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Dog Grooming: How to Groom a Poodle

The poodle is a very elegant, sophisticated and aristocratic member of the dog kingdom. But what makes them so elegant is the grooming they receive. Dog grooming is important and practical for a poodle.

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Tools Needed to Groom a Poodle

To groom a poodle you will need a dog brush, a mat brush, anti-itch and anti-flea shampoo, dog clippers with various trim tools and plenty of towels or a hair dryer. Some sharp scissors regular size and small, as well as tweezers.

If your dog is nervous you might want to have a mussel on hand to keep from getting nipped.

Dog Grooming is Easier if You Brush Your Dog First

Brushing your dogs coat will help with bathing and make clipping easier. Make sure to use the mat brush to work out all those tangles and knots.

Resolve yourself to brush your poodle two to three times a week. This will keep the tangles down and make their coat shine.

Now before you begin clipping exam the dogs ears. Hair gets down in a dogs ears and causes itching and infection. Use your tweezers carefully to pull out unwanted and excess hair in the ear canal.

Good Dog Grooming Starts with a Bath

Poodles for the most part are pretty clean animals as they don’t drool, shed or have a strong doggy odor. But they need to be bathed before you start clipping their hair.

Most dog shampoos have conditioner in them to prevent tangles, but make sure you have one that does or buy a separate bottle of conditioner. This will save you time and make the ordeal more pleasant for your dog.

Make sure to use warm water not cold or hot. Start at the head and work back and down. This will drive fleas away from your dogs ears, eyes and nostrils. Be sure to wash the whole dog and rinse well.

How to Clip a Poodle

Clipping with electric clippers sounds and feels funny to your dog. They tend to spook easy. If they nip at you don’t scold but muzzle them to protect yourself, but allows your pooch to communicate anything unpleasant.

Holding your dogs paw firmly with your left hand proceed to clip the hair down below the ankle and between their toes. Poodles don’t seem to like this at first because it tickles but they will adjust quickly. Remember to talk and reassure your dog to help them understand that you will not hurt them.

Hold your dogs muzzle while you proceed next to trim their face and neck area. Remember do not cut off the top knot on their head. If you had a small bowl you could make an imaginary line from above their eyes to the ears all the way around the head.

Be careful not to cut to close or let the clippers get to hot as this leads to skin rash. Remember to use flat part of clippers wherever you can.

With a pair of scissors clip to feather out the top knot and ears.

Trim the tail leaving a pompom on the end. Clip the tail on top towards its root and away when clipping underneath. Now with the clippers cut the top of the body evenly from the tail to the neck.

Clip the belly shorter by lifting and supporting their legs, but be careful not to cut or burn your poodle.

Now shape the legs and hips to the structure of their body ending just above the ankle or pad.

All you have left is tying bows to their ears and paint the toenails.

Thats all there is to grooming your poodle. It takes some practice but with patience and love you can save $55-$75 dollars a month and keep your poodle sharp and elegant. I know I have two.

Are You Tired of Looking for the Right Stainless Steel Dog Wash?

Usually, a lot of people think that they only need to buy a stainless steel product and a lot of their durability problems go away. While it is true that a stainless steel dog bath tub can withstand the test of time, durability is not the only consideration. You should also consider size as well as ease of cleaning and design components. Now, it’s too easy to look at buying this type of product from a purely utilitarian perspective. However, I would suggest that you don’t look at things that way because, eventually, your attitude will catch up with bath tub

What do I mean by this? Well, if your stainless steel dog wash is hard to clean, chances are, you won’t bother to clean it after a while. This can lead to all sorts of hygiene issues. Also, it can lead to a downward spiral. You look at your equipment before you wash your dog and you decide to call off washing your dog. Why? You don’t want to clean up after washing your dog. Days turn into weeks and then weeks can easily turn into months. I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you of this.

Unfortunately, this is exactly the kind of sad situation you’ll find yourself in if you don’t pay close attention to the design of the dog wash you’re thinking of buying. Design counts for a lot. Just because different products have different designs but are intended for the same use, it doesn’t automatically mean that they’re all the same. There is a big reason why products have the certain shape or the design they have. Those details are not without consequence. They mean something. They either mean that you would spend less time cleaning that particular item, or they can mean that you would have to put in a lot more effort in cleaning up after your pet.

Water management is also a big factor in looking for a right dog wash product. You might think that just because the product has enclosed sides that your water management issues have gone away. Absolutely wrong. You have to imagine how your pet would actually behave in working with that equipment. You might be in for a shock. If your pet is particularly active and likes to run around, water might end up all  over the place.

You have to look beyond what the manufacture’s description is. A lot of manufacturers like to paint a rosy and beautiful picture of how your pet would interact with their product. I really can’t say I blame them. After all, their job is to move as many products as possible. Your job, on the other hand, is to maximize the amount of value for every dollar you’re going to spend on a product.Stainless Steel Dog Wash

Do your job well by simply paying attention to differences in design and noticing what their implications may mean as far as the actual product usage, your pet’s comfort, and also your clean up labor. By factoring all these considerations, you increase the likelihood that you would be making a truly informed decision.

Let’s face it, it’s just too easy to end up with the wrong product. It’s too easy to buy something that you thought would work in your situation only to come back to the store and ask for a refund. Don’t go through that unnecessary headache. Pay attention to the specific considerations of your pet and use these as the primary guidance you’ll use to pick the right product. The right product is out there. It’s only a question of whether you use the right factors to identify that product.

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