Dog Grooming Tools for Beginners
Dog grooming requires proper knowledge and preparation. With proper training and dog grooming tools, you can save money and have a fun experience. All while building your way to becoming a professional dog groomer and/or starting your dog grooming business.
The first time anyone sees a dog grooming tools supplies list, they become a bit overwhelmed because there is such a large selection of most items to choose from. So which dog grooming tools and equipment do you need as a beginner? Without proper guidance, you wouldn’t know which way to go with the ordering process. This article will be devoted to this subject. We will recommend what we feel is a good brand with the best features for the best price.
Here are dog grooming tools necessary for beginners:
Dog Grooming with Hair Dryers
For your practice portion, a small plastic stand-alone $40.00 dryer is adequate so that you can groom hands free. However, there are 3 main types of dryers that you will eventually need.
Once you decide to strive for a higher volume of dogs, you will absolutely want to invest in this. The stand dryer’s air nozzle is easy to direct, so that the air is only blown on the parts of the dog that are being worked on at the time. You should own one with an adjustment control for air speed and air temperature. These type of dryers range a great deal in price.
will be a necessity at times when you are operating a busy shop, especially if you are working on more than one dog at a time. These are made with holders so that they can hang on the cage and blow air to dry the dog while you are working on another dog. Cage dryers are excellent for pre-drying a lot of the excess hair from dogs that are very thick-coated. It is a good idea to time the drying, so that the dog doesn’t accidentally get bone dry. The proper way to cage dry is to place the dog in an open bar-type cage, where ALL four cage sides are free from any obstructions.
“High velocity dryer”
is the third dryer we recommend having. This dryer is wonderful if your shop is in a rural area and you are doing a lot of yard dogs with thick or double coats. With the use of a short, narrow nozzle attached at the end of the plastic, coiled hose, they provide a very strong amount of air flow. These are great for blowing excess water from the coat as soon as the bath is over. High velocity dryers are fairly inexpensive ($100-$250) and can be a GREAT time saver. When ordering one of these dryers we do not recommend ordering any less than 4 horsepower, 130CFM or with an air speed of less than 14,000FPM.
It is recommended to have all three dryers in your dog grooming business for better quality and results.
Dog Grooming with Clippers
We recommend either one of the following first two clippers to start out with – Oster® and Andis®. Personally, we favor the Andis® model clippers. We feel the Andis Agplus® single speed is an excellent choice for the groomer ‘trainee’ to practice with. Although they do not offer the speed of a double speeded clipper, they do run much cooler and therefore are safer for the new student.
A third clipper we would like to mention is the Laube’ Battery Pack or Mini Lazor Clipper™ This brand clipper is one of the extremely powerful dog grooming tools and would be a very useful addition to your shop if you are developing a trade that includes double coated breeds (such as the Samoyed, Alaskan Malamute, Great Pyrenees or Newfoundlander) , or thick-coated breeds such as the Spaniels.
Dog Grooming with Blades
Main manufacturers of clipper blades like Oster ®, Andis ® , Wahl ® and Laube ® ,Top Performance® and DuraEdge® each claim to have the hardest metal and guarantee to hold a sharp edge the longest. We recommendation to experiment with the various brands and decide which ones you prefer. In our opinion, they all cut equally well. To determine if one brand out performs another is hard because grooming conditions vary so much from day to day that it is difficult to record any type of statistics.
The blades used on professional clippers are numbered. The higher the number, the shorter (or closer) the clip. These blades are: #40, #35, #30, #15, #10, #7, #7F, #5, #5F, #4, #4F, #3, #3F #7/8 and #5/8.
It is very important to use a good disinfectant liquid or spray on the blades (scissor, comb and brush) between each dog. This will help prevent the spread of germs and skin infections. Canned sprays are the most popular, due to the convenience.
Blade “chatter” happens when the two parts of the blade-set are not properly aligned. You can usually re-align these parts easily with a flat head screwdriver.
Blade “drag” happens when the blade will no longer clip in a smooth stroke but will “drag” through the coat. For an easy quick fix, try spraying with the canned spray coolant. If this only helps momentarily, the blade will require a more thorough cleaning. This can be accomplished by sliding the moving metal piece apart and blowing and brushing all of the small hairs out of the blade assembly. Slip it back together again. Apply your canned spray and resume clipping.
Dog grooming can be a rewarding experience. It can be a tough job but with knowledge, training and proper dog grooming tools, it becomes easier and less stressful. Check out the All About Dog Grooming now to get a more in depth explanation about professional dog grooming tools and all you need to know about dog grooming business.