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Havanese Grooming Tips - Havanese Cuts

Mar 10, 2008
Havanese grooming is one of the best ways you can interact with your pet. Not only are the practical aspects of cleaning the dog and checking for signs of illness or injury taken care of, but your dog gets a lot of fuss and attention. Havanese love fuss and attention. Since that long, silky coat need Havanese cuts if they are not being shown, a chance for a haircut should be viewed by the dog as fun time and not a chore. This will make your job a lot easier.

Equipment you will need for the best Havanese hair cuts include a small soft slicker brush, a combination metal comb, detangling spray (optional), pin brush, flea comb (if necessary!) and spray conditioner (also optional but recommended). Your dog needs to be bathed, with all of the tangles combed out. If you've never clipped a dog before, you should either rent a Havanese grooming video or splurge for a professional grooming to get an idea of how it's done. It's not too different from what a barber does!

Daily Havanese grooming should begin when the dog is a puppy, to get used to it. They need their coats brushed with a slicker brush as well as a combination comb. Tangles and mats need to be dealt with immediately, or they will just get bigger and bigger. Sometimes in pets it's better to just cut the mat out and be done with it! A slicker brush can help remove tangles. Be sure to hold the hair between the tangle and the dog's skin to lessen pain.

Although many Havanese pet owners prefer to take their dogs to a groomer for the best Havanese cuts, you can cut your dog's coat yourself. You need to be sure your dog likes to be groomed and will sit still. If your dog can't do this, then it is best for a professional groomer to give the dog Havanese cuts. Your dog needs to be bathed, all tangles combed out, and then you can trim away around the body, using the dog's body contours to guide you.

Many professionals recommend starting Havanese grooming sessions at the head, to remove any caught food in the "beard". There are liquid detangling sprays available for dogs that are safe to use around the face. Brush the rest of the dog's body to give the detangler time to work. Then you can get the shears out. Be sure to praise your dog for being good. This Havanese haircut tip will assure that your dog will look forward to the clips.

Another Havanese haircut tip is to not force an unnatural part down the dog's spine. Just follow the natural lay of the coat. Trim the edges off to at least two inches from the dog's body. Stand back and admire the dog - even if your job was crooked. In every aspect of Havanese grooming, practice makes perfect. Having pictures of Havanese cuts like the puppy clip and the Poodle clip will help give you a pattern to follow. Be sure to give your dog a big treat so haircut time is fun time!
About the Author
Fiona Kelly has lots of experience with grooming dogs of all breeds, including Havanese grooming and Havanese cuts., Havanese grooming can either become a very trying experience or perfect bonding time between dog and owner. This author is also currently working on an e-book about rare dog breed care, with a chapter on Havanese haircut tips .
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