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For someone who is going to get a mini poodle (and has not had a "groomable" breed before!), what would be on your list of things to buy for grooming?

FYI - I have two IGs and a Whippet that I show. I groomed them for the breed ring, but that's just cleaning and a little work with little clippers. I have a small grooming table and like to use the Chris Christensen products on my kids.

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It really depends on what type of grooming you are planning to do.
If you are planning to just maintain your dog between groomings, then your needs would be pretty basic. Brush, comb, shampoo, conditioner if you're using one, and dryer.
I would stick with the C.C. shampoo's since you are already using them on your crew and it's good stuff. Your poodles individual coat and grooming needs will determine the formual of shampoo you use.

If you're planning to do ALL the grooming yourself and or show your dog in the conformation rings then you pretty much need everything. A generalized list of tools with my opinions follows

Clippers of your choice. I like andis better than oster personaly I like the way they feel in my hand. I have the Andis Ultra Edge 2 speed. It is a good idea to go ahead and shell out the money for more expensive clippers rather than replace walmart or petstore cheep-o's over and over, which I promise You WILL, espeicaly if you plan to clip the hair all over on your dog with any regularity.

-blades in #10, #15, #30, and #40. Blade lengths depend on how close you are planning to go on face, feet, and tail. the 10 blade is for the sanitary area. Ironicly enough I perfer Oster blades to the ones made by andis. I dislike ceramic blades but again like everything else it's a personal choice. I find though that they don't cut as well or stay sharp nearly as long. I mostly use the oster Elite cryongenX blades. Depending on how you wish to trim the hair you may also want to invest in blades sized #5, #4. Five is pretty short, I would consider a dog done with a 5 shaved down. A #4 is also short but is long enough to leave a slightly plush look, black dogs done with 4 blades tend to look like crushed velvet.
If longer length are desired a good set of gaurd combs will be needed to use over a #30 or #40 blade. In my salon most of my clients ask me for "short but fluffy" and as a result one of my favorite clips is a lamb clip with a #2 Gaurd over a 40 blade with either a 0Gaurd on the legs or I just blend them in if they want them obviously longer. A 2 will leave an easy to maintain plush finish that looks longer than it really is in some cases. A 0 gaurd will leave hair about an inch long.

-You'll also need good quality shears. For somebody who is just starting out grooming wise or who just wants to do basic grooming on their own personal pet I would point them towards the heritage brand, I like the stiletto myself. They are priced right for somebody who may not need or want to spend big bucks on scissors.

A good quality slicker bush and or pin brush and a comb should suffice for keeping the hair tangle free and fluffing it up during grooming so you get an even cut. I won't voice an opinions on brands or types here since everyone has a favorite where brushes and such are concerned.

Ear powder if you are planning to remove the ear hair on the inside of the ear, this depends on which school of thought you subscribe to on the subject. Most groomers and vets suggest this hair be removed, Some argue against it, and some say it depends on the dog. I don't pluck my own poodle's ear hair but it is because she doesn't seem to be growing any.

obviously nobody needs to tell you that you will need nail clippers and or a grinder, and I would assume the same would be true about various methods of dental care since you have IG's.
 

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I second everything WOnderpup said and I reckon you'll need a dryer of some sort. I love my Challengeair force dryer, makes fairly quick work of a poodle coat and with only one motor going I seem to have enough time to brush and dry at the same time before the hair goes curly, although I haven't perfected this yet!

A bit :eek:fftopic: but I am very excited - I just ordered a set of 9" Roseline scissors and they should be here anyday now. I have been using 5.5" straight and curved cause everyone said smaller was better for learning and they are great for malts and shih's and that size, but I was finding now T is growing they just don't cut it **pun intended** on his long legs SO I have graduated to a decent length scissor :biggrin:
 

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I can't imagine trying to scissor a standard with 5 or 6 inch shears. Glad, for your sake, that you are moving up. I wouldn't be able to function in my salon with my 10 inchers, I LOVE them and use them all the time. About the smallest size I use is 8 1/2 honestly, but I do have a little pair of 6inches for really tiny dog feet and short legs and stuff, almost never pick them up though.
 

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Thanks everyone!

I am planning on doing the grooming myself. I really like the looks of the German clip. We do a lot of agility during the summer and walk every day and like to do some camping on the weekends, so nothing too terribly long. We have quite a few clients (I'm a vet tech) with poodles and I like when they are about 1 - 1 1/2 inches long. We have one client that grooms her poodle herself and does a fantastic job - she is always beautiful.

Question on dryers - Can you get by (with a mini) without a stand dryer? I am wondering if using something like a metro dryer with a "third hand" will work?

I am hoping for a puppy next year sometime, so am saving now for grooming supplies.
 

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Yes, if the hair is short you don't need a stand dryer, even on a standard. With hair in the 1 inch range fluffy drying with a HV dryer is no problem at all and shouldn't take very long. You shouldn't even really need a brush to straighten most hair that length so you might not even really need the arm. I don't have any touble getting my standard's hair straight with nothing but my air force dryer, no brushes required. Her hair is almost 4 inches long on her jacket.
 
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