Regular grooming sessions, either done at home or professionally, help to maintain the optimal health of your dog as well as contribute towards his emotional well-being. While many professional grooming centres offer a wide range of services at attractive rates’ there are many pet parents that prefer grooming at home instead.
A typical grooming session consists of bathing, brushing, checking eyes, trimming nails, cleaning the area in and around the ears, and a haircut. While a grooming session does not necessarily require a haircut, a haircut is, whenever given, nonetheless an integral part of grooming.
Clippers versus Trimmers
Especially for first-timers, it is essential to understand the basic difference between clippers and trimmers. While clippers are larger-sized and used to cut long hair, trimmers are shorter in comparison and used for styling or detailing. When clipping your dog’s hair at home for the first time, it is better to watch some how-to video and read up articles online before commencing to clip.
As per your preference, you can select from between a battery-operated version or a plug to use variety. Battery-operated versions are generally considered to be more convenient to use and quite handy, as the encumbrance caused by a power cord is done away with.
Selecting the Right Blade for Clippers
When it comes to selecting the right blades for your clippers, always keep in mind the following:
- Number. The lower the number of the blade, the longer hair you will end up with. That is, while a Number 5 blade will leave behind hair that is one-fourth of the original, a Number 30 will leave behind a one-hundredth of the original length of hair. Ideally, blade numbers that work well for most breeds are – Number 5, Number 7, Number 10 and Number 15. Hair that is slightly matted, requires a Number 5; and heavily matted hair needs a Number 7 blade.
- Cut. Always, take note of the blade cut mentioned on the box of clippers that you select. If, for example, the blade cut mentioned is one-fourth, you can assume that the hair of your dog will be cut down to one-fourth its length. Moving the clippers in the direction of hair growth leaves behind about twice as much hair as that left behind by going in the opposite direction of hair growth.
- Clipper blades are usually categorized as:
- Finishing or Finish Cut Blade – primarily used after the dog has been bathed, for completing the cut and blending areas with different hair lengths for uniformity.
- Wide or T Blades – wide blades for cutting the hair of larger breeds dogs in a short time period
- Skip Tooth Blade – used prior to bathing, for cutting through matted, dense hair
Generally, a combination of various blades, used in tandem while clipping, works best.
Always keep your specific requirements in mind when selecting the most appropriate blades for your clipper. Also, for best results, do read the instructions manual that comes with the clippers at the time of purchase.