Trimming dogs

Dogs, due to the nature of the breed, require different care. For some fairly rare bathing and brushing treatments, for others this is very little - they need to visit a dog hairdresser. But there is another group of pets that are not recommended to cut. In order for the dog's coat to be beautiful and well-groomed, another procedure called trimming is needed. What is it for and what kind of dogs are needed?


Why you need trimming

Trimming dogs

Breeds of dogs with a hard coat - from a group of terriers and schnauzers, have lost the ability to shed their own. The dead hairs remain in the woolen coat, and in order to rid them of the pet, it is necessary to conduct a trimming every six months - plucking out old hairs.

First of all, this manipulation refers to the hygienic procedures, since the old crocheted fur often causes skin irritations that bring discomfort to the animal. And, of course, this procedure makes the dog's coat more neat and well-groomed.

In principle, the owner himself is able to check whether the time has come for trimming a pet. To do this, you need to gently grab a bunch of wool, holding your fingers, and pull. In the case when a piece of fur is left between the fingers, then it's time to pluck out the dead hairs.

This procedure can be done independently, if there is time, patience and special tools. Otherwise, it is worth turning to a specialist, especially when it comes to preparing for an exhibition or competition. Only a person who knows the breed standards, can do everything accordingly.

Can the trimming be replaced by a haircut?

Some owners of dogs with tough wool, not participating in exhibitions, believe that in this procedure only show-class dogs need, and for their pets, the usual haircut is also suitable.

But it is not so. If a dog with such a specific coat is cut, then it can permanently lose its properties. Even one treatment with scissors can make the coat, of course, soft and fluffy, but it will be thinning and weakening.

This is due to the fact that the hard hair has an interesting structure - thinner in the base area, and thickened at the end. After removal by plucking in its place grows exactly the same hair. And if you cut it with scissors, it grows from the remaining thin base.

Is it possible to replace trimming with a haircut

It is possible to restore the original structure of the coat, but this will take a lot of time and effort, and besides, only a professional groomer can do it.

Start recovery is necessary with a regular plucking of grown back soft wool and do it very carefully. After 10-14 days the procedure is repeated. Removing with the fingers of ripened hair, you can return to the original structure of the wool, however, it will never become perfect.

Dogs with tough hair emerged as a result of natural selection, this cover was possessed by pets engaged in hunting. This was their protection from moisture, precipitation, wind, as well as from thorny plants and shrubby branches.

Of course, at that time there was no question of trimming. The dead wool was removed due to the same bushes with thorns, on which the dogs reached the prey. Owners of the pet had only to eliminate the wool in those places where it was more difficult to get.

Newbie owners are in doubt, but what if their pet feels infernal pain during trimming? But these fears are completely vain. Of course, the first procedures will cause the dog to worry, because everything is new. However, experienced animals in this matter can even sleep on the table of the groomer, right during the manipulation of the coat.

There are several most vulnerable places on the body in an animal, the trimming of which will not cause pain, but some discomfort is the inner surface of the thighs and armpits. Sometimes dogs are disturbed during the treatment of the areas of the head and neck. But to a greater extent, such manipulations are tolerated by the pets quietly, and discontent arises as a demonstration of their temperament.

Special tools for trimming

Trimming knife

Needless to say that it is better to give preference to professional tools of excellent quality, which are not cheap, but it is much easier and more pleasant to work with them. The following devices are required:

  • Folding table , which is specially coated for trimming with rough material. It is quite compact and is folded and cleaned after the procedure. The table is also suitable for use at exhibitions, if the pet is given a similar career. Naturally, they will have to use more than one year, so it's worth thinking about buying a quality table.
  • Combs - for trimming a tool made of metal, having two sets of teeth - small and large. They are used for combing the wool on the paws and skirt.
  • Brush-pudding - it is used to remove dead wool, in addition, it is also necessary for regular combing of the pet, for laying the hair when drying with a hair dryer, it is laid with wool during the exhibitions. It must be chosen based on the type of wool, the teeth of such a brush are made of wire. For this type of rock is not suitable too hard tool. And do not take a poodle with a large surface - 5 by 10 cm is quite suitable.
  • Trimming knife . They produce a great many such instruments. You can purchase a knife for use with your left or right hand. Naturally, only practice can show that the most convenient, the main thing is that he cope with plucking and in no case cut off the hairs. To work, you will need two types of knives - one having teeth of medium length, for treating the torso of the dog, and the second - with small teeth to remove the wool in the head, ears, and thorax.
  • Stones for trimming are also some kind of knives, but they are used at the end of the procedure or for plucking the wool in puppies.
  • Powder, crayons for grooming - increase the adhesion to the wool, eliminate slip, thereby simplifying the task. You can buy special tools or use for this purpose the usual powder.
  • Napaplechnik - another device for convenience, are made of silicone, latex. Their task is to prevent irritation and calloused formations.

Trimming a fox terrier on video

Basics of proper trimming

Like any manipulation of animals, trimming has some nuances that owners should know about beforehand.

Growing, at a certain point, the hard coat becomes thinner, this process, on average, occurs 6 months after the plucking procedure. But even here there may be a difference in timing, based on breed characteristics.

In a healthy, well-groomed pet, the wool is covered with a dense cover, glossy, not dividing into separate strands, it does not stick. But after a while, the hair becomes thinner, becoming more faded. These are the true signs of the need for trimming. It remains only to choose - whether to do it yourself, or to resort to the services of a professional groomer.

Basics of dog trimming

Dogs belonging to varieties of Schnauzer breeds and medium and small terriers are beginning to pluck from the age of four months at least twice, maximum four times during the year. Pedigree large puppies undergo trimming with half a year. The most convenient time for trimming is the spring and autumn season, when the other dogs have seasonal molting.

If it is a question of preparatory manipulations to the exhibition, then it is necessary to carry out the procedure 1.5-2 months before the event. With a slow growth of wool, treatment can be carried out 3 months before the exhibition.

To start plucking the wool is necessary from the occipital area, moving towards the tail. The neck is trimmed first from the side, and then from above, from the side from top to bottom, well, and then comes the back. Hips are treated only to the area of ​​"hocks" joints, scapula to the elbow joint, the tail starts plucking from above.

The animal does not immediately get used to the event, at first worries and is nervous, in this case it is better to conduct the trimming step by step, giving the animal a rest.

Future owners of dogs who do not shed will need to be prepared for the fact that trimming is an obligatory procedure that allows the pet to look good and avoid skin problems. If there is no desire to engage in such a withdrawal, or there is no possibility of seeking help from veterinarians, it is better to give preference to less demanding breeds.

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