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Can I groom/clip my own dog?

September 9th, 2006, 02:41 PM
I have a cute little cock a poo who I have taken every 3 months to the groomer for the last 5 years. I'm wondering how hard it is to clip him myself if I buy a real good set of clippers. Can I learn or would I be wasting the money on it. I give him his baths and trim his face with a little battery operated Wahl clipper. He's real good and sits real still...loves to be groomed. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

September 9th, 2006, 05:00 PM
Learning is by doing and trial and error, I used to clip my cocker years ago now doing a chinese crested

Some online sites that can be helpful in learning about grooming and using tools (http:///grooming/clipper.htm) going to next pages has photos of grooming

September 9th, 2006, 05:27 PM
I groom my mom's Shih Tzu. It's not that hard, depending on what cut you want to do.

September 9th, 2006, 05:38 PM
I attempted grooming my Cocker Spaniel once and in the end she ended up looking like krinkled velvet :eek: That was the last time I attempted it, I was embarassed for her when i would take her out for walks. She even hung her head down the whole time we were in public. :(
But yes it is a trial and error thing, I d say to try it out and see how well you do.
I have since hung my clippers up PERMANENTLY lol

September 10th, 2006, 11:25 AM
After a few reply's I'm going to give it a try....Any suggestions on the best clippers... I may have to hang them up also, but at least I know some of you out there are clipping your own dogs and I think I'll try. We only have 1 groomer in our town (who does a good job, depending on if she was out the night before or not) its iffy on how good your dog will look or if it has a few tiny nicks on him/her. My dog is'nt fond of riding, nor does our busy work schedule allow for us to take him to the next closest groomer ( 45 miles away)...So I'm going to give it a go...Just have to order some clipper now and print out the pages on telling me where to start... THANKS.

September 10th, 2006, 11:36 AM
Oscar makes the best, they are what the pros use, but they are expensive.

I was an assistant groomer for four years, which is where I learned the basics (roughing/pre clipping). It's not too hard, but you do have to be sure to keep the blade flat against the skin so that you don't nic and don't cause lines in the coat.

Clean coats clip nicer btw.

September 10th, 2006, 02:18 PM
I currently have the pro series kit from Wahl which is a cordless rechargable clipper replacement blades are available

Price wise affordable it is compact, lightweight and I find easier to work with than corded models
You will want to shop around I found mine at Walmart, Petco and Petsmart carries
This can give you an idea on price

THere are the professional clippers that made by oster, wahl and andis the price of these are $130 and upward most will use oster A5 compatible blades
they are pwerful and stay cooler longer, you will likely have to buy the clip-on hair length combs seperately

September 10th, 2006, 03:11 PM
Personally I dont like the Andis, thats what i had, they were cheap and prolly a good part of the reason my Sandi looked so bad.
Just remember that you do get what you pay for.
Good luck again!

September 10th, 2006, 05:27 PM
Boy....there sure are different opinions on Clippers. I had bought just a cheap set of Wahl's from Fleet Farm just to clip our cow dog...They were crap and when I tried them on the little cock a poo...they just wouldn't cut at all. I wanted to buy a good set this time. Like you say, you get what you pay for. Trouble is the cost is the same between the 2 speed Andis and the 2 speed Oster. I'd like to hear from more people on which one they use.
Thanks...Also thanks for the nice websites that show how to clip and groom. I took the time to print out pictures and a nice little booklet for myself. I'm not so worried about a bad cut, because that I can work on and eventually will get it right, but am worried about cutting the little fellow and nicking him like the groomer I have now does. I want this to be a pleasent experience for him. The reason he hates to ride in a car is because he knows it takes him to the groomer.

September 10th, 2006, 07:17 PM
I would google dog supplies in your area or surrounding area. Major pet stores carries clippers. Sometimes on Ebay you can get good deals too.

September 10th, 2006, 08:42 PM
I don't know if I missed it if it's posted already, but when you're clipping, be sure to test the clipper against your own skin very often. They get really hot fairly quickly and can scald the doggy.

September 11th, 2006, 04:59 PM
Well, I've had my Oscar for about 8 years now and they are still going strong.

September 17th, 2006, 08:30 PM
I bought Oster Golden A5 2 speed clippers and a pair of thinning shears to start with. Gave little Squirt his bath, dried him and begin..... I put a towel on the kitchen table and worked on him for 20 minutes at a time and then let him down and took the towel outside to shake it out...Gave us both a break and time for the clippers to cool down..
He was as good as gold and sat nice and still. Took me an hour and it wasn't the best haircut in the world, but It wasn't just to bad. I'll get better as I go along and I want to get a blade to leave his fur a little longer for the winter when I clip or a comb to snap on the #10 blade that I used. Thanks for all the help. I made myself a book out of the grooming sites you suggested and Googled the dog supply places to get my clippers. Next I will try clipping just a tiny bit off his nails...:fingerscr

September 17th, 2006, 09:05 PM
Good for you! :highfive:

I use a #4 blade on my mom's Shih Tzus, but a #10 must be used on the three P's (pits, pads, and privates). I find the #10 cuts too short for body work. The attachable combs are good, but only if the dog is completely matt-free, they also take a lot of practice.

Remeber, practice makes perfect. :thumbs up

September 19th, 2006, 02:51 PM
Horray JudyRae! :) Welcome to the world of home-grooming. I've had my dog almost 2 years, and he's been for a grand total of 3 professional haircuts. The best one he ever had actually was a girl who was just learning how, and who came to my house. She only had time to do about half of him, so he was pretty scruffy, but she actually took time to make sure she didn't nick him. Sorry, forgot to mention he's a Maltese X Japanese Chin (read, evergrowing, frustrating hair!).
After a $45 bill and a less than impressed dog, I figured I could probably do it at home, and bought myself a semi-decent grooming kit. I think it cost $60. Mine has just one blade, which you can push a lever to make it "long" or "short" clip, and a full set of comb attachments. I also bought, and would highly recommend, a clipper lube/coolant spray, something like this: (this isn't the kind I have, but it's similar). If you have something like this, then you only need to stop for a few seconds, spray down the blades, run them off to the side for a few seconds, and you're good to go back to clipping. This is especially important if you have a dog like mine who gets really unhappy about having to go back for "round 2". If I can limit the torture to one session, though he's not thrilled, he forgives me a lot faster if he's free as soon as I let him go.
I do my clipping outside when possible (then I don't have to worry about picking up all the fur), but when the weather doesn't cooperate, I just stand him on a kitchen counter, or in the middle of the kitchen floor where I can just sweep up & wash off the surfaces. I've done about 6 cuts now, I think, and they're not great, but they're getting better. First few times I did it, I found that I was clipping way too short around his bum (which didn't bother him, but just showed his pink skin), so that's a lesson I learned. Also, with my doggie, I have to leave him a longer clip than I'd really like because he has a curly tail that folds over his back which I don't clip short, and I guess it tickles him until the hair is longer on his rump, cause he's always scratching and rubbing his hips on things after a fresh cut (and for up to 2 weeks!).

One thing I will probably invest in (since I'm expecting to have this doggy for at least a few more years :p) is a grooming table. Something like this:
(I also *really* like one of their restraints:

But then again, I also groom one of my cats into a full lion clip (summer only), so something that would get me off my knees would be very helpful.

Next time you do a clip, take progress pictures for us, and I'll do the same. :P That should be good for a laugh! :dog: