Dog Clipper Tips and How To

Dog Clipper Tips and How To

Here are some tips to help you choose the right clipper for your dog if you feel like you can do it yourself. Otherwise, it would be best to leave this somewhat tricky task to a professional groomer.

Shearing, your dog is an operation that requires a minimum of know-how and knowledge. Indeed, it is not only necessary to know how to use it correctly, but also to master the specificities of the breed of its animal (standard, type of hair, frequency of shearing…). This is why this treatment is often entrusted to a professional groomer.

However, when you have the necessary skills, you can do it yourself at home. The choice of the mower is a decision that must be based on several aspects and use requires a number of precautions. Let’s see, together, how to choose the right model and how to use it in the right way.

Why do we have to shear some dogs?

Shearing is a carefully grooming which one must resort to different types of dogs and for various reasons. Some breeds, like the Poodle and Yorkie, go through this step because it is about meeting their standards. In subjects intended to be exhibited and to compete, shearing is considered an obligation, and it is very often entrusted to a groomer.

Shearing is also a form of annual maintenance of the dog’s coat. It can help clear parts of the animal’s body such as the eyes and ears. The goal is to improve the dog’s comfort, but also to prevent infections that can affect these areas.

Shearing your dog also helps prevent knots from forming in its coat, mainly in long-haired breeds.

How to choose the dog clipper?

Clippers certainly represent a significant investment, but the device is called to serve a very long time, even the whole life of the dog if it is a quality model. It is indeed necessary to privilege the neat materials. Their prices are extremely varied, ranging from 70 to several hundred dollars. Models dedicated to professionals are displayed at prices reaching 400 dollars.

We must be wary of inexpensive clippers, those offered at 30 dollars for example, because they can quickly prove to be defective, even dangerous for the dog, with real risks of injury. In addition to the price and the quality of the device, the choice is made according to the type of the dog’s hair. The packaging of recent models generally provides clear indications on this point. If this is not the case, you can always ask your veterinarian for advice.

Less noisy models will also be preferred to not frighten the dog. It is also preferable to familiarize It with it at a young age (to the sound, and not to shearing, of course). For more freedom of movement, you can opt for cordless clippers. However, it will be necessary to make sure that its battery is full before starting to use it.

On the side of the attachments, the choice depends on the length of the hair: the greater the length, the higher the number of attachment to be selected. Finally, with regard to the blades, we prefer the straight models that allow you to work faster, especially for dogs who have difficulty staying calm.

For dogs with a medium thickness coat, a semi-professional clipper will do just fine. Long-haired ones will need to be trimmed with a professional trimmer, while short-haired doggies can be trimmed with a basic (but not low-end) model.

How to use the dog clipper correctly?

Before shearing your dog, you must take care to washdry, and untangle it. When going under the clippers, any knots can hurt the animal a lot. Moreover, they can end up causing malfunctions in the device.

The position of the dog, It should be upright on a table when clipping, it’s also essential: its head must be kept flat and it must above all remain motionless to avoid erroneous actions which could injure it or lead to poor mowing.

We can then begin to shear the dog, paying close attention to the prominent and sensitive areas: face, ears, legs, joints. The cut should not be exaggerated to not alter the protective role of the coat. 

About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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