Learning how to cut your dog’s hair is not as hard as you think. With the proper tools and instruction, you can be a pro in no time. Really.
If this is your first time or not, grooming your dog at home, I am still going to list what I and vets recommend are the proper steps to take for clipping or trimming your dog’s hair.
First things first: brush and comb for your dog to get any dirt, tangles, and mats out.
2. Then do thorough bathing and rinsing
3. Towel dry and then use a hairdryer without heat. Always start your dog’s hair trimming with a dry and clean dog. You only want to use the tips of sharp scissors or your pet shears when trimming the feet, face, and tail, which will prevent you from cutting your dog if they move suddenly while using the scissors.
We are now ready to do our hair clipping and trimming. This all depends on the type of dog you have, so I will list several types of professional dog grooming clippers and trimmers. Also, reference the link I have listed for the right pairs of scissors you will need for this exercise.
Can I cut my own pet’s hair at home?
It is Ok to give your long-haired dog a “summer cut” trimming their long hair for making it more desirable. However, it is best to allow a professional groomer to perform the hair cutting, and never shave down to the skin or try to cut the hair yourself with scissors.
With that said, I have listed videos for you to watch before attempting this exercise. Trimming your pet is not difficult at all especially around the feet, ears, underbelly, and behind. Cutting your dog’s hair, say for a summer cut is a different matter. That’s why the videos. If your comfortable afterward, sure go ahead. If you have reservations maybe try a simple small cut to get used to the procedure.
I have friends who watch the videos first and use the dog hair clippers themselves without incident, while others said no, so this is entirely up to you. I have seen a full dog haircut many times and it just requires you to take your time. Using dog trimmers and dog shears are adjustable and are safe to use (won’t cut your pet), but when in doubt, sure go ahead and take them to the groomer salon.
However, pet owners can still save a good deal of money by learning basic maintenance grooming to keep their dogs looking sharp in-between visits to the groomer. Such as bathing, nail clipping, ear, and eye cleaning, clipping the hair around their paws, brushing, and combing regularly. You can perform all of these tasks at different times. Again, just do on a regular basis for a cool looking pet.
The selection of trimmers and shears I have listed, I have seen in action. I use the Wahl Professional Animal MiniArco because I have dogs (Shepherds, Golden Retriever and Border Collie) that do not need a deep shearing and I can also use it on my horses. I have also listed several dog trimmers that have sets of clipper blades for dogs with thick and heavy coats of hair. The kits have everything you need for trimming and full body clipping. These Professional Clipper Grooming Kits, such as the Wahl, oneisall Dog Shaver Clippers, and the OMORC Dog Clippers, feature high-quality high carbon stainless steel blades that stay sharp for a long time. Remember, your just using them on your dog and not for salon use every day. Plus, they include color guide combs to make it easy to get your desired coat length.
Important to Remember
In these times saving money can be a good choice when it comes to keeping your pets well-groomed and comfortable. You want good professional dog grooming clippers, electric trimmers that eliminate the need for weekly or monthly trips to the groomer. Some of the clippers I have listed are low-noise, low-vibration, low-heat to keep your pet calm and not so nervous in the grooming process. This makes it easier for you for completing the task. You can pick up a pair that will get the job done without the bells and whistles or you can purchase a set that comes with everything your groomer has and with the same quality, it’s entirely up to you.
Attachments and Accessories.
If you’re looking for the full-service groom you may be interested in a one-click purchase to get it all. And if you choose to do that, make sure your hair clipper set comes with nail clippers, scissors, and a nail file. I have listed both. If you have a pet that needs to have his hair length cut then I would suggest the clipper set, otherwise, choose one of the hair clippers. In either case I will still suggest getting separately the nail clippers, comb, brush and scissors. I do want you to have the exact and proper tools for your type of pet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a difference between dog clippers and human clippers?
The answer is a big “YES”. There are several differences between human and dog clippers. The biggest difference in dog clippers and human clippers is the materials of which the dog clippers are made. Your hair is not the same as dog fur. Your hair is thinner and therefore the blades on a human set of clippers are set closer together. I’m stopping there.
How often should dog grooming clippers be cleaned?
Each clipper set will come with specific instruction, but as a general rule, you should brush your clippers off after every use, ridding them of all hair and debris. Follow the instructions that are included with the clippers or kit you purchased.