How to Give a Dog a Haircut

15 - 30 Minutes
3 Months


Are you tired of paying a fortune to the groomer just to keep Charly's hair cut every couple of months or so? Have you thought about doing the job yourself, but are not sure how to go about it? There are two ways you can go about cutting her hair. You can use electric clippers, or you can use shears. By the time you have mastered the skills, you will probably be using both of them to do a great job. Imagine all the money you will be saving and what you can do with it!

Dog's Perspective

If you have already been taking Charly to the groomer, then making the switch to you being her groomer should be very easy. If not, then you will have to work just a little bit harder to get her used being groomed. You may have to start with short sessions at first until she gets used to being groomed. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Never use shampoos, soaps, or conditioners made for humans on Charly as they contain chemicals that can harm her. Be sure that all of your grooming tools are also appropriate and safe for her.
  • Use only vet-approved products as they are designed to meet the needs of dogs. This will ensure a better result of your grooming endeavors. 
  • Be sure the blade on your clippers is sharp and well-lubricated. Not lubricating the blade could lead to injury or burns. Make sure that you've read all of the necessary safety information regarding your clippers of choice. 
  • Be sure to use the correct guide on the clippers for length. 
  • Check that your shears are sharp and have rounded safety tips. Maintain control of the shears throughout, as not being careful can result in nicks or cuts. 
  • Take your time and make the process fun for both of you by using toys or treats to keep her still and in place. 


It might take Charly a little while to get used to having you cut her hair, but as long as you keep working with her, using treats along the way, it won't take long before she settles down and starts to enjoy it with you. Make it fun, but always let her know who is in control by keeping a steady and firm hand throughout the process. 

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