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Clipping & Trimming

Clipping and Trimming are two procedures of the artistry of grooming. It is the shaping of the coat that makes any purebred dog a better representation of its breed. Shortening the coat, either with clippers or scissors, makes maintaining a healthy, tangle-free coat easier. Thinning shears, stripping and carding tools allow shaping of the coat while maintaining the breeds´ characteristic coat texture. And every dog owner knows...Your dog loves to look and feel BEAUTIFUL!!

Clipper Blade Chart - Clipping Tips

Clippers

Don't buy cheap clippers. You are wasting your time and money! We hear this frequently from our shoppers ..."I thought I'd save some money and try to groom my dog myself so I bought a cheap clipper at W**M**T and got half way through the shavedown and the clipperblade stopped cutting. I should have saved myself the aggravation and purchased a professional clipper the first time! " Avoid embarrassing your fur child..and skip the hair-covered drive back to WallyWorld. Just shop with us...

Trimmers and Blades

Professional groomers... are you needing a smaller, super lightweight CORDLESS trimmer for those intricate, detailed areas like poodle feet and face, terrier ears and around the eyes of those precious short muzzled breeds? Pet owners... Are you tired of spending money on those cheap clippers and trimmers at Wal-Mart when at the least resistance they poop-out? Whether you are professional groomer wanting to work smarter... or touching up your own dog between grooming appointments... check out these task specific Trimmers... you´ll find Clipper Power at a Trimmer Price as well as replacement blades for each of the units.

clipper blades

Whether you are looking for premium quality or a super value in Clipper Blades, you will find them here. Ed Geib Buttercut Blades and Andis fit ALL professional A-5 snap-on style clippers, including Laube, Geib, Andis, Oster, Wahl and Conair. Compare to your current brand... These blades provide great quality at an affordable price. So what ever your budget, or clipping needs, you will find blades that cut from 1/125" to 5/8" and all lengths between.

CLIPPER MAINTENANCE

From tune-up kits, latches, levers and hinges, you will find basic replacement parts to keep your Laube and Andis clippers purring!

BLADE ACCESSORIES

Everything you will need for storing, cleaning and caring for your clipper blade investment. You´ll find Laube Big K and Andis Universal Snap-On Blade Comb Attachments too!

SCISSORS

You will find a complete selection of professional quality grooming scissors from the top brands in the industry for every budget...Dubl Duck...Ed Geib and now Kenchii in both straight and curved varieties to meet your every scissoring need. From top-knots, pompons and body work to beveling legs and defining angulation on small dogs to giant breeds... whether rough cutting or finishing,... we have the perfect shear for your budget.
Don't see the specific shear you want from Ed Geib or Kenchii? Call us at 1-888-815-9827 and we will be happy to order it for you!

thinning shears

Whether shaping, blending or thinning...soft, hard or flat coats; you will find a Thinning Shear for your breed at the price you want to pay!

striping knives

Maintaining the desired texture & optimum color in hard coated breeds requires the correct tools & technique. Long thought of as "show grooming" techniques only, stripping, plucking & carding, are procedures that will enhance the visual appeal of any harsh coated fur child, purebred or not! We are happy to now offer you a good assortment of wood handled stripping knives from Arronco in a variety of sizes & blades that should meet your every grooming need for those adorable "plucky" breeds.

Read Karla's Article on Hand Stripping, Plucking & Carding

Clipper Blade Chart - Clipping Tips

Blade Size Cut Length Clipping Application
50 1/125" Surgical Clipping
40 1/100" Use w/Comb Attachments (Plastic)~Show Grooming~Surgical Clipping
30 1/50" Poodle Feet & Face~Terrier Ears~Pads of feet~Use w/Comb Attachments (Plastic & Metal)
15 3/64" Poodle Feet & Face~Terrier Ears~Pads of feet
10 1.16" Sanitary Trimming~Poodle Feet, Face, Tail~Terrier Ears & Head
9 5/64" Terrier Heads~Cheeks of Sensitive Poodles
8.5 7/16" Terrier Heads~Cheeks of Sensitive Poodles
7F 1/8" Very Short Velvety Finish Body Clipping
5F 1/4" Short Velvety Finish Body Clipping
4F 3/8" Plush Velvety Finish Body Clipping
3.75F 1/2" Plush Finish Body Clipping
7 Skip 1/8" Rough Clipping~Very Short Velvety Finish Body Clipping
5 Skip 1/4" Rough Clipping~Short Velvety Finish Body Clipping
4 Skip 3/8" Rough Clipping~Plush Velvety Finish Body Clipping
3.75 Skip 1/2" Rough Clipping~Plush Finish Body Clipping
5/8 Skip 5/8" Body Clipping with Longer, Natural Look Length
10 Wide 1/16" Very Smooth Body Clipping Large Dogs & Other Large Animals
7F Wide 1/8" Short Velvety Body Clipping Large Dogs & Other Large Animals
5/8 Toe Blade 1/50" Clipping Poodle Feet~Poodle Patterns~Creative Styling

Clipping Tips

Finishing (F) & Skiptooth blades can be used interchangeably. Skiptooth blades are best for clipping very heavily coated or matted dogs. Proper coat preparation will provide the best & longest-lasting clipped finish. Clip any hair from the dog's body it won't need for the completed style. Then with the correct tools, brush thoroughly & test with a comb, removing all tangles or mats. Bathe & condition with the appropriate product formulas. Dry the dog thoroughly using the appropriate dryer & correct technique. Brush up the coat & clip again. Use scissors to even up any stray hairs, shape the feet, face, tail, ears etc.

Read Karla's Article on Hand Stripping, Plucking & Carding

Tips for Maintaining Texture & Color in Hard Coats

By Karla Addington-Smith

Stripping, plucking and carding may not be terms you associate with grooming dogs, but maintaining the desired texture of hard-coated breeds will require at least one or more of those grooming techniques. Most harsh coated breeds posses a double coat consisting of a wiry topcoat and a soft, dense undercoat. Topcoats grow to a certain length, die and fall out to make way for a new crop of coarsely textured, richly colored topcoat. To maintain the desirable coarse texture of the topcoat it is necessary to aid the shedding cycle by striping or plucking the individual wiry hair shaft from its follicle. This process is best done when the dog is in its natural "coat blowing" cycle and the topcoat is ready to let go.

Repeated cutting or clipping of a hard coat interferes with its natural shedding and re-growth cycle. Eventually the dog will be covered in only its soft, dull undercoat.
As a professional groomer it is through a variety of procedures that you may maintain the desirable coat texture and breed profile of the harsh coated patrons.

It will be easier on both the groomer and the dog to begin stripping the coat when it is in the "blowing" stage. You can strip or pluck the topcoat from his jacket area, blending into the furnishings on the legs. You will leave the undercoat on his body. The dog will look unusual but this is only the beginning of the process. You can use clippers on the head, throat and ears, and shape the furnishings and tail with thinning shears. You may further shape the facial hair and furnishings by plucking individual rogue hairs that interfere with the desired profile.

To begin removing topcoat from the body using a stripping knife, you will need to follow a few steps to prevent damaging the coat or creating a painful experience for the dog.

The dog´s coat is easier to work with before bathing. So forgo bathing until after the stripping process unless the dog is very soiled or is obviously infested with fleas.

You may use chalk in block or powder form, cornstarch or ear powder to dry oil from the coat and allow you to more firmly grasp the small tufts of hair for removal. These products can be applied by shaking it into the coat, or with the chalk in block form, rubbed across the coat.

A serrated stripping knife is best, especially for the beginner, as you do not want to cut the coat, but to pull it out from the follicle. Hold the stripping knife in your palm, with your four fingers curled around the handle. The non-serrated edge of the blade should be facing you and your thumb should rest on the blade.

It is very important that the dog´s skin be supported during the stripping process. Grasp the dog´s skin and pull it taut just above the area you are working. This will lift the coat up for an easier grip between thumb and knife and prevent the skin from being pulled with the hair. Be sure to move the supporting hand with the area you are stripping.

Begin at the front of the dog and work towards the rear by grasping small tufts of hair, midway up the hair shaft, between your thumb and blade and pull straight back in firm, quick movements. Your wrist should stay rigid with the leverage coming from your elbow. With practice you will develop a rhythm that will allow you to work more quickly.

The difference between stripping and plucking is that stripping is generally referred to when a stripping knife or tool is used and plucking refers to the process of removing coat with your fingers.

As the wire coat grows in you can use a combination of stripping, plucking and clipping and shaping with thinning shears to keep the dog in profile until the next coat blowing cycle. If you must shorten the body coat a #4 or 5 skiptooth blade used with the lay of coat will keep the dog tidy without looking over groomed. The skiptooth design leaves a more natural finish to hard coats which can then be further enhanced by the carding process.

Carding is the removal of undercoat which will enhance the lay, texture and color of any hard coated breed. It is good habit to card the body coat or jacket of all your coarse coated breeds even if they are clipped. This process can be done with a pumice stone, a fine stripping knife, a #40 blade help in your hand with the back of the blade facing you or with the Laube Qwik Change Attachment blade. Simply begin at the front of the dog and with short strokes run the tool over the coat, from front to rear. The tools will capture the fine undercoat and some of the loose topcoat and remove it. The carding process smoothes clipper lines and helps to regenerate the correct coat texture.

The process by which a hard coated breed is groomed and maintained for show is much different than the process in which a pet is groomed, even when attention is given to the integrity of the pet dog´s texture of coat. The show dog´s coat will be maintained by a process referred to as "rolling", which means the dog´s coat is plucked and shaped on a daily basis so that the dog is always in coat and in good condition. It is best to work with an experienced groomer, handler or breeder to learn the correct technique and procedures for maintaining a harsh coated breed in show coat.

It is necessary to have a variety of tools on hand for maintaining the desired texture and color on hard coated breeds.

A fine stripping knife for detail work and carding, and a coarse stripping knife for body work are mandatory. A pumice stone, a dull 40 blade or Laube Qwik Change Attachment blade. are also items to have on hand for carding. If using the pumice stone be sure to thoroughly brush the coat to remove any debris left behind by the stone.

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