You can bath and or clip your puppy as soon as you get them home.
Your puppy will be bathed the morning that you received them or picked them up so we
do suggest waiting a night before bathing them again.
We use Pantene Human shampoo, just a dot in the palm for the entire body and make sure to rinse it all out fully
Your puppy will have had 2-3 baths and been blown dry 2-3 times and had underpads shaven, by the time you get them.
I actually use Pantene brown shampoo on them
As for amount to use, we use the size of a Tooney in our palm, to get them lathered.
The main thing is to make sure it is rinsed out 100% as shampoo left in is what causes problems.
You can wash "around' and wash the ear hair outside the ear.
NEVER EVER get water inside the ear so what you do is hold the ear cannel closes and be careful.
The important thing to remember is when you are done dry and clean the inside of the ears. NEVER EVER put powder in the ears as it just builds up and causes infection.
Ears should also be kept clean of debris, wax, extra hair so wax/moisture can drain out.
Your puppies toe nails will have been clipped and or dremeled every week and will need to be
done ever other week if you wish for them to remain shorter.
6 month old Red puppy before being groomed (coat had never been cut before) ......... Red Puppy after being show groomed
6 month old puppy with no products or spray for UKC show ................. Same puppy after being "show" groomed with products for CKC show
The difference maybe subtle, until seen side by side.
In UKC we are not allowed any product, colour, or switches, like handlers use in CKC or AKC
However, the photos above do illustrate how a skilled groomer and loads of product, will make the world of difference on the same Poodle
This is Copper in a "Teddy Bear" clip
This is Mister in a "Teddy Bear" clip
Gretel and Gertrude sporting their new Spring feather look
~ Grooming Area ~
My husband has bad allergies and the poodles fine hair clippings would go through the house.
So now I have half of his wood working shop to set up a grooming area.
I bought a
Booster Bath, 2 laundry tubs (I added PVC pipe to the legs to make higher)
On one laundry tup I added a Heavy Duty garden hose nozzle & washing machine hose (long) to withstand hot water (need brass adaptors).
Gas on demand water heater so never run out of hot water and takes up very little space, garage cabinets on wheels for grooming supplies
2 grooming tables with 48" tall arm and nooses, Double K stand dryer, 2 forced air dryers, cages to dry in
Heavy Duty garden hose nozzle & washing machine hose (long) and also a double female connector
Beneficial as you can set your temperature at your taps and shut off with the clip between soaping up so you don't have to keep readjusting your temperature. Get the hose long enough to reach your tub.
You will have to buy a Laundry Faucet Adapter
We use Pantene Hair Shampoo on our poodles for routine grooming.
PRODUCTS FOR ALLERGIES
Vet Solutions Aloe & Oatmeal Shampoo by Vet Solutions
Soothing soap free shampoo with moisturizers for Allergies, normal, sensitive, or dry skin.
This shampoo works effectively without removing your pet's natural skin oils.
This product is for dogs & cats. Make shampooing a soothing experience for your pet by purchasing this product.
Vet Solutions Aloe & Oatmeal Skin & Coat Conditioner by Vet Solutions
Ideal for pets with allergies
Booster Bath is a great alternative to bending over a tub or squishing a larger dog into a laundry tub. You will still have water everywhere with this system as the dogs do hang their heads over the sides.
I do like mine and use it.
You can buy these at Costco "Booster Bath" $159.00 Booster Bath is also at Walmart : $179.95
Or at their web site: Booster Bath for $179.00
You can also buy accessories for this such as a ramp and leg extensions to make higher.
I believe ramps are cheaper at Petsmart.
I now blow my guys dry in the tub with the Laube force air dryer and finish on the grooming table
I wanted to keep my booster bath as I can move it around.
But I didn't like water going everywhere so I took a plastic corrugated sheet
split it so that I could wrap it following the tub's contours and fastened it to the booster bath.
Now all the water stays in the tub ! Not pretty but it works perfectly.
I have metro and The Kool Dry Dryer by Chris Christensen Systems (total garbage)
nothing compares to the velocity or force of the Laube forced air dryer. I love the new longer hose too.
After you towel dry you will use this to blow the majority of the water out of the coat.
You don't need an expensive hair blower, but it sure will be easier to blow them dry with a free hand to brush with
It makes a HUGE difference when you blow them dry (always towards the head) than if you let them air dry.
I don't usually have the patience to blow and brush dry, so my guys air dry unless I'm showing them.
... From Walmart ...Andis Company 7-Piece Pro Pet Clipper With Professional Blade: $55.54
If you are thinking of trying to groom yourself then you may wish to get this inexpensive quality Clipper.
It comes with a #10 which is ideal for clipping the face.
You will need a #30 for feet and a #7 for the body.
If you wish to use what the pro's use and spend a bit more money
then you are looking at Oster Golden A5 Single-Speed Clipper which usually comes with a 10 or 40 blade
The cheapest place to find grooming products is at Pet Edge
I would reccomend just getting a simple one speed as doesn't get as hot as the 2 speed
A good name brand is either Andis or Oster
... Wahl Stainless Steel Clip Comb Attachments 8 pc Set
Wahl Stainless Steel Guide Comb Attachments are an inexpensive and versatile way to clip coats to any length.
Wahl® Stainless Steel Attachment Guide Comb Set features: Narrow blades move easily through coat for a smoother finish.
Smooth tips ensure snag-free grooming, and eliminate the risk of scratching skin.
Universal, self-adjusting combs feature a four-sided fit for secure attachment.
The combs are color-coded for at-a-glance identification, and are also imprinted with the length and comb number.
Set includes a plastic storage tray. Works best with #30 blades.
Wahl Stainless Steel Combs fit Andis®, Conair®, Master Grooming ToolsTM, Oster®, Wahl® and Laube detachable style blades.
Not intended for use with ceramic blades.
You don't need a whole kit but we use a regular Dremel and not the cordless as they don't seem to hold a charge.
I got mine at Home Depot and it has been 2 years in use. I would highly reccomend that you wear a mask and safety glasses.
There is a product on the market called "Pedi Paws" that has it's own sheild for debris,
but we have heard mixed reviews about it.
~Scissor Style ~ Nail clippers & Kwiki stop for nail bleeds.
NEVER EVER EVER... clip nails the day before the show as if you go too short the dog could limp.
We now use a Dremel which keeps the nails shorter and has no bleeding.
YOu can get these at Canadian Tire or any hardware store for under $50.00.
#1 All systems combs
I don't believe in paying a fortune for combs however I have found that a nice wide tooth comb
like the dematting one has been great for a matted poodle. I also really liked the Perfect Poodle comb.
... Universal Slicker Brushes - Hard Slicker Brush You will need to comb from the body outwards, from the root of the hair not just the top.
I have tried MANY slicker brushes and these red handle hard slickers on adult poodles has worked the best for me
I am always careful of the pin needles around the poodles skin. Do be careful and try on your own arm to see how sharp they are.
Fashion Grooming Tables-Blue/Pink/Purple Regular table
Low Legs (Medium dogs) - 36 x 24 and 30" high for short people like me at 5'3"
High Legs (Medium dogs) - 36 x 24 and 32" high if taller to save your back
Any style or type of grooming table will do however I liked the height option on the Fashion one.
You can change the color of the top of the tables by using the non-slip cabinet drawer liner laying on top
Please note that most tables do not come with grooming arms (although may be in the photo)
the tables that do come with arms, the arms will be too short usually at 36" and you will eventually need 48"
You can't go too big, but you are out of luck if you get one too short
Example of Wiggies or Switches that the pros put into their Show Poodles Top Knots
to make the coat look thicker and more even, for grooming.
Kind of like temporary hair extensions humans wear.
OK so you are thinking about showing AKC or CKC,
Great you are every Poodle Breeders dream owner.
The Poodle in the above photo is how your poodle needs to look.
How is this achieved ?
Skilled grooming for certain, Daily coat conditioning and of course Wiggies or Switches (fake hair).
According to this poodle's groomer, the poodle in the photo above had 4 wiggies woven in her top knot.
You don't weave them in, you place them in the bands on the head as you are banding up their topknots.
Since bands are only allowed to be placed back to the occiput for show poodles, generally you won't find any wiggies beyond that point.
The dog's natural hair must be about the same length as the wiggies for it to look ok. They are there to provide body and thickness.
On this particualr dog the groomer tried to show her once as an adult without wiggies, and she said "you could basically see right thru
her topknot when it was all sprayed up. She doesn' t have the natural thickness to pull it off without the switches".
And before anyone says this is not possible...YES I have seen pro-handlers/groomers do this at a CKC dog show.
The before and after is way too amazing to describe. You would have to see the difference extra fullness and height makes in person.
If done properly the judges will not feel them, because they are banded in with the elastics holding the real hair in place.
Yes it is forbidden and you would get disqualified if found, but because "everyone" does it, judges have been conditioned to
overlook it and not say anything in AKC or CKC show rings.
Handlers/pro groomers may also dye their dog's coats to brighten the coat, correct colour and or hide mismarks.
Noses and lips and eye rims can be dyed and or tatoo'd black if the pigmentation is incomplete
Missing, misaligned or broken teeth receive dental care, whitening, braces and or bonding to correct.
Hair is enhanced with numerous products left in, to thicken and coursen the coat.
Eye drops can be used to dilate the pupils on a light coloured dog.
Gaits are analysed with hawk like precision and videos to figure out the correct speed for that individual dog to obtain that perfect gait.
There are MANY more "tricks of the trade" that are used to show dogs and especially poodles.
You can have the best poodle in the world but how that 2 feet of show coat is presented, will soon seperate a novice from a pro.
Coupled with the fact that Poodle Pro Handlers have been doing grooming and showing often since the time they could walk
really has the novice at a disadvanage, especially with the Poodle breed and even more so with a rare colour like red or brown.
Of course NOTHING is ever impossible. You can certainly do it yourself but I feel it is important to not disallusion anyone to the
amount of daily work involved and what you will be up against so you can prepare yourself.
In UKC shows we are not allowed hair spray, chalking, or any of the usual grooming products used to spruce up Poodles and or any breed.
If anyone is caught using any "products" they will be disqualified.
Owners FINALLY have a venue to show their poodles in a natural state
and with other owner handlers, because UKC does not allow any professional handlers.
However, this being said, more and more poodles are showing up in UKC that have "Continental" Clips
with owners who had hired pros to champion them in AKC or CKC and now want the opportunity to show their own poodles to a title
These same owners are used to using products and other enhancements, so we may see some "switches" and sprays
being used soon in UKC soon. It will be up to the "BETTER" judges to set a president that this will not be tolerated.
If one judge lets is slide then the others will as well. However if one judge disqualifies this then others will take notice as will exhibitors.
... Banding your poodle's precious hair will be required if you are growing in coat for show.
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