List of Equipment Needed (see pictures below)
1- Good set of clippers
I use Laube but Andis clippers are also very good and a little less expensive. They run well and do not get
as hot as the Oster clippers do.
NOTE: Clippers bought at Walmart are NOT good enough for grooming dogs no matter what the package claims or
2- Blades you will need
These blades are detachable and no matter the brand will usually fit your clippers.
3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 15, and 30. The smaller the number on the blade the longer it leaves the hair. 15 and
30 are traditionally used of the feet and face. I prefer 30 or even a 40 for show dogs.
3- You will want a nice set of finishing clippers. These are smaller and work great for small faces and feet
and are also great for puppies as they are much quieter.
4- Good pairs of scissors- You will want a straight pair and a curved pair. Curves are best for top knots
If you are grooming toy poodles you will want scissors that are 6-8 inches in length. If you are grooming
standard poodles you will want scissors that are 9-10 inches in length. These can be any brand you want and any price you
want to spend. Usually the better brands are more money and will hold their sharpness a lot longer.
5- You will need a comb for getting out those mats clear to the skin.
6-You will need a slicker brush of some sort for regular coat brushing.
7- You will want a pin brush for fluff drying the coat out.
8- Nail clippers - I recommend the Plier type and NOT the guillotine type as they are much easier to handle.
9- Some styptic powder- great to have on hand for when you accidentally clip a nail too short.
10- A pair of hemostats for plucking the hair inside of your dogs ears to prevent infections.
11- A blow Dryer- even a human hand held dryer that has low heat setting will work. I do recommend having
a forced air dryer. Especially for standard poodles as it will dry them much faster.
12- A grooming table with an arm- now be this bought from one of the above mentioned stores or if home made,
this will make life a lot easier when grooming your poodle.
13- A good dog shampoo suited for your individual poodles needs. If you are working with show coats
you will also need conditioners when bathing and spray on condtioners for brushing the coat.