Step 1 : Wash
It is important to thoroughly wash and condition your dogâ€™s hair to remove all dirt and debris from the coat. Using a flea shampoo will help remove and uninvited guests! Always rinse with luke warm water after lathering.
Step 2 : Dry
Towel dry to remove excess water and then use a hand dryer to thoroughly dry the coat. (IMPORTANT : Ensure the hand dryer is set to cool / warm setting and not hot, to avoid overheating your pet). Always allow your dog access to drinking water during grooming. Your dogâ€™s coat must be thoroughly dry before attempting to clip hair. A wet coat will only cause the clipper to snag and cause premature corrosion of the blade.
Step 3 : Comb
A comb, slicker brush or rake can be used to effectively remove knots and tangles from your dogâ€™s coat. This can be done during the drying stage, but it is imperative that all knots are removed prior to clipping. The end of the Andis Pet Groomer blade is a comb and needs to be able to glide through the coat in the same manner as a regular comb.
Step 4 : Clip
It is now time to clip. Providing the first 3 steps have been followed, you should have no problem grooming your dog. Please remember to periodically re-oil the blade whilst grooming. Regular oiling will enable the blade to cut smoothly and reduce heat generation in the blade. A blade that may be struggling to cut should be re-oiled or may need re-sharpening or replacement.
Providing the 4 preparation and clipping steps have been followed, you can expect to obtain around 6-8 clips, depending on the breed size and amount of clipping required. After grooming, it is necessary to wipe the blade free from hair, thoroughly oil the blade and re-attach the plastic guard, before returning the clipper to its case for storage. This will help to lengthen the life of the cutting blade.