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Old 11-30-2012, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've only had my 4 month old spoo pup Dude for a week now, but I am already starting to think about grooming.

Right now I have a Havanese Rapunzel that I groom myself. When she was a few months old, I took her to a groomer for the first and LAST time. It was a horror story. They cut my baby's little leg bad enough for her to need stitches, and I vowed I would never take her back again! I really can't see myself ever trusting one of those places with Dude either.

Rapunzel is almost a year old now, and all I use for her are these scaredy cut scissors: SCAREDY CUT Silent Home Pet Grooming Kit

Those things really work great. I have had zero problems cutting her and my mom's two little yorkies. They usually love the attention and there is no big scary noise to be afraid of, which is a major plus. I was even able to even out my spoo's coat a little bit with these the first day we got him.

The only drawback is it is very very time consuming. I usually have to do Rapunzel in two sittings, because I can only expect her to sit still for so long. I am guessing Dude is going to be 3 to 4 times bigger than her when he is full grown, so while these might work fine for now, they aren't really going to be an option forever.

So I have those scissors and lots of brushes, combs, shampoo's, and de-tangling sprays from grooming my Havanese to get me started. I am wondering what to buy next. The holiday's are coming up so I don't have a lot of money to spend right now on everything I need. I am sure I can get by for a little while with what I have. I am just wondering where to start this on poodle grooming adventure.

What is the holy grail of poodle grooming? The one item you can't live without?

I don't know much about the different names of styles, but I do know my fiance isn't a fan of any part of the poodle being shaved. No balls or poofs or fancy stuff. I'm guessing I will probably just cut Dude mostly all one length including the face, then trim the ears and feet to look right, like I do Rapunzel now. Is there a name for that? Or a good website with pictures for me to copy?

Sorry for the long post, but I have so much to learn! Thanks for your time!
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Definately buy Shirlee Kalstone's International Guide to Poodle Grooming... it is awesome, and pretty cheap on ebay or amazon.
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Even if you don't want to shave the face, feet and tail, you will want clippers, clipper blades and snap-on combs (these go over the blade and you can choose different ones for different length haircuts). I would say these are your must-haves.

Also, even if you let the feet stay fuzzy, rather than shaved, you will want to use clippers to shave the undersides (between the toes) so the dog has good traction. I would not want to use scissors between the toes, it would be too easy to accidentally cut the webbing between the toes.

The way I groom my poodle's body is I first take off as much hair as I can using the clipper with whatever length comb on it, then I go over with the scissors afterward to even it out.

You absolutely could scissor all by hand rather than using clippers, but it will take you a lot longer.

I bought all of my supplies at PetEdge.com

I have this clipper (it's fine, but I think I might try a Wahl brand clipper next time): Andis UltraEdge 2-Speed Pet Grooming Clipper | PetEdge.com

These blades, two of each (I have sizes 10, 15 and 30): Andis UltraEdge Clipper Blade Size 10 | PetEdge.com

And I bought these stainless steel combs, which are really awesome, highly recommend (these work over a 30 blade): Wahl Stainless Steel Attachment Clipper Combs | PetEdge.com
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I have this clipper (it's fine, but I think I might try a Wahl brand clipper next time): Andis UltraEdge 2-Speed Pet Grooming Clipper | PetEdge.com
I was also thinking of getting the Andis since I heard a lot of good reviews on it, but I guess I need to do a better job at researching.
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I was also thinking of getting the Andis since I heard a lot of good reviews on it, but I guess I need to do a better job at researching.
I would not hesitate to buy these clippers if they are what you are looking for... clippers are very individual, some people could love one brand/model and another person not so much. These are really fine, a good brand, I've had them for almost three years and they still work well. I don't love the way they feel in my hand, but again, that is very individual.
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My poodle grooming book is on its way and I picked up these Wahl clippers yesterday:
Pet Grooming Products & Tips | WahlPets.com | Grooming Products | Pro-Series Kit

They were in my price range, had really good reviews, and from what I read are pretty quiet compared to other models, which is really my biggest concern since I know the pups and I are going to be on edge going into this.

The battery on these had to charge for 24 hours before I could use them, since they are cordless. Tonight at around 5:00 the pups and I will have our first clipper experience together. I've watched some videos on youtube, so I kinda have an idea of what to do. I am nervous about cutting them though, especially since that happened to Rapunzel her first time getting clipped!

Any tips or tricks for my first attempt at trimming?

Thanks!
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Dry, Clean Coat. Very important for a good finish & to keep your blades & scissors sharper longer. I use a toe blade for my poodles. Of course I am now going smaller & smaller with my poodles so glad I have the Wahl Moser & the Mini Moser for those tiny feet. I would use SOC so that you don't end up with a problem. There are lots of Poodle styles that don't have Poofs, shaved faces or Poms. My Spoo is in a German trim with ears & face & right now feet are shaved but I have put him in full feet & tail is with hair & no Pom. My OT is in an Asian style with short edged ears, mustache no beard & a short round head, full feet & scissored tail- no Pom. My newest addition is all Poodle.
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