- Straight scissors for general trimming
- Curved scissors for rounding off the layers
- Thinning scissors to stop the end of layers looking bulky and for matted hair
- Round-tipped safety scissor for face and tail
Straight and curved scissors are used to trim the dog’s sides and legs. And rounded safety scissors are used to cut sensitive areas, like the face and tail area. The thinning shears will tackle thick hair and matted sections.
Always keep your scissors well-maintained and sharp, as blunt shears can pull the dog’s hair and cause pain. Scissor-oil is helpful to keep the blades sharp.
- Set aside plenty of time to cut your dog’s hair, so you can work slowly and calmly
- Use a comb between scissors and skin to keep the scissors from nicking your dog’s skin
- Sharp scissors mean you only need a light touch to cut the hair
- Cut sections you can hold up to the light and see through
- Thick hair sections that you can’t lift and see light through will be too close to the skin for painless trimming
Use the straight scissors and start cutting around the top of your pet’s neck. Work your way slowly down from front to back, leaving the face and tail for later. When you’ve done that, trim the sides of the belly and then the legs.
Use the curved shears to go back and soften any unnatural-looking, straight edges. You can also thin-out thick fur, after you’ve cut the hair to the length you prefer. Thinning shears leave a natural-looking, uneven edge.
Face, ears & tail
These are the dog’s most sensitive areas, so focus on getting the body hair trimmed first. If your pet is getting too anxious, you can leave the sensitive trimming for another day. Using the round tipped scissors for safety, carefully trim hairs that cover your pet’s eyes. Then trim away excess hair from around the ears and the tail. This will help avoid matted hair knots developing.
Trimming around dog’s paws
Using the round-tipped scissors, start at the back of the feet and work around to the front, so you can see what you’re cutting. Trim near the leg and up to the toes – only cutting hair that stands out past the toes’ edges and soft pad.
It can be a bit nerve-wracking the first time you cut your dog’s hair, but afterwards it will get easier. The most important point is to stay calm and give your pet extra treats and praise throughout the cutting process.