How to Shave a Dog's Belly

Easy
15 - 30 Minutes
12 Month

Introduction

If your dog is like most, he loves laying on his back so you can reach down and rub his belly. However, when it comes to having his belly shaved, it’s a completely different story. The skin in this area is very soft and delicate. Keep in mind this area also includes the groin where everything is very sensitive. The good news is that shaving your dog's stomach is a relatively easy task once you get used to doing it with either shears or clippers. 

Dog's Perspective

Given that your dog loves a good belly rub, but may not like the clippers, start out by spending a few minutes indulging in a nice long belly rub. Give him a few of his favorite treats and let him get nice and relaxed before breaking out the clippers. 

The Blanket Method

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Slicker Brush
Scissors
Clipper
Step
1
Start with a nice blanket
Start out by spreading a blanket out on the floor.
Step
2
Get comfy
Call the dog into the room and have her lie down on the blanket. Give her a tasty treat and have her roll onto one side.
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3
Brush the coat
Give that belly a good going over with a brush. Take your time and clean the brush out frequently.
Step
4
Trim
Using a pair of shears, trim long hair back a little so that you can see the nipples, or in the case of a male dog, trim gently around his genitals. Take care not to cut your pup's skin.
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5
Shave
Using clippers equipped with a No. 10 blade, shave your dog's belly from front to back including around the genitals, armpits, and inside of the hind legs. Take a nice cool, moist washcloth and gently wipe the skin clean. The cool water will help take away any sting.
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The Detangler Method

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Scissors
Pin Brush
Clipper
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Apply detangler
Start out by applying a dog-safe detangler spray or coat conditioning oil. Allow it to soak in as this will make removing tangles and mats easier.
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2
Comb the belly
Using a pin brush, comb through the pup's belly hair in layers, starting at the roots and working your way out to the tips.
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3
Loosen mats
If you come across any mats or tangles, use the pin brush to gently brush them out. You may have to brush or comb through them several times and use your fingers as well.
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4
The final shave
Using the clippers, start just below the neck and shave all the way to just below the tail. Follow the grain and be very gentle as the skin on her belly is very thin and sensitive.
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5
Wipe down
Wipe her down with a baby wipe to help remove the sting of being shaved and you are all done.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Let your pup get used to sound of the clippers before you start using them. This will help reduce the risk of him jumping when you turn them on and get to work.
  • Use shears around the genitals, they are safer than using clippers.
  • Take your time and be gentle, your pup may be very ticklish in this area.
  • Never use the clipper without the proper guard in place as this could lead to serious injury.
  • If you use shears, keep them parallel to his skin to avoid the risk of injury.
  • If you can't brush out mats, you can remove them using the clippers as you shave the rest of your dog's belly.
  • Be sure the blade on your clippers is sharp to avoid snagging belly hair and ripping it out. 

Conclusion

Shaving your dog's belly can be a bit hairy, but there are times when it just has to be done. Take your time, give your pup plenty of treats and the job will be over in no time at all. Both of you will feel better. Your dog, because you removed all that matted hair and you because you have successfully shaved your dog's belly. 

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