so im trying to get into professional grooming... ive been going on outings wiht a local mobile groomer whos probbaly going to be training me... and of course i have grooming experience with ruby and grooming the parents cocker... so im not a total newbie... i LOVE grooming the dogs! lol. the mobile groomign could be nice but id also like to kep my options open. and im currently looking into school loans/financing ect to go to the grooming school in new haven ct (about an hour from me) is it worth it or is self taught good enough?! i cant see doing mobile grooming forever and would like the option of mabe one day having my own little shop or something. and i do have some questions. firstly would be...what books/charts do you suggest getting...while im sure the majority of the work is basic bath and all over clip if any...id still like to become as familiar as possible with breed cuts, espacially since even the all over clips often want breed specific faces. ive been told notes from the grooming table and the all breed dog grooming guide are "the best" Thoughts? suggestions, either better than the other? any others youd suggest? clippers?! whats the best brand. to begin with at least id need a good clipper thats not going to break the bank...and of course all the blades to go with it. something that doesnt heat too quickly, is long lasting and easy to change the blades on. whaever clipper i get would not go to wase even if i didnt follow profesionally as it would still get used on ruby the cresti and charlie the cocker. speaking of blades, what type are the best? metal or ceramic? is there a specific brand line of shampoos/conditiones and grooming products people prefer?! suggestions comments tips and hints greatly apreciated.