When you are desperate to get your dog’s hair trimmed or shaved, without having to pay a dog groomer to do the job, it can be tempting to use the human clippers you have lying around. The idea of purchasing an entire new set of grooming tools for your dog might leave you wondering, “Can you cut dog hair with human clippers?”
Cutting Your Dogs Hair At Home With Clippers
The truth is that you do need special clippers for your dog’s fur. Using human clippers can lead to accidentally hurting or damaging your dog’s skin.
When you cut a dog’s hair, you are using the clippers all over their body and pressing against sensitive skin. Dog clippers are specially designed to be lighter and avoid the harshness of human clippers that can leave a dog’s skin with cuts and irritation.
It is also important that the clippers have a lighter motor so that the noise is quieter for your dog. The sound of a typical human clipper can leave a dog feeling stressed, and may lead to sudden movements that can nick the skin and cause bleeding.
Human clippers also may get stuck in thick parts of your dog’s fur. This can cause painful tugging at your dog’s fur, or having to undo the mess of having the clippers become stuck in your dog’s fur.
The Difference Between Human Clippers and Dog Clippers
At a glance, dog clippers and human clippers may look similar, but they have some key differences. The blades of human clippers are arranged with teeth that are closer together.
This means that dog hair can easily jam human clipper blades, resulting in having to spend extra money in the end to replace them. Thick coated breeds of dogs will particularly be likely to break a pair of human clippers.
Dog clippers have wider teeth that will not stall when they move through a thick patch of fur. In addition, dog clippers are sharper, more powerful and may have several blades with various sizes to cut fur efficiently.
Pet Fur Versus Human Hair
The difference between human clippers and dog clippers are due to the fact that we have different varieties of hair. Human hair is lighter and thinner while a dog’s has fur that is thicker and covers the entire body.
Dogs also have multiple types of hair on their body. They often have a layer of thick fur close to the skin that insulates them from the cold, outer fur that is more course, and long thick whiskers.
Both human and dog hair are made out of keratin, but the fur of animals tend to have a coating around the hair follicle that protects them from heat, cold, and rain. Human hair does not have the ability to regulate temperature the way that fur does.
Choosing a Good Set of Dog Clippers
When deciding to cut your dog’s hair at home, you will want to invest in a good pair of clippers that will last and get the job done efficiently. There are various options available such as rechargeable, plug-in style, options for smaller or larger breed dogs, or for light trims versus entire body shaves.
For simple grooming, you may decide to buy a medium grade pair of clippers with a less expensive price tag. On the other hand, if you want a show coat level of quality you will want to invest in a higher quality pair of clippers.
Some clippers have various speeds and multiple blades that allow better precision. The degree of close cut is determined by the numbered blades, which may be included as interchangeable pieces with your clippers.
Depending on your dog’s breed, the thickness of fur, and the level of quality cut you are hoping to achieve will determine which type of dog clippers would be best for you.
How to Shave a Dog at Home
It can be a daunting task to shave your dog’s entire body. If you decide you want to do it at home, be aware it may take your dog and you a little time to get accustomed to the new routine.
It is important to first wash and brush your dog’s fur before trimming or shaving them. This will help remove tangles and generally make the process easier for both of you.
You may need to help your dog get used to the sound of the clippers before you can begin. Dog clippers are designed to be quieter than human clippers, but the noise may still be a bit unnerving for a dog, particularly if it is their first shaving experience.
Another task that can help make the process go smoother is to make sure the blades are sharp. Dull blades will likely tug at the dog’s fur and may cause discomfort to your dog’s skin.
The key to achieving a good shave for your dog is to go slow and go with the direction that the fur grows. If you go too fast or go against the fur, it can leave lines and create a choppy look to your dog’s fur.
Do not make sudden jerky movements while shaving to avoid startling your dog. Shave your dog in sections, starting first with the neck, then moving down to the back legs.
Final Words on Trimming Your Dog at Home
Shaving your dog can be a stressful experience for you and them. By carefully choosing the right pair of clippers and becoming familiar with the shaving process, you can reduce some of that stress and make it a more enjoyable experience.
Be careful to never use human clippers on your dog to avoid hurting their skin or breaking your clippers. If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment down below.
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