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Hi everyone. I have some inexpensive clippers that I have used in the past on Barkley without too much issue. It does seem to take a LONG time to groom him with them and they get hot and don't cut as well as I would like after a while.

Does anyone here groom their doodle? Any suggestions on some nice clippers. I spend about $65 each time he is groomed so I was thinking long term it would be less expensive and less stress on him to just get a good set.

He has pretty sensitive skin so each time I have had him groomed he comes home itchy and even once got an infection from scratching. I think it is all the perfumed sprays and shampoos they use.

He is very easy to deal with so grooming would be easy and I don't mind.

Also has anyone had success with the flowbee? He has really curly (poodle) type hair and I thought I had read on here before that the flowbee didn't do so well on that...

Thanks everyone!
 

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Hi,

I am using Oster A5 clippers on Dante but I've had them for years and use them on my Horse as well. If you shop around you should be able to get a pair for under $100. However, if you want to try to make the clippers you have work you might try a new blade - if the one you have is no longer sharp that could be causing your issues. Also, Oster makes a product called cool lube that you spray on the blades as you are clipping and it helps keep them cooler - I use it when I trace clip my horse in the winter.

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I use A5's also.....alot of groomers use the Wahl cordless too... I have been told, but there are alot of used A5's around because they are also used on horses. Sometimes when your blade doesn't cut well, you can barely dip it in blade wash. This will clean any **** off that is on it.
 

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Im with everyone else here, Oster A5 or i started using Andis ultra edge clippers, i like them a bit better, quality with oster has something to be desired lately (retired groomer here)
goto www.jefferspet.com (lowest shipping cost) www.kvvet.com (sometimes no shipping cost) or www.petedge.com (higher shipping cost)
get kool lube, to keep blades from getting hot and burning dog, and to keep blades sharp longer ,, clean blades in blade wash after every use
safest blade for a beginner (to save from cutting dog) is 10blade ,,this gets really short, or 7F blade, this is a bit longer not by much,,,
have quick stop handy, novice groomers scare me,,you just dont realize how easy it is to cut a dog,
if you want him long go to the groomer ,,most are scissor cuts
if you want him short, ok,,here is what i do,,i will shave body with 10 or 7blade ,,leave tail, and round up head, (this takes practice) brush down fur on face, cut bangs straight across,, brush hair on top of head ,trim in around ,,careful around the ears, (another option do everything else and take and let a groomer do the scissoring, ask to watch,,it wont take them 5min worth the cost of that little bit to help you learn if you are uncomfortable,, just above all be very very careful
get a good pair of scissors if you choose to do this yourself and they arent cheap shop around any question just email me happy to help
 

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Doodlesville said:
another option do everything else and take and let a groomer do the scissoring
We do this with our Boo, and its very helpful. :) We do the easier stuff at home (clippering the body, trimming some areas with scissors), and save the complicated stuff for our groomer (sanitary trim, feet, face, etc).

Hey Nancy- do you mind if I e-mail you some grooming questions too? I have a few random questions about grooming shears (send them out to a professional sharpener?) and clipper care. :D
 

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Thanks Nancy! I know it is very easy to cut them with the clippers. So far we have only used the ones we have with the guards to do trims. And we have really only trimmed his legs and underside. He picks up so much in our yard if he is long on his legs and belly. But he needs an all over cut soon. He is very scissor shy at the groomers (around his face) I have been told. I have done some trimming to keep hair out of his eyes and he seems to be getting better about it.

I just think grooming at home has got to be more relaxed for the pups, so I am hoping to learn how to do it for that as well as the long term cost savings.
 

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Thats great
just to let you know using the guards are just as dangerous so make sure you have the dogs completely brushed and comb out before beginning,
sounds like you got it goin, and i admire you for it
if i can help in any way at all please please feel free to IM or email me
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Nancy, what type of brush do you suggest? I have a slicker right now and it works pretty well but I just wonder if that is the best type for me to use. His coat is pretty kinky. Thanks again!
 

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I like the Les Pooch Brushes, Petedge has one similar thats cheaper
you will need a firm and a soft ,,firm get a double head ,soft single head
these flex head brushes will cut grooming time in half or better

i also use a Pin brush and comb
 

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Thank you, that made sense when I went to the sites and checked them out. I had NO idea brushes could be so complex!

I am so happy for the knowledge of this board!!!
 
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