Best Dog Clippers
If you're a dog owner, you'll probably relate to us when we say how tedious dog grooming can be. Depending on the dog breed you own, it either requires little or frequent grooming, whether that's grooming from home or taking them to a dog groomer outside from time to time. Unfortunately, this is an expensive process every dog owner has to undergo at some point. Plus, one thing we cannot avoid and all have to be wary of is our puppers hair.
There's nothing worse than owning a dog that looks untidy and shabby. Plus, certain breeds require their fur to be clipped frequently if they're prone to changing coats between seasons.
As a dog owner, you can save money using clippers instead of taking them to the groomers regularly. But it would be best if you had the right dog clippers to hand.
To help you with your clipping skills, today, we're going to provide you with a guide on all the essentials required when it comes to good dog clippers.
But first, in case you weren't aware, we need to know why it's essential to clip your dog's hair.
Why do we clip dogs' hair?
The most important reason we need to clip a dog's hair is for hygiene. If you don't clip a dog's hair, their coat can become matted quickly and trap lots of dirt in their fur. If the dirt is not removed from the fur, it can later lead to potentially serious health conditions such as skin infections.
In addition to hygiene, comfort is the second most important reason why you need to clip your dog's hair. There's nothing worse than a dog having lots of hair and feeling too hot between seasons. While they do shed naturally, clipping helps speed up the process and makes them feel comfortable a lot sooner.
Finally, if you learn how to do it effectively, you can save quite a bit of money taking your dog to the groomers now and then. But, to know you're doing the right job, we recommend taking your dog to the groomers first and observing their techniques using professional dog clippers a few times until you're confident to begin on your own.
What to look for when buying dog clippers?
If you're looking to invest in a pair of clippers for your canine friend, then you must know not every clipper will be the right one for your beloved pet. Before going out and buying clippers, you must review the following:
- Type of grooming - Why do you want to clip your dog's hair? Maybe you want to clip your dog's hair for a light touch-up before they next visit the groomers? If so, you may want to buy a less expensive and portable pair of dog clippers. On the other hand, if you want to prepare your dog for a show, you may wish to purchase a pair of dog clippers with more features.
- Your dog's hair type - Ok, we cannot stress how important it is; you must know your dog's hair type before you go out and buy clippers! The length and thickness of its coat will influence the type of clippers you get. Finally, if your dog's fur is completely matted, then we advise you to take it straight into the hands of a professional.
Dog clipper blades
One of the first things you will want to look at when buying dog clippers is the blades available. Dog clipper blades are usually made out of stainless steel or ceramic with other metal elements included. The most recommended blade to use is ceramic because they do not produce much heat and work well when you have to groom for a long time.
There are different types of blades on the market to suit your dog's coat, and they're organized in numbers. However, depending on the brand, the numbering guidelines can vary.
Usually, if a blade has a high number, it provides a shorter cut. For money-saving purposes, there are dog clippers out there that have interchangeable blades. Similarly, if you are still nervous about clipping your dog's hair, there are dog blades that come with a guiding comb. This will help you achieve a neat and tidy cut.
Speed of blade
Another important factor you will want to consider is the blade speed. A set of dog clippers work due to a spinning motor that triggers the blades to move back and forth. When you're looking at grooming clippers for dogs, you will generally come across two different types of speeds:
- Single-speed - We recommend these if dog clipping is new to you. These tend to be slow, help you stay in control when clipping, and have a reduced risk of overheating.
- Variable speed - These clippers have up to 3 different settings, which allow you to achieve different lengths and use them on different coats when cutting.
Speed of the motor
In addition to the blade's speed, you have to also look at the speed of the motor. To help you understand a motor's power, the measurement the industry uses is rotations per minute (RPM). More or less, this measurement represents how many full turns the motor makes per minute.
Now, as a dog owner wanting to clip its dog's coat at home, you will want to begin with a low RPM. This will help you gain control and reducing your chances of making mistakes.
Unless your dog tends to have thick fur, you will want to use a fast blade, ideally a speed of 3000 RPM. Otherwise, if you use a slow blade, the dog clipper could easily become caught in the middle of the mat and pull your dog's hair.
Professional Dog Clippers
If you witness a professional groomer, they will tend to use a high RPM and choose to use professional dog clippers. These dog clippers are specifically built with hand grips, high vibration speeds, high RPM speeds, and low heat risks.
These clippers tend to be on the more expensive side, but low-cost home-intended clippers incorporate some of these features.
How sensitive is your dog to sounds? For some dogs, having their hair clipped is not a pleasant experience. You will want to consider how sensitive your dog is to noise and buy a set of quiet clippers.
As mentioned earlier, the faster the motor and RPM of a set of dog clippers, the noisier they are to use. Similarly, the more vibrations and buzzing noises they produce, increasing the chances of your dog becoming afraid. To avoid this, there are such things known as quiet dog clippers. These are clippers that have been specifically made to produce a low noise volume. They've been designed to have low vibration levels to help you clip your dog's hair without provoking their anxiety. Similarly, there are manual dog clippers that are not electric, but they're silent; however, they take longer to cut your dog's hair.
Do note; when looking for silent clippers, there are hundreds out there on the market. Every manufacturer nowadays claims to be 'silent'. Therefore, we recommend looking at the reviews first and buying a pair of dog clippers accordingly.
Size of the dog clippers
Even though we've stressed how important it is to find the right clippers for your dogs, it's also essential that you use the right dog clippers for YOU. What we mean by this is choosing the dog clippers of the best size and weight that suits you. >Not every dog owner's hand sizes are the same; therefore, you will want to look at some and practice holding them before you buy. Generally, the latest clippers to the market have been made to fit many hands as possible ergonomically.
Generally, you will want to have a set of lightweight clippers though for your best interest and your dogs. We say this because a lightweight set will help you easily access hard-to-reach areas and save your wrist from tiring out.
On the contrary, if your dog is sensitive to vibrations, then a lightweight pair may not be the best. Clippers with a lighter size can cause you to feel more vibrations and your dog, making it hard to keep them stable when clipping.
Where do you plan to clip your dog's hair? Is it inside your home or somewhere outside not near to a plug socket?Depending on where you plan to clip your dog's hair may influence whether you choose to use cord or cordless clippers.
First of all, a cordless dog clipper is what it says, it's a clipper that does not have a cord or needs to be plugged into a socket to be used. This is great; if you're looking for a clipper that you can use on the go or in an area with no electricity, then this may be for you. Similarly, they help you get to hard-to-reach areas with little restriction. The downside of cordless models is that they tend to be slower as they're not constantly connected to an electricity source. Similarly, they have short-term battery life and usually don't last longer than an hour!
So consider your dog's coat and how frequently you will use it. If you need to regularly use the clippers, a cordless clipper will be more likely to wear out if constantly charged. On the contrary, a corded clipper tends to be heavier, and you're limited when it comes to moving it. However, it's faster as it's connected to a constant power source and ideal for dogs with long or thick coats. When it comes to choosing, we can't advise the best decision as ultimately it depends on your dog's coat and your preferences.
Oils for dog clippers
If you're going to invest in a pair of dog clippers, you must buy oil too. Oil helps lubricate the blade and will let it run properly. If you don't oil the blades, they could quickly lose their effectiveness and become blunt at the end.
Because of this, the blade will most likely create a cut that is not even, and there's an increased risk of it nipping your dog's skin. We don't recommend just going out and buying any oil, though. When you've purchased your dog clippers, you will be able to find a recommended oil that works well with that particular blade.
Yes, we did mention it earlier, but we want to again empathize with how a comb might be beneficial when clipping your dog's hair. Irrespective of the hair size your dog has, a comb will compliment your clippers by helping you achieve a neat and tidy cut.
In particular, we recommend buying a snap-on comb set. This is a set that comes with various combs, usually around 5-10 to fit your clipper's blade. To use safely, do note the head of the comb must fit in place and click securely onto the blade.
How to use clippers on a dog
Now you have a basic idea of what is required to buy dog clippers, let us share with you a few tips on clipping your dog.
- Clip-in the order of head, neck, shoulder, ear, chin, throat, and chest.
- Begin clipping where there are neat or untidy areas. We know it can be a bit daunting where to start; therefore, we recommend going with the prominent parts of the fur which require maintenance.
- Use a coolant on your clipper blades to prevent the heat from burning your dog's skin and causing them harm. It's also good to change your blades.
- Clip with the lay of the hair for a natural-looking cut. If you choose to cut the other way, your dog could look like it has chop marks.
- Start clipping as young as possible so your dog becomes familiar with the clipping process.
Dog clipping is a skill to develop; once you've got the hang of it, you can save yourself some money and time from taking it to the groomers. Remember, dog clippers are not a one size fits all device. You must know your breed's coat requirements and look for clippers accordingly.
You may choose to buy clippers with a cord or cordless, similar look for ones that don't have a lot of noise. Remember, when purchasing clippers, blade size is vital to help you figure out the type of coat you wish to cut.
But, before you clip your dog's coat, we recommend taking it to a groomer a few times to observe their technique and then start clipping once you're confident.