CLIPPERS HANDLING & DEXTERITY SKILLS
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Moreover good scissor work is rarely found on a badly clipped dog. The two just do not go together.
Holding the Clipper
For maximum freedom of movement and improved efficiency, hold the clipper like a large pencil, between the thumb and fingers. "Palming" the clipper makes for clumsy, awkward clipper handling and puts the pet at risk for cuts, nicks and irritation. Concentrate on positioning yourself so that the clipper is pulled toward you and held comfortably like a pencil. There are rare times when holding the clippers in your palm will improve dexterity, but this applies to very few moves. To create the least amount of stress on your fingers and wrist, grasp the clipper at the "balance point" so the weight is equally distributed between each end. Hold the clipper in the correct position, then rotate it between your thumb and fingers. This positioning keeps your wrist firm but flexible, yet allows for almost unlimited wrist movement. This hold offers access to the most difficult corners of the pet with minimum effort. Concentrate on minimising your wrist action.