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Tools You Need to Groom Your Dog & Have Them Looking Paw-fect!

With the summer at its hottest, you might be worried about parasites attacking your dog's fur.

While some dogs need a yearly trim to stay safe from diseases, others would require regular grooming.

One of the things to consider however is that you might be risking your dog's health if you give it a trim without any know-how about the grooming process.

Before picking up your tools and giving your dog a makeover, don’t forget to consult a vet or a professional groomer to know the exact how-to.

The next thing you might be wondering is what tools to use, and for that, we've got you covered!

Here are the tools you need to trim your dog properly!

Tools You will need:

· Brush

The first thing on your 'trim tools' checklist is a brush but remember, do NOT use a brush made for human hair.

You need brushes specially designed for dogs to tend to their different needs.

Each different type of brush can be used for different breeds but also, separate parts of your dog-grooming routine.

A bristle brush is ideal for dogs that shed too much. It removes any dead hair, dirt, or grass from the dog's fur.

A pin brush is perfect to smoothen out that annoying tangled hair and those impossible knots.

Dogs with thick coats require rake brushes to remove any tangles or dead hair close to the skin without pulling on the hair.

· Pet Clippers:

You can get good quality, low-budget pet clippers or you can invest in a medium-budget pair of dog clippers that will last. Just depends on how often you will be using them. If your dog needs to be groomed monthly then I would highly suggest spending a little bit of money on better quality.

Pet clippers come in handy to shear away fur and smoothly glide through your dog's heavy coat.

Also, the ones with detachable blades are the easiest to clean and can be replaced when the blades wear out.

Some clippers come with several speed settings, making them suitable for beginners who need time to get comfortable with the blades.

Another thing of great benefit is a clipper that doesn't make noise.

Dogs can easily get startled by these unusual noises and might even move around a lot, risking an uneven fur cut!

So, a quiet clipper will make grooming an anxious dog much safer for the pet and less of a headache for you! Here are two options depending on your price point and use.

Wahl Lithium Ion Deluxe Pro Series Rechargeable Pet Clipper Grooming Kit

Oster A5 Dual Speed Grooming Clipper with Detachable Cryogen-X Blades 10 and #7F

· Shears

If you are working on sensitive areas, turning to a pair of shears is the safest option.

These are what groomers use to cut the hair around the eyes or the feet.

If you are new to grooming, you should avoid getting shears with a sharp edge, as it might end up giving your dog some undesired scratches.

Choose grooming shears with more teeth for flawless blending and an excellent finish.

There are some shears available with adjustable screws as well and it is recommended that you buy those to work with different coat thicknesses.

If a clipper is too nerve-wracking for you, you can even entirely replace them with dog shears.

Although using a dog shear will take you a long time in trimming than clippers, it's better to be safe than sorry.

7.0in Titanium Professional Dog Grooming Scissors

· Treats

Positive reinforcement is best to motivate your dog, so don’t forget to keep some of your pup's favourite treats at hand to keep it calm.

All in all, a calm and happy dog can make the trimming process a lot easier, and there are things you can do to keep it in that relaxed state!

How To Trim your Dog:

· Start by making your dog feel comfortable with the tools and familiarizing it with them.

· Also, begin with simpler sessions by brushing out the fur and giving your dog a treat.

· Operate the electric clippers and shears around your dog to get it accustomed to their sounds.

Remove Tangles and Knots