im back at the same problem i have every time i decide to let Bentleys hair grow back after having it shaved pretty close to his body because no matter what i do he wont sit still and let me brush him as long as he needs to be so of coarse we end up with horrid matts Trust me, me and my daughters try and brush Bentley daily at least every other day and he just wont sit there and we hold him and try to brush him and we get some and its to the point that i think he looks much better shaved well at least a short puppy cut.
So my question is can i use human clippers to shave a dog? how hard is this to do on your own? and with matts? Should i go threw and cut the matts out with sissors first and then go back and cut it with clippers? I know there are certain clipper lengths and what one should i use if i dont want it shaved to his skin? I like some hair to be left, a 1/2 in to a inch is great for him.
Is there any web site that will walk you threw clipper grooming? I dont think i can do sissor cut on him tho, I do trim his face and personal areas with sissors and he hates that but every time i look at bentley i wanta cry . He looks like a negleted homeless dog and he isnt, Hes loved very much and i try to brush him. Daisy LOVES to be brushed and will sit there for hours and let me brush her, she has a beautiful coat and is shiney and long- Being half maltese and bichon her coat is long and curly and wavy. but it is a big differnce when a dog will let you do this. And now Louie being all maltese his hair is thinner and single coated and a brush goes right threw and also will let us brush him.
I normally take Bentley in for this but the last time something happened because hes now scared of the bath and he never was before, every time i take him hes skiddish after and i dont know what is going on but i now prefer to learn how to do this on my own, now with 3 long haired dogs i need to learn how to do this. I wish there was a class i can take - but anyways- how do you get clippers threw matts? if you cant get under them? also do they have to be pet clippers or are human clippers the same thing? hair clippers are hair clippers?? please let me know, im going to go back on the internet and see if i can find something out- Theresa
All I know is that pet clippers are different than human clippers.
Human clippers only clip thin amounts of hair. Dogs hair is much thicker and while I don't know the difference in the blades, the difference in the motor or "power" is large. The little human ones often just stop when faced with a big clump of hair.
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Oh puleeeeezzzzzeeeee..... I use people cliipers on dogs and horses. The trick is to keep your blades clean. Always use them on clean hair to get the best results. Unless we're talking about shaving down extremely thick furred dogs, where the clippers will be running for hours, save your money. Sometimes at horse supply warehouses, you can get reconditioned clippers for about 8 bucks...guess what? they're people clippers!
The greatest difference between good clippers and bad clippers is the power of the motor and the quality of the blades.
You can buy great human clippers that will cut through almost anything. The same goes for dog clippers. But if you want quality, which in turn leads to a good job, you need to buy a powerful set of clippers (dog or human).
Also, try and avoid the ultra cheep clippers that you can by at Petsmart or Walmart. These clippers are great for about ten hours, then... eeeeek, you can put your dog and yourself through more pain than needed.
thanks schoolbusgal- So i take it that cut your dogs hair? is there a trick to it? I did find some things on line about matting hair and tricks to remove them, but i dont understand when they say start from the bottom or underneath. Underneath as the belly or under the section of hair? lol dumb question i know..
How can you get a dog use to brushing? should i just hold him and have my daughters help me and regardless of him being uncomfortable still do it? Bentley has gotton worse over the months it seems every time he comes from the groomers hes scared for me to even come at him with a brush or even the water running in the tub- so this makes me concerned that they are being mean to him when he is there because he never was like this before.
I did call a groomer i went to over a year ago ( the one that cut Bentley and blamed me) but i asked if it was hard to cut a dogs hair with clippers, and she said it really depends on the dog, If your dog sits there and lets you do it then its easy but the if nto thats the hard part in having your dog sit while you try to clip his hair, and professionals have the grooming table and can restain him- any ideas?? Bentley is only going on 2 years old and he does go to the groomers about every 6 months but does get a bath every week if not 10 days- I need to learn how to work with him so hes comfortable
A dog I had years ago, I used to clip regularly. She was a rescued "Shih tzu x Poodle x Terrier"..what ever that is :) Needless to say she looked almost exactly like my Maltese x Poodle, same fur, same size. I always used human clippers on her and actually just replaced the whole clipper when it got dull. I found it was almost as expensive to get the blades sharpened since I had to send them out of the city,than to just buy new clippers. She was great to clip, very quiet and patient. If she had a mat (which actually was quite infrequent since I would clip her often enough not to get mats) I would just slowly start clipping under the mat until you get through it. Just watch how hot the blades get though. I would frequently turn the clipper off and check the blades to make sure they weren't getting too hot. For about 15 yrs I shaved my persian cat. He hated to be brushed..I mean full on..nasty, bitey, scratchy...hated to be brushed! So even the shaving I used to do with him over two days. I'd do the front half one day and the back half the next. So for one day he would walk around looking like he was wearing a pair of fluffy pants..ahhh good for a few laughs. Should have taken pictures :)
Rule of thumb if you can not get a comb through it you can not get a clipper blade through it. If you want to get your dog use to being brushed, it is like all training. Do very short training sessions and reward, reward, reward for doing the right thing. What type of brush are you using. If it is causing the dog discomfort, all the training and rewarding in the world is not going to get the dog to accept it. If you go to Pet Edge's website or have one of there catalogs, it explains which blades will leave what length. You could just use a 30 blade and get a set of snap on combs. They can leave the hair longer than just using a single blade. I notice the other day that under there clearance stuff the have a set of Oster 2 speed clippers on sale for $49.00. They would be decent clippers for someone not doing excessive grooming. They run hotter than the Andis clippers. They will come with a standard 10 blade that cuts close. And clipper oil. There are some basic instructions on care and use included. But you can also pick up some books on basic grooming there. If you have several dogs to groom, you might even think about a grooming table, arm and noose. They are all reasonably priced and save you money in the long run.
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