There are many different lengths and types of straight scissors for trimming your dog. A professional groomer who needs different scissors for different cuts and looks will be more interested in a variety of choice, however for the pet owner and home groomer one pair of good quality straight scissors will be sufficient and the length of the scissor blade will be dependent on the size of the dog.
The straight-edged blade of the grooming scissor will cut a straight edge which shows a distinct line from where the cut has just been made. If these scissors are used on the body of the dog to trim the fur it is likely that you will get an uneven look. These are useful for tidying up the fur around and under the paws, trimming the hair across the eyes as well as around the ears, shaping the tail (for medium and long-coated dogs) and anywhere else that needs an even and lined finish.
Straight-edged scissors may be required to cut the odd knot or two out and these scissors will be fine as long as there are not too many knots. For more problematic knotting refer to our page on How To Groom A Matted Dog.
These types of scissors are very sharp and it is, therefore, important to be very careful when using them not to cut yourself or the dog in the process.
Thinning scissors are generally used in dog grooming for getting a more natural trim on your dog. They are available in For example, along the muzzle you might prefer to have a look which is not a straight scissored look. You could use these on the tail also. Thinning scissors can be used to thin the main body coat out without actually taking any length of and are the best type of scissor to use for thinning out thick feathering either on the back end or the legs of the dog for such breeds as Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, Collies, Cocker Spaniels, etc.
To use these scissors effectively, place the blades into the thickness of coat (being careful not to cut the dog’s skin), give a couple of snips and then brush out with a slicker brush. You will not notice any difference in the top layer of the coat except that it will sit flatter. The more times you open and close the scissors while thinning the more coat you will take out. So if your dog just needs a little tidy up then only one or two snips may be needed. You will need to use the slicker brush to get the scissored fur out effectively.
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Specialised Dog Grooming Scissors
More specialised scissors are available and these are more for the professional groomer or for show breed clips. If you own a poodle and want to scissor a topnot on the head then you can look at curved scissors as in the picture. This gives you an even and rounded look for the poodle topnot.
Ear and nose scissors are short and specifically for trimming fur around the nose and ears but probably not necessary for the home groomer.
Scissors are also available with large thumbholes and offset handles to reduce hand strain and fatigue. These are available from www.groomers-online.com.
Band scissors from www.groomers-online.com are a pair of shears specially designed to make cutting bands easier and safer. The scissors feature a special hooked blade which allows for the easy removal of rubber grooming bands without breaking the hair or causing discomfort.
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