|What kind of scissors do you have? I think anything short of good hair cutting scissors will dull immediately and stop cutting-- especially if there are mats. You're probably better off buying a $10 pair of clippers and throwing them away when you're done.|
|Do you have any hairdresser friends? Their scissors would work well if you could borrow them.|
|I've used scissors and a ruler to cut down to two inches.
I would take a twist of hair, prop the ruler next to it and cut. Then use a comb to hold up the shorter hair and even it up.
It should work for an inch also, just smaller twists of hair.
|do you think a cheap pair of clippers would get all the way through her? like human hair clippers? She does have some mattes in certain areas like her bumm...lol but those are easy for me to brush through. She always has mattes there no matter how much I brush them out from going potty.
I do know someone in the hairdressing business (my b/f's mom) who would NEVER let me use her stuff! lol
|Check at your local pharmacy-in the beauty section.
I bought a nice pair of scissors, for about 15-, they had
a whole display of scissors for cutting hair.
I also bought a smaller pair for cutting his bangs, chin area etc.
|If you really need to budget - they have the Everythings A Buck/Dollar stores where you could buy a cheap pair of scissors for $1. Maybe buy 5 pairs - that would only run you $5. Then toss them when you are finished.|
|I have one sheepie I could never use scissors on... she's sooo wiggly I'm afraid I'd accidently stab her (and her previous mom was a groomer ) If you scissor cut her and it ends up looking too choppy you might try using thinning scissors near the ends when your done to soften the look.
The inexpensive electric pet clippers will do the job but it can take a long time compared to the more expensive ones. I've only used a cheap set of pet quality Osters without a comb attachment though... that's all I had to get the job done on the OES-mix I had years ago. http://www.pomeroys.com/EmmaDarby/Nikki/Nikki-2.htm It sounds like you'd use a comb attachment for a longer length... if not, be sure to keep track of the heat of the clipper head so you don't accidently burn her.
Personally, when it comes to beauty over comfort for a sheepie, I'd go for comfort everytime. It's just hair... it grows back.
|When we had our Mr. Winston (1981-1995) I used a regular Fiskars sewing shears to clip him. They are extremely sharp and cut through hair like butter. Got the job done without blistered hands, just took a few extra days to get everything all evened up.
This really sounds bad now that I have at least two of every possible grooming implement. My recommendation would be to buy the higher-end tools when you can afford them and improvise for now if you must. I've spent a lot of money on mediocre tools in the past and have always regretted it. Live and learn.
|I think everyone has given better suggestions, but I will admit to using scissors ...pretty much 80% of the time I've cut Yuki's hair. Just a normal pair of human scissors used to cut hair. Never once had a problem and my husband and his family think I do a good job. /shrugs.
I do think it's better to get clippers. Scissors are easier for me. I also have the patience to do it all.
|I used scissors on Daisy before taking her to the groomers because we couldn't wait to get the hair off as it was so hot. I used to cut a lot of my family's hair and always did my kids, and since she was already scheduled at the groomers I figured what the hell. It is a bit trickier than cutting a child's hair as she moved around quite a lot but basically she was very good.
The groomer was even impressed with how good she looked when I took her in and they also used scissors to take her down to about 2".
Since then, I've take the scissors to her periodically to trim it down as it seems to grow very fast and with the heat we've been having, it's too much. I really don't want to shave her down any further, but she really seems to notice it when it starts to grow out.
Just have a lot of patience and realize it may take a few sittings to get it done.
|We have been dealing with this for years. You want to shave them but its SOOO expensive to have it done. I got a pair of Wal-Mart dog clippers, and all they did was buzzz. Didn't cut worth a flip.
One day I went to a farm auction, and picked up a pair of horse/sheep clippers for $10. We've had them for years. They're as big as my arm, and after shaving a sheepie, by ARM buzzes for about an hour! I wondered if they were getting dull, so I took them in to our local feed store to ask about sharpening the blades, and two guys offered me $250 for them on the spot! I would have taken it if I didn't need them so much!
Look around and check at auctions, maybe on eBay or something. Get the good stuff and you won't have any problems.
|I had good luck with the regular ol' human hair scissors. I could tell they were starting to get a little "tired/dull" after the cut, so I'll need to sharpen them soon. As long as you keep them oiled and sharpened, it should be fine.
I also made sure to feather the edges of each section by alternating directions of the grab and cut (e.g. pinch the hair between the first and middle finger - going parallel to the body, snip and then rotate 90 degrees - perpendicular, and snip again). I was able to get a pretty even look with this method.
Let us know how it turns out! Good Luck!
|My only experience with clippers was attempting to us an inexpensive unit that was very noisy. The dogs were afraid of them because of the noise. If you do get a one, check that out.|
|If your main concern is just cutting her hair to cool her off, I say find a pair of scissors around the house and go for it. If you have the patience to sit there and cut her hair, then why not? If she's not a show dog, her hair doesn't have to be perfect. She will just be happy to be cooler.
I cut Callie's hair a couple weeks ago with my regular sewing scissors (I think I paid $8-10 for them a couple years ago), and I think she looks fine. (And the scissors are still work too.) I did half of her one night and half the next. It only took a couple hours total, and I know she appreciated it. I left it about 2 inches long - just used my hand to measure a couple finger-width's of hair. After a bath and a brushing, she looked really cute.
Even if you think it looks choppy at first, a couple weeks of growth will even it out a bit. I'll try to remember to post a picture tonight of her haircut so you can see.
|well, I started to cut her with plain old scissors........
I found a lot more matting than I thought. I think when I was brushing her before I thought the matt was her skin. She was all pretty on the top but I don't know if the other people brushed her underneath or not. I don't know what to do know. Can I cut down that far? I am afraid of getting to the skin and hurting her. Can you cut the matting out or does she have to be shaved down to pure skin? I don't think I could do that. I don't know what I am gonna do.
|You can cut the mats out but you must be very careful. Have you priced having her shaved down at any of the groomers in your area?|
|no. we literally have NO money to spare now. I have to buy a new car and just today found out that since our lease is up the landlord wants us to move out by July since the lease ends july 1st. We had no idea that she was going to do that. we thought we were going to be able to stay after the lease like the last place we lived at.
anyhow back to the dog...
maybe I could do it. she sits very still for me and everything. Once i gets the matting cut down to a short length do you think they would brush out a lot easier?
|Does any of the forum members live near you that has the clippers that maybe you could borrow to do it?|
|This is really hard. it is going to take at least a week. if i ever get done i will post pics of her new do. probably won't be pretty|
|Do you have a grooming school in your area? They may let you take her in for a student (hopefully advanced) to practice on at a really cheap price. Using thinning shears will help camouflage any mistakes, I know Jill bought some recently and I don't think they cost that much.|
|Mellow, how old is your Allie?? It is 92 here today, my Allie is 3-1/2 months old and very hot! But I dont want to cut her cute puppy fur yet! I do around the eyes and privates and paws with regular scissors, which works great. We are heading to a Grad party and I am wondering if I should cut her hair on the underside before we go. Might help to cool her off a bit...|
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