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I'm planning to start grooming Max myself, at least in between professional grooming appointments. Does anyone have experience with clippers and hair dryers? I'd like to get a dedicated hair dryer to use that I can hang up and use hands free at times. I have no experience with this. Any thoughts? What brands have you used?

I like the curly look but have heard that after the adult coat comes in it's easier to stay matt free if they are blow dried.
 

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An Oyster clipper is top brand. It shaves as close as 00000 which is .2 mm
or 125Th of an inch. It's professional quality.

As for the hair dryer, you will maybe want a Metro. It will be loud though,
theres no way around that unless you want to spend $1,000 on a Romani.

Both are top brands so they can be a little costly.
 

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How often do you take him to the groomer?

You can just use a human hand dryer with a cool setting (or low heat) and a slicker brush or pin brush. For clippers I use and Andis but if you just want to keep him clean you won;t need to invest in clippers.
 

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Thanks for the input mercymoon. Purple Poodle, I haven't decided yet. Ideally I'd like to do it all myself but may change my mind after doing it once or twice. I'll give it a shot with the hair dryer first.

Chris
 

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The blow drying is the hard part in my opinion. The clippers and shaping take time and skill, but blow drying gets to be a really long process if you have a haircut that has a decent amount of hair.

Honestly if I were going to "get lazy" in one area...it would be that. I'd take my dog in for the occasional bath...but still clip him myself.
 

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I use a regular blow dryer and Andis Clippers. If anything I recommend getting a grooming table. It really helps make the process easier by the dog being on the table. It also works great for filing the nails.

My rutine is a bath and blow dry one day and clipping the next. Otherwise it takes me 4 hours to do it all at once. You just want to make sure he stay's clean by the next day otherwise it will dull the clipper blade. Always bath before clipping to keep the blade sharp longer.

I order a lot of my grooming supplies from Pet Edge. I just bought a new grooming table (its huge). All together with shipping I paid 170.00. It adjustes up and down depending on how tall you are....love it.

Hope this helped some.
 

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Thanks Jenn:

We are actually planning to make a grooming table out of our old kitchen cabinets and put them in the basement. We had major water damage while on vacation and are replacing the kitchen among other things. Some cabinets were salvageable so my husband will install them and put some kind on not slip surface on. I'm not tall so he'll also cut them down a bit. If I can brush him at a comfortable height with an episode of Grey's Anatomy, I'll be more likely to keep it up!
 

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Thats sounds like a good plan. I wish we had a basement ....i wish I had the gutts to leave California. lol
 
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