HAIR CUTTING SERVICES
Just like there is often more to trimming and cutting human hair than meets the eye, there is a whole lot more to trimming and shaving your dog's coat to get that Westminster--in training, at least--look that we're going for. It is important to be familiar with different coat types, to use the correct tools, work slowly and orderly, and have an idea of what each specific breed should look like. This way, the end result will be one that both dog and owner are happy with!
Proper tools and equipment for this service are key. All mobile dog groomers should be using professional shears and clippers, as well as an adjustable grooming table with the proper securing mechanism. There's always a chance that a dog will move suddenly or jerk away, and a table that allows the dog to be secured at the neck protects the dog by limiting extreme movements that could cause injury.
Your dog will be clean and dry before any trimming or shaving takes place (dogs shouldn't have their hair cut when it's wet like some humans do!)
Professional dog clippers are important for this task, as well as steady and deft hands. The concept of shaving a dog is very simple in itself, but dogs have many tricky areas on their bodies that require an extra careful touch. For example, areas where the skin is thinner, the underarms, the hocks, and the joint above the hock in the hind leg called the "stifle" are all areas that need to be kept from entering the spaces between the blade. Also, blades heat up after a while! So your mobile dog groomer will have to be mindful of the temperature before attempting to shave sensitive places, and will take frequent breaks to work with other tools on different areas while the blade cools down before starting up again. Patience is the name of the game here!
Especially in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach where dog owners typically like to have their pups out in the sun or out on the shore, it is important to not shave the hair too short. Dogs can get sunburn too! So if you request for your dog to be completely shaved for whatever reason, keep in mind that your mobile dog groomer will leave at least one inch of hair to make sure that your dog is protected from the harmful rays of the sun.
“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.”