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ABC’s of Grooming Poodle Dogs

DIY Care of Poodle Dog Hair

By Cindy Grant, guest blogger

Poodles are one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. Although all dogs require general grooming, the poodle does need more care when it comes to their coats.

Here’s the ABC’s of taking care of poodle hair.

Acclimation for Dogs to Grooming

Ensure that you acclimatize your poodle. From as early as six weeks of age to all the different facets of grooming to prevent fear, aggression, and troublesome sessions later, take time to get your dog comfortable with grooming tools, sights, and sounds. This includes brushing, nail clipping, and even the sound of an electrical clipper. Petfinder “Dog Grooming for Hounds.

Bathing Poodle Dogs

It’s safe to bathe your poodle weekly but no more than that as it will strip their natural oils causing the skin to dry out. Always use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically designed for canines.

When bathing your dog, ensure that your poodle’s coat is fully saturated with water. Bear in mind this can take some time as poodles came from an old breed of hunting dogs with dense coats.

Once done towel dry to remove excess moisture. Being careful not to burn your pet, blow-dry while using a slicker brush to make your dog’s coat tangle free and fluffy.

Beauty from The Inside Out

The diet of your poodle affects the health and shine of his/her coat. Kibble should consist mostly of lean meats. Avoid by-products such as bone, organs, and beaks as well as fillers like corn.

Nutrient-wise, omega-6, and omega-3 fatty acids are great for the skin and also help to reduce inflammation.

Brushing Poodle Hair

The curly coat of the poodle can mat easily. This is because about 80% of poodle coats may consist of secondary hair or an undercoat of dense cottony hair with the outer layer being wiry, wavy, or wooly.

Matting is not only unsightly and makes the coat dull but causes discomfort for the dog because it pulls the hair.

A brushing a day will efficiently keep matting away. A wire-bristled round-head pin brush works best on curly hair. If the coat has already started matting, consider a greyhound comb or a slicker brush which has shorter wire bristles.

Another benefit of regular brushing is that it removes loose hair that tends to get trapped, improves circulation, and releases the natural oils. This helps to keep the skin moisturized as well.


Clipping Poodle Hair

Although poodles are not known to be shedders, their hair grows fast, which increases the matting problem. Your poodle needs to be clipped monthly to remedy this common hair growth challenge,

Don’t despair if a professional groomer exceeds your budget as you can do this at home yourself too.

All you need is an electric clipper with different sized blades to improve clipping while limiting hair pulling and a pair of scissors. The latter is for cutting out heavy matting and more precise trimming around the eyes, ears, and tail.

If you’re a novice, stick to the primary, easier cuts first. There’s the puppy cut where the body gets grown long, while specific areas get shaved or use the lamb clip grooming style.

Go to YouTube and watch this video. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkjda6tdiow) This clipping demonstration features the favored top knot.

You can also grow in skill into the trendier styles like the Continental with the ankle bracelets that look like pom-poms and thicker tufts of hair on the back and chest later.


Coloring Poodle Hair

Poodles come in about ten different shades ranging from silver or white, gold or apricot to café-au-lait and black.

To boost the brightness of their natural coloring and create a uniform shade throughout, use color-enhancing shampoos. Blue or purple shampoo brightens white, red for golden tones, and green for both black and certain shades of gold.

Although taking care of your poodle’s hair is more work than with other breeds, it sure does create a fantastic opportunity to bond with and enjoy with your pet.

About our guest blogger, Cindy Grant:

We thank Cindy Grant for this informative and thought-provoking post. Additional thanks to Grant for the three handsome professional photographs of adorable poodle dogs. 

Cindy Grant is a crazy fan of dogs, cats, and all kinds pets. She is a blogger, and the founder of No Wild Longer, a U.S.A. pet lovers community.

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  3. The lamb clip for dogs

Chilling in the Kitchen: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: Get Cooking

Get cooking by joining the fun, meet other pet bloggers, go see their blogs, leave comments and make new friends. So easy, just visit this link for Blog Paws Wordless Wednesday. You will find cute pets, interesting writers and a ton of pet lovers.

Plus Blog Paws just declared March a month for education for our kind of pet crazy bloggers.

Written by Deborah Taylor-French at Dog Leader Mysteries.

Okay, Mom. Stop fooling around.
Little white dog gets muzzle training.

Sydney has barking fits. Well, he gets super nuts when anyone he knows, or doesn’t know knocks on our door. When we are chilling in the house, he can be mellow. Although he has exceptional hearing and alerts me with a bark or two, he is not a problem barker…unless he greets someone or rides in a car.

Muzzle train when your dog is calm.

Coming home started being painful on our ears. Friends would not come over because of his shouting fits. Believe me, we tried everything, even keeping him on a leash and feeding him treats when he would quiet, did not solve the problem.

Muzzling is a short-term solution. Yet properly used, muzzling can help an anxious dog learn when not to bark.

Want your puppy or dog to stop biting?

Sydney came to us biting everyone, especially Vets and groomers. No more. Muzzle training helped our little white poodle and Cocker Spaniel stop his fearful and puppy like behavior.

Having Fun Is My Job

Having Fun Is My Job

___Go see.

“March is officially “Pet Blogger Education Month” here at BlogPaws. We are spotlighting the above photo today, of these two cutie pies waiting for a snack in the kitchen of Mama Paws. Want your pet featured here weekly? Keep reading and see below!”


Dog Will Not Walk on a Leash

By Deborah Taylor-French Mutt Monday: Best DIY Dog Training Video for Barking

Reader’s Question

Do you have any tips on how to encourage a dog to walk on a harness + lead? We have adopted two strays . . . they are never on leads, but for the long-term they need to learn this skill. One of them, when I put a harness and lead on him, he just sits down and will not move. He is very small.

Any suggestions – I have tried treats, cuddling, praise etc., but he just sits there.

Many thanks for your help.

Reply from Deborah

Oh, I had a dog like that. She would do everything I ask, except walk on a leash.

The instant I snapped on a leash, she sat down!

First Be Certain Your Dog is Healthy

  •  Rule out inherited knee or hip problems
  • Rule out heat sensitivity or hot sidewalks
  • Rule out illness, a sick dog does not want to walk
I think it's nap time.
I don’t feel like walking.

Dog Leader Tip

I suggest you try clicker training.

Be sure he loves those treats and then cut them or break them into bean-sized pieces.

Watch this Kikopup Youtube video on how to load a clicker.

  • Once you have your dog going ape to please you, try simple commands and behaviors he already knows like sit, down, stay.
  • Then leave his harness on the floor in another room.
  • Start a short clicker training session and have your dog walk with you into the room and around the leash.
  • Keep repeating short sessions, ignoring the harness but getting closer.
  • Gradually, add clicks and treats while he sniffs or touches the harness, then do the same with the leash.
  • Play short games, such as harness and leash dragging.
  • Only after he loves all this attention, hold the leash and let him lead you around the house, the yard, then out and down the street. If he does not want to walk anywhere, toss a treat and follow holding the lead.
  • Only when your dog has mastered all these steps, pat your knee and have your dog take a few steps with you on the lead. Do this inside, in a hallway or some quiet, non distracting place.

Please write again when he loves his walking gear.

Thanks for asking a GREAT question.


PS. For a good explanation on how to get a puppy or dog comfortable with a leash watch this video.

Be patient, consistent and persistent.

I suggest reading Training Answers: Why does my puppy lay down on walks. Click on the link below.

Cat in harness with leash
Cat in harness with leash (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

House Training Dogs Love

Dogs want to please us. That’s what they want.

Any dog new to you wants you to show him what you like.

After all, he shows you what he likes.

When your new dog looks at you, comes when you call or gets off the sofa when you say, “Off” you know you are on good terms. You know you both understand each other.

If you have difficulty with getting your dog’s attention, give him more of yours.

Sydney  Rabbit

Five Tips That Work Like A Charm

  1. Introduce your dog to limited areas in your home. Keep him close for the first few weeks.
  2. Treat him like a baby. Don’t let him be alone. Not at first. Keep him on a leash on your belt. Run him outside once ever hour telling him, “Go.” (Keep using the same word.)
  3. Crate train him. Toss his favorite treats and toys inside. Sit near the crate and praise every time he goes inside. Feed him meals inside his crate with the door open.
  4. Teach “Be Quick” or “Potty” by taking your dog on a leash to the same spot EVERY TIME. Guaranteed to save you headaches, messes and upset.
  5. Pay your dog each time he does what you want him to do. Yes, I mean good quality food, doggie chicken jerky, tiny bits of carrot, apple, etc. Make him love doing his business outside.

I know these may seem easy. But a surprising number of puppies and dogs find themselves dumped on animal shelters each year with the complaint that the dog goes potty in the house.

When we adopted Sydney from the Petaluma Animal Shelter, at the age of one, we had to house train him. We did exactly the five tips above with great success.

Sydney’s crate training took longer than three weeks. These days, we leave treats and favorite toys inside the crate with the door open. He often waltzes in to crunch up a snack, chew a toy or just to stretch out and rest.

For go fetch Crate Training Puppies “5 Tips To Crate Train Puppies” by Amy Shojai.

Five Secrets to Becoming Dog’s Best Friend

Lately, my dog has been teaching me a new trick. Thank goodness, Sydney thinks I’m still teachable.

This past week he started yipping at his breakfast. That’s right, he takes a few bites. And just when I sit down to eat mine (I know some people think you must wait to feed your dog. That he must eat only, after you, his great and powerful pack leader has eaten). Yes, the caveman school of dog training still has holdouts.

But dogs know us better. There are times that they know us better than we know ourselves. They watch. They wait. They pick their moments.

If dogs had a sense of humor, I think they would laugh at this old notion, of “I am your alpha dog, don’t you dare not kowtow to me.”

“Down with Dominance” by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD. she asks, “Are we really still talking about this? Really?” As a respected dog expert, she wonders why this misguided idea could be an ongoing point of discussion.  Bark magazine’s September/October Issue. Check out The Bark online.  They also have a blog and a large dog community.

I am not saying your dog should run your household—not at all.

You make the rules and you insist on what behavior you encourage. There is no need to lord it over a dog. He knows you control the resources. He can’t go to a store, pick out and pay for his own food. He can’t open the door.

He can’t make you take him for a walk. Well, maybe he can do that. Does your dog make you take him?

“Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.” ~ Corey Ford

Sydney on his favorite trail.

So now my usually compliant at breakfast dog, makes me get up from mine. Something is bugging him about his food. Yes, I switched his breakfast temporarily. A little canned chicken until he gets his bad teeth extracted.

Sydney licks up some of his soupy meat. Then he jumps back from the bowl, does a little play-bow as if asking it to please dance. Then he barks. A high-pitched yelp.

I have to give him praise for sticking to it. He keeps at this routine until I get up from the table and use my marvelous human hands to hold his little dish. I am mystified. What’s with barking at his food? But holding the dish does seem to do the trick. It must be what I need to learn.

Yes, I’ve tried swapping his dish from lightweight metal to heavy ceramic. He never did this song and dance act for his kibble. Yet Sydney gives me this same bark when a piece of kibble rolls underneath a table when we play “Find It.”

He barks to tell me, “Fix this, Mom.” or “Go get it.”

Five, Not So Secret, Tips

  1. Feed your dog food that keeps him healthy. One that he digests well.
  2. Watch your dog. You want to know what his usual behaviors are.
  3. Be ready to play.
  4. Be willing to laugh at yourself.
  5. Take him to the park because he wants you to meet new friends.

To fetch one of my first posts, Dog Leaders Play, click here.

Ready, set. Go play.