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    • April 18, 2018 8:49 AM CDT
    • So to start I would recommend watching the Jodi Murphy DVD's or the learn2groom website videos. I personally started with Jodi's entire DVD series and I felt it taught me so much! I also use notes from the grooming table as my learning bible lol.

      Then, once you have a grasp on the basic, go to a grooming salon and try to do an internship. You will get hands on experience there and you could potentially get hired also! Since you would have some knowledge from the videos, this really helps in getting hired!

      As for products, these are the products I couldn't live without:

      -Andis 5 speed clippers (
      -Andis blades (i don't use ceramic, they need to be sharpened more often and I honestly don't feel they stay as sharp as long). Throw some andis cool care on your blades and they will cool down quick. Also, the lower the speed, the longer they take to warm up. I would get at least 2 5, 7, and 10 blades, but essentially you want 2 of each blade
      -defintely stainles steel snap on combs. I bought master groomer tools grom petedge, but rumor is they are taking forever to fill orders in so go with ryans pet supplies or even osters (
      -isle of dog shampoo and crown royale magic touch spray 3 - these are AMAZING products!
      -Kenchii 5 Stars
      -Pawfinity as my software ( ). They have it for salon, mobile, even daycare and kennels.
      -Tikima Grooming smock (
      -I carry all my supplies in my Wahl grooming bag. It holds everything I need!
      -the last thing would be an ultrasonic cleaner to get your snap on comb cleaned really good! I put barbicide in mine, just be sure to dry them well to avoid any rusting. I use my HV dryer to get them nice and dried and then spray some cool care on them! :)

      Hope this help you out a bit!!



    • January 4, 2016 2:15 PM CST
    • Thanks Barb....

    • January 4, 2016 1:13 PM CST
    • I honestly don't know. :)


      On a coated breed like that, a show person may have more tricks to prevent breakage as the coat is very important to the dog. Most dogs going to a pet groomer are not in full coat, so the care is a bit different.



    • January 4, 2016 7:13 AM CST
    • I've used the hydro twice now but I've been told by a show dog owner that grooms his own that if I pump too much moisture and lock it in the hair shaft it can have the opposite affect and weaken the hair shaft making even more prone to breaking.
      Your thought's on this?

    • January 3, 2016 5:36 PM CST
    • Silicone could, I would think that any heavy conditioner may help.



    • January 3, 2016 9:58 AM CST
    • I hate auto
      Would a silicon conditioner give me the weight to lay this fly away hair flat again?

    • January 3, 2016 9:56 AM CST
    • Had to look up Lisa's product...sounds good.
      Picking your brain for a second...
      My female bites and pulls my males fragile white hair on his rear flank till it's really breaking off bad now and looks like fly away would break my heart to cut him down just for that area..
      What you you use to add moisture to the hair shaft to strengthen it...I've used CC Hydro Pack treatment but it's still fly away like static....but not static...would a silicon conditioner tame down this broken fragile hair do it layer flat again?

    • January 2, 2016 6:25 PM CST
    • I bet every groomer has shelves and cabinets full of favorite products. :)


      New ones come out every year.  I love Lisa Leady's conditioner line.  I dilute it a lot for a leave in and put a cap full in my shampoo system along with the shampoo.  



    • January 2, 2016 2:58 PM CST
    • Wish this topic was newer since shampoo, conditioners, detanglers.etc .... have evolved to some really good products on the market...
      Since I only groom 2 and spoil them rotten I don't spare any expense...
      Right now I'm loving Vellus Shampoo & Conditioner, All System White Lightning, Groom Professional Revitilizer conditioner, Crown Royal Magic Touch, Coat Handlers Magic Touch, Coat Handlers Conditioner, Ring 5 Tangle/Untangle.....Afraid I'm addicted to retail therapy for my baby's rotate products often...but that's a few on my favorites

    • January 2, 2016 2:43 PM CST
    • I like the third arm but as said before's stiff and you do have to bend it around a bit , fiddle with it and in the way sometimes..but over all...I love it.

    • June 7, 2015 2:14 PM CDT
    • the groomers third arm did not work for me because the clamps took two hands for me to work as they were so strong (apparently i'm a wimp!!!)  I finally paid $75 for the Chris Christensen arm which works better for ME.  I have it attached to a counter next to my grooming table, with a regular hair dryer for ears/head. Could not get used to having either of the type arms attached to my grooming table.

    • June 6, 2015 5:33 PM CDT
    • Many years ago, when I worked in a mobile unit, I had two force dryers.  The K9II was my main dryer, but I also had a small Davis dryer.  For dogs that weren't very tolerant of having their heads blow dried, I would use the third arm to point the Davis nozzle at their head while I worked on the rest of the dog.  It worked surprisingly well.  My biggest complaint with the thing was that it wasn't as rigid as I would have liked.  It tended to droop if I didn't have it pointed just right.  

    • June 6, 2015 1:07 AM CDT
    • Thanks Amysuz, Good to know.


    • June 5, 2015 6:45 PM CDT

      I have one and it does work. So, I'm not sure why someone would say it doesn't work. But I found it's not very useful to have a third arm that doesn't move when I move (or can't read my mind). I'd have to be constantly repositioning it to hit different parts of the dog's body and I'd end up waisting too much time futzing with it. And for dryers that heat up a lot, you really need to always be moving the hose so you don't burn the dog. Sure, if you just want it for drying ears, then it would be fine.

      Instead, what I do is clamp the hose under my armpit with my left arm that's also holding a body part, and then brush with my right hand. That way, I just have to turn my body and the hose moves with me. It's still awkward, but it works for just the few seconds that I need it.


    • June 5, 2015 4:55 PM CDT
    • Hi, I have had this on my "want list" for a long time, but have recently heard that they don't work. Is there anything out there that willl hold and reposition a hp dryer hose? I thought it would help for thins like drying ears. I could actually hold the ear and the brush. I do home visits, so has to be portable.

    • October 23, 2015 6:51 PM CDT
    • SharonL....i just ordered 5 of the Groomers Mall ones im wondering if i should have gotten Amsorbers instead...i wasnt aware of that brand name when i was looking to buy..... i may send back these new ones and find the Absorbers instead....they seem highly suggested.

    • May 23, 2015 10:14 PM CDT
    • Are the Grooming Towels sold at Groomer's Mall the same thing as the absorbers? They are described as synthetic chamois, absorbs 5X weight, made in Germany, machine washable (I see the absorbers don't need to be washed in the machine, or really washed)

    • March 31, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
    • Peanut, I've found that my hand pain went away after getting the absorbers and my wrists hurt less too. Using the absorber is exactly like the exercises my physiotherapist gave me.

    • March 31, 2013 11:46 AM CDT
    • Barb, look up or ask for a blue NAPA brand synthetic or PVA chamois. It will be in the auto detailing/washing section. They may have more on ebay but I don't think so. The thing I like about them is that they have a mesh "core" that kind of stabilizes the material. Ruffcuts, that is what I was afraid of. I tried using our mop bucket at work, but it is a down press type and it has about 2" at the bottom that the wringer doesn't eveh touch. I don't really get too crampy wringing out the chamois but I want to be able to do several at once so that I can just use several on one dog and then wring them all out at once before the next dog, say while the water is warming up. I love these things, though! Have my assistant hooked on them. She bathed a dog for me yesterday that bites at the dryer. Usually even if I towel dry him really well and place him on a big, fluffy towel his back end and tail are still wet or damp. She dried him with one and placed him on one in the crate and he was BONE dry when I took him out!!

    • March 31, 2013 10:45 AM CDT
    • I use a squeeze type bucket and mop wringer, like a janitor type bucket. I only have 3 absorbers, and I have to use all three in the wringer at once so there is enough to squeeze. It only gets out 'most' of the moisture, I have to wring it a bit by hand before I use it, but I don't find it too bad. I store the absorbers in the bucket with a little vinegar and water between dogs and over night, then wring them all out, then use as needed. I have a space under the steps up to my tub where the bucket fits perfectly, so it is out of the way. Plus, it is on wheels so i can move it around easily. I got the bucket/wringer at Costco for about $35 (cdn).

    • March 31, 2013 8:55 AM CDT
    • Can you tell me the name of the NAPA one? I'm looking at their site and not sure how to search it. I have a NAPA here and wanted to do a reserve and pick up.



    • October 19, 2015 5:15 PM CDT
    • SO I have seen these new dehumidifiers, Eva Dry Petite, about 50 bucks,  wondered if they worked or not.  They say they are made for bathrooms, etc., but I have read that they need to run a long time to gather water.

      Which is fine, mine would run all day while grooming.

      Looking for something to do the reception room, which gets really steamy from people coming in and out all day in the winter.  The main grooming area is controlled by a larger dehumidifer unit, but it can't do both.

      anyone try one of the little ones or have any suggestions before winter hits?  thanks

    • December 3, 2014 2:49 PM CST
    • wet clipping makes me happy,

      brushing out the ears and tail with shampoo on them makes me happy, cream rinse is something I never liked to use but like it many times now. 

      I like the mirror behind my grooming table, reflects light and easy to clean.

      I like my PepBoys interlocking garage floor mats for my floor, no slip for the dogs and things don't usually break when knocked on the floor.

      I like my round blue blade caddy.  Foaming bathroom cleaner for putting on poop messes before cleaning them, cuts the odor INSTANTLY, and makes the job not as bad.

      I like my itty bitty slicker brush which I never used, but tried it again and LOVE it now.

      this is a good thread.

    • November 29, 2014 6:11 PM CST
    • I always lose my zip tie. I never thought of attaching it to something. Thanks!

      What I wish I remembered more often was to bathe and rinse the heads of the big dogs before doing anything to the body. It's much cleaner when they shake. The problem is I tend to remember it after I've done my normal routine of body first, then head, and I'm soaking wet.



    • November 26, 2014 1:21 PM CST
    • I am reminded to "retry" tools, techniques that did not work for me in the past.  The best "try it again" success for me was using a halti on a difficult, way too pampered schnauzer.  He is a sweet, friendly guy and I've groomed him since he was a pup.  His mom got him while going through a divorce and he is super pampered...and difficult to groom.  I was reminded from the forum to use a halti on his groom last month & and had some success.  Yesterday I think we actually had a break through & I WAS SO HAPPY!!!  Yes, we had some struggles, (but unlike the muzzle which was a total panic) he yielded & NO PIERCING SCREAMS!!!  I've had the halti for maybe 5 years, but haven't used it in maybe 5 years.  Some post here reminded me!

      Similarly, I remember trying absorbers & not liking them.  Retried them & have been using them for over a year.  Same happiness after retrying grinding "cupped end stone" vs sandpaper in dremmel (now use both), washing blades in tub with sprayer, putting ss combs in dishwasher.

      2 simple, almost silly things that made me so happy when I "invented them":  putting a rubber band around my clipper oil bottle to control the mess dripping down the side, putting a small zippy-tie on hose next to my table to poke under the teeth of my speed feed & brav blades to clean out the hair (was constantly rummaging for it in a drawer).

      What little things make you happy?