Dog grooming is very different in summer. Like humans that don T-shirts and sandals, summer dog grooming trims down a dog’s winter coat and prepares his paws for hot summer pavements. But just because it’s hot outside, dog grooming doesn’t need to leave your pooch looking like a drowned rat. With selective dog grooming you can give your dog a haircut at home in a way that will still leave her looking beautiful. And if the summer is very long where you live, you can save money by doing all your summer dog grooming yourself as often as needed.
I love giving my 4 dogs their summer dog grooming. The way they shake their furry bodies when I’m done and start to run around, feeling cool and light, is a delight to watch. It’s not difficult to summer groom your dog, and here are the tips I follow for the best dog grooming fashion.
Save Money By Using Human Clippers
Human clippers work just as well as dog grooming equipment, and if you only groom your dog once a year for summer, there is no need to spend money on a pet groomer. I use my Wahl clippers on all 4 dogs, utilizing the different plastic attachments to achieve various lengths of fur for an elegant summer dog grooming. If your dog’s fur is very thick, or includes a thick under coat as in the case of Pomeranians, you will want to use a newer model of Wahl clippers, so the engine is powerful enough to cut through thick clumps of fur.
Summer Dog Grooming for Keeping Cool
Every dog who tends to get hot in summer can benefit from having his stomach fur groomed. For one thing, no one will notice your dog’s shaved belly, staying true to a fashionable dog grooming for the season. In addition, when your dog lies down on the grass or floor, his groomed stomach will help cool him off quickly. Simply use the clippers without any attachments. Test the equipment first on your wrist to make sure the clippers are smooth and will not hurt your dog. Then holding your dog in your lap, with his stomach facing up, gently pass the clippers in straight lines over his stomach. Dog grooming your dog’s belly is very easy this way. Be sure to gently include the armpits in the groom, and work your way all the way up to the collar (it’s a good idea to remove the dog collar first).
Overall Coat Dog Grooming for Summer
If your dog has long fur, you can dog groom his coat as you would cut human hair. Choose one of the shorter hair attachments for the clippers and comb the groomer through your pet’s fur while he is standing on the ground. If the fur isn’t short enough after the dog groom, switch to en even shorter attachment. You can always dog groom even more later in the season if your dog still gets hot, so begin with a moderate fur-cut, to keep your dog looking cute and beautiful.
Paw Summer Dog Grooming
In summer pavements or sand on the beach can be scorching. The fur that grows under your dog’s paws helps to protect her. But, leaving the paw fur long can cause tree sap to stick things to the paw and even between the fingers. Dog grooming for paws should be done with scissors. Cut the fur so it’s short enough not to show when your dog is standing on her paw. But keep the fur long enough so it still covers the paw pads. Groom your dog’s paws every week to maintain this careful balance, and check to make sure sap or gummy dirt didn’t cling to the paw fur due to summer heat.
Ear Summer Dog Grooming
In summer vegetation is long, and your dog spends more time outsides. Dog ears, especially in dog breeds with droopy ears, are especially vulnerable in summer. It’s important to groom the fur around your dog ears to prevent seeds, leaves or debris from clinging to it and making its way into the ear cavity. Ear dog grooming should be done in a well-illuminated place, using scissors. You must be able to see where the ear ends and the fur begins! Groom the fur in a straight line along the skin line of the ear. Keep at least half an inch of fur to prevent accidentally cutting your dog.
Tail Summer Dog Grooming
Many dog breeds have luxurious furry tails. In summer, it’s important to include tail trimming in your dog grooming routine. This will prevent leaves, branches or garden debris from collecting in your dog’s tail. Use the clippers with a short attachment to comb your way all around your dog’s tail, heading down. This will groom the tail sufficiently without turning it into a long, ugly stick.