Grooming your dog is very important in order to keep her clean, comfortable, healthy and attractive. Longer-haired breeds often require more maintenance in order to reduce knots and matting and prevent dirt and feces from sticking to their fur. Dogs of any breed—even short haired—sometimes need help in removing parasites from beneath the fur. Learning how to buzz-cut your dog can help you keep her clean and free of parasites and save you money on grooming expenses as well.
Things You'll Need
- Number ten blade
- Blade lubricant
- Dog brush
Grooming Your Dog at Home
Brush your dog. Before you give your dog a buzz cut you must thoroughly brush his coat and remove all knots, snarls and tangles. Trying to shave a dog that has knots and tangles in his fur can result in getting your clippers jammed in his fur, which can make the process uncomfortable for him and more difficult for you. Brushing him first can also ensure a more evenly groomed appearance.
Shave around the eyes. Using a No. 10 blade, shave the hair from between your dog's eyes. Starting at the bridge of his nose, carefully shave towards the eyes to remove the fur between them and then away from the eyes to trim the corners, making sure not to poke his eyes with the clippers.
Shave her ears. Using one hand to hold your dog's ear open and upward, carefully save around the inside edges of his ears to remove any overgrown or unkempt strands of hair. Flip his ear forward to expose the outer ear and gently move the clippers across the outer ears to remove the fur. Be sure to keep your blade flat and flush against the flesh as not to nick or cut his ears.
Proceed to the armpit area. With your dog maintaining a standing position, gently lift one of his front legs and hold it upright in a position that is comfortable for him. Carefully run the clippers around his armpit area in several directions until all fur has been removed from the folds in the skin.
Begin clipping the groin area. Shaving your dog in his groin area is referred to as a "sanitary cut" and is effective in keeping him clean and free of dirt and feces that can become caught in the fur near the rear end. With your dog in a a standing position, lift his leg--as if he were urinating--and gently clip the fur off moving the blade away from the groin. Repeat this process, lifting the opposite leg to complete the groin area and release the hind leg.
Remove fur around the anus. To complete the sanitary cut portion of buzz cutting your dog, you must shave around his anus. While retaining the standing position, gently lift his tail in an upward position and use your clippers to shave away from the anus. Remembering to keep the blades flat, shave upward at the top, downward at the bottom and outward from the sides.
Begin clipping the remainder of the body. Once you have completed the most difficult areas--eyes, ears, armpits, groin and anus--you can complete your dogs buzz cut by trimming the fur from the bulk of his body. Carefully run your clippers across his back, sides, abdomen and the top of his head to remove any fur that is left.