How To Cut Dogs Hair With Scissors: It’s Easy Than You Think
Do you have a furry dog that needs a haircut badly? If you do, don’t fret because this article will show you how to cut dogs hair using a pair of scissors, among other things. Using scissors takes patience and time but nothing’s impossible if you know how to hold the scissors at the right angle.
In my experience, I learned that the cooperation of your dog is also important for the success of this task. Cutting the hair of your dog is a lot similar to cutting your own hair. If you want to get started, check the materials you’ll need and the steps below.
Things To Consider When Using Scissors
Although clipping is usually preferred over scissors due to convenience, there are still many pet owners who still like to use scissors to trim their dog’s hair. If you want to use scissors over clippers, there are some things that you need to consider and they are the following:
- The type of cut you like to achieve for your dog, such as thinning, straight cut, orcurved.
- The weight of the scissors. While there are some who love a heavier pair, others prefer a lighter pair instead.
- Decide if you want to get a right-handed pair or a left-handed one.
- If you want a durable pair of scissors, look for models made of harder steel. Keepin mind that they are priced higher though.
What You’ll Need
- Grooming Table
- Combs And Brushes
- Finger Guards (Optional)
For the comfort to both you and your dog, you’ll need a stable grooming table. Your back will thank you later after you have groomed your dog at a comfortable height rather than doing it on the floor. There are three main types of grooming table:electric, hydraulic, and portable. Your best choice as a home groomer is the portabletype, like this one because it saves space and best of all it’s inexpensive.
Consider getting a table that you can restrain your pet during the hair cutting process. Make sure that the size of the table is large enough to accommodate the size of your dog. You don’t want to use a table that’s too small for your dog because it can make your dog uncomfortable.
If you don’t have a grooming table, you can use make your own. Just look for a fold-up or banquet table and glue the top surface with a rubber matting. You might also need to create or purchase a grooming arm for the table.
Selecting the right brush for your dog is a significant first step for hair cutting. There are many different types of brushes but the three most basic ones are bristle, wire-pin, and slicker.
- Bristle brushes are suitable for all types of hair, but the length and spacing may be different. You need to use a more widely spaced and longer bristles if the hair coat is long. If the hair is coarse, use stiff bristles. For instance, dogs with short, smooth coats (mostly Chihuahuas and Retrievers) need short, closely spaced soft bristles. Dogs with short, wiry coat, like Terriers, need short, closely spaced firm bristles.
- Wire-pin brushes have metal pins that are placed on rubber bases. They’re ideal for dogs with wooly or curly coats. They also work well for dogs with medium to long hair coats, like you would see on Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, and Setters.
- Slicker brushes, on the other hand, feature fine wire bristles on flat bases. They’re especially suited for removing tangles and mats. They also work well on dogs with long and fine hair, like Yorkies, Shiz Tzus, and Maltese.
A good pair of scissors will help you groom your dog at home efficiently. There are actually many types of scissors and they are the following: straight grooming,thinning, curved, rounded tipped.
- Straight grooming scissors create a distinguished straight edge cut. They’re quite versatile because you can use the pair for finishing, shaping, and patterning the hair coat of your pet. When you find some mats on your dog’s fur, this type of scissors is great for the job. I suggest that you don’t use anything longer than 7-1/2 inches because the longer scissors are more difficult to use for amateurs like you.
- Thinning scissors are ideal for dogs with thick coats. This pair usually has one fine-toothed blade and one cutting blade that snips through your dog’s hair. Rather than cutting the hair away, this type of scissors remove some of the hair and thin it out.
- Curved scissors are great for cutting the sensitive parts of the muzzle and paws. They’re slightly curved towards the tip to shape the hair around the dog’s contoured body.
- Rounded tipped scissors are specially used to trim around particular areas, like the face and paws. You can also use this scissors to trim around the muzzle. If you have an active dog, this type of scissors is great for snipping between his pads. If you don’t have this pair of scissors, you can use blunt-end scissors.
Regardless of the brand, always choose a pair of sharp scissors. Most high-quality scissors are made of titanium or stainless steel blades because they retain their sharpness very long.
You may need to use rubber finger guards if your scissors have holes that are too large for your fingers. You want a comfortable fit so the scissors won’t slip in your hand during the hair cutting process. Look for a high-grade rubber to offer maximum durability.
Step-By- Step Instructions
- Before you begin cutting your dog’s hair, be sure to clean it. Make the hair soft to scissor by putting a conditioner on his coat. Brush to dry and ensure that the coat is dry, not curly. Now that your dog is fluffy, brushed, and combed, you can start the scissoring.
- Be sure that the scissors are sharp because using otherwise may cause injuries and difficult to control. One time I use a pair of dull scissors and it tugs on my dog’s hair too much causing some unnecessary pain.
- After each small cut, don’t forget to comb to see the change.
- Always point the scissors away from your dog and watch where you’re going to trim before you squeeze the scissors handle.
- Never trim your dog’s whiskers because they serve as his sixth sense to feel things near his face. Although the whiskers will grow back and won’t hurt if trimmed, it’s best to leave them alone.
Did you have fun learning how to cut dogs hair using a pair of scissors? I know the steps can be a little difficult from the start but with patience and practice, you can cut your dog’s hair like a professional trimmer in no time. Make sure that you use the right tools and equipment so you can make this grooming task more efficient.
In my experience, I had fun cutting the hair of my dog, Maurice, because, he was sitting so calm on the table. For that clean cut, go in the direction of the hair.