How to Use Clippers when Grooming a Shaggy-Haired Dog

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When using clippers to groom a shaggy-haired dog, start from the back and clip with the growth of the hair. Smooth your dog's coat with the helpful advice from an expert groomer in this free video on how to use clippers when grooming a shaggy-haired dog.

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Hi, my name is Renee Bloom, and today I'm going to show you how to use a clipper on a shaggy-haired dog. First, you will need a clipper. This happens to be an Andis, it's quiet. Does not scare the dogs. You will need a slicker brush and a clipping blade. This is a number three. That leaves the hair about three quarters of an inch. Turn it on. Start at the back of the neck and be very methodical. You don't want to push your clipper too fast, that will leave lines. You always want to clip with the growth of the hair. Now, if I were to go against the growth, you can tell there would be a big line. You don't want that. You want it to look smooth and natural. Notice I am holding the dog you don't want him moving around being wiggly. I will start from the back of the neck, the whole side, the back leg and then I'll start on the other side of the body. The back leg and then at last the front legs. And then you want to get the belly real tight. You can go against the grain on the belly here. And I'll just continue shaving, it will take awhile. Usually about 15 minutes to shave down a dog. If you do notice that it's not picking up enough coat you can back brush with your slicker brush to get a more even look. See a line. And that gets it out. And that is how you use a clipper on a shaggy-haired dog.


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