When the weather starts heating up, us humans tend to feel sorry for long haired dogs because it seems comparable to wearing a down jacket for a day at the lake. So what’s a pet owner to do? The most logical answer to cooling them down is a short summer shave, right? Ehh, not exactly… but it’s also not a completely ridiculous idea. We know that’s a bit confusing, so we’d like to take a moment and debunk this warm weather faux paw. So, please, put your shears down and keep reading.
Your pet’s fur acts as natural insulation, maintaining a comfortable temperature by absorbing and/or diffusing heat through its multiple layers. When you shave their coat too low, it not only rids them of this natural regulation, it drastically increases their chance of getting sunburned, which can be painful and cause skin cancer.
That’s not to say you can’t give your companion a fresh summer cut, as a shorter coat is certainly cleaner and more manageable (especially for those mud and water lovers.) If you haven’t groomed your pet at home before, it’s probably best to leave it to the pros – but if you feel comfortable giving your buddy a trim, go for it; just be sure to never shave down to the skin or rough chop the fur with scissors. It’s important to have the right tools, which is why we’ve carefully crafted all of our shears to be consistently sharp for touch-ups around intricate places like their face, paws, and tail.
And, of course, it’s fine if you don’t want to do anything with their coat for summer because, as we’re sure you and your furniture are well aware, they’ll naturally shed their thick undercoat as the weather warms up. Just be sure to keep it cleaned and brushed to maximize air circulation, disperse natural oils, and keep your love looking their best.