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Is it common to shave the inside of the ears? Tank is 6 months old today and has very hairy inner ears. If i can do it should i take him to a groomer, or is it something i can do myself?
 

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I know some dobes get "trimmed" for shows - whiskers and the edge of the ears, for example.

However, I can't imagine a reason for shaving the inside of the ears for any other reason. I cannot imagine a dog being happy about that, lol. Then again, Dreizehn's ears aren't all that hairy on the inside and neither are the insides of the ears of other dobes I know... picture :D?
 

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I trim Jonesy's ear fur when I do his whiskers, outer edge, near the base, and inside...

Is it common, I am going to say no...
Do people do it... Yes
 

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The only time I shave the ears on my dogs is if they're being shown or we have a scheduled photo shoot.

The hair on their ears isnt going to cause any problems, because it doesn't grow inside the ear canal. So I don't believe there's any benefit to clipping it, it's done for aesthetics only. There actually may be benefit to leaving it, I'm sure it does provide some protection against dirt and foreign objects.
 

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Very easy, I bought a mustache trimmer from Walmart for $20. I trim my girl up all the time, makes her look super sharp ! Trim the hair in the ears, edges, whiskers.. etc etc

No need to pay a groomer a boat load of money for a 2 min job. Just do what makes you happy and makes your baby more pleasing to your eye. ;)
 

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I bought the same trimmer from Walmart. I do her ears about once a month.
I do not like all that hair sticking out all over the place. She does not mind at all.
 

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LOL In fact my girl LOVES IT ! If I get out the trimmer and turn it on she flat out RUNS right up to me, sits on her bum and lifts her nose in the air so I can get all her whiskers underneath and her ears. I tell her turn around and she gives me her butt. If I say Other side, she turns sideways. :D

When I am done, she does the whole ZOOMIE run thru the house until she is panting ;) " like a dog " lol
 

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LOL In fact my girl LOVES IT ! If I get out the trimmer and turn it on she flat out RUNS right up to me, sits on her bum and lifts her nose in the air so I can get all her whiskers underneath and her ears. I tell her turn around and she gives me her butt. If I say Other side, she turns sideways. :D " lol
Ok.. now I'm just curious.. I know that they often trim ears for shows etc.. but why on earth do you need to trim her butt??
 

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Lmao, I clean up the line on her tail separating the black and rust. also down the back of her back legs sometimes she gets a slight.. feathering.. and I just lightly trim that to make all her edges nice and crisp and clean. I usually dont bother with the tail and the legs unless I plan on taking pictures.
 

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i shave inside of the ears when they are pups and ears are being posted.
As adults, i regularly trim the cropped edge of the ears and some of the hair inside the ear..(specially before the shows)
 

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I have shaved the hair on the inside of the ear to make the tattoo easier to see. I just took a regular human razor and shaved the hair off. It's not something I do on a regular basis though.
 

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I regularly trim all of my dogs - they don't have much hair on the inside of their ears, but I do trim it when I trim the cut edge... about once a month for my dogs that no longer show and before every show weekend for those that are showing. I also trim up along the tail, back of the legs and neck. I use rechargeable clippers with an adjustable blade.

Once a show dog, always a show dog - they wait in line for their trim :)
 

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Ok.. now I'm just curious.. I know that they often trim ears for shows etc.. but why on earth do you need to trim her butt??
LOL! You can make a whole project out of trimming even a Dobe. The idea is to have a crisp, clean outline for the entire dog. And some Dobes are just plain hairier than others. The breeder of my first dog taught me to "trim anything that was sticking out". So while a dog is showing in conformation I shave the inside of their ears, the outside edge, stray hair at the base which often sticks out--all of the feathering on the neck, their belly, tail (and some Dobes have hair on their tail that will actually make a little curl at the end if not trimmed), skirt--in short--anything that sticks out. I trim whiskers with scissors.

If the dog is not being shown in conformation I trim virtually nothing. And I promise all of them that they never have to have their whiskers trimmed again.
 

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LOL! You can make a whole project out of trimming even a Dobe. The idea is to have a crisp, clean outline for the entire dog. And some Dobes are just plain hairier than others. The breeder of my first dog taught me to "trim anything that was sticking out". So while a dog is showing in conformation I shave the inside of their ears, the outside edge, stray hair at the base which often sticks out--all of the feathering on the neck, their belly, tail (and some Dobes have hair on their tail that will actually make a little curl at the end if not trimmed), skirt--in short--anything that sticks out. I trim whiskers with scissors.

If the dog is not being shown in conformation I trim virtually nothing. And I promise all of them that they never have to have their whiskers trimmed again.
Hehe, I used to prep both Bassets and 13" Beagles for shows--pet folks would be amazed at all the clipping, blending, hair removal that goes into short hair breeds.

Horses, too, even in sleek summer coat--it can take an hour or more, for even a pro, to neaten everything up prior to a show.

I have a couple Dobermans who come into the shop whose owners actually knew to request a bit of neatening up, and they look really nice all "spa'd" up, when they leave.
 

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I remember the first time someone told me my show girl had fuzzy ears.

I said...What?

then I learned about ALL the trimming, etc. that goes on with show dogs.

just another reason to like the natural ear. :)
 

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I wish someone would make a tutorial with pictures on how to groom a dog for show, nobody over here really does any grooming apart from getting rid of the whiskers and a wipe over with a baby wipe! :p I know starlaine wrote a really good walk through on what dobes generally have clipped.

I've been wanting to get rid of the ridge of fur along the side of Ruperts neck, but all the local groomers look at me in horror when I talk about clipping it off :confused:
 

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I wish someone would make a tutorial with pictures on how to groom a dog for show, nobody over here really does any grooming apart from getting rid of the whiskers and a wipe over with a baby wipe! :p I know starlaine wrote a really good walk through on what dobes generally have clipped.

I've been wanting to get rid of the ridge of fur along the side of Ruperts neck, but all the local groomers look at me in horror when I talk about clipping it off :confused:


If you're going to start trying to elminate the ridge on a dog's neck, I'd strongly recommend you practice when the dog doesn't have shows in the near future until you get it right. You can make a HUGE mess of it very easily. This is the one area where a mishap with clippers is really noticeable.
 

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Gilette pro glide styler. You can buy it at Walmart. Has guards on it if you'd like to leave longer hair. Using the styler with no guard will shave the hair on a man's face down to a days growth. Also it doesn't pull hair out, or doesn't when it's new. Boyfriend has this for his face and it works very well. His hair is very thick and corse. If he can use it without it ripping out hair then it should be fine for fur.



p.s. Not saying to use the shave gel as well. It was just in the picture :)
(it's a mini-electric shaver. The razor blade head is an attachment)
 
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