In part one and part two we shared some tips on caring for your dog’s hair and brushing techniques. This week we’ll discuss the equipment needed when it’s time for a haircut.
Whether you are just getting started with clipping your own dogs or have years of experience, we
would strongly suggest investing in a good set of scissors. Never underestimate the value of a good
set of scissors.
Basic scissor sets start with a 7” straight, 7” curved, and 7” chunking scissors. The straight scissors is
your entry level option and can be used anywhere. Curved scissors are nice for experienced users to
shape up around the head and feet. The chunking scissors is the perfect choice for adding texture
or a natural finish to your groom. Chunking scissors are great for tidying up wavy coats without
upsetting the blend. Ideal for going over harsh full-bladed scissor work, they work well to remove
clipper or scissor marks.
Hair can become so matted that a full body clip is required. In this case you want to choose a heavy
duty clipper with a #10 blade (though some may prefer a #30 blade) to get rid of the matts that are
tight against the skin.
Blade combs aren’t usually recommended unless your dog is well cared for and free of matts. If
your dog is free of matts, this can be a great option to maintain hair length without buying a separate blade for each hair length.
In summary: Keep a good set of brushing combs, pin brushes, and de-matting/de-shedding tools
on hand and use them regularly. Reward your pet with a treat when done and both you and the
dog will learn to enjoy this ritual. Have fun caring for your furry companions!