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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Need grooming tips for a non-groomer

Django had an appointment with the groomer this week however our groomer has some health issues that will keep her out of commission for several week.
Any tips for a non-groomer? I need to clip the hair between his pads, trim the back end and any other area that needs attention. I have the clippers, scissors etc. however I have NEVER groomed my dog before and feel like a fish out of water. Any tips would be appreciated.
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I am not a professional groomer, but I do groom Lilly. The best advice I can give is to go slow and don't be afraid to cut too much off - it grows back! I actually have had better success when I have cut more off than when I just trim little by little. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Hopefully, Django is a patient dog. If you can lay him on his side and do one side of feet and then flip him over and do the other side, it is much easier. My dogs actually go to sleep when I am trimming their feet (the hair, not the toenails, that's a different story!). I assume you have a snub nose scissors for this? That way you don't have to worry if they jerk their feet away. Hope that helps a little bit. Good luck!
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Thanks for the tip. I don't ever and won't ever go near his toe nails. Thank goodness the vet clips his nails every other visit so I've got that covered. I'll try laying him on his side as recommended. Keep your fingers crossed!
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