Pet Grooming Tips

  • Groom a mixed breed as close to the breed as it resembles for optimum good looks.
  • Choose a clipper with enough strokes per minute (spm), not trimmer, for the breed you wish to groom.
  • Be sure to use the correct blade length for coat removal.
  • Brush, comb, wash and dry the coat for best clipper results.
  • If your dog is badly matted you will probably have to use a size 7 skip tooth blade and you may need more than one.
  • If a #7 skip tooth blade will not get under the matting, you can use a #10 which comes on your clipper.
  • Before you start clipping make sure you oil the blade on both metal runners. Let the blade run for 10 seconds and then wipe off excess with paper towel.
  • If the blade gets bogged down in the coat, remove the blade from the clipper and slide the top blade gently half way over the bottom blade and brush out the hair. Then slide the top blade in the other direction and brush that side too.
  • Next put the blade back on the clipper and with the clipper running wash it in blade wash (choose from Oster Blade Wash & Andis Blade Care Plus) for 6-10 seconds keeping the clipper in a downward position. Oil the blade, wipe off the excess and continue clipping.

  • For additional grooming tips, check out our Books on grooming.

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.

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