How to Groom a Dog's Sanitary Area

Easy
10 - 20 Minutes
4 Weeks

Introduction

We’ve all seen it. That area we’d like to avoid but cannot be avoided. Your dog’s sanitary area needs to be cleaned and trimmed as well as the rest of his body. If this fur is left long, it could harbor bacteria and have goops of stuff left behind that you don’t want to look at. 

There are two areas you need to be sure you are keeping cleaned and maintained. Your dog’s underbelly is one area. Unlike his belly fur, the fur on the sanitary area should not be brushed. This is an extremely sensitive area and is often tangled. Clip this area with clippers. Don’t forget the backside as well. You can expect this area to be messy if left long. Keeping a healthy and trim potty cut is easy to do and will keep your dog nice and tidy.

Dog's Perspective

Remember the skin on your dog’s potty area is thin and sensitive. You may need to move your dog into a relaxed lying position for his tummy area and have him in a standing position to groom his rear end. Though he might feel anxious of these sensitive areas, keeping him in a safe position might help any anxieties

The End with the End Method

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Slicker Brush
Scissors
Comb
Clipper
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Post grooming
Once your dog’s body and face are groomed, brush him out one last time. Be careful of the potty areas as there might be tangles that could pull on sensitive skin.
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Rear
With scissors pointed downward, cut any long fur on your dog’s backside. Be sure to cut out any long tangles. You can use scissors on this entire area or, after you have trimmed tangles and clumps, you can use clippers next.
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3
Clippers
Starting at the top, clip the fur around your dog’s backside. You can move the clippers down toward his leg pants to smooth this fur. Try not to touch the clippers to the skin but make the fur as short as possible to avoid clumping.
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4
Belly side
Lie your dog down on his side and rub his belly to make him comfortable. With clippers, trim the belly fur around your dog’s potty area. Using the clippers, move down and away from the potty area, keeping the clippers off the skin but trimming the hair short.
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5
Male dogs
With scissors parallel to your dog’s skin, trim the tip of the fur that will always get wet after going potty. Be careful not to get too close to the skin.
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The Standing Up Method

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Scissors
Clipper
Step
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Harness
Use a harness or leash to tether your dog so he stays in place.
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2
Tail
Lift his tail and use clippers to trim the underside of the tail.
Step
3
Backside
With the clippers, trim down toward the legs. Be careful not to touch the clippers to the skin and make your movements slow to avoid any pulling.
Step
4
Back belly
From behind your dog, place your clippers under your dog and pull them toward you clipping the long fur around from his belly to his back side. Again, do not place the clippers directly on the skin. Clip the fur short, working from the tip of the fur until it reaches the length you’d like.
Step
5
Lift legs
To reach the underside and second sensitive potty area, lift your dog’s hind leg and use the clippers to trim the fur from underneath. Pull the clippers toward you, cutting the fur from the center out. Lifting the leg will help to tighten the skin to avoid any nicks.
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6
Other leg
Repeat this cut on the other side, lifting the leg and trimming the opposite side from the center outward.
Step
7
Snip
If you have a male dog, you can snip the long hair on the tip of his potty area. Be careful using clippers and avoid touching the skin.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Your dog's sanitary and potty areas have sensitive skin. No matter how you are grooming these areas, be slow, methodical, and gentle.
  • Never point scissors directly at your dog's skin. Try to keep them parallel to the skin whenever possible to avoid poking and puncturing your dog's skin.
  • When using clippers, try to avoid touching the clippers to the skin.
  • Small knots along your dog’s potty area are best removed with clippers unless they are up against the skin and, in that case, scissors may be required.
  • This is an area you are going to want to keep incredibly short and well-groomed because you want to try to keep this area as sanitary as possible.
  • Long fur in your dog's sanitary areas can become encrusted with fecal matter and bacteria.

Conclusion

Make this a paws-itive experience for your dog and be gentle, especially if you are new to giving your dog a potty cut. Mastering this incredible potty cut and keeping your dog's potty areas sanitary and tidy will give your dog a paw-some feeling of clean. In turn, he will feel doggone good and help keep your house clean as well.

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