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My super model was named Tayzee.  Tayzee has now passed away.  She was shown here with a 2 month growth.   Here are the step by step pictures on how I shaved her face, ears, pads and bum.

 

 

 

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Using my clippers, I mark my "V" shape.  This way you can make a nice sharp straight V. Here is a close-up on how I start.  Remember that Tayzee was very well trained and did not move around while being groomed.  A sudden jerk from an untrained dog could cause a serious injury with the blade pointing this way!

 

 

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Here is a close-up of the "V" shape.  The bottom right hair of the V was short due to a little bump which was removed and proved to be a fat deposit thank goodness. 

 

 

 

 

Once I establish my "V" shape, I start shaving against the hair grain. I really never let the facial hair grow this much.  I left it grow this much to show a visible difference for the step by step pictures.

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I hold and stretch her eye to make sure all the hair below the eye lid is been shaved off. Around the corner of the eyes, I shave with the hair grain first.  When I finish up I go against it. I don’t clip the hair all the way back to the ear.  I leave a little in front of it.  I find it looks too "empty" when it is clipped too far back.


I finish by clipping under the muzzle and on top of the nose.


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I stretch the mouth so I can get this little fold which always seems to have a little hair left behind.

 

 

 

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Then I take my smaller clippers and do the finishing touch.  I finish under the eyes by going against the hair grain and basically do an overall clip to give it an even closer and even cut.  Most of the time because I keep up with clipping their faces, this is the only clipper I use as the hair is never really long.

 



Now here comes the ear shaving.  Remember shaving the ears is a personal preference as well.

I start by taking the hair off the outside of the ear along the hair grain.  I cut in an angle.  I start right at the bottom of the part close to the head and I go in an angle. I basically judge the angle to the ear fold.  You will see later on why I like to do this.

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Then I shave the edges of the ears followed by the insides.

 


 

 

 

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Viewed from the top this is what it looks like.

 

 

 

 

 

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From the side this is what it looks like...note that the hair has been left to grow from the "ear fold" down...which gives it a fuller look.

I finish against the hair growth.  Be very careful at this point.  Sharp blades are a must! I usually just keep the ears between my fingers and use them as a guide.  Keep in mind that Tayzee was a well-trained dog and she fuss.  When I first shave the puppies’ ears, I simply do it along the hair grain until they learn how to stay still.

 

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Make sure to brush the hair clippings off the coat as the hair clippings becomes instant mats!

 

 

 

 

 

At an early age you should clean around your dog's anus. Especially at puppy stage, where they start eating on their own and the mom are not as keen on cleaning after them.  At adult age this is just a routine.

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Another routine is to get them used to have their pads handled.  Your dog's pads should be free of hair for better traction in the summer time and to prevent ice formation in the winter time. You may choose to remove the pads' hair with your clipper or with a good pair of scissors. This is what the pads should look like.  After this photo session Tayzee also had her toe nails cut.  I trim their nails on a weekly basis. 

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Here’s the final result...I think she looks much happier!

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I hope this has help you a bit if you are a novice and enjoyed yourself.

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