How to groom dogs the Affenpinscher with Judy Hudson
How to Groom an Affenpinscher
Affenpinschers have a distinct look, focused around their monkey-like expression. Their coats are usually kept somewhat shaggy, but still neat and trimmed. Achieving this look without a groomer can seem daunting, but with time, you’ll find that grooming your Affenpinscher to get the look you want isn’t all that difficult. You can learn to achieve this look by learning how to properly brush and trim the hair on your dog’s face and body.
Brushing Your Affenpinscher
Use a ‘slicker’ brush on its entire coat.The first step to grooming your Affenpinscher is to remove any knots, debris, and loose hairs with a soft bristle ‘slicker’ brush. To do so, start brushing under your dog’s chest, working upwards to its chin. Next, brush under its belly and down the inside of each leg. Then move up to its spine, brushing vertically down each side and continuing down the outside of each leg. Finally, brush the hair on your dog’s head, including its cheeks, whiskers, beard, and the hair on top of its head.
- Brush your dog’s coat in layers, starting with the hair on the outermost layer and working your way in, toward the skin.
- When you’re brushing the hair on your dog’s cheeks, whiskers, and beard, brush forward, moving toward the mouth. Brush the hair on its head forward as well, moving your brush from the back of its head toward the nose.
- Affenpinschers’ coats don’t need too much maintenance, so brushing it once a week is usually enough.
Comb through its fur with a ‘greyhound’ comb.Once you’re finished brushing, go over your Affenpinscher’s coat with a ‘greyhound’ comb. A greyhound comb has both fine and medium teeth to allow you to groom both the body and face. Comb your dog in the same order you brushed it, starting with its chest and chin, moving next to its belly and the inside of its legs, and then its back and the outside of its legs. Finish by combing the hair on its face.
Break apart mats.If you run into any mats while combing your Affenpinscher, stop and break them apart before continuing. To get rid of the mat, break it apart with your fingers as best as you can, gently pulling small pieces of fur out of it, starting from the outsides of the mat. Then use the teeth on your greyhound comb to go through the mat, combing it out piece by piece.
Trimming Your Affenpinscher’s Coat
Pluck any long, unruly hairs.Most Affenpinscher’s coats need trimmed only every couple months. In general, you’ll want your Affenpinscher’s coat to stay about one inch in length on the shoulders and body. Its coat should be longest between its shoulders and shortest around its rear end. Brushing and combing your dog’s coat will take care of most of the long, unruly hairs, but you’ll need to pluck any remaining ones that did not come out. To do so, separate any long hairs by lifting them up with a comb so that you can grab them with your index finger and thumb. With the other hand, pull the skin around the hair you’re working with taut. Then, with a quick motion, pull the long hair towards you, removing it.
- If you have trouble grasping the long hairs, try wearing a pair of latex gloves. This will allow you to get a better grip on the hairs.
- The long hairs you’re pulling out are dead, so plucking them won’t hurt your dog.
Go through your dog’s coat with a stripping knife.A stripping knife is a grooming tool that helps to remove any loose hairs and trim your dog’s coat without making any blunt lines. Once you’ve plucked any long hairs from your dog, take your stripping knife and work through its coat, starting at the base of its neck and working your way back to the base of its tail. Move your stripping knife along the natural lay of the hair, which is usually vertical down the back, but may vary around your dog’s neck and tail.
- Blend its coat as you go, keeping the hair around its shoulders and rib cage longer and the hair around its rear shorter.
- Use the stripping knife in a raking motion, moving your arm from the shoulder without flexing your wrist. Position the knife at a 45 degree angle to your dog’s coat with the teeth facing in the direction you are raking.
- Depending how you want your dog’s coat to look, you may only need to do this every six months or so.
Trim around its tail.Affenpinschers can have either docked or undocked tails. If your dog has a docked tail, take small trimming shears and trim the hair closely around the tail, moving along with its natural curve. If your dog has an undocked tail, hold the tip of its tail between your fingers and gently pull it over its back, toward its head. Using your scissors, trim the hair on the underside of its tail in the shape of a crescent moon.
Trim the hair around its legs.Next, brush the hair on the inside of your dog’s legs toward the middle of its body. Use trimming shears to trim the hair in this area, making it an even length around the entire leg. Your dog’s legs should look rectangular in shape, like small columns.
Trim the hair around the anus.Using blunt-nosed scissors, trim the hair around your dog’s anus. Make sure you get any areas that are soiled or starting to mat.
Trimming the Hair Around Your Dog’s Face
Trim around its eyes.To trim the hair around your dog’s eyes, brush the hair on top of its head forward, toward the nose and over its eyes. Using small trimming shears, make an upside down “U” shape, starting at the outside corner of one eye and moving to the outside corner of the opposite eye.
- Hold your dog’s head still while you’re trimming by firmly grasping underneath its mouth with your other hand. Make sure you’re not holding too tight, but that your dog isn’t able to wiggle its head.
- The hair on top of an Affenpinscher’s head (from the bridge of the nose to the back of the skull) is usually kept to about three-fourths of an inch to an inch-and-a-half long.
- Clean up any hairs that are touching your dog’s eyes as well. This will help prevent eye problems. To do so, simply grab the hairs with your thumb and index finger and pluck them out.
Groom your dog’s eyebrows.To trim your dog’s eyebrows, comb the hair on them forward with a small comb. Then, using a small pair of scissors, trim the hair so that it is short enough to stay out of your dog’s eyes.
Cut the hair on top of its nose.The hair on top of an Affenpinscher’s nose often grows quite long, which can block its eyes. To keep its eyes exposed, cut the hair on top of its nose when you groom your dog. To do so, smooth the hair above its eyes back, holding it on top if its head, and out of your way, with your non-dominant hand. Then, using small trimming shears, trim the hair on top of its nose like a fan, starting at one end and making a half circle to the other side.
Trim around its ears.Using blunt scissors, trim the hair around your dog’s ears. This hair should be trimmed close to the actual ear, taking care not to cut your dog’s ear in the process.Sandwich your dog’s ear in between the index and middle finger on your non-dominant hand (keeping both fingers straight so they run along the edge of the ear) to ensure you don’t cut the skin.
- Trim hair from the inside of your dog’s ears with forceps or blunt scissors. Using the forceps or scissors, grab a small patch of hair, twist it, and pull it out. Repeat these steps until all the excess hair inside your dog’s ears has been removed. Apply ear powder to your dog’s ears first to help provide added traction for you to get a hold of the hairs.
Trimming Your Dog’s Nails
Wrap your dog in a towel or blanket.Most dogs don’t like getting their nails trimmed, so you’ll need to take extra precautions to ensure your dog stays still during the process. To do so, swaddle it in a blanket or towel so it cannot wriggle around while you are trimming its nails. To swaddle your dog, first lay it on its back on top of the blanket. Wrap each side of the blanket up and over your dog’s belly, tucking it securely underneath your dog on the opposite side of its body. Leave only one leg exposed at a time.
- If your dog is really uncomfortable with you touching its nails, spend time getting it used to having its nails handled before you try to trim them. You can do this by stroking your dog's paws when it's relaxed and giving it lots of treats.
Cut the nail in small snips.Using a small nail grinder or nail trimmer, take small snips out of your dog’s nail until you have cut them back to just before the quick, or the small white or pink vein that runs between your dog’s toes. Repeat this on each nail until you’ve trimmed them all.
- Accidentally cutting the quick can cause quite a bit of bleeding. If you do cut it, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
Trim the hair on your dog’s feet.When you are finished trimming its nails, cut the hair around your dog’s feet. Using small scissors, cut the hair on the bottom of its feet so that it is even with the pad. Then, trim the hair around the outside of its foot so that your dog’s foot looks round.
Bathing Your Affenpinscher
Place your dog in a basin or tub.In general, dogs only need bathed once every few months. When you do bathe your dog, place it in a basin, laundry tub, or the bath tub. Make sure whatever you decide to use has a slip-resistant bottom so your dog is not sliding around. If it does not already, you can get a slip-resistant mat to put down.
Wet your dog’s coat.Use a hose attachment to wet your dog’s entire coat with warm water. You can also use a bucket to pour water over it if you do not have a hose attachment. Make sure that its entire coat, including the layers closest to the skin are saturated with water.
- When wetting your dog’s face, place the sprayer close to the skin so you are spraying just the areas you need to wet, not in its eyes, nose, or ears.
Apply shampoo.Once your dog’s coat is saturated, apply an all-purpose dog shampoo all over its body. Use your hands to work the shampoo into a lather, making sure to get the underlying layers of the coat. When shampooing its head, be careful you don’t get shampoo in its eyes, ears, or nose. It is a good idea to use a tearless shampoo on your dog’s face, just in case.
Rinse your dog.Finally, rinse your dog’s coat using the hose attachment or buckets of water. Work your hands through its coat to help work the shampoo out. Keep rinsing until the water runs clear. When rinsing around your dog’s face, hold the sprayer or bucket close to its skin so you can better control where the water is going.
Dry your dog’s coat.Once all the shampoo is rinsed out, use a towel to squeeze as much excess moisture from the coat as possible. Then use a hair dryer to finish drying your dog’s coat. Put the hair dryer on a medium heat setting and hold it at least six inches away from the dog at all times. Brush your dog’s hair in the direction it naturally lays while you blow dry it.
QuestionCan I take my Affenpincher to the groomer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, you can take almost any dog to the groomer.Thanks!
- If your Affenpinscher is tough to keep still, try investing in a grooming table. Grooming tables have straps and harnesses that help keep your dog from moving when it is being groomed.
- If your dog is not yet used to being groomed, have a friend help you. Having help will make it easier to hold your dog still and keep it calm.
- Depending what your dog eats, it may get sticky residue in the hair around its chin and mouth. Take a damp cloth to its face after eating to easily remove this residue.
- If you’re not comfortable grooming your dog, take it to a professional groomer every few months.
- You can find the supplies needed to groom your dog at most pet supply stores.
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