Below is just one way an Old
English Sheepdog owner tends to a dog's foot hair. Dogs often need to be slowly
desensitized to any new process. You need to proceed slowly,
respect the dog's limits, praise and reward lavishly so the dog will learn to
tolerate it. Only you know your dog and how he or she may respond.
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Used In This Photo Demo:
Chris Christensen Gold Pin Brush-
7" Comb with stainless steel
rotating teeth and 7.5" scissors
Classic Canine- Heritage®.
always make the first scissor cut
across the hair at the front of the
foot, just in front of the toe nail
tips. I then go around the foot
making an arc. I've started on
the sides before but didn't end up
with a rounded front so I now start
with the cut straight across the
Old English Sheepdog's Feet
This boy just had his foot hair
trimming feet, I make sure toe nails
have been trimmed to the proper
length. His nails had recently been
trimmed with a nail grinder. Trimming
the nails before trimming the feet
allows me to trim his foot hair as
short as possible.
You may want to leave the hair in
the front a little longer so the toe
nails stay hidden when you fluff the
take my scissors and lie them almost
flat on the table so I can very
carefully trim the bottom edge
around the foot. I'm careful
to avoid cutting the pads or nails.
This boy has sweaty feet so I try to
keep the hair as short as possible
but still keep him in a little
I also keep the hair between the
He has freshly washed and dried feet.
I comb out the hair all the away
around the foot.
The first cut is straight
across the front of
the foot, slightly before the tip of
the toe nails.
It usually takes a few cuts to get
the hair to the same length.
Starting on the outside, I trim the
hair so it rounds toward the front.
Trimming from the
to the inside area of the
You can gently press the hair down
order to trim hair that's been
Combing the foot out again.
You can see the hair that was missed
importance of combing out the hair
as you trim.
Trimming toward the back of the
A quick comparison of one foot
trimmed and the other close to being
You can also pick up the paw and
trim stray hairs from the bottom.
The back of the front feet.
Comb it out again and trim the
hair on the back of the
and continue cutting around
from the back
of the foot toward the front.
I blow off the legs when finished
to remove hair clippings.
I make the first cut straight across
the front of
the foot. I try to leave the
hair just slightly longer than the
front of the toe nails so they stay
The round cut around the foot on
first one side...
then the other.
I comb out the foot and
longer hairs that were missed.
I trim any hair that I've missed
I move to the back of the foot and
comb the hair out. Lifting the
allows me to comb the hair straight
I trim up the back of the foot.
I like to trim this
area a little shorter so the dog has
traction. Especially if a dog
has hip problems.
Continue to round the foot up.
I carefully trim around the base of
the foot by lying the scissors
The finished foot.
Comparing the finished foot with the
one that hasn't yet been trimmed.
other back foot in the
treats during the washing, drying
and trimming but the final payoff
being such a good boy was to go
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