I don't know if I'm a good base line on how long it takes to clip a standard cause I imagine I'm pretty slow. I probably spent 3 hours on Murphy but I also only have one 10 blade and one 3 1/2 so I have to stop and let them cool down. I just got the cooling spray so that should help next time. It takes me a long time to get through their feet but my new blade should be coming in tomorrow so I'm hoping that will make their feet easier. Its only 5/8 of an inch wide and fits my Andis AGC2 clippers so it should be more powerful and easier to maneuver than my cordless set I used this time. If that doesn't work I'll probably break down and get a set of mini-clippers. I'd rather get a proper table though, it's not my hands that get tired but my back takes a good beating.
Hopefully their coats stay nice, they were on Zignature food, the trout and salmon meal formula but it's 70 bucks for a 27 lb bag. Maeve has a sensitive tummy so we started her on that. However, between the 3 of them they really put some food away. We started mixing the Zignature with Costco's Nature's Domain brand salmon meal and sweet potato formula but we (wife and I) decided we would go to just the Costco stuff since it's $35 for a 35 lb bag. Between insurance and food we were spending over 200 a month so had to cut back somewhere. The Costco stuff seems like pretty good food though (Disclaimer: I'm not a dog nutritionist).
That's a good idea about the back of their heads, I never know what to do there so I just go to the back of their ears but I'll have to try blending it next time so it doesn't look so much like a bowl cut.