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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.

To have a dog is an incredibly enriching experience for you and your family but before making any hasty decisions, you have to come to the unanimous agreement that a new addition is going to be right for you all – at all times. So, are you really ready to get a dog?

 

The cute little puppy you are planning to bring home will be part of your family for at least 9-15 years. They will be fully-dependant on you and your family for everything: water, food, shelter, exersize and vet care. They’ll also need a big portion of your time for training, and of course time solely for love and attention. As well as their love they also bring lots of financial and social responsibilities, so it is vital that all members of the family are reading and willing to begin this adventure together. It won’t always be big sloppy kisses and warm cuddles, dogs are much more of a responsibility than that! So before you get tempted by the big, brown puppy eyes – make sure to answer the following questions.

 

Why do you want a dog?

There are multiple reasons to add a dog to the family, some dogs are aquired for positive reasons and some sadly are not.  Firstly we will take a look at some examples of why people want dogs:

 

Companionship If you have the time to invest in your dog the rewards are truly wonderful, dogs are instinctively social animals and thrive as part of a family (“a pack”). However, if your lifestyle means that your dog will be left along for long periods of time – perhaps another pet will be more suited to you. aving reduced amounts of time does not mean you cannot get a dog – it just means you need to find one who has lower exersize and grooming requirements and enjoys his own space.

Activity  Each dog, regardless of breed, size and energy levels needs to be taken on daily walk. This means you (or your family) need to be ready to walk rain or shine! This will also help you all to stay fit and healthy and get some fresh air! Walking your dog can also lead you to socialise more whether it be a dog park or just from being outside.

Family Research has shown that children who grow up with a dog are less likely to suffer allergies, have increased co-ordination and improved confidence and social skills. Although parents are ultimately responsible for the care of the dog and supervision of the children and dog together, children can gain valuable life skills from caring for a dog, such as negotiation, compassion, responsibilities and patience.

Other dogs  Perhaps your dog has just passed away or you already have a dog and are looking to add another set of paws to the family? Dogs are naturally social creatures and can provide great company for each other.

 

Impulse Perhaps one of the most common reasons for dogs in shelters is that people have bought the dog on a whim and without proper planning. You need to assess your lifestyle to identify not only what you need from a dog but what they need from you. Size, temperament, cost are all aspects that should be considered beforehand to prevent any hidden surprises. Getting a dog will change your life in many ways, be sure you are prepared for the commitment.

Trends Dogs are living, breathing animals who are a huge responsibility not a fashion statement – selecting dogs for personal reasons such as to look tougher with a large breed of dog or to carry small breeds around like an accessory or a toy are not good reasons to get a dog.

Problems at home A dog will not solve personal problems among family members however can worsen things as puppies can add an element of stress. A puppy is a huge responsibility and needs everybody working together through the potential stresses. Adding a dog to an already tense atmosphere may just amplify the problem.

Nagging kids To add a dog to your family means you are signing up for a large commitment of time and resources. Although your children could help care for your dog, you will be the primary owner – and the one who foots the vet bills! Don’t be tempted by this, instead try to get your children involved in dog related activities such as dog walking or volunteering at shelters to learn about how much responsibility owning a dog takes!

A surprise gift The scale of this commitment should never be made on someone elses behalf. No matter how generous your intent, it is a very personal decision to make and thorough discussions should be had regarding the size, breed and a multitude of other factors, they need to be in total agreement.

 

Ultimately, the decision to get a dog should solely rely on your commitment to owning a dog for their entire lifetime – no matter what. Once you take your canine companion home they come part of your family they should be treated as such in any event.

 

The day-to-day living guide

 

Each family has their own needs, schedules, medical problems, space and time limits. Research into breeds that may be more suited to your family’s lifestyle. Are you an outdoorsy family? Are you seeking a dog that doesn’t shed much due to allergies or preference? How much time can you offer a new dog? Dogs require lots of time, patience and care (oh and money!) so make sure to do a lot of investigation when trying to figure out which dog is right for you.

 

Instinctively a pack member they will be seeking social connections and a strong leader figure (this is where you come in). You are solely responsible for all your dogs training as they look to only one pack leader – a well trained dog is much more content. Training your dog is one of the many steps that lead to being a responsible dog owner in the community. Other key factors in responsibly owning a dog are making sure they are up to date with vaccinations, that they are flea, tick and worm free and that they are well exercized, happy and healthy dogs.

 

Another essential thing to consider is the cost of owning a dog – and not just the obvious food, water and a bed – but the unexpected health costs, the recurring monthly cost, the new toys and pet insurance! Have a look at our article on the 10 things you’ll need for a new puppy. Many people forget that when they first get their dog they must have them vaccinated and spayed/neutered which is costly just within the first few months. Also having to pay the vet bills if your canine companion has poor health (perhaps throughout his life). Once you have a dog they are a member of your family which is why it is crucial to have really educated yourself about what you can handle.

 

When you get a young puppy – be prepared for a lot of mess! There will inevitably be some sort of damage – whether it be huge or not and this must be thought of especially if you are in rented accommodation. Ask yourself this, where will you be in five years? Will they allow pets in your next property? Are you planning on downsizing? As a large breed might suit your lifestyle now however your planning on a move to a smaller house or flat will prove significantly harder.

 

Poor-planning is a common reason for dogs to be given to rescue shelters. This is an extremely important decision – to share your life – and it should not be taken lightly as you must be dedicated to it. Try to be realistic about your circumstances and although those big puppy paws are almost irresistible I really recommend to look firstly at rescue shelters not only will you benefit from the low adoption fees – the dogs are usually already house-trained, micro-chipped and have basic training even if only from their time at the shelter. They will also be spayed/neutered and have had full vet-checks for any future problems.

 

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever” Karen Davidson

 

ready to get a dog

 

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Best Dog Beds for Small/Medium Size Dogs

Picking out the best dog bed for your small breed can be tough. Dogs sleep a lot! Which is why it’s so vital that they have the right support and a safe place to rest their heads. Smaller dogs tend to feel the cold a lot more than larger breeds so to find the right amount of support but cushioning can prove difficult. Here we have compiled a list for the five best dog beds for small & medium sized breeds.

 

1. Modern Chic Bed by Trendy Pet

Tbest dog beds for small & medium size dogs - trendy pethe Modern Chic bed is perfect for a modern home where a normal bulky dog bed looks out of place. The great pattern and selection of colours makes it one of the top choices amongst dog owners. Not only will it keep your house stylish but it will also keep it fresh due to the easy washing capability. The entire bed fits right into your washer and dryer and requires no re-assembly afterwards. The reinforced microtec center holds tough against sharp nails and teeth yet still ultra-soft high quality microfiber offers your pet a luxurious comfort. This durable bed boats a thick base and raised sides so your pet can sleep soundly and comfortably. It comes in 3 sizes and has a 30-day money back guarantee.

 

2. PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed & Lounge

best dog beds for small & medium size dogs PET FUSIONThe PetFusion is another great choice, with its optimal support and overall comfort your dog can rest easy on the beds premium components, helping reduce and prevent joint and muscles aches. This support will improve health, mobility and energy in your dog making it perfect for both young and older dogs. With its non-skid bottom and water and tear resistant guarantee you can feel confident that this bed will last much longer than other inferior cheaper beds. The attractive and modern touch in the PetFusion will fit nicely in any home. Very easy to clean (a must have with those dirty pups!) the removable cover is washable. The base is high density and can hold 50lb+ in weight. This one is so great it’s actually a top pick for large breeds too!

 

3. Snoozer Luxury Cozy Cave Pet Bed

best dog beds for small & medium size dogs - snoozerAs we mentioned in our guide to buying the best dog beds, these burrow beds really are a great choice. As smaller dogs tend to feel the cold more than larger dogs, this bed is a great choice to really snuggle down in. With the Sherpa lining it will keep your dog warm in the winter, yet cool in summer. This burrow bed is also great for anxious or nervous dogs as it surrounds them with warmth making them feel protected and secure whilst they sleep. The Snoozer comes in a wide variety of colours and many sizes they have options for every dog and every owner! This lightweight, luxury bed has a microsuede cover that is easily removed and washed.

 

 

4. Thick Orthapedic Dog Bed

best dog beds for small & medium size dogs OrthopedicThis 6” thick orthapedic bed gently cushions your dogs pressure points easing joint aches and arthritis. The 100% memory foam is shredded for softness and then re-packed in a high density design giving it the firmness to hold its shape and give your dog the support he needs yet still molding around his body as he sleeps. This bed is also waterproof and has an anti-slip bottom, and the durable cover can be quickly removed for washing. This sleek minimalistic bed is great for any area of the house and can fit into tight spaces. Another great thing about buying this bed is that the company donate 10% of their profits to America’s largest animal protection organization – The Humane society of the United States.

 

5. K&H Manufacturing Orthopaedic Bolster Sleeper

 

best dog beds for small & medium size dogs- K&HThis K&H cosy bolstered bed boasts medical grade orthopaedic foam. The bolsters come up high to surround and comfort your dog and keep him warm and secure. With it’s 3” thick base and soft upholstery grade velvet your dog will be sleeping soundly all night long. The sleeping surface is a quilted microfleece for optimal comfort and warmth. The cover is removable and washable and it’s available in 4 sizes and 2 colours.

 

 

 

 

Each dog has different needs and likes and you know them best but we hope our list of the best dog beds for small dogs has helped you!

 

Our top pick is the Modern Chic Bed by Trendy Pet as it’s super stylish for you yet comfortable for your dog. We love this bed’s long-lasting durability and the strength against teeth and nails! Another bed we love from this list is the Snoozer Luxury Cozy Cave where your pet can get right underneath and snuggle in for the night – do they do these beds for humans?!

 

We hope this list has helped!

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