How to Groom a Dog's Rear End

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
4 Week

Introduction

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.

Dog's Perspective

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. 

The Clippers Method

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Position your dog
Place your dog on a table high enough for you to reach your dog’s bottom or sit on a stool so you are level with the area you need to trim and sturdy at the same time. You may need to do this for larger breed dogs who may be difficult to put on the top of a table. Either way, be sure to leash and tether your dog to keep him stable secure and in place.
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Scissors
With your scissors in one hand, use your other hand to lift your dog's tail into the air. This will keep your dog from trying to sit, as well as give you free reign to the area you need to groom.
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Tail
With your dog's tail in the air, you can begin to trim the fur on the bottom of his tail to keep the fur on his tail from becoming dirty. If you choose to trim the length of the fur on the bottom of your dog's tail it only needs to be an inch to three inches long and is not really noticeable while looking at your dog once grooming is complete.
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Clip
Trim your dog's rear end for from the center outward. Use your clippers with a steady hand to make sure your dog is comfortable with the tools you are using.
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Not too close
You can trim this area pretty close to bald if you wish to keep the area super clean. However, try not to touch the blade of the clippers or any scissors directly to your dog's skin or anus. Avoid nicks and cuts by taking it slow and cutting away from your center position.
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6
Potty cut
To continue down towards your dog's genitals, spread your dog's rear legs and be cautious with how close your tools are to your dog's genitals. You can very gently pull the fur forward and cut close to the skin without getting too close.
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7
Tighten skin
If you need to go further down your dog's legs or into his potty area for a potty cut, you can pull your dog’s back leg out to tighten the skin to avoid nicking any skin folds.
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The Scissors Method

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Partner
Have a partner hold your dog with their arms around your dog's back to keep him secure. If your dog fits in your partner's arms and is a small to medium breed, your partner can simply hold your dog, exposing his rear end for you to groom.
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2
Tail
Hold your dog's tail down and to the side you are not grooming. To trim around your dog's anus, you will need to have your partner lift your dog's tail up and out of the way.
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3
Brush
Brush your dog's fur around his rear end down toward his back feet. Be sure to get any tangles out before you begin to trim and groom his rear end. Large mats can be cut out first before you groom and shape his rear end.
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4
Scissors
Cut with long stroke with the scissors pointing downward towards your dog's feet away from your dog's skin and your partner who is holding your dog. Be sure not to point the scissors towards your dog to avoid any risk of accidentally poking or stabbing.
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5
Groom
Cut your dog's rear end fur in long lines from the top to the bottom. Keep the scissors flat but not directly against the skin to avoid any nicks and cuts.
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Shape
If your goal is to have your dog's bottom as clean as possible, you will want to cut fairly close. You can shape your dog's rear leg fur with scissors by turning the scissors and not keeping them flat against the skin. As you move away from your dog's bottom and down towards your dog's rear legs, you may want the fur to remain a little longer.
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Caution & Considerations

  •  Be careful of the sensitive skin around your dog’s anus.
  •  Scissors and clipper methods can be mixed as you see fit to get the best results using both tools.
  •  If your dog is afraid of the sound of clippers, let him sniff them while the are on and buzzing. To do this, hold the blade down away from his nose. You can also place the clippers against his skin so he can  feel the vibration and hear the sound.
  •  To keep the rear end clean, maintain this area with every grooming.
  •  If your dog has knots and matting, you may need to comb the area first and cut out any mats before grooming.
  • Trimming with scissors or with clippers and working from the center of the area outward helps to protect your dog’s sensitive skin.
  • Be sure your dog stays still while grooming his rear end to keep his skin protected.

Conclusion

Don't get caught in arrears with this particular grooming task or your dog could have quite the mess. Keep up with rear end cleaning and avoid the ruff times ahead cleaning your dog's dirty hiney. If your dog gets into a mess or makes a mess before you have time to clean him and groom his read end, hold his tail up to keep him from sitting. Enjoy that trick next time your dog forgets to wipe.

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

Grooming Questions & Answers

Question
Ruby
Miniature Australian Shepherd
2 Years
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Question
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Ruby
Miniature Australian Shepherd
2 Years

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?

Paige Thompson
Dog Groomer
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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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