How To Sharpen Dog Clippers

Don’t be surprised if after only one clipping session, the dog clippers you’re using become dull at the edges. Even the most expensive dog clippers won’t last if you don't give them the TLC they need. First off, you need to apply the correct amount of lubricant so that they cut through your pooch’s fur. Second of all, you need to use the clippers on clean fur: you’ll discover that dog clippers become dull and useless very fast if you think it’s okay to cut through matted and sticky fur. Third and final word of advice is to make sure you adjust the blades according to the length of dog fur you want to cut through.

When the situation calls for you to get to the task of sharpening your dog clippers, you need the help of a professional. Don’t worry because you'll still get to call the shots but it’s going to involve teamwork, too. Here are ways to sharpen dog clippers.

  • Gather your supplies. Get an old hard-bristled toothbrush. You must have running water. Contact a professional dog grooming salon and supplies store.
  • Wash dog clippers very thoroughly. You need to run the clippers through fairly high pressure running water to dislodge fur from the clippers. Use a gentle tapping motion while placing them directly under the  the tap to quickly dislodge stuck fur. Now if they are electric dog clippers that need sharpening, help speed up the task by getting an old toothbrush and scrub the fur that has collected on the dog clippers.
  • Get in touch with a professional dog grooming salon and supplies store. You can get recommendations from a local dog shelter or veterinarian about this or crack open your phone directory to look for what you need. The supplies store is in case you need to replace the blades in the dog clippers which means that you need replacement parts according to the specifications of the maker or manufacturer of the dog clippers that you own. When you have chosen which one to go to, call ahead and get a quote so that you know how much it will cost to sharpen the dog clippers. Keep in mind that the job will entail more than just sharpening the tool; it will also involve adjusting and repositioning the blades so they will be safe for your next use. Another thing that you need to cover is the length of time it will take to get the dog clippers back especially if you had chosen a service provider that isn’t located in your immediate vicinity. If you decide to work with a service provider from out-of-town, get a complete breakdown of the costs to include shipping from end to end.
  • Send the clippers in for sharpening. Wait until they're delivered and then test the dog clippers on one portion of your pooch’s fur. Remember that you need to clip through clean fur not just once but every time you use the dog clippers.

From now on, be mindful and careful with maintaining the clippers so that you can use them for a relatively long period of time. Your pooch will be happier too because he will always be perfectly groomed; easily the best looking one on the block!


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