Sometimes, home dog grooming just doesn't turn out beautifully. Clippers can leave gouges and grooves in the coat, giving the hair an uneven appearance. In most cases, the unevenness can be attributed to a squirmy dog, but the groomer can hold some of the blame as well. If the clippers are held improperly, the hair will not be cut evenly. Every once in a while, a clipper guard might pop off of the clippers causing a knick or bald spot in the coat. All that can be done in all of these scenarios is cutting the hair shorter to remove the uneven hair.
Things You'll Need
- Grooming comb
- Clipper guards
Put your dog on the leash, and tie the leash to a post, table leg or other immovable object. Leave enough room for the dog to have some movement, but not so much that you will have to chase him around to cut the hair.
Comb all of the tangles out of the coat, working from the tips of the hair to the deep undercoat. Section off the hair and untangle half-inch sections of the hair if the coat is particularly tough to comb.
Determine how short the hair will have to be cut by placing the clipper guards underneath the hair, against the skin. Choose the largest guard that still has hair hanging over it when placed against the skin. Always check the shortest areas when determining guard size.
Attach the selected guard to the clippers. Hold the clippers in your right hand, and control the dog with your left hand. Place the clippers against the skin with the guard held flat against the dog’s body.
Turn on the clippers. Move the clippers against the hair growth using a slow, fluid motion. Place the clippers half on the previously cut section and half on a non-cut section. Repeat process. Overlap sections each time you make a cut to ensure that the hair remains blended. Continue cutting until the entire coat has been trimmed to the new length.
Comb through the hair, and check for long pieces of hair. Remove any long hairs with the clippers. Brush away loose hair.