For my wool doodles, I could never think of using a comb attachment. Up until 2 years of age, I scissored them as with the coat change and all, the only blade I could have used was a 10 which is great for bellies and feet, but is very naked for a body. After my dogs were over 2, I was able to use a 3/4 inch solid steel blade and a 7/8ths solid steel blade. I still prefer to scissor. It leaves a softer coat and is not as structured as a clipper cut so gives a shaggier doodle look.
Pet Grooming Supplies: Snap-On Combs at Drs. Foster and Smith
Hi - I own 2 toy poodles (they weigh about 4 lbs. each) and would like to start grooming at home since the cost of professionally grooming these 2 dogs is $$! After reading the posts, it looks like Andis wins. Which model would you recommend for clipping these tiny dogs? I would like to groom one right after the other, so I need clippers powerful enough to endure, yet fit comfortably in a small hand. Which blades for these tiny dogs - for clean face/feet and fairly short body hair? Would you use snap-on combs? Will you also recommend some scissors/shears that would work best for topknots/bracelets on these tiny dogs? Thanks!
Dog Grooming: Clipper Blade Selection Guide - Drs. Foster and Smith
When doing full scissor trims on Lhasa type dogs, or puppy cuts, try a Snap-on. There may be some unevenness, but that will diminish as your technique improves (it is vital to clip following the angle of hair in the direction of coat growth to avoid leaving marks and short spots, just as with clippers). Use the comb to get to the approximate length and then scissor over it, or use thinning shears. When starting with an overgrown coat, this can be a great time saver. Try using a longer comb and going against the grain for a smoother, more plush finish at the same length. Start with a comb a couple of sizes longer for the legs on these dogs; or for a short version, use a #4, #5, or #7 on the body and a comb on the legs.
Learn how to properly use snap-on comb attachments on Andis clippers
Length of hair left when cutting against the natural lie of the coat, or on a dog with off-standing coat, such as a Poodle or Bichon Frise. Cutting with the grain of the coat on most breeds leaves it one blade length longer. For instance, a #7 blade leaves approximately 1/8" hair when going against, but will leave approximately 1/4" when going with the lie. The cut indicates the uniform length of hair which will be left when you use the designated blade. Higher blade numbers indicate shorter hair length ie: A #4 blade leaves 3/8 inch of hair, and a #40 leaves only 1/100 of an inch. For lengths longer than 5/8", use a blade guard or clipper blade comb.Could someone explain or provide a link,etc. of the proper angle to hold the clippers with the comb on them when grooming the dog? This is probably silly but I don't see much instruction on how to do this. Should the bottom of the clipper comb be parallel to the dog' skin like this: