Pet Grooming Tip 1: Choosing the Right Grooming Kit

One quick search online, and the vast selection pops up with features, benefits and price range of available products.

Before purchasing clippers:

  • Regardless of brand, choose a clipper kit specially designed for your breed of dog (or the breed closest to it).
  • Choose a unit that makes the least amount of noise.
  • Select a comfortable weight and grip.
  • If you prefer battery-operated, choose the longest battery life.

Two brands we recommend:

1. Laube

Laube specializes in ergonomic animal grooming equipment & supplies, including the fastest, strongest and lightest most durable clippers made. Laube clipper speed is 10,000 S.P.M. (strokes per minute).

2. Oster

Oster is the industry leader for groomers over the longest period. Oster offers a wide variety of clippers. Their kits come with several adjustable blades, combs and instructional DVDs. Grooming Services have been agents for Oster for over 30 years, servicing clippers and sharpening blades on the only correct sharpening wheels in SA.

Beginners Guide to Using Dog Clippers

I have learned with all my pet ventures that the best start is planning.

Read about your dog's breed standard. While you may not be interested in competing for “best in show,” these breed guidelines are written to indicate the appropriate grooming for your dog's specific comfort, health and lifestyle.

Observe the professionals. Your vet, groomer, breeder or trainer will discuss certain details that will be important to your success in clipping your dog. They may even share some “tricks of the trade.” Watching a professional groomer work with your dog will prepare you for what to expect and help you overcome potential anxiety.

Before you use clippers on your dog:

  • Read the operating and safety instructions.
  • Practice holding the clippers in both the “off” and “on” position to determine your most comfortable grip.
  • Acclimatize your dog to the device (you and your pet will benefit if he is desensitized to the hum).
  • Brush out coat of your dog thoroughly before bathing (unless you are cutting very short, in which case you should shave the dog first).
  • Bath & condition your dog.
  • Clean ears and clip nails.
  • Make sure he is completely dry before clipping.
  • Prepare an environment that is safe and free from distractions.

Tips on How to Use Clippers

You've read the instructions, air-practiced your techniques, and the dog is clean and dry. You are ready!

  • Have all tools within your reach.
  • Use sharp blades - blunt blades will tangle and pull.
  • Use the guide comb for a consistent cut and to keep from nicking the dog.
  • Use coolant to keep the blades from overheating and burning your pet.
  • NB: Wipe excess coolant from the blades before touching the coat.
  • Check the blades frequently to make sure they aren't overheating.
  • Switch blades if they get hot (you can cool the blades quickly on a metal surface or baking rack).
  • Do NOT use water to cool the blades.

When you begin clipping, shave an inconspicuous area first until you get your groove. Test your skill and your dog's tolerance. Make slow, short cuts at first, then work up to a professional level as you (and your dog) adjust to the process.