Speed Grooming

New Oster Snap On Combs....EXTRA LONG!

When I saw these I got EXCITED! 

Oster combs

I use the Wahl SS combs a lot. On most every dog in fact. I use the ones for the 5n1 blades almost exclusively in the place of blades. But this post is about the NEW Oster EXTRA LARGE snapon combs.

I use snapons to do most of my grooming, but it includes poodle topknots on toys and minis, and even some Bichon heads that the client likes shorter (the C and E are great for these on most dogs).Often I find myself wishing there was a slightly (or even VERY MUCH) longer comb. Standard poodles come to mind and so do some of my Bichy-poos that get a longer head. I have needed a longer comb on several occaisions and since one wasn't available I had to hand scissor which I can do but it takes time and time is money!

Well, someone posted these on my Facebook Group (Groomingsmarter) the other day and I HAD to order them! Oster has created these SS combs which include three longer combs and I feel like Christmas may have come early this year!

Because of how I groom I did not need the entire set, I only needed the longest three, so that is all I ordered. 

The purple is 1.25 inches. The Green is 1.5 inches. The Pink is 2 inches.

They are AMAZING. They are heavy enough in the tines of the comb to be sturdy and not bend. To make them this long they HAD to be thicker and heavier and that can be an issue for some people, but the time saved grooming a dog will make the weight well worth it. They have side rails to keep the comb in position on the blades and a nice strong spring. They work over a 10, 15 or 30. I would NOT use them over a 40 as they will likely break teeth on it like the Wahl do.

Because they are really long they are going to take some getting used to. For example, when doing legs, it can be tricky to run the combs down the leg without hitting your hand or the table, but it can be done, it's just a bit more work. You have to learn to float off and hold your hand out of the way but its not that hard and my groomers caught on fast.

With a Clippervac these combs will work wonderfully well! I do not have a regular clipper hooked up to my vac system, so I cannot show you how they work, but I know they will.

Today was the first day I have had the chance to use these and I am super happy with the results!


On this dog I used the Purple, 1.25 inch comb in the same manner I use for teddy type heads. Back to front, sode of cheeks back to front and down toward the chi, and under the chin from neck to mouth, then going back and scissoring it up lightly. This head took less than 5 minutes!!!! It worked really well!


We also have a standard poodle in a Miami (shorter body with bracelets) who got matted at the beach this past week and we used the Green comb on her bracelets and the Pink on her tail.


Her bracelets were matted and as a result are a bit thinner than normal but we wanted to shorten them up and make them easier for her mom to brush. We combed them up and out, then used the comb down from the leg to the foot, floating off as I got to the bottom. Then I went UP from foot to leg, creating an easy, fast bevel. Combed again, repeated, then combed and scissored. What usually takes 15-20 minutes and is a struggle to get the bracelets uniform, was a BREEZE! Next time we will go a comb longer, but this is what she needed today.

Her tail had very litte hair on it and is always wispy.


I used the 2 inch, purple comb on it from tail band to end, all the way around and then across the end to shorten it as well. Then I reversed from end to tail band, repeated the first step, then combed and shaped lightly with shears. 


I can see these longer combs becoming a staple in my toolbox!


This cocker leg is not completed, but you can see how nice it looks with the snapon run down it. He is usually done with a C comb but its getting cooler so they wanted a little more hair. We used the 1.25 inch Purple Comb over a 30 and ran it underneath him as well to help set the skirt length.





 I will be at Hershey in the Groomersmall Booth. Stop by and see me! Frank Rowe and Son will have these combs available there. Stop by and see me AND them!   

I need to add as well that the cocker in the photos is at least 13 years old. He was a Hurricane Katrina rescue and was an adult at that time, guessed to be around 4-5 years old. He cannot stand long enough to be scissored any more but he can handle a snapon with no problems. The poodle is ten and her coat is nowere near as thick and strong as it used to be. These combs will be wonderful on older dogs who are still esily g roomable but need to be babied a little bit.

DISCLAIMER! I DO NOT WORK for Oster or Frank Rowe and Sons. I PAID for my combs and have not been compensated in any maner whatsoever (nor do I expect to be) for this post. If you know me you know I only blog about what I actually use and find helpful.


Dust cloud in the shop!

I often hear people say they blow out dogs before bathing sometimes. I have never been a huge fan of this, but I will admit it does help get dander and sand out of a coat before bathing.

We do it on really rare occaisions. Twice this year in fact. BUT. Today we did use this technique. 

We have a cocker named Toby who comes into the shop and he is always filthy. He is impossible to get clean no matter what we do, he always has a little bit of grey cast to his coat, and it matters not if he gets one bath or 5, he is still always dirty.


I want to add that I have always told people that IF they blow out dogs they should wear masks and goggles. WELL today that didn't happen and in the following photos you can see why I am so adamant you need to wear them to protect yourself.

Meet Billy:


He is badly sunburned from cutting grass yesterday, and he DOES have gray hair, but not THIS gray! Notice the film on the glasses and the arm of the glasses? That is DANDER from the dog.


His hand is covered in dander.


The jacket USED to be black.......


Notice all the dander on the hose? It wasn't there before he blew out the dog.


On his arm there is a lot of dander in his hair.

My theory on why this dog doesn't get clean is because the dander, that you can see there is a lot of, turns into sludge when wet. It will not wash out and it will not blow out while it is wet. It becomes almost like glue and we can comb it out while wet but it will not rinse out or wash out.

The air conditioning filter, which is outside the room by the way, is so covered in dander from this dog that I had to wash the screen and change the filter.

As you can tell, this is a dirty, messy process, but it IS effective. Just be aware that if you choose to do this you MUST take care not to breathe it in and to protect your eyes as well.

Billy said at times this felt like he was being sand blasted. The entire process took about 5 minutes to blow him out thoroughly, yet saved us about 20 minutes of bathing and extra drying time. It did take about 5 minutes to clean up. 

So, yes, blowing out dirty dogs is effective. It will redue your bathing time and make the process faster. 

It is however possibly dangerous and is MESSY to say the least. If the dog is on flea prevention, you are blowing pesticides all over the place. Toxins the dog ay have come into contact with are now airborne. Allergans, like grasses and weeds, are in the coat and are now in and on  your skin and lungs and eyes. Its NOT a safe thing for groomers to do without proper protection. Even WITH protection I would be concerned about doing this all the time.

If you choose to do this always wear goggles to protect your eyes, masks to protect your lungs, long sleeves and pants to keep it off your skin, and a fresh smock to replace the one that will inevitably get dirty during this process. Wash your face, hair and any exposed skin after you are done.

I wouldn't make a habit of doing this in my shop, but it is another technique that has its place and will be used when needed.