We're going to be out of the country for a few weeks over X'mas and New Year's, and will be boarding our Skippy at a local boarding shop. Since he lives in an apartment with us, we're not sure how dirty he'll get when mingling with other dogs on a daily basis. The boarding shop does provide simple baths every few days if necessary, but I'm not sure how good of a job they'll do, especially since he does have a longer coat that most of the other breeds that will be boarded too.
As such, we're interested in giving him a little DIY 'trim', if you will, before we leave. Does anyone have any advice on how to go about it, i.e. techniques and areas to pay attention to? Also, what about clipper/cutter recommendations?
Below is a picture of him, so you have an idea of his coat length/thickness. The picture is from a couple of months ago, so it's a little longer and thicker now. If it helps any, he's just about 1.5 years old now.