How to Give Your Mutt a Cut

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The cost of getting regular trims for your pup can end up piling up. But you can easily give your dog a cut of your own instead, or even in-between visits. Here's how you can save some serious cash with a DIY cut. (While you're at it, learn How to Clean Up Your Canine to save even more.)

Step 1
Fetch a tool. Invest in doggie shears. We like the Conair Canine FX Flexi-Groom Professional Cord/Cordless Trimmer because it charges and cleans quickly ($50, Never use "people" clippers. They're not designed for dog hair; they may overheat, or even hurt Fido.

Related: 10 Best Dog Tools You Need

Step 2
Brush Fido's fur. Comb your dog's coat thoroughly with a slicker brush (find one at any pet supply store), moving against the lay of the coat and then back into place. Gently brush mats and knots until they're gone. Untangled fur means an easier cut.

Related: The Dog Owner's To-Don't List

Step 3
Make him stay. Leash your pooch to a sturdy stationary object--the leg of a heavy table, for example. Stuff some treats in your pocket to calm your dog in case he becomes unruly.

Step 4
Mow away. Length is your call, but leave the fur a little longer on his face and tail. Buzz from his neck to his tail, moving with the hair's grain. Then move along his belly and down his legs. Use scissors to trim his face. Brush. Now treat him to a walk around the block so he can strut his stuff.

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September 06 2012 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It will work

August 24 2012 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have a Yorkie who is 8 month's old and has allergies and very bad, to the point she is biting her front paws taking hair off, and also scratches her sides a lot as well. Vet has given her 1 cortizone shot , been given Benadryl, and now on a tablet cut in fourth's (Chlorpheniramine 4mg. . . .this is not helping. . . what should I do? Vet does not seem to know. Thank You so much.

August 18 2012 at 7:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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August 24 2012 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Try to keep your Yorkie's skin moisturized. Especially in the winter. Try using Rockin' Paws Show Stopper Coat De-Matting and Shine Serum. It helps guard against mats but also really helps to moisturize the skin.

October 18 2012 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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