That depends. About every couple of months. It depends on if they get dropped, how many dirty or rough coats did you have to work on, how well were the sharpened... We use to have an amazing sharpener who did such a good job that I didn't have to sharpen my shears for about 6 months or so and that was with every day useSo I haven't read anyone's responses but here is my advice. Been a professional groomer for 12 years and started showing my standard poodle the beginning of this year and have learned how to groom and take care of the show coat...
1) When drying a poodle with a HV dryer, do you start brushing the coat while it's still wet-wet or damp or ???
- Pet coat poodle: depending on the coat lengths, I usually just use the HV and don't bother brushing until it's completely dry
- Show coat poodle: I brush only when wet and if I have to brush a dry spot I spritz it with water or a conditioning spray. I will use my comb while drying at the same time to get a straighter finish
2) What grooming tool (brush and/or comb) do you prefer to use when drying to get the coat straight (and does this change for different coat areas and degree of dryness)?
- Pet coat poodle: I use a slicker brush and metal comb
- Show coat poodle: I use a pin brush and a metal comb. Never use a slicker on a show coat
3) Do you start drying and/or brushing a certain area of does that depend on the individual poodle and/or trim? I dry the shortest hair first and dry the head and ears last. On the show coat I dry the bracelets and rosettes first.
4) What is the primary difference between a HV dryer and a stand (heat) dryer? Can you get the straight, fluffy look with one or the other or do you need both? (ie., what are the pros/cons of both). I can get the straight fluffy look on both with no difference. The stand up doesn't blow air out as forcefully so on the show coat it is better becAuse less risk of damage and breakage to the coat, but honestly I rarely use the stand up on my show dog because I have never damaged her hair by using the HV on low while I brush the more delicate coat. Stand up is also really good for dogs who don't like the HV dryer around their heads. The stand up is quieter and softer so dogs tend to allow it on their heads.
5) What products do you recommend to prevent razor burn on poodles with sensitive skin--worst case scenario (ie., Skin Works)? (One of my poodles doesn't get razor burn but will scratch later and give himself a rash!).
Oatmeal shampoo is generally soothing enough to reduce the risk. I usually will shave sensitive areas before the bath and then wash them in a high quality oatmeal shampoo and this usually deflects any razor burn or rashes.
6) Do you use an anti-static spray when scissoring? Will this ruin your shears? If you have a favorite product, ie., Groomer's Choice Anti-Static Spray, please list. Jay Scruggs recommends the GC spray.
I use a fine misting water bottle and fill it with water and spritz the area I'm working on once. it takes away any static and it's so fine that the water dries within a minute
7) Do you tend to groom in a certain order? Do you tackle the face first or the feet, or does this once again depend on the individual poodle?
After bathe and dried. First thing I do is nails. Then feet. The sani then clean ears. Then I start at a back leg and work my way to the front doing face last. Unless I know the owner is notorious for showing up early. Then I do the face and head first that way if the owner pops in unannounced I don't have to work on a wiggly face.. Lol
8) How do you keep a longer/fuller topknot from falling (you know what I mean, that icky part they get down the middle after a day or two)? Any tips?
I really am not sure what you mean, but I band my poodles top knot because she is a show dog, I do this every 1-2 days.
9) What's the best way to get a tight line separating bracelet from upper leg in Miami trim, etc.? Do you use a clipper or shear?
I use my clippers to create the lines and then I scissor in the bracelets
10) Do you prefer snap-on combs or scissoring for the finished look? What parts of the poodle do you feel must be scissored (topknot obviously)? Is the #30 blade the best choice when using the combs?
- Favorite snap-on combs: I don't use combs
- Scissoring tips: I always scissor finish everything. I feel the snap on combs are an extra step that take more time. I know scissoring is a talent that not everyone will always accomplish, but for me scissoring is a strong point and I can scissor a full dogs coat faster then I can shave down a coat. Even when I shave a dog down, I scissor finish any sticky outies.
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11) What's the best way to clean your clipper blades? I've heard the spray cleaners are bad, etc.
I use blade cleaners. I never have a problem. I have used water and dawn dish soap, but you must make sure they are 100% dry before puting them back together because blades will rust
12) How often do you sharpen your blades and shears? (After how many grooms...approximately.)
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