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
*Click here to read more about Laurie Rollins grooming process
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
When starting out you will need a good clipper and I do LOVE this cordless light weight Wahl® Pet Grooming Kit Starter
Available everywhere and also at Costco
You will have to charge the battery but the blade is an all in one blade with just moving the switch
An alternative would be any one or two speed Andis or Oster Clipper with #40 (for under guards and feet)
#10 for face, #7 blades for body shave downs
PLEASE, use a proper grooming table !
You will need a minimum 36" size table and 36"-48" grooming arm and noose.
USE THE NOOSE. It is not cruel and will save your puppy from jumping off of the table
and keep their head up and away from you clipping their feet or nails.
As soon as you get puppy home get them used to being on the table with their head in the loop
and having their nails dremelled every week. Sunday is our nail day.
Nail dremels you can buy at Home Depot. You will need a course dremel sanding band.
Make sure to also buy the DREMEL® EZ SPEEDCLIC
Battery operated dremels are quieter however will not last as long.
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.
How to Trim Your New Puppy's Nails
WE now use a dremmel to do the dogs nails as we can get them shorter
without hitting the quick and making them bleed.
Beau got sprayed by a skunk (while my husband was holding the leash)
at 10 pm on a Sunday. Nothing open to buy deskunking shampoo.
I tried this recipe and modified it slightly and it worked 1st try.
He does not even smell when he gets wet. I had a cat get sprayed awhile ago and used a commercial product
and every time she got wet she smelled till she dried again even after lots of different shampoos it took months to go away.
Here is the recipe tried tested and it works better then the expensive shampoos out there:
I doubled the recipe and added a few shakes of Borax to the mix. I didn't see a deskunking recipe on your website
so perhaps you may want to post it or keep just in case. Below is the original recipe
(not doubled, but to do a standard poodle with a bit of coat 2-2.5 x the recipe for a dog who is entirely skunked will be needed).
Beau has more reddish highlights from the peroxide now, but at least he smells nice !
This comes from this web page: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2011/01/natural-de-skunking.html
You will need:
1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (this is the kind you find in the first aid section of your average grocery store or dollar store. It is very cheap.)
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1-2 drops of liquid dish soap
2-3 drops lemon essential oil (optional-but adds extra deodorizing power)
This is the only ingredient I didn't have on hand, but he smelled like Dawn after since I used the dish soap.
Rubber Gloves (optional, but highly recommended)
Put on your gloves and gather everything you will need.
Once you mix the ingredients, the solution must be used immediately, so there won't be any time to go searching for the dog, etc!
I did this outside and tied the dog up to a post so my hands would be free.
I also had a hose handy. I suppose you could do this in your bathtub if you had to, but I wouldn't unless I was very desperate!
They have public dog washes at some car washes and this might be an option for some people.
Mix together the peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap.
Stir well and then quickly apply to the DRY dog being careful, not to splash any in his eyes.
Thoroughly work the solution in his coat. It should cover and permeate as much of the hair as possible.
Allow the dog to "soak" for around 5 minutes.
A chemical reaction is occurring which actually neutralizes the odor.
This is why you must use it before the peroxide and soda are finished with their reaction.
It can not be made ahead of time and stored.
After the waiting period, thoroughly rinse the dog with water.
You may have to repeat the process, but I only had to do it once and we were skunk free !
Ashlea S. - Toronto, ON
WHAT TO BUY TO GROOM YOUR POODLE:
~ Grooming Area ~
100% ALWAYS ALWAYS groom your poodle and clip their nails on a 48" grooming table
using a 48" grooming arm and a noose for control and safety.
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 tub, 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, forced air dryer, 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 adjuster between soaping up
so you don't have to keep readjusting your temperature. Get the 6' long hose, long enough to reach your tub.
You will have to buy a Laundry Faucet Adapter for your tap spout to fit the washer machine hose onto
Ultimate Dog washing system
I have to admit with working full time I don't always have time to groom my poodles and for sure I don't
do any show grooming. I leave that to the professionals. As a result my groomer was complaining about
how slow bathing was and how much she would appreciate a better system.
This inspired me to research and build the Ultimate Dog washing system for myself and
because my groomer LOVED IT and it worked so well, I thought I would offer this affordable system to the public.
Of course any Bijou Poodle owner can get a discount on the purchase of this system !!
Double K Groomers Edge GRIMEinator Shampoo
These are the grooming products that the professiona Poodle Groomers use !
Make sure to properly dilute this if you have concentrated jug.
Of course professional groomers also use "dish soap". PLEASE make sure you rinse any and all soap
out of the coat. My Ula also has allergies to the Griminator Shampoo so we use human shampoo (Pantene) on her
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.
~Scissor Style ~ Nail clippers & Kwiki stop for nail bleeds.
ONLY if you are not comfortable using a dremel for the nails.
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.
I can't say enough about this AMAZING Grooming web page by Ridgewood Poodles !!