Having a pet dog is like having an energetic friend. Your house will be overloaded with energy and joy. You will find yourself surrounded by positivity and optimism. But life is not just about receiving; it is also about giving back. Having a pet dog means more responsibilities in your life as there are many things you need to take care of: feeding, cleaning, grooming, etc, in which grooming is one of the most essentials as it helps to maintain your dog’s look and overall health.
Of course there is a great variety of professional grooming services, but regular grooming sessions cost a fortune to some dog owners. Hence, a more preferable option has been DIY grooming and clipping. In the world of DIY grooming, there are so many things that you, as a dog owner, need to know. Clipping is a huge part of grooming, so in case you have no clue where to begin, let’s start with clipping.
First thing first: getting a dog clipper
Clipping your dog requires an appropriate dog clipper. Any human clipper will not work on your dog, not to mention that there are even many different kinds of dog clippers. Many criteria can be used to evaluate various clipper options, but the main point is to get one that suits best for your dog’s type of fur, and is affordable for you. When you feel overwhelmed by too many options in the market, just keep in mind that your dog likes quiet clippers, and that you should choose the correct blade according to the thickness of your dog’s fur. Purchasing a dog clipper should not be a difficult task because there is always assistance available for you from the stores’ staff or other experienced dog owners.
Once you get your dog clipper, let’s move on to how to use it properly.
Before clipping: Know and control your clipper.
In order to avoid any preventable injuries and damages, make sure that you understand how to fully control your clipper. You should get used to the new tool before trying it on your dog. For example, it is crucial to know well where the on and off buttons are, and how to switch between the speed modes. Different body parts of your dog have different layers of fur that need various speeds to thoroughly be trimmed. One speed only may not work for all types of fur, and therefore during clipping, you may need to change the speed more than just once. A good control over the clipper will make clipping run more smoothly, as you do not have to pay too much attention to the buttons. Instead, your attention will be fully on your dog.
A dog clipper is definitely not a complicated tool, so it is simple to control and understand how it works. However, it may take some time to get used to it. Reading the product’s manual is one way that you can know more about the clipper’s functionality and design. After having a brief understanding, you can try holding the clipper in both “on” and “off” mode so as to determine the best position that you feel most comfortable with. During clipping, the clipper may generate some heat as the motor is running, so you need to be careful and watch for the right place to hold the clipper, so that you would not hurt yourself. A few tries will probably be enough to get the feel of the clipper.
Choose the right blade and go in the right direction
Choosing the right blade is critical to both your dog and your clipper. Remember that each type of fur requires a different speed? Same concept applies to the blades. Depending on your dog’s type of coat, you need to choose a blade accordingly, so that clipping is efficient and painless. For thicker coat, a wider-teeth blade is highly recommended because your fur would not get stuck among the teeth. A fine-teeth blade, on the other hand, is used to give a nice and smooth finish touch to the coat, so it can be used at the end. This type of blade can also be used on soft areas such as feet or face. Without a proper blade, clipping your dog will be extremely difficult as the fur will not be trimmed the way you want it to be. Additionally, using the improper blade means that you are forcing the clipper to function beyond its limits, so your clipper will be damaged after just few uses. Therefore, in order to keep both your dog and your clipper in a good shape, be considerate when choosing the blade.
Next, let’s talk a little bit about techniques. While using the clipper, you should move the clipper slowly, because if you move it too fast, it will leave uneven lines. These lines will not hurt your four-legged friend, but they affect his appearance. Moreover, it is recommended that you clip along the hair growth, instead of clipping against it. This helps to prevent harsh lines, and gives your dog a natural-looking coat.
Choosing a proper blade and go in the right direction can be confusing at first as you have no clue on how to do it correctly. One suggestion is that you can bring your dog to a professional service, and observe them. Through your observation, you will be able to learn some of the moves and tips to clip your dog yourself. A professional is able to give you some good advices on the techniques that you can try at home.
The actual attention is on your dog.
Although there are so many details on dog clippers that you need to care about, the actual attention and care is on your dog. Regardless of your technique and tool, your dog must be cooperative and stay calm during the sessions. With all the following tips, you can figure out at least some core principles and use them to train your dog.