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First off, what may be the best dog clipper for you might not be for someone else, your individual circumstances will heavily dictate what brand or style of dog clipper is needed.

If for argument’s sake you are looking for a great dog clipper to have in the house, to call on once every 4-8 weeks or so for a single dog, then its unlikely that you would need a professional grade dog clipper.

If however you have multiple dogs, a long-haired breed or dogs that can get nervous when groomed, its well worth spending that little extra to ensure you can get your grooming done quickly, efficiently and with as little distress to your dog as possible.

We do also find that professional dog clippers tend to last a lot longer than their lower-budget counterparts and in many cases will save you money on the long run.

If you need a little more help understanding whats right for you we have included a best dog clippers buying guide below.

The 5 Best Dog Grooming Clippers!

All of the dog clippers mentioned here are recognised as professional dog clippers, the best dog clipper for you may be different, so make sure to read the individual reviews for more details.

#1 Andis AGC Super Two-Speed Dog Clipper

Feature Overview

  • Super Two-Speed Options (Max 4400spm)
  • Light Weight and Durable (Break Resistant)
  • Used by Professional Dog Groomers
  • Very Low Heat emission
  • Very Low Noise emission
  • Detachable Blades (No.10 Included)

Review Summary:
It’s no surprise that this dog clipper came first in our best dog clippers list, it has massive amounts of positive reviews and is a prefered choice for both amateurs and professionals alike.

If you have ever studied pet grooming this is most likely the dog clipper you used in class. The durability and power capabilities make it a perfect choice for educational environments and make it a true professional dog clipper.

The clipper is also very easy to manoeuver, light weight and gives a really smooth cut. If a troublesome patch of hair does arises the super speed settings massive 4400 strokes per minute will make short work of it.

This dog clipper really does trump the rest for both amateur and professional groomers and has rightfully earned its place as the number one on our best dog clippers list.


#2 Andis AGC2 Two Speed Dog Clipper

Feature Overview

  • Two-Speed Options (Max 3400spm)
  • Light Weight and Durable (Break Resistant)
  • Low Heat Emissions
  • Low Noise Emissions
  • Detachable Blades (No.10 Included)

Review Summary:
This Andis dog clipper is essentially the younger brother of the Super-Speed model above, it boasts a lot of the same features as its older brother but has a little less power available. Still a great buy!

This clipper has low heat and noise emissions making it great for working with young or nervous dogs.

Not everyone will require the additional power from the Andis Super but as the price difference between the two models is often minimal it may be worth considering both options.


#3 Oster A5 Two-Speed Dog Clipper

Oster A5 Two Speed - Professional Dog Clippers

Feature Overview

  • Two-Speed Options (Max 3100spm)
  • Light Weight and Very Durable (Break Resistant)
  • Low Heat emissions
  • Low noise emissions
  • Lots of Oster Accessories Available

 

Review Summary:
Oster grab the third place with their Two-Speed model, also having interchangeable speeds this clipper allows for smooth and efficient dog grooming.

The clipper is very durable and will not wear easy, if you’re looking for a dog clipper to last, this would be a good choice.

The Oster brand is well-known much like Andis and is supported by many do-it-yourself groomers and professionals.

Osters large customer backing also means that there is numerous accessories available.


#4 Wahl Arco SE Cordless Dog Clipper

Wahl Arco SE Cordless - Top Dog Grooming Clippers

Feature Overview

  • High Speed Options (Max 5500spm)
  • Very Light Weight
  • Low Heat emissions
  • Low Noise emissions
  • Lots of Wahl Accessories Available

 

Review Summary:
Wahl are up next with their cordless model, it may not have ‘turbo’ in the name but this bad boy can hit 5500 strokes per minute! That alone earns it’s place on our best dog clippers breakdown.

It’s very light weight and due to it being cordless is incredible versatile.

The Arco SE dog clipper will require charging between uses and may slow as the battery weakens, this can cause problems for lengthy grooming sessions.

Wahl, much like Oster have a large customer community and have lots of accessories available.


#5 Wahl 9766 Lithium Ion Pro Series Dog Clipper

Wahl 9766 Lithium Ion Pro Series - The Best Dog Grooming Clippers

Feature Overview

  • Claims Heavy Duty Use.
  • Light Weight
  • Low Heat Emissions
  • Low Noise Emissions
  • Lots of Wahl Accessories Available

 

Review Summary:
Last up at number 5 is Wahl again with their Lithium Ion Pro Series model, this clipper is cordless and boasts self-sharpening blades for reduced maintenance.

This model is a great option for someone just starting out with dog grooming and has had lots of positive feedback.


Buying Guide • Dog Grooming Clippers

As we mentioned above some dog clippers features can be more applicable than others depending on your individual circumstances. We have explored what we consider to be the most important below.

Single and Variable Speeds
Corded or Cordless?
Nervous Dogs
Brand Awareness
Blades

Conclusion

PetPampa.com has received numerous requests to put together a breakdown of the best dog clippers on the market today (Updated February 2017), with so many different brands offering the same features it can be hard to know whats right for you.

In this article we have looked through what we here believe to be the 5 best dog clippers on the market today. Please note that this is not just our views and opinions but each dog clippers ‘rankings’ are based on our users reviews, surveys and by our own experiences and research.

I certainly hope that this article has helped people who were maybe on the fence to make an informed decision about what the best dog clippers for them truly are. All the brands and models mentioned have great feedback and lots of support from their respective owners.

I think there are options here for all groomers, whether it be people just starting out or fully fledged professionals.

If you have any questions about our 5 best dog clippers or would like add anything about some of the models mentioned please feel free to post a comment below!

Here you can watch the voted Number 1 Best Dog Clipper in action, please note that this video is directly from Andis and that in the video they mention the Pro-Clip variation of the Andis Super two-speed dog clipper, but don’t worry they are in essence the same and still the best dog clipper.

Video Summary

This clipper is a super duty professional dog clipper, its great for the toughest grooming jobs, for thick to thin hair or heavily matted coats.

Its powerful rotary motor delivers an equal amount of power and blade speed throughout grooming.

This balance between power, speed, size and weight makes this dog clipper extremely versatile.

The durable and ergonomic housing resists harsh chemicals and fits comfortably in your hand.

Its cool running and smart design eliminated fans and vents that can get clogged with hair.

It features a detachable No.10 UltraEdge blade for ease of cleaning and blade changing.

It’s also compatible with all UltraEdge, CeramicEdge and ShowEdge blades.

As you can see this clipper is really something, it has been thoughtfully designed for both versatility and power and truly deserves to be the best dog clipper!

If you have any questions regarding these dog clippers or any other professional dog clippers, just like before feel free to leave a comment below.

Oatmeal Baths For Dogs

Oatmeal Bath For Dogs

Just like many of us, dogs can get itchy or uncomfortably dry skin. The reason for this can be a number of things, it could be that your dog is simply susceptible to dry skin, or it could be that your dog has common dietary or contact allergies or in some cases a skin disease.

If you have any doubts or concerns then I would always recommend seeing a veterinarian first and trying to get to the root of the problem.

Also please note that dogs can sometimes get itchy or dry skin if they have or recently had fleas, if you know your dog has fleas then I would recommend treating this first. There are many options available, I personally use either Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo or a homemade natural alternative.

Ok – so lets look at how to create our oatmeal bath for dogs.

In this how-to we will be looking at two different methods of our oatmeal bath for dogs. The first method is the standard Oatmeal Soak Method and the second is the Oatmeal Rub Method, both achieve the same goal but the rub method is catered towards dogs that have more localised problems, like multiple patches of itchy skin or just a single region.

If the rub method is more appropriate you can jump to that section by clicking here.

Oatmeal Soak Method – Oatmeal Bath for Dogs

Things you will need…

  • 1 Large Cup of Uncooked Oatmeal
  • A Blender/Food Processor
  • A Jug
  • A Brush
  • A Bathtub
  • A Dry Towel

If you have a smaller dog and you are bathing them in a small bathtub or sink you could use a smaller amount of oatmeal.

Oatmeal Bath for Dogs in a Sink

Smaller dogs can be oatmeal soaked in sinks

 

Step 1

Add your cup of oatmeal into your blender/food processor and blent it until it has become a fine powder the consistency should be flour-like.

Ensure the top is correctly sealed as this can chuck out a lot of oatmeal powder.

Any oatmeal is ok providing that it is plain and isn’t flavoured or sweetened.

Once you have you powdered oatmeal put it to one side and move on to the next step.

Step 2

Now just like any normal dog washing session we need to prepare the bathtub, i find that if you feel the bathtub up to about the middle-lower portion of your dogs chest it works great for soaking your dog in the oatmeal.

If your dog finds this amount of water an issue having a less-filled bath is not a problem.

Like any other dog bath make sure that the water is the correct temperature (lukewarm) and be sure to check routinely before adding your dog. we don’t want to add burns to already itchy skin!

Step 3

Add your oatmeal powder to the bathtub water and begin to mix it in, the water should become a pale-milky color as the oatmeal dissolves, be sure to thrash the water around as the powder has a tendency to clump up.

Once fully dissolved move on to the next step.

Step 4

Now its time to get your pooch ready for his oatmeal bath, as a word of caution i would suggest getting a slip-proof matt as the oatmeal can make the floor very sippy for both you and your dog.

Ok so gently pace your dog into the bath and allow them to soak for a minuet or so, now get your jug (you can also use your hands) and gently scoop some of the oatmeal water up and pour it onto your dogs back.

You will want to repeat this every other minuet or so until your dog has soaked for around 15 minuets.

As this is quite a long time I would suggest entertaining your dog a little so they don’t get restless, just talking away about anything seems to do the trick for me.

Step 5

Ok so now that your dog has soaked for around 15 minuets its time to get them out, the trick is to not fully rinse your dog off as the oatmeal mixture will leave a protective layer on their skin.

Once your dog is out and on the non-slip matt you want to pat dry them with a clean towel, again we do this as to ensure we still leave the oatmeal’s protective layer on their skin to sooth the itching or discomfort.

 

Video Tutorial – Oatmeal Bath for Dogs

This instructional video uses slightly different methods then described above, feel free to experiment with how you wish to carry out your oatmeal bath for dogs.

Oatmeal Rub Method – Oatmeal Bath for Dogs

This is the alternative for the oatmeal bath for dogs, and is more appropriate for dogs that have more localised problems, like multiple patches of itchy skin or just a single region.

Things you will need…

  • 1/2 Large Cup of Uncooked Oatmeal
  • A Blender/Food Processor
  • A Jug
  • A Cloth or Sock (Optional)
  • A Bathtub or Bowl
  • A Dry Towel

If you have a smaller dog or the treatment is only for a small area you can use smaller quantities of oatmeal.

As you can see what we need is very much the same as the oatmeal bath for dogs, but in this method we are going to make an oatmeal paste instead of solution.

Step 1

First lets mix our half cup of oatmeal with half a cup of water. We then want to mix this solution until it becomes a thick gooey consistency.

Step 1.b (Optional)

If you feel its more appropriate you can add your gooey oatmeal paste into a cloth or old sock and then tighten it, either by tieing it or by using a rubber band or plastic tie.

Oatmeal Bath for Dogs Cloth

Step 2

Now just as in the oatmeal for bath for dogs we need to prepare the bathtub. Again if your dog only has a few problem areas you may find it easier to use a bowl or jug to pour water over them.

Step 3

Ok so now we need to rinse your dogs hair and skin through with warm water.

Step 4

Now we want to take our oatmeal paste and apply it to the problem areas, if you’re using a cloth or sock use light circular motions to ensure you get full coverage of the area. We want to repeat this for 5-10 minuets.

Try to keep your dog still so that patches are not missed. I find talking to them does the trick.

Step 5

Finally we want to lightly rinse the dogs fur with warm water, try not to fully rinse through the dogs hair as the oatmeal leaves an invisible protective layer on the skin, that of course we want to maintain!

Once rinsed pat dry your dog with a clean towel and we are done!

whether you used the oatmeal bath for dogs or the oatmeal rub, your pup should now have some relief from dry skin or itchiness.

Have you made an oatmeal bath for dogs before? Or perhaps you know another method that wasnt mentioned? Please feel free to share your experiences below!

Thank you very much for reading and good luck with your oatmeal bath for dogs!

Oatmeal Bath for Dogs

Homemade Flea Sprays

Homemade Flea Sprays - Natural Flea Repellents

In this article we will cover the two most common and widely used homemade flea sprays, both act as fantastic natural flea repellents and can be made in a few minutes.

At the end of the article there is a quick conclusion of what methods best and what you can do to help maximise your natural flea treatments!

In todays modern world new chemicals are continuously being introduced into the consumer market, whether it be chemicals for food preservation, insect repellents or as this article would suggest flea killers and flea repellents.

But what do these flash new products contain? Yes we may have a list of ‘ingredients’ but unless you have a degree in chemical engineering you are certainly at a loss.

Time and time again we have seen household products recalled and taken of the shelves as a new revelation has been made regarding the active chemicals within.

Sometimes its worth just taking a step back and looking a little closer to home to solve common problems, im not suggesting you start using baking soda for toothpaste but just that when dealing with children and animals its always wise to use natural ingredients and processes.

In this article we will be looking at how to get rid of fleas in your home without introducing any potentially harmful chemicals.

Specifically we will be making a homemade flea spray that works as a natural flea repellent.

Lemon Flea Spray

Lemon flea spray is easily made and has been used as a natural flea repellent for a very long time. Please note that this spray will not kill fleas directly, but due to its strong citrus odor it works as a very strong, natural flea treatment and should be used on areas on which your pets frequent, for example your pets bed and blankets.

As a word of caution if you plan to use this flea treatment for cats, please be aware that cats, just like fleas do not favour the citrus odor. You may find the vinegar flea spray more appropriate.

What you will need
The amount of ingredients can vary depending on your individual circumstances.

  • 6 Lemons
  • 1 Quart (1 Litre) of Water
  • 1 Saucepan and Lid
  • 1 Sharp Knife
  • 1 Clean Spray Bottle
  • Natural Lemon Oil (Optional)

Lemon Flea Spray - Homemade Flea Spray

How to make your homemade flea spray
First you will want to cut your lemons into slices. Once sliced, pour your water into your saucepan and bring it to the boil and allow to simmer.

Then carefully drop your sliced lemons into the boiling water and leave it for around 5 minutes.

Once boiled for 5 minutes turn off the heat, add your saucepan lid and leave your lemon solution overnight. This allows the lemons oils and juices to fully blend with the water.

If you don’t want to leave it overnight you can add a few drops of natural lemon oil and continue

After this simply add your lemon water to a clean spray bottle that has not contained any chemicals and you are ready to go!

Lemon Flea Spray – Natural Flea Repellent


This video tutorial uses a slightly different method but feel free to use it as a visual aid.

Applying your homemade flea spray
After your pet has had a bath and as many fleas as possible have been removed lightly spray the natural flea repellent onto your pets fur.

Be careful not to spray the flea repellent into your pets eyes, nose or any other sensitive area as this may sting and cause discomfort.

Once the citrus odor has dissipated from your pet (normally a week) you can reapply this natural flea repellent following the steps mentioned above.

As an additional preventive measure you should spray down your pets freshly washed beds and blankets and again repeat when the odor dissipates.

Fleas naturally do not like the citrus odor and will avoid these areas allowing simply steps like vacuuming to fully remove fleas from your home.

How long will the homemade flea spray last?
If you store your natural flea repellent in the refrigerator then it should keep for a minimum of a week allowing you at least two full flea treatments.

Vinegar Flea Spray

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article cats do not like the citrus odor given off by the lemon flea spray.

Since the flea repellent is ment to be added to the cats beds, blankets and the cat itself it can cause minor distress and a little bit of confusion.

The solution is to use a different homemade flea spray, in this case vinegar flea spray.

How to make your homemade flea spray
Unlike the lemon flea spray the vinegar flea spray is a lot simpler to make and many pet owners belive that it is a more effective method!

Just like before you need to find a clean spray bottle (not previously contained chemicals) and fill your bottle half up with water.

Once done then add a few drops of soap to the water and then fill the remainder of your spray bottle with white or apple cider vinegar and then shake/stir the solution to finish.

Vinegar Flea Spray - Homemade Flea Spray

Applying your homemade flea spray
Once your pet has been bathed and as many fleas as possible have been removed with a comb or brush, gently spray the natural flea repellent directly onto your pets fur,

Just like before be careful not to spray any flea repellent into the pets eyes, ears or other sensitive areas, as due to the ingredients this can cause discomfort.

Additionally you can add this natural flea repellent to your pets freshly washed blankets and beds so that the fleas will not resettle in these areas.

What homemade flea spray works best?

The vinegar flea spray is probably a little more effective overall, it is certainly easier to make and can really leave your pets with a nice soft coat.

But…

The lemon flea spray also acts as an effective natural flea treatment and will also makes your pets, their beds and your whole home have a nice, fresh citrus smell.

So whats the answer?

Use both! but with a little modification…

When bathing your pets add a little white or apple cider vinegar to the water and then wash it into your pets fur. After the bath allow your pet to air-dry (providing it’s not to cold).

Then go round and spray down all your pets freshly washed beds and blankets with your lemon flea spray and then finally gently spray your pets dry fur (as explained above).

By using both the lemon flea spray and the vinegar in the bath water you are getting the best of both worlds and getting maximum use of your natural flea repellents.

I myself have used his method for a few years now and think it works great!

Last words…
I hope you found this article helpful and got all the information you needed to get started with your natural flea treatments.

Please be sure to check that your pets have no pre-existing allergies or intolerance to any of the ingredients used and if unsure be vigilant for common symptoms.

The chance of your pet having an allergic reaction are very rare but we would rather be safe than sorry!

If you have anything to say or perhaps another method or homemade flea spray feel free to post a comment below.

 

Extreme Pet Grooming

Over the past decade the dog grooming industry has changed quite a bit. With billions being poured into pet care all around the world the industry is thriving. This money brings in new technologies that lead to better equipment, accessories and give birth to entirely new products.

And like with most thriving industries, a few individuals will emerge that want to pushed the boundaries that bit further.

In this case, the art of Creative Grooming or Extreme Dog Grooming emerged.

In short, it seems that extreme dog grooming is the process of taking a dog and making it look like anything other than a dog…

The designs are very complex consisting of numerous colours and attachments, and can take hours to complete.

Professional groomers from around the world met up in New Jersey’s Intergroom to battle it out, each trying to out do the others designs. The best even have a chance of winning prizes of up to $5000.

So lets take a look…

Intergoom 2013 – Extreme Dog Grooming Competition

There is even an association for this, The National Association of Professional Creative Groomers it has been operating since 2009, and with a strong public backing these are the goto group for unleashing your grooming creativity.

I can assure you that the animals taking part in these competitions are in no way harmed, the extreme dog groomers are professionals (clearly) and train/prepare for months before these competitions,

All of the dyes and accessories used are only temporary and the dyes wash straight out as they are vegetable based.

I’m sure if the opportunity arises I will visit one of the shows and take a better look!

If you do decide that you may like to dabble in a bit of extreme dog grooming then be sure that you do so with the right tools. Check out our 5 Best Dog Clippers article for guidance.

Please note that all the images and videos used in this post are not my own and that their respective owners hold all copyrights.