2 How to Use a Dog Clipper as a Beginner

best-dog-clipperWell-groomed dogs really look adorable, but you would definitely agree that you will need to spend money to have your dog groomed by a professional dog groomer. The reason for this is because you need to have some skills in order to be able to groom a dog. You would also need to be able to know how to use the grooming tools so that you can clip the dog’s fur or hair correctly. However, if you really wish to save on the dog grooming cost, you can always learn how to groom your pet and use the dog clippers even just on a beginner level at first. This article will show you how to use a dog clipper as a beginner. Just follow the step-by-step process below.

First Step: Pick out the best dog clipper.

Dog clippers come in various types, blades and weight. You must pick out a dog clipper that can work best for your pet’s breed. In terms of blades, you should get the FC blades as these are ideal for beginners. You should get the #3 blade if you prefer longer hair for your dog. On the other hand, you should go for the #5 blade since this is safer if you want shorter hair for your pet. Be sure to use a lightweight dog clipper that is easy to use so that your hands don’t get tired very quickly. Moreover, buy a dog clipper that does not work noisily as this will help your pet stay calm during the trimming process. Continue reading



What is dog daycare?
A dog daycare is an environment where dogs are dropped off for the day to play with other dogs in a fun, well supervised and safe environment. Continue reading


Do you need help tiring out your energetic pup? Or maybe you just need to get your hands on the specialty food product that you can’t find anywhere else. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Dogstar. We’re here to make the pet care experience easy, accessible and amazing for all of our dogs, cats and humans.

We also operate an animal adoption program, placing pets in lifelong homes. Please check our adoption page for more information.

First Thursdays

Honoring the Pearl District tradition, our spin on First Thursdays includes extended hours for pick-up so that you can cruise the shops and galleries.  We also share wine, art, music and special discounts in the store. Art exhibits feature local artists like Gretchen McArthur, whose photography is showcased on this site.

Please come join us every first Thursday of the month, April – September, for First Thursdays at Dogstar.

First Thursday Special
$10.00 for evening drop-ins, 6-9 pm
Your dog deserves a night out!

Vet Service

Dogstar is truly your one-stop shop for all of your pet care needs. To make your pet parenting experience even easier, we partner with Laura Chang, DVM, of Vet to Pet to provide in-house veterinary services. Please call to make an appointment for any of your pet’s medical needs, including check-ups, vaccinations and microchipping.


What’s better than a clean and fresh smelling dog or cat? Our basic grooming package includes a bath, brush, blow-dry, manicure and ear cleaning. For dogs with shedding coats we use the FURminator, an amazing tool which we also sell in our boutique Continue reading


Dogstar provides a comfortable, stress-free environment for our overnighters. We are happy to accommodate special needs animals or administer medications. Our kennels are cleaned daily, including linen changes. During the day, your boarded pet will join our daycare classes for group activities. Dogs who stay five nights or more receive complimentary grooming. Continue reading