How to Shave a Dog's Behind

15 - 20 Minutes
1 Month


Okay, let's face it, no one really looks forward to the task of shaving their pup's behind. Yet doing so is a vital part of what should be your regular grooming routine. If your dog has long hair on her rump it can become matted, which is painful. She could also be bringing feces into your home that gets spread everywhere her butt touches. A rear end that is covered in dirty, matted hair can become dirty, smelly, and infested with fleas. One of the best ways of dealing with this is to learn how to shave your pup's backside. 

Dog's Perspective

The last thing your favorite fuzzball wants is for you to be messing with her derriere. This is a very sensitive area of her body containing both her genitals and her anus. From the mere fact that you are at the back of her to the sound of the clippers, everything about shaving her behind is likely to make your pup nervous. Be sure to take your time and be gentle and patient. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Try pulling the skin tight while using the clippers, this can help you avoid nicks and cuts.
  • Keep the clippers off the skin and genitals as the blade can become hot enough to burn.
  • Take your time and be extremely careful around the anus and genitals, the skin here is very delicate and easily injured.
  • Give the dog plenty of time to get used to the sound of the clippers before trying to use them.
  • Comb or brush out the hair first to remove mats and tangles that might catch in the clipper blades, causing them to be ripped out instead of being cut. This would be very painful. 


One of the most important things to keep in mind is that you need to keep up with shaving your dog's rear end. If you allow the hair to grow too long you could end up with massive mats and tangles that harbor parasites, feces, and who knows what else, all of which are bad for your dog's health. So be sure you stay on top of this very important task. 

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