This tutorial will focus on subtle changes you can make to your daily pet grooming to help accentuate your dog’s natural body and muscles, and truly accentuate your brood!
The dog used in this article is a mix of poodles with very fine, wavy hair and owners love a low maintenance style, but they still want her to look her best!
Diagram 1) To start this groom, use the #4 blade on the dog’s body, starting at the shoulders and continuing back to the tail.
Picture 2) Next, find the center of the dog and slide the blade down in a semi-circle motion to secure it. This area should be the highest part of the dog’s line and help divide the dog into equal halves from front to back.
FIG. 3) Once the fold line is set, flip the scissors up in the middle of the abdomen to get a small underbody. Stop only between the front legs.
Figure 4) On the hind legs, clip the entire upper muscle on the hind leg, skiving at the knee and the natural bend of the dog’s leg. Leave the entire front of the back leg alone for the time being.
Figure 5) Next, take the same blade you used on the body and start just below the ear to cut the neck. Keep going down until you reach the elbow and off the elbow to incorporate the shorter shoulder coat into the longer leg coat.
Figure 6) Continuing to use the same blade, cut the chest down in the area between the front legs.
Figure 7) Moving to the throat, invert your blade and cut from the throat up into the cavity of the dog’s lower jaw.
Figure 8) For this particular dog, the Additional No. 1 comb on the legs was used to add elegance and flair to the trim. Start at the front of the leg and cut it down to the foot, as well as the inside and outside of the front leg. Do not trim the back of the front leg.
Figure 9) Moving to the back leg, clip the outer thigh on the inside and outside of the leg, but not the front.
Figure 10) Start the scissors job by trimming the feet. On the back foot, comb all the hair down, lift the leg up and clip all the hair from the top of the back stopper pad.
Figure 11) Finish the foot trim by placing it back on the table and trimming around the edge of the foot. Repeat on the other side.
Figure 12) Similarly, move to the front foot and cut out a circular shape with the foot resting on the table. For the front feet, do not lift the foot up and cut the hair from the top of the stopper pad because if you cut that area too short, you will lose the look of the beautiful shaft. Repeat with the other front foot.
Figure 13) To make body scissors, comb all the hair up and out of the skin and put gentle scissors on it.
Figure 14) To blend the layer shorter from above the thigh with the layer longer than the knee and below, make sure all the hair is standing straight by combing and tilting the scissors slightly toward the shorter layer and the scissors straight down toward the table. Continue this on the inside of the leg as well.
Figure 15) Next, gently cut the fold area to blend in with the bottom line and the longer hair at the front of the back leg. You can also mix the longer bristles here by gently scissors in a front-to-back windshield wiper motion.
Figure 16) To create a crisp line at the front of the back leg, tilt the hair with a sharp straight cut.
Figure 17) Cut the front legs into poles by combing the hair and scissors from the front of the toes to the elbow. Then comb all the hair to one side and cut a nice straight line from the toes to the elbow. Do not cut the back of the front leg this way.
Figure 18) Moving to the chest, mix the shorter hair with the longer hair on the front leg by cutting directly into the front leg and blending this area.
Figure 19) On this dog, blending scissors were finally used for fine detailing and finishing scissors work due to the texture of his incredibly soft coat.
Figure 20) Start by cutting the face by brushing the long hair just in front of the eye. For this coat fabric, blending scissors were used, but you can also do this with thinning scissors or a No. 10 blade.
Figure 21) Next, comb all the hair on the top of the head forward and cut a straight eyebrow from the outside of one eye to the outside of the other.
Figure 22) To help make the eyes look larger and improve the shape of the face, take your scissors and open the outer corner of the eyes by cutting the outer edge and revealing the eye from the side view.
Figure 23) Then cut the lower part of the jaw in a straight line to set the desired length.
Figure 24) Comb the cheek hair down and cut it from below the jawline, marking the length up and around the side of the cheek hair until you reach the ear opening. Repeat on the other side.
Figure 25) Follow this with a blending clip to smooth out harsh scissor lines. When viewed from the front, everything should be in a straight line from the top of the head to the jaw, and from the side view, the face should have a beautiful round jaw.
Figure 26) Comb all the hair on the mask forward and use blending scissors to remove any hair stuck in front of the nose.
Figure 27) Finish the muzzle with small curved scissors to clean the entire edges of the muzzle.
Figure 28) Next, blend the head into the neck by combing all the hair on the top of the head back and using blending scissors to trim and around behind the ears and across the back of the skull.
Figure 29) Trim the ears to the desired length. A blend cut was used on this dog to help achieve a more natural look.
Figure 30) Finish the groom by holding the tip of the tail straight from the dog and clipping the scissors flat from one end to the other, gradually increasing length as you get closer to the dog.
Many of our customers would like a low-maintenance haircut for their dogs, but there are still plenty of ways to complement each dog’s body build to give them the best haircut an individual dog can wear. Leaving a little extra hair in all the right places while trimming off the excess hair where it is not needed can really turn any dog from monotonous to gorgeous! ✂️