8.Hemostats, ear powder, liquid ear cleaner, bulb syringe, cotton swabs.

9.Tooth tartar remover tool. Get one from your Dentist or Veterinarian and have him show you how to use it.

10.Can of baby powder corn starch.

11.For males, a bulb syringe and whatever your Vet prefers for a sheath douche. The male
sheath is a closed unit so a liquid put in the sheath will not go into the body cavity.

12.Toe nail clippers. I use the guillotine type and follow with a quick swipe or two of a doggy nail file. Some people use an electric grinder. If your dog has a long coat you may wish to put the foot in a sock and push the nails through the material to prevent the grinder shaft from tangling up in the coat. When using a grinder, be sure that the dog is held immobile by a grooming loop or another person. I put the dogís leg between my arm and body so that my body keeps the rest of the dog away from the instrument. I also use a grooming loop. To accustom the dog to the grinder I do not have anything on the end of the shaft at first and simply touch the nail with the body of the grinder when it is on. This will accustom them to the feel of the vibration and the noise. Be sure to accustom the dog to the feel of clippers and the feel of blown air in a non-threatening gentle manner.

13.There are several "mat splitters" that involve sharp blades. The use of these tools takes careful thought as they do remove coat and if you are saving a coat they are better left in the tack box. If you are just interested in saving part of the coat and do not mind having uneven coat length they can be useful. Of course you can finish up by using clippers, with or without the addition of a cheater blade, or scissors, to even up a coat after you have used the splitters.

The Art and Science
of Grooming Your Old English Sheepdog.
"The Taming of the Horrible Bear Hair"

I have for many years told people: "I will show you a way to groom. It is up to you to take that education and adapt it to your own style. You will ultimately choose one method over another. Iíll be watching and if I see that you have developed a better way I will take that instruction from you". This article is meant as information only and is not to be thought of as Gospel according to Blue Panda.

1.A professional pair of grooming clippers and blades, such as, size 4, 5, 7, and 10. These are to be put in a conspicuous place, where the glare off the shiny parts will balefully glare at you if you procrastinate.

2.Slicker brushes - I use the "Ever Gentle" or "Universal" slickers.

3.Combs - I use Molting combs. There are 3 sizes with different spacing and length of teeth.

**** A big vote of thanks must go to Dianne McKee Rowlands for giving the OESOCC permission to use this great article on grooming our dogs.
4.Pin brush - oval head and long narrow head with no balls on the ends of the pins. Do not waste your money on the cheap ones that have a brush on the other side.

5.Scissors - the more you pay for your scissors the happier you will be, priced within reason, no need to go all out for the $200.00 per pair. I pay about $35.00 - $50.00. I use curved blades, straight blades, blunt ended (for between pads) and single bladed thinning scissors. I also choose to use longer than average blades except on the thinning scissors and blunt ended ones for the pads. Keep your scissors sharp.

6.Bristle brush - As far as I am concerned the only one I personally recommend is the Mason Pearson and I use both a large and midsize brush. My original is over 30 years old and still going strong.

7.Grooming table and comfortable chair. I add an old favorite movie for the VCR. Or plan my grooming for a special on TV. If you have a lot to do you might adopt a rule of "no groom - no TV".
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