Sanitary Clipping Tips for Dogs - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Hi, my name is Jeana Ward and I am the owner of Jeana's Dirty Dog Salon in Cambridge, Massachusetts. So, whenever you go to approach your dog to lift his tail, you want to run your hand right your dog's back and bring the tail up confidently. Take your clippers and go side to side. You never go up. Side to side with a number ten blade. Very important that you use a number ten blade. You can go a little bit higher just to catch that little bit of hair there. You just want to do a small area immediately around your dog's vent. The next area of concern with giving a dog a proper sanitary, with females, it is very important that you remove the hair around their genital areas. If you do not remove it then, what happens is, it stays wet every time they pass water, which can promote infections and great discomfort for your dog. So, basically, once again, side to side. Never, never back to front or front to back. So, keep it side to side and you would not hurt your dog. The next place is we are going to do the belly. Probably the easiest way to do this is to pick up your dog's front legs. You want to go right up the belly. Now, with male dogs, you want to make sure you clean the head of the penis so it too does not acquire infection from staying wet from passing water. And that is how you do a sanitary.