come in three categories, bristle, wire-pin and
slicker brushes. Bristle brushes are very
versatile. Wire pin brushes come with or without
rubber tips on bristles, and they work best on
wooly coats. Slicker brushes have fine wire
bristles and are used mostly on dogs with dense
undercoat, and not on smooth coated breeds.
Rubber Pin Brush
come in many sizes
for many purposes.
They may be
these. Fine tooth
generally for soft
and silky coats.
Medium tooth combs
and wide tooth
combs are ideal
for heavy coats,
Curry combs are
made of rubber.
They massage the
skin and remove
dead hair from
Groomers love to
talk about their clippers, and everyone has many
models and favorites. Some models have snap-on
blades whereas others require tools to change
blades. Use and maintenance of your clippers
should be a part of your professional
training program curricula. Snap-on combs like those below can be
attached to some models. Read more about blades
The advent of combs
introduced new ways to groom some haircoats more
efficiently, and new styles even. Read more about
Today there are so many more
models of dryers available, and
greatly improved performance.
There are cage dryer systems, cage
dryer motors to hang on cages, as
well as many models of
free-standing and multiple nozzle
groomers use several types of
One of the most
progressive developments of the 1990's was clipper
vacuum systems. They attached vacuum hoses to your
clippers sucking in the cut as you groom. What a
great reduction in airborne hairs, dirt and
dander, and less cleanup!
Clipper Vac Systems®
art of "finish styling" requires great
scissors, but every groomer also has their favorite
all purpose scissors. There are many types including
straight shears, curved shears, blunt-tipped shears
and thinning shears. Buy the best shears you can
afford as quality shows in scissors and shears.
and training programs usually include how and when to use all of the
various types of shears.
was one of the main areas of product development
in the 1990's, and we expect more. You really must
check out today's modern bathing systems as well
as other shampoo and conditioner dispenser
clippers are essential tools for groomers and come
in more than one style. There are models for small
to medium dogs, and others for large dogs.
come in stationary models, hydraulic and
electrical versions. The hydraulic table raises
and lowers with pumping action by the groomer.
Electric tables have a built-in motor to raise and
lower the tabletop. Accessories are also available
for grooming tables.
and combs may not be enough to break-up significant
matting. De-matting tools do the job. Matt splitters
break the matt up into smaller pieces which are then
more easily removed with brush and comb action. They
are essential tools for professional groomers and
come in various forms. Be sure to obtain instruction
in the proper use of this tool for the safety of
tools are available from most grooming
are many more grooming products, tools, equipment
and suppliers besides the basics shown above.
Please check the PetGroomer.com
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