If you’ve now reached the stage where you would normally take your pet to the groomer – but unfortunately you can’t – you may have to do it yourself.
Here’s what you need to know about grooming your dog’s fur at home, including making sure you have the right clipper and doing it safely.
How often does my dog need to be groomed?
A rough or long-haired dog will need to be groomed much more regularly and will often require clipping to keep the fur at a manageable length.
“Mowing may be necessary every four to 12 weeks, with regular maintenance brushes – usually daily – and cleaning in between,” says Blue Cross.
“Terrier types and some other breeds may need a ‘stripping’ rather than normal grooming to remove dead hair in the coat, as these dogs do not shed as well as others.”
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Which fur trimmer should I use?
If you choose to invest in your own set of dog fur clippers, you should make sure to do plenty of research before grooming your dog.
“Get specific instructions on what type of breed you have, use dedicated equipment with security guards, and if you’re using scissors make sure they have rounded ends when tackling sensitive areas,” said Blue Cross.
Keep your dog calm and in control when you shear him – it can be helpful to have a second pair of hands to help you if you live with someone else.
Here, PETA explains what you should and shouldn’t do when grooming your dog yourself.
– Groom your dog regularly
-Choose a safe, well-lit area for grooming
-Use proper grooming equipment – depending on your dog’s fur and skin type, a special brush may be needed. Do some research online or ask your vet what type of brush is best for your dog’s coat. Make sure the nail clippers, scissors, trimmer, etc. are all high quality and suitable for your dog. -If you are unsure, do not hesitate to ask your vet for suggestions
-Keep in mind that long-haired or double-coated breeds require careful maintenance
-Hold your dog by grabbing his fur
-Use a scented shampoo – this can irritate dogs’ sensitive skin and nose
-Bath your dog too often
– Overwhelm your dog by trying to do too much at once
-Forget to clean your dog’s ears
– Neglect your grooming tools – the nail clipper blades should be sharpened regularly and replaced at least every few years. Dirty or dull blades do not cut well and may pull and pull on your dog’s nails
Where can I buy dog fur clippers, kits and tables?
Argos sells these Wahl rechargeable pet clippers for £ 29.99. These are low noise, low vibration, rechargeable dog clippers with a high performance motor powerful enough to cut fine, short and coarse hair.
You can also buy this AllRight Adjustable Portable Folding Dog Grooming Table with Noose on Amazon for £ 57.99 including free shipping.