How to Trim Puppy Fur

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
2 Weeks

Introduction

Before you set out to trim your pup's fur for the first time, you must be sure that his coat is actually ready to be cut. If you cut his coat too soon, you are cutting it before his primary hairs have had a chance to grow in. Puppies like Jimmy are born with short, fluffy hair, but by the time they reach six to eight months old, their adult coat should have grown in. If you trim his hair too soon, this could have a negative impact on how well his permanent coat develops. Beyond that, trimming around his eyes and muzzle may be necessary, but don't be in a rush to trim his body hair. 

Keeping a puppy's fur trim can help keep him clean, but only if the trimming is necessary. Consulting a veterinarian or a professional groomer on whether or not you are able to trim Jimmy's fur is a good first step. 

Dog's Perspective

Jimmy is far too young to really care if his coat is perfectly trimmed. His only real interests are food, fun, and going potty. Once his adult coat has grown in and is ready to groom, the process is very similar to the one you would use for adult dogs. The biggest difference is that Jimmy is going to be wound up like an eight-day clock. The methods used are very similar to those you would use for any excited dog. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Be sure to use products like shampoos, conditioners, detanglers, and soaps that are made for use on dogs and vet-approved. 
  • You should never use products made for use on other animal species such as cats or humans as they can contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to dogs.
  • Be sure the clipper blades are sharp and you are using the right guide in order to avoid any mistakes.
  • Be sure you keep the clipper blades well lubricated to avoid a buildup of heat that can burn Jimmy's skin.
  • Be sure the shears you plan to use have a sharp blade. Dull blades tend to snag and rip hair out rather than cutting it.
  • If Jimmy won't sit still for trimming, you may need the help of an assistant to hold him still until he gets used to being trimmed. You can also consider using a collar and leash to have a decent hold on him throughout.
  • Take your time and make it fun for both of you and in time, Jimmy will come to look forward to being trimmed. Feel free to use treats or toys to keep him distracted and occupied. 

Conclusion

The hardest part of trimming puppy fur is working with a pup who can't or won't stop wiggling. Plenty of exercise and a nice, warm bath are good ways to relax Jimmy and put him in the mood to be groomed. If he doesn't, you may need the help of an assistant until he gets used to being trimmed. Never be afraid to use treats to get Jimmy to behave while you are working. 

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Grooming Questions & Answers

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Betty
cockapoo
18 Weeks
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Betty
cockapoo
18 Weeks

I don’t know if I should cut her now because it is very long or should I leave it to grow more?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Hello, there are a few things to consider. You want to groom Betty when she is young to keep her used to it, so make sure you brush her often and trim her nails so she is used to being handled. The length is really your preference, I think she will have a nice coat either way. She may be cooler for the summer with a trimmed coat. She looks cute and as long as you can easily groom her without mats and tangles, it should be fine. All the best!

Thank you that was really helpful!

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Ava
Shichon
9 Months
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Ava
Shichon
9 Months

Because we are unable to take our pup to groomers can I use clippers on her at 9 months?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
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Thank you for the question about grooming Ava. Has the groomer used the clippers on her before? Whether you need to use the clippers depends on how thick and long her coat is. Does she sit quietly for you? That is a factor to take into consideration. Scissoring may do the trick at her young age. Most importantly, if the fur is tangling at all, give her a daily brushing and trim with the scissors. Hopefully the groomers will be able to operate again soon. All the best and enjoy your puppy!

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