How to Cut a Dog's Bum Hair

10 - 20 Minutes
1 Week


There is nothing wrong with being a bit nervous when it comes to cutting the hair on your dog's bum. But, the reality is that if you don't want Benji bringing matted feces, dirt, debris, parasites, and more into your home, you need to keep that bum hair trimmed back. Along with bringing so many nasty things into your home, long matted bum hair can be stinky and painful. The best way for you to deal with this is to learn how to cut Benji's hiney hair the right way and for him to get used to having the hair in this very sensitive area clipped.

Dog's Perspective

One thing you can count on, Benji is not going to be happy having you working with shears or clippers around his anus and genitalia. When you add in the noise of a set of clippers, Benji's anxiety levels are likely to go through the roof. Be sure you take your time and give poor Benji a chance to get used to the tools and your hands working on his derriere if you want the task to go smoothly. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Always use shears and clippers with sharp blades to avoid ripping your pup's hair out.
  • Keep the blades of the shears and clippers level with his skin.
  • Do not let the clipper blade touch the skin, it can burn, cut, or nick your poor pooch.
  • Give your dog plenty of time to get used to the tools you plan to use, this will make the task much easier for both of you.
  • Have plenty of treats on hand to give your dog, they can be used as rewards or as a way to help keep him calm.
  • Take your time, there is no reason to hurry, and your results will be much better. 


You may have never given much thought to the hair on Benji's backside. Keeping it properly cut and trimmed back is a very important part of the overall grooming process, though. It can also be quite important to Benji's health. Long butt hair can harbor so many parasites and so much fecal matter that it can be bad for Benji and for your family's health. 

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