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    Hi, I would like to buy some clippers to clip my 3 year old spoodle. I was thinking about getting Wahl KM2 with the #10 blade and use the metal comb set to vary the length of the cut. Two questions from me. 1. Is Wahl KM2 suitable for my spoodle? and 2. What size combs should I use for which parts of the body for the cut?

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    Nes

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    welcome nes

    No idea about clipping but I'm sure someone here will know.

    They look like nice clippers on google.

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    Hi Nes!

    I'm a professional dog groomer and have clipped countless Spoodles.

    The Wahl KM2 clippers are very good and very popular among many people. Wahl is not my favourite brand for clippers, I like Heiniger clippers, but I know loads of people who love the wahl ones and hate Heiniger. Everyone seems to have a different preference.

    In theory, using a #10 blade with a comb is good however you will find that if the dogs coat is knotty at all, the combs will really struggle to get through!

    Unless the owner has requested the hair to be left very long (longer than my longest blade) I don't use combs.

    For a very short summer clip, I would use a #7 blade, for a slightly longer summer clip I would use a #5 blade.

    For winter I use a #4 blade for a short winter cut and a #3 for a long winter cut. All depending on what the owner wants of course.

    So combs would be okay if you intend on keeping your dogs coat completely free of knots, otherwise you'll have to get individual blades.

    In terms of what lengths to use where... spoodles do not have a specific clip... they just get your typical cross breed clip. So that would be the same length all over the body and legs. Tail trimmed but left long, the head and face would be scissored into shape, usually longer than the length on the body. If you want a guide on how to scissor a dogs face I can see if I can find a video about it... its fairly straight forward, consisting of roughly 5 steps.

    All pro groomers also do what we call 'the basics' which is where we use a #10 blade to shave the dog's groin really short, shave their armpits really short (to prevent matting, especially if the dog wears a harness) and we also use a #10 to shave over the dog's bum. Be very careful shaving around the bum, you must go from the bottom to the top otherwise the clippers may catch on the dog's skin! If your dog is female, be very careful around her private parts too! It is dangerous to clip over the front of them, you must come from the back and the sides and scissor at the front if you absolutely must. Male dogs are fine to clip around their privates, no worries there.

    Feel free to ask any more questions you have, I'm happy to give you some tips

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    Hi Maddog,
    Thanks so much for your detailed response. I do intend on keeping Holly (my spoodle) free of knots, so I will try with just the one blade and the combs, but buy more blades if that doesn't work out. (those blades are expensive, but I know once you have them, then you are set)
    With shaping their face, would really like to see a video if you could find one. Also, how do you stop the dogs from sticking out their tongue when cutting their face? My girl licks her face a lot when I try to cut, and I am scared of cutting her tongue. She is very uncomfortable if I close her mouth gently with my hand.

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    Your dog has to learn to be quiet and still for grooming. Use fake or safety scissors and do a little bit then break, then little bit then a break. Only praise when the dog is quiet.

    I use a 10 blade on the horse but for horses you run against the lay of the hair, not with it. Clip head to tail and you wont need a comb they just get in the way and you will find it a pest to do the armpits, legs and tummy with a comb.
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    I clip my newfies bellies in Summer and i use a 7.5 or 8 blade on my Oster, which I love. I teach my dogs by clicker training and massaging withe clipper when they are on, but no balde..they love it now and often will just turn up and lie on their back when the clippers start. it is all about the introduction. our newest rescue was terrified and we got him completly shaved initially. no idea what happened to him. But by clicking and treating and progreesing slow over days, he now loves it. he just loves being groomed all over and he used to bit. take the time it takes and reward highly when they do well or at least try. i do the same for nail clipping and all my dogs offer their feet or at least allow me to just take them. Funny how the dogs I have had from puppy think of it as a great game and fun, so they offer the feet.......the Rescue.s know it is OK, so at least hold still. You need coated dogs to like grooming, so that you can attend to if frequently and you and your dog enjoy it
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    Nekhbet has given you good advice, it will be a slow process, but it is pretty much your only option. When I get dogs who won't let me hold their head or they want to open their mouth every 2 seconds, I get someone else to help me hold the dog, I use lots of treats for sitting still and I give them short breaks... sadly I can't take my time with it because owners get upset if I take too long... Owners always seem to expect a groomer to magically be able to get the dog looking perfect in no where near enough time...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    I use a 10 blade on the horse but for horses you run against the lay of the hair, not with it. Clip head to tail and you wont need a comb they just get in the way and you will find it a pest to do the armpits, legs and tummy with a comb.
    I'm not sure if you're talking about clipping a dog or a horse when you say to do it head to tail with a 10... But a 10 without a comb all over a dog is way too short for most dogs (I have met a couple that pull it off really well, but i've also met others that literally look bald when a 10 is used on them). I only ever do that as a last resort on extremely matted dogs. Of course you wouldn't use a comb to do the armpits and such, it wouldn't remove any hair at all, you use a 10 without a comb there.

    Combs are fiddly though, and frustrating when they don't get you the result you want. When an owner wants a length that I can only get with a comb, I will often end up scissoring the legs because the comb just doesn't give a good result. But it really depends on the dogs coat type and condition.

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    Thanks so much everyone for your good advice. I am looking at buying some extra blades rather than the combs and will see how I go with the training.

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