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. 

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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Grooming Questions & Answers

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Mylo
Lhasa Apso
3 Years
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Mylo
Lhasa Apso
3 Years

Why doesn't Mylo like his legs brushed or nails trim? I can brush him e everywhere else. I even changed to a pin brush. He likes it better but boy those legs!

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Gypsy
Maltese Shih Tzu
3 Years
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Gypsy
Maltese Shih Tzu
3 Years

I'm scared to shave her belly in case I hurt her teats. Groomers I've watched seem to just glide over the entire area.

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Thank you for the question. If you are nervous at all, why not trim the area with scissors in between grooming sessions? It's best to do that rather can cause an injury or fright that will have Gypsy nervous of the clippers moving forward. Or, if you really want to learn, ask your groomer for tips the next time you are there, explaining that you want to keep Gypsy tangle-free in between visits. Watching in person is the best and safest method. That is my best recommendation. All the best!

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