May 2nd, 2021
3 min read

A Fur-tastic Guide to Grooming Puppies in Training

As any puppy raiser knows, grooming and handling are very important skills for puppies in training to be accustomed too! As we leave Winter and approach Spring it seems like there is more fur than dog laying around the house. While I am not a professional dog groomer, I am going to share my favorite grooming tools and how I trim my Golden Lab cross Cliff!

Sorry Lab owners… but I found that Golden’s don't tend to get as stinky meaning less baths for us. I do not bathe Cliff all that often however, If he gets a bath I wait until the next day when he is all dry and fluffy to brush and trim his fur.

The products that I use are a slicker brush, dematting rake, adjustable dematter, undercoat rake, thinning scissors, curved shears, dremel nail grinder, and detangling spray and of course lots and lots of treats! Links to all items are below!

To start I spray down his fur with detangler, it helps get little knots out of his fur and keeps the brushes from pulling at his skin. I use an undercoat rake to disperse the detangler through his coat.

Then I use the curved slicker brush to loosen up all the fur brushing his fur towards his head.

Next I use the dematting rake which does an excellent job at pulling out the fluffy undercoat that he is shedding. Every Golden has a different coat and I find that Cliff tends to get little matts behind his ear. I use the adjustable dematter behind his ears to remove those knots.

Then it is time to trim the “Grinch Feet” or “Lion Paws” as we call them! Using the slicker brush I brush the fur on the top of his feet up and away from his nails. I use thinning scissors to avoid a choppy, straight edge look and maintain their feathers. Cutting at a downward angle I trim all the loose ends. Then it is on to the paw pads! Using curved shears I cut straight across the paw pads removing all the long fur that is extending past the paw pads. I gently press between his paw pads to get a closer cut in-between each pad. You can also use an electronic clipper to trim the fur around the paw pads. Using the thinning shears I clean up all the edges!

I grind his nails down with the dremel and top his paw pads off with a paw balm so they are nice and smooth.

Tail, butt, and leg fur is all that's left! Be sure to follow the natural angle when trimming these areas! I comb his tail with the undercoat rake and use the thinning shears to cut any long pieces of fur that are sticking out. I follow the natural angle of the half circle on his tail fan. His butt fur is the same process trimming the extra long hairs and making each side equal. For the fur on the back of the legs, I use the curved slicker brush to bush the fur away from the leg and trim from the top down leaving the length long to short.

Finally, I use the slicker brush over the entire body to remove any fur that is left over!

Don’t forget to take it slow and even do a little bit at a time until they are used to it! Treats are always our best friend and rewarding them from being calm during handling is a must!!

Below are affiliate links to the products used however they are purley my recommendation and not endorsed or sponsored by the company or Guide Dogs for the Blind.

TropiClean Tangle Remover
Pet Republique Dematting Rake
Pet Magasin Professional Thinning Scissors with Toothed Blade
Millers Forge Unbreakable Style Slicker Brush, Regular
FURminator Dog Grooming Rake
FURminator Adjustable deMatter Dog & Cat Tool
Top Paw® Curved Ball Tip Pet Hair Scissors
Dremel 7760-PGK 4V Pet Grooming Cordless Kit
Super Snouts Rad Pad Soothing Paw Balm for Dogs

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