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If you were to get one quality pair of scissors to trim your dog with (whole body) any suggestions? (somewhat within a budget) The recent post here about brushes and combs helped me make those decisions but still undecided about the scissors....and would chunkers work better than scissors?

So far in my cart are the CC face buttercomb and 20 mm wood pin brush.
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If you were to get one quality pair of scissors to trim your dog with (whole body) any suggestions? (somewhat within a budget) The recent post here about brushes and combs helped me make those decisions but still undecided about the scissors....and would chunkers work better than scissors?

So far in my cart are the CC face buttercomb and 20 mm wood pin brush.
On the advice of several professional groomers I know, I buy my shears (and thinning shears) at Sally's Beauty. They are EXTREMELY sharp (I've cut myself with them more than once, and not even felt it... just seen blood running, knew I HADN'T cut the dog and went looking for which finger I sliced! ) and also quite inexpensive. I am SURE I paid less than $20 for mine, and it could have been under $10. After 7 years of using them for sanitary and foot trims on all of them, and two full haircuts on Pixel, they are getting dull enough that the last time I cut myself, I felt it. Probably not the BEST way to determine blade sharpness, but, hey! So I am planning on getting a new pair soon. I use the thinning shears to get rid of any choppiness left by the straight shears.

I treated myself to a more expensive pair of curved shears at the national specialty a couple of years ago, and they are very helpful for trimming neat feet. But they were a LOT more expensive (and DEFINITELY not "top of the line"!!!) and I don't think they re at all necessary to get you started. I know a lot of pros who prefer straight shears, even for doing feet.

There are different blade lengths, so pick up different styles and see what feels good in your hand. Even though, for a woman, I've got fairly large hands, I like the shorter blades. I feel I can control them better around small body parts... especially near Pixel's eyes. (of course, the other two don't get any facial trimming)
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LOL Karen I'm not sure if that method of testing sharpness will catch on but it's very effective!

Very glad to hear I can get a low cost pair of good scissors there is a Sally's not far from here. I already have a shorter pair that seem to work ok but I've only been brave enough to do bangs and feet so far so would take a long time for whole body. It sounds sort of like painting, bigger brushes for large areas and smaller brushes for detail work

So you get your thinning shears there too? Anything to consider, spacing or size or ?

What all are your most used items in your grooming bag? Is a slicker important also I have a couple but inexpensive and although work OK not great.
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The slicker is a godsend. We got a nice and soft one at a show that has a handle that can change positions, which makes brushing at odd angles a lot easier. It works at mats quickly but very gently, and it cuts the leg-brushing time in half. While not necessary, a good one can make a world of difference.

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What brand and style Sophie? I have two that work OK I don't know if there are ones that work better or not but mine are not real expensive ones so am guessing there is. Just not sure what kind to get or if it will be much better than what I already have?
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I don't remember the brand. It was from a show vendor, and we have one this weekend that he will be at. I'll get the brand from him. If you are interested and can't find it online, I can grab one for you and ship it your way (and if you don't like it, I'll take it back ) It's not the highest end slicker, but it's the perfect softness and has survived a couple pretty aggressive grooming sprees and it's pretty common among exhibitors here.

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Sophie, I didn't know ANY slickers were soft! I'd love a photo and the information on yours, too. Maybe the guy at the show will have business cards you could get and share with us?

Tucker is getting more and more sensitive about his lower legs and feet being messed with the older he gets. (I wonder if that is purely age related?) Anyway, he really HATES me to use the CC comb I've always used, but really prefers for me to use the slicker. However, I am very conscious of how it could scratch so always run it over my hand first, each stroke. I'l love to find a soft one.

I've got a CC wood pin brush, but he doesn't like it any better than the comb, and it doesn't do a very good job on the feet, anyway.
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Wow Sophie that is so nice of you! I would love for you to pick me up one if you are sure you dont' mind. Will PM you my address, do you take PayPal? I'm sure I won't have to send it back!

Interesting about Tucker not liking it the older he gets Sheri. I seem to recall Hallie doing the same thing a little. I think we all get more impatient the older we get lol.

Has he always hated the CC comb or just lately?
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I would be lost without my Oscar Frank Universal slicker! I use it every day. The groomer used it so I bought it. I had tried several different ones in the past, but this works the best for me. The slicker is not expensive. The handle is plastic so I always keep an extra one. Once I had the handle break after several months use. It works great on mats too.
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LOL Karen I'm not sure if that method of testing sharpness will catch on but it's very effective!

Very glad to hear I can get a low cost pair of good scissors there is a Sally's not far from here. I already have a shorter pair that seem to work ok but I've only been brave enough to do bangs and feet so far so would take a long time for whole body. It sounds sort of like painting, bigger brushes for large areas and smaller brushes for detail work

So you get your thinning shears there too? Anything to consider, spacing or size or ?

What all are your most used items in your grooming bag? Is a slicker important also I have a couple but inexpensive and although work OK not great.
My go-to tools for the two in full coat are my two CC Buttercomns, my #5 and my face and feet. For Pixel, my go to is the slicker. She still has enough fine baby coat coming out that that does the best job. I have a cheap Universal slicker that is OK, but is a little large for her in places. I also have a smaller CC slicker that seems to fit herr better. The handle is also angled better for my hand. (though this, I'm sure is very much personal preference). My favorite one was a gift... A Le Pooches. I'm not even sure they are still available, but they were VERY expensive. (around $100). There are extremely similar, very expensive ones being sold by Cherrybrook at the shows now, and I wonder if they are the same thing with a different name. In any case, though I love mine, I don't think I would have bought it for myself. The CC one works fine.

My last go-to tool is my CC wood pin brush. That is what I use when drying all of them. It's easy on the skin and gentle on the hair,, as you blow dry them.


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