Do you own a dog and you really care about your beloved pet? Then you must shave your dog’s fur to keep your pet cooler.

If you don’t have any idea about doing so then don’t worry. In this article, you will know how to shave a dog’s fur.

Some main points that this article explains are:

  • Why shaving dog’s fur is important?
  • Steps involved in shaving down the dog fur


Why Shave your Dog’s Fur?

Before telling you how to shave your dog’s fur, I will let you know why doing so is much important.

  • If too much moisture gets into your dog’s fur, then it might suffer from myiasis
  • Shaving it will help your dog keep cool in the scorching heat of the sun. It keeps them cool while lying on the ground.
  • Dog’s hair might get mat if you don’t groom them.
  • It protects the skin from infections and itching.



How to Shave Dog Fur?

It takes less than half an hour to shave the dog’s fur. The process involves following steps:


1) Equipment for Shaving:

You need to have following equipment.

  1. Clipper
  2. Brush
  3. Lubricant

If your dog gets startled by noises then I would advise you to purchase the clippers that make less sound. You can also test them and choose the one that makes the less noise.

Also, use the soft brush if your dog has short hairs.


2) Using the Clipper:

  • Purchase the clipper that is specifically designed for shaving the dog fur.
  • Buy an e-comb. You might have seen your barber having an e-comb. It will leave about an inch of hairs. There are fewer chances of cuts while using e-combs.
  • Make your clippers sharp to avoid pulling the hairs. Sharpening them will also increase the life of clippers
  • Use the clipper slowly and don’t go much fast.


  • Using the clipper continuously for some time may result in overheating which would damage your dog’s skin. Therefore while doing so, take some intervals in between so that the clipper cools down and does not burn your dog’s skin.
  • Change the blade if it gets hot.
  • Clippers come up with lubricant also that are used to prevent them from overheating. Using them would be much beneficial for your dog.


3) Holding the Dog:

Hold your dog by its collar while shaving. Dogs have the ability to sense your mood. So try not to get nervous while doing so.

You can also ask someone to hold your dog if you can’t control it.


4) Removing Clumps of Dog’s Hair:

Any clumps present in your dog’s fur will be much painful for your dog while shaving its fur.

Actually, the dirt and the oil gets stuck in the clamper blade and this results in pulling the hairs hardly and painfully

To avoid your dog from going through this pain, wash them first. When the fur gets dry after bathing, brush it.

Also, don’t use any hair dryer to dry your dog after giving it a bath. Hair dryers make the dog skin hot. You can use a towel to dry it.


5) The Direction of Shaving:

Avoid shaving in the opposite direction as the growth of hairs because it results in harsh lines.

Hairs grow on the dog body in the different directions.

Thus you will need to change the direction of clipper according to the grown of the hairs on your dog’s body.

If the dog starts squirming in between, then pause the shaving until it calms down.



6) Order of Shaving:

Start shaving with those areas that are much difficult to shave. This is because your dog might become out of control in the middle of shaving.

The best order for shaving is:

  1. Head
  2. Underarms
  3. Under tail
  4. Shaving behind the head
  5. Back
  6. Shaving the sides
  7. Shaving the belly area

Avoid shaving the face until and unless your dog is not still.

One more thing. Keep the clipper at least 1-2 inches away from his eyes while shaving. You can use scissors while trimming around eyes.


6) Shaving the Underarms:

  1. Make your dog stand.
  2. Slightly lift its arm
  3. Then shave the underarms
  4. Repeat the procedure for the other arm


7) Shaving the other Body Parts of your Dog:

  1. Shave down the groin and the bottom area of the dog carefully.
  2. Then start from the head.
  3. Shave down to the neck.
  4. Shave down both sides.
  5. Then do the same with the belly.


8) Bathing the Dog:

Your dog might be itchy after getting it’s fur shaved. So give it a bath. Avoid it rubbing its skin as it would result in hotspots on your dog’s body.


Final Words:

You need a bit of patience in this whole process. If you are shaving down your dog’s fur for the first time, then it would get more frightened a bit, but it would get used to it with the passage of time.

Using bad or damaged equipment can make your dog suffer a lot. So choose the right and the best equipment.

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