Here is my opinion on what basic equipment is necessary to start grooming your poodle yourself.


Good clippers - Andis, Oster, Wahl are the main choices - I personally do not think that Laube holds up well enough for the money.

from left right: Andis Super 2 speed, Andis 2 speed, Oster Golden A-5, Oster Finisher/trimmer, Wahl cordless trimmer



blade wash, lubricating oil, old toothbrushes to sweep the hair out of the blades and a can of compressed air.

blade wash, spray disinfectant, clipper/blade oil, canned air



Several clipper blades in varying sizes - a 10 or 15 blade for the face, feet & tail if you are new to clipper work,  OR  if you have a dog with very sensitive skin that might clipper burn easily.   A 3F, 4F, 5F or 7F for the body, depending upon what length you prefer.

small container for holding blade wash, everyday blade caddy to hold blades as I work, larger case to hold blades back from service or going out to be serviced



Firm, stable working surface - if not a grooming table,  a board with a non-skid bathmat securely fastened to the top of a crate will work also.



Some sort of dryer - a stand dryer is the best, but the most expensive.   A force air works great on shorter coats, but not fabulous for long show coats.    In a pinch, a personal hand-held blow dryer will work, but it helps if both hands are free.   There are clamps sold in dog supply catalogs that work as a "third hand", that can hold the blow-dryer as you brush your dog dry.





Pin brushes are used for LONG hair - not necessary on shorter trims

Slicker brushes - two types are useful - the curved "Universal" style slicker which is good for thick, heavy or slightly matted coats but rough on the skin

Softer Slicker such as "Ever Gentle", "Warner's", "DoggyMan", etc. These are used for general brushing

Greyhound style comb

Pin brushes, slicker brushes & combs



Canine shampoo and conditioner




Nail trimmers and Kwik Stop (for the nail that is cut too short and bleeds)

Ear cleaners and ear powder and hemostats for pulling the hair if you choose to go this route to maintaining ears.





Scissors - minimum 8" straight when working on a Standard (I prefer 10" and use both straight and curved)




Conditioning spray to use when brushing long coats (something like Magic Touch-Crown Royal #3)




OPTIONAL - rubber bands and plastic wrap. It is not necessary to buy expensive color coordinated rubber bands and wraps. You can go to the local beauty supply shop and pick up a bag of 500 bands for under $2.00, and you can use cheap sandwich baggies (twist tie type) to use as wraps. It is also handy to have smaller bands on hand

these can be purchased at:




Grooming Brushing Clipper Blade Info Clipping The Face Clipping The Feet Clipping The Tail Bathing And Drying Lamb Trim ~ Pre-Bath Lamb Trim ~ Finishing Wrapping and Banding The Show Coat





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