As I write this article, I am sitting in the office of Pawsitively Pretty still wearing my paw-print grooming smock. I’m a little bummed today because I lost a paw print hoop earring. However, as I look around my office I see all sorts of paws on my walls, schedule book, and business cards. I know I’m not alone in my paw obsession. I bet all sorts of paws surround other groomers on a daily basis.
Groomers do a lot of their work standing up, and there is a good bit of walking involved in our work as well. Did you know that with every mile we walk we experience 200,000 to 300,000 pounds of stress on our feet? Considering that in our business we are often carrying a dog when we walk, you can multiply those numbers.
If your poodle’s feet get shaved, it is important to follow the correct pattern on the feet. Kendra Otto, Andis grooming ambassador prefers the ProClip Pulse Ion Adjustable Blade Clipper: “The 5-in-1 adjustable blades offers versatility. Lighter colored, red and apricot poodles have very sensitive skin, so be sure to keep blades running cool and you might want to use a 10 or 15 blade on their feet. For dark poodles, a 15 or 30 blade will work well.”