Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Little Elm
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I trim Bella and Dani's hair with scissors. The large scissors don't work well for me so I use their short pair. I trim their hair depending upon the season. In summer they get a closer trim and in winter, they get a bit longer but they still have a defined puppy cut.
I trim the fur in little sections. My scissors are in the drawer of the coffee table so when we're watching TV and I've got one of them on my lap, I can trim when I see they need it. I've done this since Bella was born 3 1/2 years ago and they look really cute--and their fur is forgiving if I trim too short in one spot, you would hardly notice it (but I do the rest of that evening!).
When Dani came to us two years ago when she was 8, her hair had just been cut by our breeder but she left the face long. It was pretty but we couldn't see her eyes so I "gave her bangs" and it was like opening up the whole world to her because she could see better. The same thing happened when I gave Bella her first set of bangs around 6 months.
The thing I like about trimming them myself, aside from saving $$$, is that they never look like they just got a haircut. They aren't long and then short. I trim about every 10 days and it only takes minutes. The dogs aren't afraid because they know they get a treat after a trim--or their weekly bath. The only thing we aren't very good about keeping up is trimming their nails and brushing their teeth every day.
Trimming your Hav won't be hard and if you make a mistake, it only lasts a short while!