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Free dog grooming tips on dog clippers and blades

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 21/04/2015   Category: Blog

If you are a novice at grooming dogs then this basic information will help you purchase the correct equipment you need to create a professional finish.

Firstly ensure the clipper you have is of a professional standard, you will need to be using a brand of the same quality as a professional groomer if you are looking for a high standard finish. Two brands to look out for are Oster and Andis, these two brands are compatible with clipper blades from each other’s brands.

It is highly important that you know all about your dogs breed and type of coat before making any decisions on what blade to purchase. Does your dog have a thick or a thin coat, would you consider it to be hair or fur, is it silky and soft, or wiry, is it curly or straight. If you need help distinguishing what type of coat your dog have then look on the internet as there are huge abundances of dog forums and websites to help you decide what type of coat your dog has.

There are two different types of blades – one is a full toothed blade which has all of its teeth in the same plane . These types of blade are best used for easy coats, soft and matt free whilst skip tooth blades which have a more open blade configuration are better for coarse, dense and sometimes matted coats as it manages to get through the coat easier.

Once you know which type of blade you need for your dogs coat you will need to choose the correct length, and this is entirely up to you. You will need to take into consideration the time of year and season as people tend to let their dogs hair grow longer in winter to keep them warmer whilst going quite short in the summer to cool them down. There is a huge variety of blade lengths for you to choose from and this allows you to get the perfect length you require. What you must ensure you know before purchasing is that the length described on the blade itself is not the length of hair that is left, it is the depth of the coat. For example, if you purchase a blade that states 6.3mm it won’t actually cut the hair so it is 6.3mm long, it will cut the hair so if you placed a ruler into the coat at 90 degrees, there would be 6.3mm thickness on your dog.

If you need help choosing which blade would be best suited to standard breeds then refer to our blade guide on our website and remember you will need different lengths for different areas of your dog’s body. If you would like some free advice then contact our friendly team on our helpline number and we can talk you through the right blade for your dog.