This winter I solved the dilemma: I shaved the hair off his back and belly and part of his legs, then used his own hair to make a coat for him. His hair was needle-felted into a tailored wool coat that he can wear outdoors and be toasty warm, then take off when he comes back inside. Problem solved!
How to felt a dog hair coat.
You will need:
Water and soap
A piece of wool or craft felting fabric
Hook and loop fastening tape
Needle and thread
A felting brush
A felting needle (preferably a multi-needle gadget)
Step 1: Get Some Hair of the Dog
However, getting your dogs hair can be tricky. Dog's don't naturally take to being groomed. My main tips for DIY dog grooming are:
- Wash your dog with soap or shampoo before grooming and dry him completely.
- Let your dog get used to the grooming shears over a couple days. Show him the shears, turn them on, and give him a treat. Repeat this until he allows you "access" to his fur.
- Always shave in the direction of hair growth
- Hold your dog with one arm if necessary while shaving with the other
Put the hair in a bag and save for later.