A small amount of trimming is done under the ear on the neck area and under the dogs chin where the two red lines are in the photo by inserting the blade underneath the coat and “into” or “with” the direction of coat growth.
Note: topcoat is NOT removed in any of these area’s, we are just thinning undercoat to remove some bulk. Over zealous grooming in these areas, whether done with thinning shears, or a stripping knife will not preserve the natural look of the dog, nor will it enhance the dog or cover up lesser qualities. The dog should not have an “hourglass” look when looking straight at the front when done grooming.
Insert the blade underneath the coat and “into” or “with” the direction of coat growth as in the red lines shown on the photo. A small amount of trimming is done under the ear on the neck area and under the dogs chin where the two red lines are.
Following the line of the shoulder, if a heavy “shelf” exists as shown above, careful thinning of undercoat in the direction shown by the arrows, and combing out, will blend the coat in and reduce the heavy or “over-loaded” look to shoulders and neck.
Groom over a period of several days and “Stop, look, assess” like when doing the ears.
On some dogs, similar thinning at the base of neck at the withers is also necessary.