Clipper blade question..

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  1. Whytedragon

    Whytedragon New Member

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    Im a bit confused by this. Do professional groomers NOT always use blade guards to get the desired length? Im under the impression that if you do not use a guard, regardless of blade size, you'll wind up with a short coat, or shave. :confused: If they do not use the guard (snap on comb), how do they get the length to stay on the coat...without scissoring?

    Please fill me in on this.

    Also, I read that blade guards are best used with a #40 - #50 blade, any truth in that?
     
  2. Ash47

    Ash47 Taco Dog

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    There are several different kinds of blades that we use. 3/4, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, etc... Guard blades are used to leave a pretty good length when only a small amount is to be taken off. 3/4, 4, and 5 don't take too much off when they are used. I use a #30 with a guard comb on Bichons.
    And yes, guards are most commonly used with the larger # blades.
     
  3. ericsbmx

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    can anyone help me?

    I need to know answers to these questions
    1. what is the correct ear pattern for a cocker spaniel?
    2. what blade do you use when scooping the eyes and the undercarriage of a dog
     
  4. Snippets

    Snippets Lindsay

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    ericsbmx wrote -

    I need to know answers to these questions
    1. what is the correct ear pattern for a cocker spaniel?
    2. what blade do you use when scooping the eyes and the undercarriage of a dog

    When I clip a cocker spaniel I usually do it with a #7f or a #10 blade depending on the owners preference. When clipping the head I take the clippers down the ear about 1 inch and blend the longer hair in with thinning scissors. Quite often the whole ear needs to be clipped away due to extensive matting:mad: . Usually the ears should be long and flowing/matt free.

    As far as scooping the eyes, what breed are you meaning?

    You need to be careful when clipping the undercarriage and 'private' areas of a dog. Due to the thin hair on some dogs razor rash is possible. I try to keep to a #5f or a #7f blade, trimming the 'private' areas with scissors.

    Hope this helps you!

    Lindsay;)
    www.snippetsgrooming.co.uk
     
  5. groominggal

    groominggal New Member

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    Cocker ears are shaved a third of the way down. A good reference point is to pull the ear forward so the ear is lying against the muzzle, and shave down to the eye. ALWAYS use a #10 blade on ears, there is lots of little flaps and fine skin that can get caught in a larger blade. To scoop eyes and do the potty patch (sanitary areas) I always use a #10 blade as well. I would be uneasy using scissors or a larger around this area, too much fine skin to get caught up in larger blades But to each their own! I have known many a fine groomer that have entirely scissored this area or used a longer blade. IMHO, though, #10 blade all the way! Just be sure that the blade is cool when you press it against your wrist and don't run over the area a bunch of times.
     

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