Curved dog grooming shears may seem a bit more intimidating than shorter, straight ones, but once you get the hang of them they are actually quite easy to use, and can make your grooming much more efficient.
Why Use Curved Dog Grooming Shears?
If you take a good look at your dog, you will notice that there aren’t really that many straight lines, so why use straight scissors? Curved shears allow you to more easily follow the natural curves of their bodies, making it easier to get a nice circular foot, a proper curve on the back of their legs or their bum, or to get a well-rounded head.
Taking the time to learn to use your curved shears safely and comfortably can really make the difference between a dog that looks like a DIY groom and one who looks like they came straight from the groomer – only without the extra cost and time spent away from home.
If you’ve never used curved dog scissors before, it is important to know that they do require a bit of extra handling precautions. Since the tips bend down, it can be easier to accidentally cut your dog.
Always know where the tips are pointed, and don’t cut areas where you can’t fully see exactly what the blade will be cutting. Practicing holding your scissors and get used to moving them around and cutting with them before trying them out on your dog.
If you are working it delicate areas, like around the eyes, or private areas, it would be safer to use a pair of Micio Micia ball tipped shears, as the shorter length and rounded tips are specially designed for use in these areas.
Perfecting the Curve
If you have a breed that is supposed to have an overall ‘rounded’ appearance, like a bichon, poodle, or doodle, curved scissors are perfect for adding the final details that will really make the groom look great.
When trimming a round head on a dog, it is best to work with a clean and dry coat. Brush the hair out from the head to puff it up as much as possible, then go smoothly over it. Finding a picture online of the look you’re trying to achieve can be helpful to give you a guide of where to cut, though based on your dog’s coat and structure you may not be able to achieve the exact look.
If you make a mistake, you can try blending in your ‘oops’ with thinning shears so it’s not as noticeable. One of the best parts of home grooming is that, if you don’t like the way something turns out, you can let the hair grow out and try something new next time!
Natural Coated Breeds
Even if you have a dog that doesn’t get a full haircut – like a Golden Retriever, Border Collie, or other natural coated breed – curved dog grooming shears can still be a great tool. The bend of the shear is perfect for trimming hair from around the bottom of the feet, though avoid cutting with the scissors against you dog’s pads, as you may catch the skin. They also work well for tidying up the extra fluff on the hindquarters, which, when left long, tends to mat or collect sticks, dirt and other debris.
Similarly, by flipping the scissors over (so the scissors are parallel to the ground, with the tips pointing down) you can easily shorten up the hair along their belly in a curve that follows the natural line of their body.
After you’ve shortened the underside, scissor lightly along the side of the lower body, with the lay of the coat, to give a more natural appearance. Shortening these hairs won’t make a huge change to the overall appearance of your dog, but they will require less brushing, and track less mud and gunk into the house.