How to Trim a Dog's Hair with Scissors

15 - 45 Minutes
6 Weeks


If your dog needs a quick trim, you should be able to do it fairly quickly and easily with just a pair of scissors. In fact, brushing your dog out will probably take longer than your quick trim. Make sure before you do any trimming with scissors your dog is comfortable with the shears and is fully brushed out and tangle-free before you get in there and start cutting. You can give your dog a scissor trim quickly once you know the length of his fur you’d like and prepare yourself with the right pair of scissors. You will, of course, also need a dog who wishes to cooperate.

Dog's Perspective

If your dog is not used to the sound of scissors or the feel of them, introduce them to your dog first. He may be a little apprehensive about having scissors so close to his face and ears or even his tail and belly, which are sensitive areas. Give him permission to sniff them and then open and close them so he can hear the sounds that they make as they cut. Treats always help with any anxiety during grooming as well.

Caution & Considerations

  • Scissors are perfect for a quick trim.
  • Be sure to brush out your dog's fur before you trim.
  • If your dog has tangles and knots you may need to cut these areas with scissors while you're brushing.
  • Blend any scissor lines by cutting in an opposite direction and coming through once you are done cutting.
  • You can also blend any shorter areas that needed to be cut out because of matting or tangles with scissors and a good comb.
  • Be aware of the tip of your dog's tailbone, the tips of your dog's ears, and the skin around his paws as you are trimming with scissors
  • When possible, try to keep the scissors parallel to your dog's skin and pointed away from his face and sensitive areas.
  • Become familiar with the different types of scissors you can use on your dog. Scissors with short blades are good around the face and for cutting around paw pads. Curved scissors curve with your dog's body, and scissors with longer lengths are great for dogs with long fur.


You don't need clippers to trim your dog's fur. A quick scissor cut is easy to do while still giving your dog a fun and furry look. Be cautious with the scissors and protect your pampered pup from any injuries. Don't leave out areas like your dog's tail and ears when trimming with scissors. Make your pooch beautiful with an easy scissor trim. 

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