Trimming your dog’s rear end may not be the most fun you will have with your dog, but it’s an important task of grooming your pup. If his fur is long and becomes matted, he could also be tracking feces in and out of your house in this nest of fur. If this sounds like your dog, you may be familiar with the smell that accompanies a dirty and matted rear end. If your pup comes with his own amazing fluffy tail, consider shaving the bottom part of this as well so he doesn't begin to track from his bottom to his tail.
This part of your dog’s body is quite sensitive. He may be a bit worried if you are back there with the buzzing sound and vibration of clippers. Also, if you are behind your dog, he may be apprehensive at letting you touch him from behind. If he’s feeling nervous, a partner may be able to help you the first few times by petting your dog’s ears and face while giving him lots of loving praise.
My dog Ruby has a furry rear end that leads to debris and other unwanted accumulation materializing in this region. She regularly gets on the couch/bed and would like to allow her to continue this with a clear conscience. What is recommended from a grooming perspective and how frequently would you suggest the method to make sure that this is no longer an issue?
Hi Tyler, It sounds like Ruby needs a sanitary trim, sometimes called a hygiene cut. Its a shave just under the tail and in between the legs, sometimes taken up to the rib cage on especially furry or messy dogs. Each dog is unique with regards to grooming frequency, but once a month is probably a good place to start. Good Luck! Paige
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