Your little Schnoodle needs a haircut, but this wiggly little pup won't stay still for 5 seconds, let alone 20 minutes needed to give him a proper haircut! What are your going to do?
Some dogs are “gifted” with a lot of energy. You might as well see it as a gift--it always pays to look on the positive side! Extra energy is great for playing and running and probably would have served your dog well if he was part of a far-ranging pack that had to hunt for food every day. However, if he is a house dog that needs a hair trim, this high energy is not quite as useful! Hyper dogs can be a real challenge when it comes time for a haircut. Working with clippers or scissors around a hyper dog that is exuding energy out of his pores can result in a lopsided haircut or worse, an injury from a cutting tool that breaks skin. You will need to get your hyper dog to be still while you cut his hair. This is not always easy, but there are several strategies you can employ to get cooperation and have a safe, even haircut!
A hyper dog that moves around is difficult to work with when cutting hair. Besides having a very funny looking haircut, a hyper dog that won't stay still is subject to injuries from scissors or clippers. This will make subsequent hair cutting sessions even worse as your hyper dog now associates haircuts with pain. Frustration and fear can result in a vicious cycle. You can use tools and techniques to make cutting a hyper dog’s hair a lot easier. Work in a quiet, distraction-free location, use an elevated surface with restrains and non-slip surfaces, and have everything you need at hand. You can also reduce hyper energy with exercise, medication, obedience training, or distraction. Ensure your and your hyper dog’s safety when trimming hair to prevent injuries to your dog or yourself, and create a pleasant experience that will make future haircuts less frustrating.