I bought the clippers to remove the coat from the body but I am having a hard time doing the legs and the feet. Is there another smaller type of clippers especially for those areas? My common sense tells me there should be something like that but I am not sure.
Your going to get a really close cut with the Peanut. What type of dog do you have? Scissoring the legs might be better not to get them cut to short. The Peanut is good for around the ears, down the nose and other really short places.
alldogslover, my wife uses 30 and 40 blades for the face feet and tails, 10 on the belly. I would suggest either using a 30 or 10 for you for now, because it is very easy to burn the poodles face with the 40 blade, especially on pastel colored poodles (red/apricot/brown/cream). You are right, the smaller the size, the harder they are to groom especially their feet. Have you gotten a poodle grooming book? If not, get "The Complete Poodle Clipping & Grooming Book" by Shirlee Kalstone. Generally, you don't trim the legs as short as the body in a pet trim either. They end up with stick legs. Use a 3,4,or 7 comb attachment on the body and go with the grain of the hair. Don't worry about your grooming to start. It takes a lot of practice. If possible, take to a groomer who is good at doing poodles and ask if you can watch how they groom. If you have questions about poodle grooming, ask away and I will try to help. Puttin510 also has poodles.
Thanks for the offer. I ordered the book that you recommended, I am awaiting it.
Then, you suggest I do not buy the Peanut clippers? and just continue using the ones that I have with a comb attachment?
Wouldn't be easier to do those hard parts with a Peanut clipper?
So far, I clipped Wilma's coat, she wasn't so bad because she just had a clipping about a month ago.
I did Troy and he is the one that looks really bad because he has alot of hair strings sticking out of his legs and his feet. He just looks too funny! LOL
Then there is Cheetoh, I mean Daisy. I dyed her white coat and I was aiming for pink but I got this really weird color, I swear she looks like a cheetoh. I called Pet Silk and I was told that with a few washes it will get better, I really hope so.
Tita is the only one that looks decent. I am very surprised at myself on how good she looks, but then again she is such a good girl. She hardly moved throughout the whole time.
***Edited By: alldogslover on 5/24/2005 9:31:25 PM*** Reason: .
Hi I was reading how you called pet silk , and they said the color would get better after a couple washings. Well the only thing its going to do is fade out. Its not going to look better. Coloring is harder than people think. P.S. I'm the one with Chloe the pink poodle. Since your just learning to groom your dog, I would use a #10 on the face, belly, and privates so you don't burn. If you want a short clip, I would use a #4F blade. If you want longer, that means using clipper combs. They are harder to use if your just learning. So I recommended the #4F blade. The bigger the number on the blade, the shorter it takes the hair.
Thanks for the advice. Hopefully Daisy's coat will look better after some washings. Regarding the coloring, may be I can ask you a question. I tried dying Tita's ear red but the coloring did not take. She's a black poodle and I left the coloring for about 15 min. to ensure it would take but I hardly see it on her. What could I use to color her ears a brighter red?
I did Wilma's ears (she's apricot)and she looks really cute.