Pets need haircuts the same way humans need haircuts.
And just like a human, pets know when they get a good, or bad, haircut.
When deciding whether you are going to take the risk yourself in cutting your pet's coat, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a proper haircut is given.
If you follow these guidelines, your dog will come out looking great.
First of all, you will need a good pair of pet hair clippers.
These can be purchased at most any pet store.
You should ask the sales associate what kind will work best with your dog's coat.
I have a wirey haired Jack Russell Terrier and we keep her coat short in the summer and longer in the winter, so because of this, we had to make sure had guards that would keep her hair at the length we wanted it.
Remember, most dogs need longer hair in the winter to keep them warm and since dogs can't sweat, it is better to keep them cooler in the summers.
After buying the correct pair of clippers for your dog's coat, you will want to either take a class on pet grooming or do thorough research online.
There are many helpful websites that guide you through a dog's haircut.
Cutting a dog's hair might not be as simple as you think.
Just as with a human, there are areas you want to keep longer, while other areas can get a close cut.
There are also sensitive areas on dogs that you need to be careful with clippers around.
You certainly don't want to hurt or cut your pet.
The noise of the clippers can sometimes scare dogs so you should definitely turn them on near the dog before actually touching the dog to see how your dog reacts.
Lastly, you will want to make sure to cut your dog's coat in an area with easy clean up.
The best place to do this when it's nice out is on a patio or porch.
The hair will be easy clean up and you don't have to worry about dragging any hair back inside.
Every time I've cut my dog's hair, I do it in our bathroom on an old bath towel.
Granted, my dog only weighs about 10 lbs, so it's easy to contain her in my bathroom and fortunately for me, she loves the feeling of the clippers.