The labradoodle, a cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle, is one of today's most popular mixed breeds. Many labradoodles have unique hair that contains some of the curl of a poodle's coat with the texture and length of a lab's fur. To cut your labradoodle's hair using clippers, it is important to use a few simple techniques.
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Things you need
- Electric clippers
- Clipper blades
- Cooling spray
Determine how long you want your labradoodle's hair to be. Certain areas of the body, such as the areas around the genitals and the anus, should be clipped shorter to keep them clean.
Select the proper blade. The higher the blade number, the shorter the cut. For instance, a number 10-blade will shave much shorter than a number 4-blade. A 10-blade is a good choice for the genital area, while a 4-blade can be used on the body.
Begin shaving at the front end of the dog. Start behind the neck and move the clippers toward the back of your labradoodle. Clip with the grain of the hair, that is, the direction in which the hair grows. If you clip the hair in the opposite direction, the end result will likely look choppy and uneven. It is not necessary to press hard on the clippers. Apply just enough pressure to accomplish the look you desire.
Shave your labradoodle's legs by starting at the top and moving down to the feet. Use scissors to trim around the outsides of the feet.
Trim between the toes with scissors until you become experienced with your clippers. Once you feel confident in your skill, you can shave the hair between the foot pads by carefully inserting the blade into the spaces between them. This may be uncomfortable for your labradoodle if done incorrectly, so don't attempt this until you are sure of your ability.
Trim the hair on the underside of the ears, since excess hair can be irritating to your dog. Carefully shave the hair on the ear flaps by starting near the canal and working your way outward. Be extremely gentle, as the ends of the ears are very thin and can cut easily. Some owners shave the outer ears as well, which can be done using the same technique.
Shave the genital and anal areas with a shorter blade to perform a sanitary clip. Be very careful with your clippers in these sensitive regions.
Tips and warnings
- If your labradoodle is severely matted, it is best to allow a professional groomer to cut your dog's hair.
- Feel the temperature of your blades often as you are cutting the hair. A blade that becomes too hot can be painful for the dog and cause clipper burn. Apply a cooling spray to the blade once it becomes hot.
- Many groomers and owners prefer to cut their labradoodle's faces with scissors, as clippers can remove too much hair.
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