Should I Use Dog Clippers for Matted Hair?

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Grooming is an important aspect of dog care, and it’s crucial to ensure your furry friend’s coat is well-maintained. However, matted hair is a common issue for dogs, and it can cause discomfort and skin irritation if left untreated. Teasing out those matted knots can be difficult, not to mention painful for the dog. We have all experienced how removing knots can pull on the skin. Many pet owners wonder whether they should use dog clippers for matted hair.

Pet owners should consider the severity of the matting, their own experience with grooming, and their dog’s temperament before deciding whether to use clippers.

It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional groomer or veterinarian if you’re unsure about how to proceed. With the right approach and tools, however, using dog clippers for matted hair can be an effective and safe way to maintain your dog’s coat.

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Can You Use Human Clippers on Dogs? 6 Convincing Answers

Human Clippers

As the owner of a Maltese Shih Tzu, it’s safe to say that I am very familiar with that fast-growing coat and the consequent need for constant clipping. Having your dog professionally groomed is indeed necessary for most owners of long-haired dog breeds. However, if you are like many pet owners, you might find it a stretch to come up with the extra funds needed to get your pup trimmed every month or so. Have you thus been tempted to use your own human clippers?

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How to Cut Dogs Hair with Clippers

Do you have a dog breed that needs clipping every month or so? It is hard to beat that professional looking hairstyle when you collect your pooch from the groomers. However, if you sit down to work out the cost, over a few months, not to mention years, you might be staggered to see the total figure. If the total cost is a shock, you might like to learn how to cut dogs hair at home yourself.

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And letting the hair grow a little longer between salon visits is not the answer. Neglected dog coats usually lead to matted hair which means that the time spent clipping ends up being longer than usual. 

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Buying the Best Cordless Dog Grooming Clippers – 4 Top Brands

Searching for the best cordless dog grooming clippers on the market?  You are in good company! Dog groomers, and dog owners alike, love to search for the latest in technology to make clipping their pets less of a chore.

There are some excellent corded clippers to be sure. But if you work as a mobile groomer or if you travel with your dog, then cords can be somewhat of a nuisance. They are always wrapping around something, whether that be your arm or around your dog’s paws.

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Pomeranian Grooming Scissors & Thinning Shears

If you’re a dog owner like me (I have a Keeshond, by the way), then you know just how important it is to have access to a great pair of dog grooming scissors. Sometimes a set of different types of scissors is a good idea so that you can manage various dog coats. If you need to clip long haired dog breeds, for example, then it will pay to include some quality thinning scissors in your kit.

Grooming a Pomeranian
Trimming Pomeranians & Other Breeds
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There’s nothing worse than trying to manage the job with half-blunt blades. This is not good for you or your dog, ouch!

Choosing a high-quality pair of scissors, however, is easier said than done. That’s why I’ve compiled this list, including some dog thinning shears, to give you a good reference point as to which brands are top-notch – and which ones are less so.

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Read on to see which dog grooming scissors and shears might be right for you and your canine!

Pomeranian Grooming Scissors

Let’s see what type of scissors the groomer in this video has chosen for a scissor trim.

You can actually see a student groomer working with an experienced groomer which means the video abounds with lots of tips.

Grooming Guide – Pomeranian Scissor Trim – Pro Groomer

You can get some great tips on this groomer’s YouTube channel.

For other tips for this breed, you might like to read our article on how to groom a Pomeranian at home,

Grooming a Shih Tzu with Scissors

The following video demonstrates use of scissors on both a Shih Tzu and a Lhasa.

Hand scissoring works brilliantly for dogs that might be a bit skittish around electric clippers. This groomer shows how to effect that nice natural coat finish when you want to reduce the coat length just a little.

Hand Scissoring Shih Tzu & Lhasa type Coats

Scissors can help to neaten up that Shih Tzu Summer Cut.

How to Scissor the Havanese Head

Watch the following video while Snoopy, the Havanese, is scissored expertly. Actually, Snoopy is getting a head trim so the demo can really help those who feel challenged when clipping the head area.

How To Scissor Havanese Head

The video refers to grooming scissors similar to these.
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You can get some tips on how to do other Havanese haircuts here.

Professional Dog Grooming Scissors

The ideal kind of grooming scissors set would include a handy zip up pouch or bag to hold thinning shears, regular cutting scissors, curved scissors, comb & in some cases, round tipped scissors for trimming around the eyes.

So let’s check out what is available by way of kits and sets below.

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