Many of us have dreamed of grooming our own dogs in order to save some money and get our dogs trimmed and neat on our own schedule rather than relying on the often difficult schedules of professional groomers. Thankfully, for a small price, you’ll be able to find a pair of high-quality clippers which can get you started on your own journey to a perfectly trimmed dog.
You definitely don’t want to use human hair clippers on dogs, although many of us have considered it in the past. Unfortunately, our canine companion’s coats are quite different from human hair, but ones engineered for dogs have the power to get through them with minimal trouble as long as you opt for something with some high-quality.
First, let’s talk about what you’ll need to look for when it comes to dog shears, and then we’ll show you some of the best on the market. After that, we’ll give you some simple instructions to get started using them on your own, so that you can get the most out of your purchase.
What to Look For
Dog hair clippers tend to be rather simple devices. The speed is measured in spm, or strokes per minute, but as with anything you purchase online, there’s a lot of little details you might not think about. These little qualities can be the difference between a large amount of frustration and an easy clipping experience.
- Power- The spm of a set of dog grooming clippers is basically the power. You might immediately think that higher is better, but it depends largely on your dog’s coat. Thicker coats need higher power, but the faster a clipper set is the more quickly it will heat up as well. Something with lower power is fine for short haired dogs that don’t have particularly thick fur.
- One Speed or Two?- This is a primary consideration for a lot of people. One speed clippers will be lighter and easier to handle for long periods of time, but it makes sense to purchase a clipper with two speeds if you have multiple breeds of dog in your home. Keep in mind that the higher speed will heat up faster.
- The Grip- If you have weak wrists, look for something with an ergonomic handle. These handles can help you to keep going for longer when you’re grooming, and it’s particularly important if you’re a fan of mammoth mutts with thick fur like St. Benard’s.
- Blade Type- Some clippers can be purchased with a ceramic blade. These are quite nice, as they’ll take longer to heat up and will stay sharp for longer periods of time. Steel is fine as well although it may take longer as you wait for it to cool down more frequently.
- Wired or Battery?– This will depend greatly on your personal preference. Wired trimmers won’t have any issues with turning off in the middle of a session, but modern lithium batteries can actually run for quite some time and you won’t have to worry about tripping on a cord.
- Noise- While most humans over the age of five or six are well acclimated to the noise of a pair of clippers, your dog may not be. Quiet running clippers can make for an easier experience for both you and your pet, and if your animal is rather skittish it should be a primary consideration for your purchase.
- Price- As with anything else, you usually get what you pay for. Cheaper clippers won’t last as long and might have some issues with overheating, but even if they’re all you can fit in your budget they’re still sure to save you some money.
If you’re anxious to get started and get a great pair of clippers right now, we’ll make some recommendations right now:
Even if you’ve decided to just go with our recommendations, you might want to might want to have a look at this guide about basic dog grooming in order to get some basic instructions on how to go about grooming your dog.
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