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.
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.
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.
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.
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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