In getting dog clippers, you need the clippers that match the needs of your dog’s coat and your capacity as a dog groomer.
Steady grooming is a big part of keeping your dog happy and healthy. This is obviously true for those dogs living in a warmer part of the globe with hotter summers.
Proper grooming and cleaning protect the insulation and weather resistance of fur, making this duty equally important to dogs living in cooler regions.
How to Choose the Best Dog Clippers
The most vital quality will be a powerful rotary motor that can cut through your dog fur quickly and easily without overheating.
The rotary speed per minute shows the kind of power you are working with.
Dogs with thicker or heavier coats (Akita, Malamutes and Chow Chows) will require clippers with heavy-duty design features to keep functioning smoothly.
Following are key considerations in purchasing suitable dog clippers:
Size and Weight
The size and weight of your dog clippers will affect how you use them. Dog grooming can’t be rushed and a heavy set of clippers can make this task very tough.
For people with larger dogs or many dogs having something, light and compact give you room to explore your creativity with minimal muscle tension.
Cord or Cordless
The benefits of the cordless options are pretty clear; greater mobility and access to hard-to-reach areas.
But, there are also vital reasons why the corded option will suit your needs better.
Corded dog clippers can be trusted for uninterrupted work, whereas the cordless one will need charging eventually.
Also, corded dog clippers generally provide increased power, making them more suited to heavy-duty work on heavy coats or many dogs.
Improved alloys and laser technologies have made clipper blades better suited to their tasks.
Some dog clippers will feature replaceable blades, and this can significantly enhance the longevity of your clippers, but might also bring up compatibility issue.
Be sure you can access a good number of replacement blades for the dog clippers you choose.
Without good maintenance, your dog clippers might malfunction, and the Teeth can lose their edge resulting in uneven cuts and greater strain on the motor. Always use manufacturer recommended lubricants and properly service your clippers.
It is most times difficult to get an even all-around trim without a set of snap-on combs.
Make sure to check the accessories that came along with your dog clippers. These accessories can also allow you to have some fun with your creative side and go all out when styling your dog’s coat.
Tips on Using Dog Clippers
Learning how to use dog clippers don’t require a college degree, and it’s nothing to be afraid of. These tips should help make the process easier:
Wash and Brush the Dog First
Washing and brushing your dog before you cut helps to get rid of tangles and jumbles of hair that can make grooming more difficult to wear.
Make Sure to Use the Right Tools
you’ll need a clipper, comb, and slicker brush.
Quieter is Better
Depending on your dog, you may already be well aware, but loud noises can surprise or even distress them. Test various clippers and get the one that makes the least noise; it will make the experience better you and your dog
Keep Clippers Sharp
By keeping your clippers sharp, it reduces pulling the dog’s hair, and don’t push the clipper too fast, it will leave lines.
Go in the Right Direction
Clip with the growth of the dog’s hair for an even natural looking coat. If you clip the hair growth, you’ll make harsh lines.
Hold your dog to avoid sudden movement, shave from the neck to the back leg, and then do the other side.
Choose the Right Blade
Different blades work better with different kinds of dog’s coat, and this creates different effects. So you should ask what’s best, and when in doubt, you can always try Snap-on guide combs.
Understand how Your Breed Should Look Like
it’s always best to know how your dog should look before taking out your clippers. You can find this out pretty easily just by going to the breed club website. And besides, many of them also have grooming tips.
Make Sure Clippers Don’t get Too Hot
You can actually wound your dog with hot clippers, so get into the practice of turning them off regularly and touching them in other to get an accurate temperature. If they do seem too hot, you can do any of the following:
- Spray on clipper coolant or lubricant
- Switch to another clipper (if you have a spare)
- Change out the blades for cooler ones.
- Put the hot blade on something metal (baking sheets absorb the heat surprisingly fast)
Before you start grooming your dog yourself, it’s perhaps smart to pay one last visit to an expert.
Have them walk you through the procedures and show you the best way to clip the coat of your specific breed.
If you have a puppy, don’t wait to start grooming. The earlier you are able to get your dog used to the process, the more likely they are to be better behaved, helping you to avoid mistakes and injuries.