I've always been terrified to groom my dogs beyond simple brushing for fear of repeating the one time I tried to groom my first dog, Pepper, a Miniature Schnauzer, which resulted in him looking like he had a skin disease. I tossed the clippers and left the grooming to my groomer.
Fast forward a few years and the gain of another two Schnauzers, a Poodle, and a Schnoodle-mutt, and I've acquired a yearly grooming bill that could afford me a fifteen day transatlantic cruise with ports all over Europe. I decided to give grooming another try, which makes smart sense in this economy, and as a bonus, the Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series Pet Clipper is made in the USA.
Wahl provided me with two sets of clippers, their corded version and their Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series Pet Clipper (which is cordless and rechargeable). After reading the instructions on how to care for the clipper--oil the clipper blades with the included oil and clean them each time you groom--I started clipping.
This time, I found grooming to be far easier than my first debacle years ago. I gained some confidence using the corded clipper, but really hit my stride using the Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series Pet Clipper. The difference between the products is significant.
The cordless Lithium Ion Pro Series Pet Clipper cuts through fur like a blade through butter--it even cuts through small mats. The cordless version is much smoother to use than the corded version, and you can also take it anywhere without worrying about cord length. Also, the corded version gets quite hot after a while, but the Lithium Ion version does not become as hot.
The clipper comes with four guide combs, which brings me to the single item on my "wish list" for this clipper: I wish there were two longer guide combs, because the longest in this set cuts to half an inch, which is a little shorter than I'd want for my Poodle's head and leg poufs. Fortunately, the guide combs for my corded version will fit the Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series Pet Clipper, and you can also buy sets of guide combs (or singles) online.
The secret to grooming is to move the clipper fairly rapidly through the fur. Also, the fur must be clean and tangle free--the grooming kit comes with a comb and a scissor for mats and fine tuning the face and paws as well.
Speaking of Poodles . . . were we speaking of Poodles? I was in a state of terror (OK, not quite terror, but deep apprehension) about clipping my Poodle, Jasmine. Poodles have such a specific trim, and I was afraid I'd "ruin" her. Good news--she turned out fine, cute even, after grooming. Trimming the feet takes some practice, but I'm getting the hang of it.
Here is Jasmine's "Before & After" grooming photo. Her head is less poufy than I'd like, so I'll use a longer guide comb next time.
I give the Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series Pet Clipper a huge paws up! I really like this product, as well as the new Wahl Waterless No-Rinse Shampoo. If you've been thinking about trying to groom your dog, these are the clippers you'll want to take the plunge with, and if you want to upgrade, look no further. These clippers are saving me many hundreds of dollars each year, and though I really like my groomer, I think I'll opt for that cruise instead.
FROM THE WAHL WEBSITE:
Powered by lithium ion technology, the Wahl Lithium Ion Pro Series Pet Clipper outperforms standard Wahl rechargeable clippers by providing up to two times the run time, clocking in at one hour and forty minutes on a full charge. This eliminates the need for frequent recharging, and provides uncompromised cutting while clipping your dog. It also provides: •3X more power then Wahl's Basic Pet Clipper. •Wahl's Lithium Ion blades are designed for no snag - no pull. •15 minute quick charge for over 8 minutes of use. (# 9766)
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