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!