I very much would like to learn how to clip, brush, and overall groom my poodles coat.
I really do not like taking my babies to the groomers because I always have to leave them(with strangers and in a little kennel)for 3-4 hours to wait their turn, sometimes they mess up their coat really bad, one time my poor babies (all three of them!) came back home with all these cuts around their joint areas. I called the groomer and she said it was because they "moved too much"
I am just tired of trying different groomers and not working out.
Can someone give me some advice on how to do that?
What kind of equipment to buy?
Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated!
***Edited By: alldogslover on 4/19/2005 7:09:04 PM*** Reason: .
I currently would like to learn to groom my cocker..
I trim her, and her coat is slowly coming in, but I'd liek to make it look nice when she's groomed.
I asked around to find a really well recommended groomers, and made an appointment to go and have them groom her, and let me watch. I told them in advance. They talked to me about what they were doing, as they did it.
There are grooming books you can buy from pet supply stores, or find a grooming school, sometimes they have available to owners courses for a certain breed. Grooming cockers can be alot of work, and can be unpleasant, so you may just want someone else to do it. Cocker hair (clipped)makes me itch like crazy. You may also be able to find a cocker breeder who grooms as well.
Hope you like it if you decide to learn to groom. It has come in handy since I have quit to know how to groom my schnayzers. It sure saves alot of money. But the down side is like I think it was Sue talking about the itchy hair. Poodles espically have a fur like instead of hair, like schnauzers, and it inbeds in your skin. I got where I could not stand it anymore, and I love animals. Also, you never know when you could get bit. Been there and thank God the dog had just had its shots, but its something to thank about. This dog nearly bit through my thumb trying to get a muzzle on him. If you just want to learn for the sake of doing your own, get a video and at least it would not be like doing dozens of dogs a day.
im a groomer and i love to be able to groom my dogs any time they need it. if you would like i could give you tips on all the stuff you will need. it can get pricy if you dont know where to go... also dont go out and get a clipper from a store you can get great deals on grooming stuff at pet edge online store.
In doing my own grooming for our dogs, I have tried to use a human clippers set. Didn't hold up for very long. I did buy an Oster set with a few blades for my breeds as well as a comb attachment set and it goes much faster and the clippers work as good as new. If the blades become dull, you can have them sharpened. If you chose an Oster-i would go with the 1 speed-I don't think the 2 speed is worth it. Good luck! PS PetEdge can be an addicting site! That's where we get all of our toys and supplies for our puppy care kits that we send with our puppies to their new homes. We have been extremely pleased with everything we have purchased there!
You could also look up oster dog clippers and grooming tables on ebay. I used to clip my yorkie myself. LOL I used to get really creative and shave him all down and write his name across his back. I'd shave him all down in the summer time. We lived in AZ and he had so much hair I was afraid he might croak.
You know, last time I tried to take one of my babies to the groomers it was a grooming place that is in the same shopping center as the vet. I take my babies to.
I went in with my 2 poodles (only one needed grooming though) after going to the vet. hopping the people there would be nice and friendly, especially the groomer.
Well, I aproached the main desk and I ask how much they charged for clipping and bathing and one lady from the back came to the front and said with a loud voice"it will be $35.00 for each" and without me answering anything or asking me if it was OK, right away she said to the front person "write them up and put them in a cage"
Needless to say, just with that statement that lady made, I did not get a good feeling about that place and I left thinking to myself "I wish I could put YOU in a cage!"
Wofbite, I would really like it if you can give me some poiters on where to buy and what to buy to start of. I really want to buy just the essential for now ant not get carried away spending more than I have to.
Yeah.. I wouldn't get grooming done there... I need people without attitude. I love my furbaby too much.
35? Niiice. I was told 49-56 at the petsmart pet salon even for a short all over cut on a cocker, more if I wanted length left in certain areas.
I was told later by another employee after botched cut by Mom try 3.. that she knows people who charge like 35, and would have more time to talk over with me what I want, and how to do it myself in future..
I can bath Cider, clip her nails, clean her ears... All I need is cutting and brushing help. And when I mentioned that at petsmart I was told that having the rest done at home does NOT make the visit any cheaper because they are 'included' services.
I was told the charge was by the amount of work involved. My cocker is only 14" tall. But an all over one length cut shouldn't be more work than shearing down a collie, etc. And I overheard them quoting 30 to do that..
alldogslover, the mainthings that you need are 1) clippers (suggest Andis or Oster) 2) blades (clippers usually come with #10 blades, what you need depends on the trim. For a sport/pet trim, I suggest a #7 blade, for face feet and tails I would start with either a #10 or #30, then a #40 when you are proficient) 3) a grooming table 4) a high power dryer 5) a medium stiffness slicker brush 6) a poodle or greyhound comb 7) scissors (depending on size of poodle, 7 1/2" or 8 1/2" straight and curved, 10" for standard poos) 8) powder for ears (helps you pull the hair out) 9) practice and patience. My wife says "Abad poodle cut is only 2 weeks away from being a good poodle cut)
The Kalstone book is probably the best book for poodle trims.