How to Groom a Dog Using Clippers

Medium
15 - 30 Minutes
1 Month

Introduction

Does taking your dog to the groomers for a trim cost more than you can afford each month? Or has his coat become more like a giant tumbleweed? There is a simple solution to this seemingly complicated problem. Why not learn how to groom your dog using clippers? While using clippers can be challenging and take some time to master, it isn't rocket science. Just wait until you have completed your first complete trim, you will be so proud of yourself! Once you get good at using the clippers on your dog, the job should take you no more than 15 to 30 minutes from start to finish. 

Dog's Perspective

Chances are good your pup is not going to be very happy about those noisy clippers in your hand. To a dog, noises like this can be very unnerving-- if not outright frightening. If your pup tends towards the anxious and is easily excited, try taking him for a nice long walk to tire him out before you try to make use of those shiny new clippers. Along with this, be sure you have plenty of your pup's favorite treats on hand. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Before you make the first pass with the clippers, take a few minutes to learn more about your dog's breed and how they should be clipped. While many dogs are just fine having their coats cut with electric clippers, there are a few breeds that should only be trimmed using scissors. Some breeds may have issues growing their hair back properly if you use clippers, for these dogs you may want to pick up a de-shedding tool.
  • How often you need to clip your dog's coat depends on several things, including his breed, the time of year, and how short you want his hair to remain.
  • Choosing and maintaining your equipment is essential. A high-quality, quieter clipper will make it much easier for you to trim your pup's hair. Never try to cut costs, you will only end up with a noisy clipper that will scare your dog and make grooming that much harder. 
  • Choose a clipper that comes with several different detachable blades so that you can change blades to match the cut you are planning.
  • Use plenty of lubricant to prevent the blades from getting hot and avoid burning your pup's skin.
  • As with most forms of grooming and training, the earlier you start using the clippers on your pup, the sooner he will get used to them and the easier it will be to keep him trimmed. 
  • If your pup starts to get antsy during his grooming, stop and take him outside and let him have a break and go pee. Give him a treat and then when he is ready to start again. Start slowly and finish up. Doing things this way can ensure a smooth trim each time. 

Conclusion

No one wants a straggly unsightly pup covered with matted hair, least of all your pup, as this can be quite uncomfortable. While this might seem odd, make this time as much about cutting your pup's hair as it is about making it fun. The more fun you make it, the less stressful the entire process will be for both of you. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

Grooming Questions & Answers

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Bailey
Havanese
1 Year
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Bailey
Havanese
1 Year

My dog hates to be groomed and my long time groomer cannot groom him. he hates it! He has long hair and mats easily.

Paige Thompson
Paige Thompson
Dog Groomer
0 Dog owners recommended

Hi Lorie! Im sorry to hear that bailey doesn't enjoy his groom. Keeping him mat free by daily brushing will help minimize his frustrations during the groom. If you notice he has severe aggression issues he may need to be groomed at a veterinarian where he can receive a mild sedative

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Bella
Yorkshire Terrier
12 Years
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Bella
Yorkshire Terrier
12 Years

I bought what I thought were really good clippers. Problem is that they don’t cut the hair.

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Trainer and Groomer
0 Dog owners recommended

Bella is a cute little pup! Perhaps you could taker her to the groomer for a clipping (that will give you a good base to start from, too, so it's not such a big job). Then, the groomer can recommend a good choice of clipper based on Bella's coat. I found this article that may give you guidance as well - there is a lot of info about dog clippers here: https://breedingbusiness.com/best-dog-clippers/. Good luck!

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