How to fix a bad hair cut for your pup

groomingpicBringing your dog to a groomer doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be happy with the results you get. Groomers who don’t have a lot of experience grooming certain breeds can sometimes end up making a mess of your dog’s coat. If your pup gets a bad haircut, keep these tips on grooming for dogs in mind.

Uneven Haircut

If parts of your dog’s coat are uneven, keep in mind that they’ll grow back normally. In the meantime, if the uneven look bothers you, bring your dog to a professional dog groomer who can give the coat a more even look. This might not be possible right away, so plan on bringing your dog to the groomer several weeks later if necessary. Make sure you bring your dog to a groomer who has the right experience and knowledge based on your dog’s breed.

Bare Patches

Bare patches of skin are a more pressing concern. These patches can become raw or infected due to exposure. They can also be more prone to sunburn. If there are any cuts on these patches of skin, use an antibiotic ointment on them to prevent infections from developing. Put soft blankets or towels on the floor for your dog to lie down on. These can help lower the risk of having sores develop. Your dog’s fur will eventually grow back in these areas, but it’s important to keep them protected until that happens.


Use a hypoallergenic dog shampoo that contains oatmeal when you bathe your dog. This shampoo won’t irritate bare patches of skin, and it helps your dog’s coat stay clean and healthy while it grows back. Don’t use harsh dog shampoos or any whitening shampoos if your dog has bare patches of skin after getting a bad haircut. These can irritate your dog’s skin.

You can expect your dog’s coat to grow back within a few weeks or a few months depending on how bad the haircut is and what kind of coat your dog has. When you bring your dog to a groomer again, choose one who knows how to cut and style your dog’s coat properly. Don’t be afraid to ask the groomer questions about their experience or bring up concerns about your dog’s coat. When you find a groomer you can trust, you won’t have to worry about dealing with another bad haircut.