Dog grooming clippers?(5 Posts)
Can anyone recommend any? I am determined to go it alone and teach myself how to clip the pooch? I mean, how hard can it be? I have done a bit of research and have found that the following criteria for grooming clippers would be preferable for my situation:
Single speed instead of variable
Universal clipper blades
So - can anyone share their experiences and product recommendations?
Osters or Ancol would always be my choice, I have found Wahl very disappointing.
What breed of dog will you be clipping? How often will the animal need to be clipped. Would something like a Mars comb be as effective? I use a stripping comb for my lurcher but clip the Bedlington. Is there a good source of local advice? There is always U Tube.
I would recommend Peasridge's web site for general information. They sell quality products and recommend different products for different breeds. I initially used hand held Wahl clippers which were too flimsy and blunted rapidly.
I spent approximately the cost of six professional grooming sessions. So I was in profit after about a year. The dog was 11 last August. I have since bought new blades, had them sharpened and the clippers serviced.
My clippers are Osters, and I have 4 different sized blades. I found the extra clip on combs useless. Peasridge will sharpen blades and service the clippers. It is worth have at least one spare of the most used. They are not cordless.
My Bedlington, who is not a show dog, needs attention every couple of months. I now scissor as often as clipping as he had an itchy coat, now fixed by change of diet but clipping did not help so he is now clipped only 4 times a year and it is not as close as before.
I would stress that quality pays, both for clippers and scissors.
If you can get to Crufts you should be able to see lots of different products demonstrated.
Both you and your dog may find intensive grooming quite stressful. The Bedlington and I find an hour is stretching it and I prefer to do the body one day, the legs another etc.
Remember, if you make a mistake, it will grow out, and the dog won't feel self-conscious, just you. Do have styptic pencil, Sudacreme, and tissues handy just in case. Nicks can happen.
Thanks for that excellent answer old. And thanks lonecat for the 2 recommendations.
He is a poodle cross and quite young so unsure about how much the need to clip will arise. But he is already become quite fluffy in the few weeks since we got him. Money for a good product will be no object. So am looking at the Osters going on both your recommendations.
Crufts is a good idea although nowhere near us. There was a large dog show near us last Nov. That would have been good to go and see...perfect for viewing just this type of product. Not that we had our boy at that point. But it is a very good idea and will look out for similar shows in the near future. The pooch is not yet near shaggy sheep proportions.
I bought a Wahl recently and used to clip my terrier - great success, but I did have a dog grooming table loaned to me which helped enourmously.
Easy to do my boy as his hair is wiry but straight - I wouldn;t know where to start with a poodle coat tho!
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