Grooming Equipment

Essentials
*clippering        **stripping        ***both

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 Grooming table
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I prefer the small one for puppies and the standard size for adults.  It is difficult for me to groom an Airedale that is standing with his feet under him rather than slightly behind and in the correct position.  I also prefer one that does not have a hole in the table for the arm to pass through.  It gives you more flexibility in the placement of the arm.
 grooming arm
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I prefer the 4 foot arm to the 3 foot arm.  It extends high enough that neither you nor the dog are hitting yourselves on the overhead extension. I use the round arm, but several people prefer the square one because they say the screw to hold the round arm does does not hold as tightly as the square one and results in an arm that "swings" around.
 grooming noose
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I use the longer length noose.  It lets you get that overhead arm even further out of the way.  I also like the Resco over the other brands because it is made of a woven material much like a collar and does not snag with the comb or the brush.  The clamp also hold sucurely as opposed to the "slider" on other brands.
 quick release clip   This is good if you have a dog with the tendancy to jump off a table, since it will snap the noose loose from the grooming arm, rather than choke or hang the dog.
 clippers with a #10 blade
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If Clippering, use #10 on head, ears, front of neck, sides of neck, shoulders, front of chest, tummy and "tush" , and between pads of feet.
If Stripping, clipper tummy and between pads of feet. 
I prefer using the 5/8 blade between the pads of the feet if I am clippering OR stripping. 
 #4 or #5 blade

I like this one 
for winter body coats

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Your choice-- #4 will leave it a little longer than a #5.  There is also another choice.  The blade will clip a rougher cut.  If you purchase the blade with an F behind it (example #4F) you will get a more even cut.  Do you like a smooth look or a rougher look?  If you are planning on clipping the jacket ( the black body coat) and then stripping a little to help maintain the coat quality and color, then choose the blade WITHOUT the F. It is also very useful if your dog has a long coat and you want to clipper most of it off before bathing.  He will dry more quickly.  Then you can brush him and even the coat with the F blade.
"F" is a Full tooth/Finishing blade
"S" is a Skip Tooth blade
"W" is an Extra Wide blade
"T" is a Trimming blade
 #7 blade

I like this one 
for summer. 
It gives more 
skin protection 
from the sun
 

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This blade works well as a blending blade to make the reansition between the #4 or #5 and the #10.  You could use a #8 and1/2, or #9 if you like the blending to be shorter.  I have found the #7F (full cut) to be more versitile than the skip-tooth blade and it gives me a smoother cut.  I can backcomb the hair and then clip it again if I want it shorter.  Do not use the clippers backward.
 5/8 blade 
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This is often called a Poodle blade.  I use it to trim the hair BETWEEN the pads of the feet.  It is easier for ne than scissors and you do  not have to worry about cutting skin or poking the feet with the scissors (even if tips are rounded.)
 Plastic "clip-on" combs
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You can choose to buy only the #10 blade and purchase these plastic attachments that fit over the 10 blade.  They come in varying lengths and can be used for the longer body coat and blending.  But they can snag the hair, and they also will not move easily through a thick coat.
 scissors
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Purchase a good pair of scissors.  They will hold a shaper edge and not need sharpened as often.  I like a six inch blade since it is the most versitile for me.
 thinning shears
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Again, purchase a good pair.  The more teeth, the smoother the thinning, and your grooming will look more professional. 
 toenail clippers
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Several choices of type... Guillotine requires the insertion of the nail into the hole, and then you clip.  The other is a scissor or loping mechanism, similar to the type you use pruning a tree branch.  The guillotine is difficult to use on a foot sensitive dog.
 dremel
 pin brush Get one that does not have the little plastic balls on the end of the wire pins.  These eventually become loose and will snag the hair, pulling it out.  Since this is the brush used on the legs and face, you want to keep as much hair there as possible.
 slicker brush
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Wonderful for brushing and compacting a body coat or for use on legs that have too much soft undercoat.  Particularly usefull for the housedog.
 terrier palm brush
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For Brushing the body coat and the legs.  This can be used all over the body, legs and face.
 hound glove
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For compacting (packing) the body coat and giving it a rich sheen.
 greyhound comb
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For combing the legs and face.  Teeth should be 1" long and should have two sizes in the one comb -- one end medium, the other end coarse.
 "rake"
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An inexpensive and invaluable tool for separating matted hair without cutting it.  It just takes a little patience.
 spray bottle for water
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I add a little conditioner to mine, and use it on the face and legs.  If you brush a dry coat, you will break and pull out hair.  Brushing a damp coat will protect the furnishings.
large wall mirror About a 3 X 4 is the best size and can be purchases from any of the home improvement chainstores.  You can also find a large dresser mirror at some of the second-hand stores.
a stool / stepstool To sit on when you are shapping the legs (get down to eye level), or stand on when you have to do the dog's back (easier than standing on tip-toe).
a gardener's kneeling cushion I've never been too good at sitting and would kneel instead.  I wish I had gotten one of these years ago.  They are VERY inexpensive and can be purchased at a home improvement chainstore.
Grooming apron or coat *
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This is something you do not want to be without, particularly if you are clippering your Airedale.  The small cut hairs of a harsh coated dog are sharp and will penetrate your clothes and make you itch.  I prefer the coat because it covers my arms, but even a nylon jacket will be better than nothing.
Something in which to keep all your grooming equipment *
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This can be a tack box made of wood or metal, a suitcase, a plastic bin --ANYTHING to keep it all together.

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