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I don't know about your doodle, but mine has the most ridiculously thick coat. It can only be maintained for a few months and then it only takes a day for matts to start that a matt buster can't get through. I end up having to shear him like a sheep every spring. Even the end of his tail which was left alone for a year and a half finally had to be cut short. Clippers get jammed if they aren't set to super short. Long tine poodle brushes & combs work for a while then almost can't get near his skin. I was looking into thinning shears and found this site while researching them. I was surprised that most of the talk is about getting a doodle, and how cute they are, and how the puppies are tearing the place apart, but eventually someone is going to have to groom one. I took him to a groomer and she had to shave him nearly to the skin, and I can't get him near the building anymore so took on the job myself. Anything better than shaving him is the result I've gotten, but I'd rather get better at it than just not having to shave him or hand cutting over a series of days (the pile of apricot fur makes me wonder about learning to make yarn).
Anyone? Hello? Is this thing on?

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Comment by shayna vest on February 21, 2010 at 8:52pm
oh and by the way the thinning shears didn't work. if they were like a 10 tooth blade maybe, but the 30 tooth just cut big clumps and did not thin. now I have a pair of 50.00 thinning shears for no reason. Maybe the cat?
Comment by shayna vest on February 21, 2010 at 8:51pm
yea, it does! when I first got my clippers it came with a sheet that had all the blades, but I gave it to my ex to try to groom for me and he lost the sheet. so I forgot what the blades were called. also I went to a groomer yesterday and they use a different clip on comb than what I bought. it was a pro comb, and this one was hot pink but they said they don't make the pink ones anymore. that's the next thing I have to look up.
Comment by Teresa on February 21, 2010 at 8:29pm
I have a doodle of my own with a very thick coat...I fully understand your fustration. But it is was an easy thing for me...I use a skip tooth blade on her. It is amazing the difference. Go with either a 5 skip tooth or a 7 skip tooth. I guarantee you will notice the difference. What it does it cuts short and long so it is like a thinning works great and after 4 months I can still get a comb and brush thru her without any problems. Hope this helps.
Comment by shayna vest on February 1, 2010 at 1:37am
Oh my!
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 31, 2010 at 9:36pm
His heart was in the right place.
Comment by Arlene Dawson on January 31, 2010 at 9:35pm
Tatonka is second gen. The rake comb is the best on him, He gets real curly, I have to comb him before and after each bath. blow dry and then brush..he comes out looking like a cotten ball. My 13 year old sirprised me yesterday and bathed him for me ( forgot to comb and condition)...4 hours later we got the mats out....he tried
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 30, 2010 at 7:06am
I know what you mean about the amount of brushes, I bet I have at least a dozen of them, from all the trial and error. The comb was by far the best purchase and probably the least exspensive.
Comment by shayna vest on January 29, 2010 at 11:36pm
OK, lord knows I have 9 different brushes I've bought over the past couple of years stashed away somewhere. I'll de-sensitize his hinney with a soft brush first. Great idea, by the way!
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 29, 2010 at 10:21pm
Try using a soft brush on his rear and underside first, just to smooth the hair out, once he is relaxed, then use the comb but just gently at first. It may take a while for him to realize that you are not going to pull his hair. Nug is very sensative on his chest, so I always make it a point to brush with a soft brush first, just to relax him. I would like to know how the thinning shears work, if nothing else to use in the summer because it does get hot down here.
Comment by shayna vest on January 29, 2010 at 9:43pm
I use a long tine poodle comb and also a wire brush. He gets very excited about being brushed and does like it, just doesn't let me near his rear end or too low on his underside. Once I get the thinning shears I'll report back on how they work.

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