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Who needs a haircut? Regular trips to the groomer are, of course, ideal. But in reality, it’s not always feasible. Grooming is good for your dog’s overall health (we’ve got some hacks for when you’re extra short on time). Tools, including dog grooming scissors, come in handy when you can’t get to the professionals.
Scissors are best for doing quick touch-ups and overall trims, while clippers are a better tool for more intense cuts. It’s important not to use your run-of-the-mill human scissors on a dog. Dog grooming scissors are designed specifically with dogs, and their safety, in mind.
Each trimming session should begin with a thorough brushing, then start at the top of your dog’s head and work your way back with the scissors, using a comb to help lift sections. Be sure to take care when trimming around sensitive areas of your dog’s body, such as ears, paws, and face. Always clean your shears with rubbing alcohol immediately after use.
There are three main types of dog grooming scissors: Straight-edged, curved, and thinning. Stainless steel or titanium-coated scissors are the best materials for the scissor blades so they don’t rust up. And if you’re new to grooming your dog, try scissors with rounded tips, which cut down on the risk of injury.
- Straight-edged: This pair has a straight edge and is your go-to for overall trims of your dog’s coat.
- Curved: These shears are great for targeted trims. The curved design offers more precision, and are good for delicate areas, such as paws and face.
- Thinning: You’ll recognize these scissors by their toothed blades, which thin out, rather than cut, your dog’s fur, removing small amounts at a time.
Now that you know more about dog grooming scissors, browse our picks below to see what fits your dog’s needs best.
This pack of dog grooming scissors comes with a longer straight-edge pair and a serrated-edge, detail trimming pair. The round tips are safer, and the handles have soft insets and finger rests for ease of use.Shop on Chewy
Available in three different lengths, these round-tipped shears feature micro-serrated edges for getting that perfect finishing touch. They’re lightweight, made from Japanese stainless steel, and comfy to use with a finger rest and soft-grip handle.Shop on Chewy
These 8-inch stainless steel straight-edge scissors are professional-grade and come in both righty and lefty versions. Additionally, they rock an offset, ergonomic grip for better control.Shop on Chewy
Both pairs of these stainless steel scissors—one has micro-serrated blades the other has straight edge blades—features rounded tips for safety so you can snip and trim around sensitive areas. Plus, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee if these pairs don’t make the cut.Find on Amazon
A different take on at-home pet grooming sessions, this kit combines stainless steel blades with combs (a la electric clippers) in seven different lengths for an efficient and good-looking fur update. It comes in both right-handed and left-handed versions and with finger inserts to customize the grip comfort and size.Find on Amazon
Have it all with this stainless steel kit containing straight, curved, and thinning dog grooming scissors, a comb, and a sleek carrying case for all four pieces. You can adjust blade tightness via the screws to calibrate your pup’s cut to perfection.Find on Amazon
This professional set of four scissors will get the job done. Made from titanium-coated stainless steel, the case includes a comb, straight scissors, thinning scissors, and two pairs of curved scissors: one pair points up and one points down. The best part? They come in four color options: purple, blue, rainbow, and black.Find on Amazon
Available in four colors (black, gold, rainbow, and blue) this set is super durable, made from 6CR stainless steel. Like the set above it, this kit contains four types of scissors, but it has a key for screw adjustment for getting just the right blade tension.Find on Amazon
A good five-piece set for beginners, the stainless steel scissors in this kit all have rounded safety tips. Included are 5.5-inch and 4.5-inch straight scissors, curved scissors, and thinning scissors, as well as a comb and cleaning cloth. They all zip into a nifty leather case.Find on Amazon
Made from durable Japanese steel, this pair of curved shears has a symmetrical handle with finger rests on both sides, so you can comfortably flip the curve of the scissors up or down.Find on Amazon
Does your dog need a fresh trim? Rover offers dog grooming services right in your own home. And take a peek at a few more articles, below, on grooming and cleaning your dog at home.
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