How to Groom a Dog's Legs

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
4 Weeks

Introduction

All dogs are different, and various breeds may require a different cut while grooming. You could groom your dog's legs in a generic cut, or use one of many styles for your dog's leg fur, from a cone shape to a tube shape. You can shave it short or cut it longer so it still moves with the wind. 

Whether you are using scissors or clippers, you will want to brush or comb the fur out first. Even if you decide to keep the fur on your dog's legs long, you will most definitely notice a difference because the fur won't look scraggly or ragged once you are done grooming. Once you have finished, brush your dog daily to keep up the beautiful look you have created.

Dog's Perspective

Your dog may be a bit nervous if grooming is new or if he is a young pup. The sound of the clippers could scare him a bit. To combat this, you can turn the clippers on and gently place them against your dog's skin so he can hear and feel the vibration. If your dog is anxious, he may wiggle as well. Harness him and tether to a stronghold so he doesn't jump or flinch, causing himself harm. Talking to your dog and offering treats can also help ease any tension he may have.

Caution & Considerations

  • Your dog may be a bit nervous if grooming is new or if he is a young pup. 
  • The sound of the clippers could scare him a bit. To combat this, you can turn the clippers on and gently place them against your dog's skin so he can hear and feel the vibration.
  •  If your dog is anxious, he may wiggle as well. Keep him safe and ensure he feels safe as well.
  • Harness him and tether to a stronghold so he doesn't jump or flinch causing himself harm. 
  • Depending on your dog's breed and the style you are looking for him to have, you may need to trim his legs every other week to once a month to maintain a well-groomed look.
  •  If your dog's legs have any mats in the fur, you will want to cut these out before clipping with clippers. 
  • Always try to brush or comb through the fur as well before clipping or cutting to make the clippers run smoothly. 
  • Start slow and move the clippers in opposite directions, except in sensitive areas such as kneecaps and ankles or elbows.
  • Keep the clipper blade flat avoiding pressing into the skin to prevent cuts.
  • Your dog's fur will grow back if you make a mistake. And he will still love you if the mistake makes him look a bit silly.

Conclusion

Grooming with professionals can create a beautiful show dog. But if you'd like to do some grooming at home, you can trim, cut, and shave to make your dog pretty too. Get a leg up on your dog's grooming process and teach yourself how to groom your pup. He will look fantastic with a bit of practice. You can groom your dog yourself and make his fur into boots that were made for walking--have fun with the process! Unless he's a show dog, allow yourself to make mistakes along the way and learn the process of grooming.

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

Grooming Questions & Answers

Question
Jane dog
Border Collie
13 Years
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Jane dog
Border Collie
13 Years

I noticed this dog was sensitive about his feet. I learned why. The owner insisted I shave his legs! Not trim, but shave them bald. I felt horrible doing it. The dog licked its legs after. Ill never do it again. Why would she insist I shave his legs bald? It was sad and obviously irritating for the dog.

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
0 Dog owners recommended

This is a request I have never had and I am not sure why the owner would ask that of you. When uncomfortable with a request, I let the client know why and then politely decline. It's tough because you want what is best for the dog. All the best to you!

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Grooming Success Stories

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Max
Fox Terrier
10 Years

Max is a great dog! It's easy to groom his legs

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