Using Scissors when Grooming a Shaggy-Haired Dog

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Using scissors when grooming a shaggy-haired dog can be simple when you master a few techniques. Trim your dog expertly with the help of a professional groomer in this free video on how to use scissors when grooming a shaggy-haired dog.

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Hi, I'm Renee Bloom, I'm going to show you how to use scissors to trim a shaggy-haired dog. You will need seven and a half to eight inch straight shear. And a comb, wide-tooth comb. I've partially shaved Tucker, so he is not completely done, but I've got one leg shaved. When you shave it you are still going to have to finish scissoring. This is where you are going to learn to use your scissors. You hold it one end, your thumb is here and then your ring finger is in the other hole. I've already shaved the pads. So I want to get the foot nice and neat. Pull up the hair using the tips of your shears only. Do not go like this to cut because you don't know where that is going to end up. Nice and tight. Shhhh, okay. Okay now I am going to set the dog's leg down and go around the foot to make it look round and compact. He kind of has a flat foot though. It's hard to make it look real round. See how it's making it look like a nice finished picture. This is where I haven't scissored. I'm just going to go over that and create a nice line. Create a sculpted look, as opposed to that. Okay then I am going to turn him around and do the back foot after I shaved it. It still needs to be scissored to have a nice neat appearance. You don't want to come out like this. Make sure he's standing. I'm kind of bracing him with my wrist. Trim around the foot. Pull that hair up right through the pad and trim it. Try to get right close to those two front toenails. Place the foot down and go around. I am making a round motion like this while I am cutting. Okay to give it that nice round appearance. Okay. You are going to get a better finish if you continuously are using your scissors and cutting, rather than just one cut, one cut. It should be in a continuous motion to get a nice finished look. And that is how you use scissors on a shaggy-haired dog.

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