You may have total confidence in your ability to groom your dog’s back, nails, and face, but may feel uncertain about how to do their stomach. But it’s really no different than the rest of their body. And the earlier you get your dog used to you touching their belly, the more trust they’ll have when it’s time for grooming.
Gather Proper Tools Together
A slicker brush, soft brush, comb, battery-operated clippers, and scissors are the best tools for getting this job done. You’ll also need a clean towel or blanket for the grooming surface.
Begin with Brushing
Brush your dog all over, then have them lie down and expose their belly for brushing. Do your best to get rid of any knots or tangles. Avoid brushing around their groin region. If their fur is tangled down there, your best option is to use the clippers or scissors to avoid fur or hair tugging, but you’ll want to get the harness on them first.
Place the Harness
It’s a lot easier to trim a dog when they’re wearing their harness and leash. This keeps them from moving away while you’re grooming them. Smaller dogs can be placed on a table or countertop, while large dogs can be groomed on the floor.
Best Position for Stomach Grooming
If you have a smaller dog, it’s a lot simpler to lift up their front legs to a standing position. This exposes their belly so that you can more easily groom it. If you have a helper, this will simplify the process for you.
If you have a larger dog, having them lay on the ground on their side will be simpler. Place a soft blanket or towel on the ground to make them feel more comfortable.
Begin grooming your dog’s back first, to get them used to the clippers. If they’ve been groomed before, you can start with their stomach.
Start at the bottom and do their groinal region first. Move your clippers in an upward motion. If your clippers have changeable blades, use a 7F blade first. Once you have most of their fur trimmed, you can switch to a 10 blade to do touch-ups.
You’ll also need to gently lift up each leg to ensure you get that spot between leg and stomach. Don’t lift it too high, as you don’t want to distress your dog. If you have an older dog with arthritis, you’ll have to be extra-gentle.
Use a soft brush and gently brush your dog’s stomach. This will help you to see if you missed any areas. You can use scissors to trim any really bad mats, especially around the groinal region.
If it’s the first time grooming and you feel you haven’t done a perfect job, don’t worry as your dog won’t notice. The more you groom your dog, the better you’ll get at it.
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