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Q: How Should I cut her hair?

July 21, 2011 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 1139 days ago

Ches21

I think my dad should take Shasta his american eskimo to the groomers but he got some clippers to save money he can't do it himself and wants me to do it but I have never cut a dogs hair before and since they are electric clippers I am scared that I could end up cutting her bad. But if my dad refuses to take her to the groomers is there a book or something that can help me out I don't want to hurt her if I end up having to cut her fur?

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Kelly
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Jul 25, 2011

Not just any old clippers are going to work on an Eskie. I used to have a chow & I can assure you that standard clippers will get way too hot before you're even a fourth of the way through the process. Eskies have a double coat that includes a dense undercoat & long guard hairs similar to a chow. You need heavy duty professional grade clippers & blades to do a good job. Otherwise you're going to dull your blades about every 5 minutes. Depending on how close a cut you're planning on, it is possible to nick them every once in a while. It's also not an easy job, especially on a heavy-coated dog & especially if you don't know what you're doing. Unless she's extremely matted or getting hot spots, there's no real reason to shave her anyway. The hair helps regulate their temperature & you run a huge risk of sunburn if you shave them down because they have light skin. Bath her about every three months (rinse, rinse, rinse & rinse again to remove all the shampoo & conditioner from that heavy coat), dry her completely to decrease the risk of hot spots, keep the hair trimmed between her paw pads & out of her ears. Never bathe her if you can't pull a comb through her hair because wetting mats makes them worse. If you really want to trim her, just trim her hair down to about half the length it is without disturbing the guard hairs too much...kind of like a puppy cut. You can probably find a lot of info online about the pros & cons of trimming them. You can probably also find how-to videos online.

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Rachel
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Jul 25, 2011

As long as you keep the blade level and don't dig, you should be fine. Also pay attention to how hot the blade is. They do heat up the longer you use them.

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daryl b.
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Jul 21, 2011

hi ches. i believe clippers have saftys on them and a way to set the blades to the depth you want, i have known people who clipped newfs and the dogs were hotter in the summer being clipped then if they had not. the hair acts as an insulation both ways. maybe check with a breeder before you do it

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