Regular grooming keeps your pet clean, healthy, and comfortable. In many breeds of dogs & cats, clipping and trimming of fur lessens the chances of matting, tangles and fleas infestation.
Pet grooming also reduces the risk of skin infections. In hot weather, trimming the fur helps keeps your pet cool and clean. Professional pet groomers are preferred by many pet parents, as the task of grooming their pets seems intimidating and time consuming.
However, if you don't have a professional pet groomer readily available in your area and you want to save some money or just want to spend time getting closer to your pet, you can give your dog & cat a top quality groom at home.
Clipping your dog’s coat is not as impossible as you might imagine, with the right pet grooming kit, clipper,trimmer, pet scissors, some basic information, patience and practice, it is simple to give your dog a haircut, saving you money and outside trips.
Trimming your dogs fur also provides you with valuable time to care for and connect with your pet. Here is an overview of the tools required to cut your dog's hair as well as some essential tips for performing the task safely and successfully.
To do the job right, you need to obtain the correct tools for the job, it's recommended that you use grooming tools designed specifically for use on dogs and cats only as grooming supplies made for humans may unintentionally harm your pets or produce unwanted results. Some of the most common tools are outlined bellow:
Combs and Brushes: Professional pet groomers recommend combing and brushing your pet’s coat prior to trimming, do this until your pet’s coat is thoroughly brushed and all tangles and dead coat have been removed. Pin brushes, slicker brushes, pin brushes, de-shedding tools, comb, and a stripper may be necessary depending on your dog's coat.
Brushes and combs come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Slicker brushes have flat bases with thin metal pins. These work well for dogs with long hair. Pin brushes feature metal pins secured on rubber bases. These are well-suited for dogs with wavy or curly coats.
Pet Scissors: Every pet has areas that can’t be cut without the aid of scissors, and you will want proper hair cutting scissors for a cleaner and sharper cut. It’s not advisable to try to cut your pets hair with a blunt scissors as this can harm your pet.
Grooming scissors are also used to touch up recent hair cuts, remove matted fur, or trim hair around the face, ears, legs and feet. Blades comes in straight and curved varieties with sharp or blunt edges. Round-edged scissors are recommended for beginners as they are helpful in preventing accidental injuries.
Electric Clippers: Human hair clippers shouldn’t be used for pets, as they have more specific wants that needs to be seen to while trimming, purchasing clippers made for pets will give a better result.
Less expensive clippers are not always heavy-duty or durable enough to cut through breeds with thick stubborn furs, if you have such breed, spend the extra money and invest in a high-quality, durable electric clipper. A
Grooming Table: While you can trim your dog without using a grooming table some breeds require more precision to get that right look, this makes a dog grooming table a good investment. It not only elevates the dog to the proper height, but it also secures the dog preventing accidental movements.
Every breed really has its own requirements, so it is beneficial to investigate what those are. Generally speaking, here are a few clipping tips:
Reward your dog. For a dog, standing still can be a lot of work. If he seems like he's getting overwhelmed by all this handling, give your dog a break every few minutes.
Praise him throughout the process, and give treats during the break. Be patient.
You may have to go over your dog's coat a few times before you have a smooth, even cut. Don't rush it! Give your dog as many breaks as necessary, and make sure to move your clippers slowly.
Cut along the way the hair grows, not against it. Clippers can pinch, grab, or cut skin folds that get in the way. Don't apply excessive pressure on the clipper while clipping, lightly move the blade across your dog.
Otherwise, pressure can cause clipper burn, which will appear as a red scabby area within a few hours. Razor burn happens most in sensitive areas like the face, groin, and stomach, moving too fast might leave uneven lines and can cause injuries to your pet.
Again, always move the blade with the direction of the hairs' growth.
Be careful when clipping around the legs, tail and face. These areas can be sensitive.
Don't forget the feet! Many dogs have hair on the bottom of their feet that continues to grow, take care to avoid the dew claw (side nail) as you don’t want the blade to cut into that.
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