind. Clipping any closer to the body exposes the dog to the natural elements, making him prone to infections and other allergic reactions. Generally, pet parents of dog breeds that have naturally short hair, do not have many options to choose from when it comes to haircuts for their pets. Pet parents of dogs with longer hair, on the other hand, can play around with styling.
Among the popular haircuts for dogs are:
- The Full & Fluffy Look. Usually associated with Pomeranians, the Full & Fluffy look is achieved by brushing the coat upwards to bring about a fuller and fluffier look. This haircut is closest to the natural look of Poms. This look can be seen at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26880928995839374/.
- The Lion Cut. Also associated with dogs that have short hair, the Lion Cut is achieved by leaving the hair at the neck and head to grow out long. Hair everywhere else is cut short. In this way, the dog appears to be sporting a lion’s mane, hence the name. To get an idea of the look, visit https://www.pinterest.com/pin/213639576051697148/.
- The Puppy Cut. Usually for short haired dogs, the Puppy Cut is achieved by clipping the hair on the entire body to a uniform length. As the hair is usually cut quite short, a puppy like resemblance is achieved. See https://www.pinterest.com/pin/535858055640179608/.
- The Teddy Bear Cut. In this cut, the hair on the entire body is cut short, leaving the hair on the head comparatively longer. The head appears fuller, resembling that of a teddy bear. This look can be seen at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/311522499197123955/.
- The Practical Top-Knot. Only long haired dogs can be given the Practical Top-Knot. Some of the hair on the head is gathered together into a top-knot and secured with a band or clip, imparting the appearance of a ponytail of sorts. Hair on the rest of the body is usually cut to a uniform length.See https://www.pinterest.com/pin/388646642816858771/.
Depending upon the preference of the pet parent, there are many different haircuts to choose from. A judicious mix of practicality on one hand and styling on the other, is probably the best way to go about it.