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Posted by Cathy McGinnis on May 05, 2017
At Ridgewood Standard Poodles, I work to support my poodles.
I do not raise standard poodles to support myself.
My husband and I got married in October of 1980 and purchased our first home in 1981. One week after moving in, Nicky joined our family, starting what has become my love affair with Standard Poodles.
When I first started out in the conformation ring, I learning by observing and reading many books. It provided a valuable learning experience. . .
. . . but my real education began when I was invited to work for a professional handler.
My kennel name is Ridgewood, but I do not own a kennel. It is just the name prefix for the dogs that I breed. My dogs are all members of my home and family, and breeding is strictly secondary to their health and well being.
Here is my opinion on what basic equipment is necessary to start grooming your poodle yourself.
CLIPPERS, BLADES & ACCESSORIES
blade wash, spray disinfectant, clipper/blade oil, canned air
coolant, deodorizer, lubricant, cleaner, rust preventive, decontaminant and source of Vitamin E
Several clipper blades in varying sizes - a #10 blade or #15 blade for the face, feet & tail if you are new to clipper work, OR if you have a dog with very sensitive skin that might clipper burn easily. A #3F blade, #4F blade, #5F blade or #7F blade for the body, depending upon what length you prefer.
small container for holding blade wash, everyday blade caddy to hold blades as I work, larger case to hold blades back from service or going out to be serviced
12 blade hard case solid black, flat
12 blade hard case chrome, stand up
12 blade hard case pink, stand up
Firm, stable working surface - if not a grooming table, a board with a non-skid bathmat securely fastened to the top of a crate will work also.
Some sort of dryer - a stand dryer is the best, but the most expensive. There are clamps that work as a "third hand", that can hold the blow-dryer as you brush your dog dry.
BRUSHES and COMBS -
Pin brushes are used for LONG hair - not necessary on shorter trims
Slicker brushes - two types are useful:
The curved "Universal" style slicker which is good for thick, heavy or slightly matted coats but rough on the skin.
Softer Slicker such as "Ever Gentle", "Warner's", "DoggyMan", etc. These are used for general brushing
Greyhound style comb
Pin brushes, slicker brushes & combs
Canine shampoo and conditioner
NAIL & EAR CARE
Nail trimmers and Kwik Stop Nail (for the nail that is cut too short and bleeds)
Ear cleaners and ear powder and hemostats for pulling the hair if you choose to go this route to maintaining ears.
Conditioning spray to use when brushing long coats
OPTIONAL - rubber bands and plastic wrap. It is not necessary to buy expensive color coordinated rubber bands and wraps. You can go to the local beauty supply shop and pick up a bag of 500 bands for under $2.00, and you can use cheap sandwich baggies (twist tie type) to use as wraps. It is also handy to have smaller bands on hand
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