Friday tip of the day – Grooming Sensitive Areas

October 12, 2012 at 1:23 am Leave a comment

Owners can brush their dog’s back and sides with broad, firm strokes, but need to apply a softer touch when grooming the dog’s sensitive areas.  “Sensitive is the right word here, but don’t assume that means only her private parts,” says Jeff Slaughter, a master groomer in Portland, Ore.  “Each dog may have her own definition of private areas, perhaps including her underbelly, armpits, face, paws, or tail.”
Use a softer, smaller slicker brush for the sensitive areas, and try to carefully limit the pulling motion.  And, of course, there’s the risk of clipper burn.  “While new groomers are often taught to use a short blade and get right up to the skin, using a longer blade or even scissors reduces the chances of accidental clipper burning in sensitive areas,” Slaughter adds.

Written by Lynn M. Hayner in the October 2012 edition of the Dog Fancy magazine.

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