How to Groom a Dog to Look Taller

Medium
30 - 60 Minutes
4 Weeks

Introduction

Whether you're looking to groom your dog to appear taller because he's just a short pup or because you have a show coming up, learning to do this method takes a little bit of practice. Grooming your dog to look taller will start basically with making him appear thinner. You can also accentuate his slender legs, giving the appearance of height with a good close cut only on the legs. Small fluffy dogs often have long hair on the tops of their heads. Utilize this mop look to increase the illusion of more height. 

Dog's Perspective

Your dog may not care how tall he is. Some tiny breeds have the personality of large dogs anyway, so let his personality also shine. But he will expect to be the cutest pup on the block, so do what it takes to please you both. Just as with any grooming, use some treats to reward for good behavior and be gentle with the scissors and clippers. 

The Thin is In Method

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Scissors
Clipper
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Brush out
Brush your dog’s fur so there are no tangles or knots left.
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Backside
Use clippers to trim the fur on your dog’s backside, cleaning up his potty area. Clip the fur on the back of the legs so it is a very close cut.
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Front legs
Cut the fur closely on the front legs as well. Cut the entire length of the leg to the point where it meets your dog’s torso.
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Sides
Keep the fur long going down the sides, but thin it a bit so there is length but not girth.
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Neck and chest
Trim the neck and chest short and close to give a thinner look as well. Keep the chest and stomach blended and short.
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Brush out
Brush your dog again, pulling his length on the sides over the line created with the short fur left on his legs. This will help give the illusion of long slender legs and a taller, thinner body.
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The Topknot and Length Method

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Brush length
Your dog should have long fur, especially on his head for a top knot. Brush your dog’s fur out. Be sure to get any tangles out.
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Clip
Clip the fur on your dog’s legs short while keeping the length on your dog’s body and sides.
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Head fur
Brush all the fur forward on the top of your dog’s head. Hold its mass in one hand while pulling it all together with a brush or wide tooth comb.
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Topknot
To put a top knot in your dog’s head fur, wrap a ponytail holder around it as if to put it in a ponytail, but with the last wrap, make a loop with the fur, so the last wrap of the ponytail holder creates a loop and half ponytail.
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Fluff
Fluff up the topknot, giving your dog height.
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Smooth fur
To tidy up your dog’s look, smooth his body fur so his body appears slender while his legs appear longer.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Trimming the legs much shorter than the rest of the dog will give an appearance of longer legs. But be cautious not to completely shave the legs. Red or irritated legs aren’t becoming.
  • Thinning your dog’s fur on the sides will help with the appearance of a taller pup.
  • Try to smooth out any grooming lines on your dog’s sides after thinning out his fur to keep the eye from skipping his long legs and settling on untidy lines.
  • When you brush your dog’s fur, always brush in the direction the fur grows to keep it flatter against the skin.
  • If you are working on a topknot for your pup, you can choose from many styles. A single ponytail, a looped ponytail, double pigtails, and more can lift the fur on the head, giving your dog the look of being taller.
  • Fluffy dogs can be thinned out on the neckline as well to give an appearance of being taller. Be sure to blend these lines of thin fur and thicker fur along the back so the cut does not look choppy.

Conclusion

Tall dogs are handsome and de-bone-air. But even your shorter dog can have top dog or best in show status without the height of his peers. Accentuate the good parts of your pup and trim the fluffy parts. Take advantage of his luscious head locks to increase his height, making him more fur-tastic than before.

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

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