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PAPERCLIPSUE
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2/15/14 1:20 P

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Even though this thread is old, I decided to add to it.
The $20/dog grooming must be a group rate! LOL
I have Colman groomed about every 6-8 weeks. The first groomer's shop was loud, chaotic, and too many dogs at once in such a small space. He cried from the time I left him until I picked him up hours later. Our new groomer is at a Petco. Everything is calmer and quieter. I don't do any fancy cuts, but my vet complimented her for doing a good job on ears, teeth, and feet.
I generally give him one bath in-between. After I comb him and get mats out he gets his bath in the kitchen sink. The sprayer is perfect and makes the job easier. I blow dry him just enough he isn't so wet. Then I comb him again.
Being a farm dog, he gets extra bathes when he rolls in stinky stuff.
He, too, gets down and rolls on the carpet after a bath. I think he just wants to rub the clean off! LOL

Edited by: PAPERCLIPSUE at: 2/15/2014 (13:23)
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8/23/13 3:27 A

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I've been not posting for a long time, and am trying to get back into it. When I do, it helps. I have 2 Standard poodles, about 50 -55 pounds each. Joey, my 10 yr. old Male that I got from a shelter when he was about 3, will get nicely into the bath tub on request, and be relatively patient when I bathe/shower him. However, as soon as we are done, he can hardly wait to get his two or three towels worth of drying, then takes off through the house, diving into the rug, the pillows, the couch, etc., trying to act crazy for fun AND trying to get the water out of his ears. But also, I think he just gets real playful after his bath.
Lily, my female, now 4 1/2, is a little more reluctant. She follows me into the bathroom often, and yet would always run away to her kennel unless I could coax her and Joey both in before she realized the agenda. However, I noticed that she started peeking into the shower when I left the bathroom door ajar, so I decided to try the shower business. It is much easier for me to give her a shower when I'm with her, because then she is not trying to escape. Once dried, she acts like Joey and tears around the house madly.... the joy of running and shaking those lovely little curls. They are both well beyond my level of patience and expertise on grooming, but about every 2 months I take them to Puppy Love in Maplewood NJ (where I live) and they do a GREAT job on making my two shelter poodles look like champions. By the way, I think when we count fitness, bathing a dog ought to count for exercise. ;-)



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6/5/13 3:00 P

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Sophie doesn't like baths, but is willing to get in the shower with me. The bathroom is small, though, and she shakes/wiggles after getting out of the shower, no matter what I try. And then races around the house.

Sophie's the first of my poodles who wasn't taught to shake hands. Maybe it's not too late.

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SHIRAZSOLLY
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4/20/13 1:45 A

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My mom taught her dog to shake off inside the shower with the door closed. She tells him to "shake" four times. Then she opens the door and lets him out and towels him off. I don't want to use the word "shake" because I have taught my dogs to sit and shake. I tried "wiggle" after the last shower but I just laughed at myself while I was commanding Solly to "wiggle" and he just stared at me from inside the shower door (I had already escaped and closed the door behind me). Wiggling myself to show him what I wanted didn't help.


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4/18/13 3:15 P

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I love this thread. Thanks for starting it, Shirzsolly! Most of my dogs haven't liked getting their fur wet, which includes baths. My mother used to try to bathe my first poodle in the laundry tub, which neither enjoyed. I usually take the selected dog into the bathtub, which seems a little more humane. Plus, if I'm gonna get soaked, might as well take a bath myself. Frankly, they seem to enjoy getting out of the tub after the shampoo, and shaking all over, best, even if I'm careful about not getting soap in their eyes and mouth. Also, I don't bathe them very often, since I've heard the soap can dry out their skin. At first I was amazed at what a good brushing could do. Then I was even more amazed with my most water-loving pup, who then loved to roll in the sand and look a sight. I just continued walking around the lake or creek with her, and by the time she dried out, she was white again. And at home a brushing got her not quite groomer perfect, since I do my own clipping, but quite presentable.

BTW, I was really impressed with the $20/dog price, since here even $60 apiece is considered cheap!

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4/14/13 12:41 A

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20.00 a dog! That is fabulous! You are very lucky!


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4/12/13 12:21 P

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I have five dogs so bath time is a full morning job. I have three Maltipoos and two Mini Schnauzers. The largest is a Mini Poodle/ Maltese mix but looks and acts like a poodle. I take all of them in the shower one by one for their baths. I have a hand held spray that makes the job very easy. There is very little resistance from any of them while they get their turn. I use dog shampoo with conditioner and also a deep conditioner of my boys who is mostly Maltese with a very long coat. They all get blowed dry also. I pay special attention to their ears to be sure that they are all completely dry. I keep the hair around their eyes trimed with special scissors and also a pair of thinning scissors. I am so lucky that I have a good groomer who only charges me 20.00 per dog. I take the Maltipoos in to be groomed about every 3 or 4 months and the Schnauzers go twice a year. My back yard is all grass and concrete so that helps with keeping them cleaner.


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SHIRAZSOLLY
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4/12/13 12:26 A

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I uploaded a picture of Sol with a #5 blade cut and a little goatee to the first page of my Sparkpage so you can see it if you're interested. He's not fancy, but he's dignified for a farm pup, I think.


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4/11/13 8:55 P

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April is so small, she gets a bath in the sink. she doesn't like it but I'm still bigger than her LOL

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4/11/13 4:45 P

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I put Solly's hair clippings on the small fruit trees that the deer like to eat.


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Since my husband saw me take my poodle in the shower with me he now takes his Boston in the shower with him. Neither dog struggles if they're in there with their humans. They must think if we are willing to "suffer" along with them, they should be the little "men" they think they are and put up with it. However, if we stick them in the bath tub all by themselves, they struggle mightily and get soap, water and dirt all over. Especially the Boston, who may only weigh 23 pounds, but he's 23 pounds of greased cannon ball.


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My two girls aren't too happy about taking bathes! Not tried the shower thing with them, they would probaly like that though! hahahaha!

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I tell little April all the time to come on in to the bathroom cause we are both girls!

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I wash my mom's dog fairly often for her. She kneels on the floor and bends over to do it and ends up with a back ache. Clearly this is how she expects me to do it, too. She thinks it's gross that I get in the shower with my dog. However, we both use soap, we are both getting rinsed with clean water, and we have both seen each other naked before.


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I have groomed April once and it took me two hours and I still didn't have her looking Great lijke she does at the groomer. But I was unemployed and she looked pretty good!

Mary & April the Poodle

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4/8/13 11:23 P

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Very funny! I enjoyed reading this. I used to clip Strudel, but I've never tried clipping Zoey. I have her groomed professionally after a stay at the doggy hotel/spa/daycare. She's going there a couple times this month, and I'll have her bathed and groomed after the second visit. They do everything, including taking care of her teeth and glands. (Top to bottom)

I do, however, take her in the shower with me, in between her grooming visits. She goes crazy after the shower too! I don't use a hair dryer either.

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Since we have a new member who has a new poodle... and since we're all concerned about our beautiful dogs, I thought this might be a fun place to share our secrets.

I'm a former shepherdess. I won't say my Sol is the best-groomed poodle around, but he does look better than my sheep used to, mainly because I don't have to move on to the next animal.

I don't show him. I keep his coat short so he is burr and stick free. I got rid of my scary sheep shearers, which were heavy and noisy, for some dog shearers with a number 5 (not fine) blade. I clip almost his entire body with that blade, which has teeth wide enough so to get through small mats. I rarely wash him first. I rarely have to go over him again except in curvy areas like neck-to shoulder and ear-to neck.

I sometimes straddle him to hold him still, although he's a bit tall for that. I leave a little goatee and mustache on so he looks manly. I now shave off his tail pompom because I could never keep it clean. I don't shave his feet with a 15 blade anymore because the vet traumatized him too much with foot surgery and I need to work him back into letting me get in between his toes without trying to run away. He gets little snacks for letting me touch his feet with the shearers.

When we're done, he goes in the shower. Sometimes with me, sometimes without me. I use coconut shampoo I buy in a great big bottle and I use a LOT of it. I also shampoo him in between clippings. I don't blow him dry. I just towel dry him. It rains too much here for him to keep that look so I don't bother.

When he is done, he twirls around and around and flops down and jumps up again. He looks like he's got some bizarro neurological disease. He jumps up on the beds, races across them, jumps off them, races downstairs, races around the living room, races upstairs, jumps on the beds, etc...

I have noticed that after I shave his legs, he looks like he has lost 20 pounds and I wish that would happen when I shave mine.


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