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my friend has a med size  hairy dog which she takes to groomer sometimes but got some grooming tools to do herself to save some $$ during summer. what is clipper size to get real close cut on body. we are thinking 1 or 2 and to go downward on clipping vs starting at lower back and going toward head or head to tail direction? whats your opinion on directing of actually cutting. thanks

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Hi Sam
You NEVER go against the grain unless you are a professional poodle trimmer and know how to without ripping the skin . The problem with most first timers is they cut the hair way to short and risk clipper burn or worse.  Try using  5 or 7 blade - the higher the number the shorter the hair in animal clippers.
Always start at the occiput and go from the bottom of the skull to the base of the tail. After the back is done follow the direction of the hair growth down the side and under.
YouTube has many grooming videos for all breeds look up yours and get  valuable instructions
Good luck - and remember it will go back which makes summertime the best time to experiment :-)

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ElizaBeth CRONK (Horch)

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Professional Dog Groomer-How to groom dogs- all breeds but specialize in the Art of the Hand Plucked Terrier, Bichon and Portugese Water Dog. Scissoring, clippering, and most known for hand plucked terrier skills. I am well known for my private business in Manhattan. I train owners and professionals looking to upgrade their skills Trained at NY School of Dog Grooming and apprenticed with several Internationally known expert breeders, handlers, and judges, assisted many years Westminster and Montgomery Kennel club shows.

Experience

28 years private residential dog grooming service- I have groomed over 30,000 dogs I teach professionals and private clients

Organizations
Member Twin Brooks Kennel CLub- NJ Morris and Essex Kennel Club American Fox Terrier Club

Publications
terrierific.net DVD Splish Splash the Doggies Bath- a how to for basic dog bathing Terrierific Facebook Fan page consultant for various pet publications and manufacturers of pet products

Education/Credentials
New York School of Dog Grooming/ worked with many professional handlers, assisted many dog shows, bred my own dogs, private tutoring

Past/Present Clients
private listing over 250
video now available on website testimonials on website

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