Do you ever look at your dog and think you could probably make yarn from their last grooming session? Fur thinning shears are an essential tool for all professional dog groomers, and they’re a great addition to every dog owner’s arsenal of grooming tools, too.
Here’s what you should know about fur thinning shears, how to use them, and what you should think about when looking for the best ones.
What Are Fur Thinning Shears?
Fur thinning shears look almost like a regular pair of scissors, but not quite. Instead of a smooth scissor blade, they instead have a column of serrated teeth that thin out your dog’s thick fur while you’re cutting it.
It’s the trick to getting your pet’s hair to look expertly layered and wonderfully smooth – without having to resort to the most expensive pet shampoo on the market or find a dog groomer who can work with your pet.
Choosing Fur Thinning Shears
What should you look for in fur thinning shears?
Sometimes, they come in sets, which can be great if you’re a professional dog dresser who needs several high-quality scissors to do the job. Other times, they’re sold separately, and many of them come with a warranty.
They usually come pre-sharpened so that there’s no need to worry about having to sharpen a blade. Many of the sets for sale also come with added extras like a comb, which is useful if you don’t already have this as part of your kit!
How to Use Thinning Shears
Fur thinning shears are a great fit for almost every breed of dog, but they’re a better fit for dogs with thick mats of fur that require regular trimming. Experts recommend a good trim of this sort at least once per month – though sometimes more regularly in the months where your dog naturally sheds their fur (or grows their undercoat in preparation for the weather).
Ideally, you should brush your dog before going in with shears to ensure that any loose fur is removed and not part of their coat. With many breeds like German Shepherds, you’d be pretty surprised just how much of what appears to be fur is just loose undercoat that can be brushed.
When done with brushing and cutting, ideally shampoo your dog with a shampoo you’ve found to work well for their skins (use a small “tester” before dunking the entire dog in the shampoo if you aren’t sure how they’ll react to it!) and they’ll be the pride of all the dogs on the block.