Poodles come to us in all conditions, from being impeccably groomed and in perfect condition to being totally dirty and matted with skin, eye, ear, fur and medical conditions, many times requiring them to be shaved down. Our wonderful veterinarians help us with the medical needs and we help the dogs with the nutritional, training, psychological and grooming needs.
Our poodles are each on their own grooming schedule and are groomed every 6 – 8 weeks depending on each individual dogs need. They may be impeccably groomed one minute and the next minute go outside for a romp in the yard and get completely dirty, always seeming to find that patch of dirt in the yard.
Since our inception in 2009, we have practiced our policy of allowing our dogs in our foster homes and all our dogs to be allowed the freedoms of running outside whether on a leash or in a large fenced area. We do not put them in pens outside. They are allowed to be dogs, have fun, run free and play.
WE WANT YOU TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN THE CLIP YOU DECIDE TO KEEP YOUR POODLE IN.
Poodles do not need to be maintained in a show clip. Some people prefer the long, shaggy look on a poodle, both on the face and the body, some people prefer a clean face and clean toes, and some people experiment with different looks creating a combined look or new style altogether. People who are familiar with the breed understand that a poodle may look a little shaggy between the 6-8 week grooming schedule.
We have a chart of over 25 different poodle clips that we have fun with when clipping our dogs. Sometimes we even make up new styles. For a donation to help support our dogs, we can come to you to show you how to bathe and groom your own dog. This will save you considerable money and will be more economical as a poodle owner. Grooming your own poodle, even brushing and bathing your own poodle, will create that much more of a stronger bond between you and your poodle.
ORDER OF GROOMING
Note that steps 1, 2, and 3 are interchangeable but all must be performed before bathing the dog (if they haven’t already been recently performed)
1.) Ears – Pluck inside the ears and clip the underside of the ears before cleaning the ears.
2.) Nails – Clip the nails and file and buff with an ordinary nail file or dremel tool.
3.) Brushing – Before you bathe your poodle, it is important to gently brush out the hair and all mats so the mats will not become tighter and hurt the dog.
HOW TO BATHE A POODLE
HOW TO PLUCK & CLEAN EARS
HOW TO COMB OUT MATTS & TANGLES
GROOMING YOUR SHEPHERD
As space and resources allows, we have adopted several purebred, gorgeous registered and unregistered shepherd’s from our group (due to our president’s vast experience with shepherds and poodles) and we can’t forget to show you how to groom them as well! Here is a video of a guy grooming a gorgeous young shepherd with blue eyes (could be a mix or a pure bred rarity…..as it does happen)!
GROOMING THE TAIL
GROOMING THE FEET
CLIPPING THE NAILS
IS YOUR DOG HESITANT ABOUT HAVING THEIR NAILS TOUCHED? WATCH THIS BUT DO NOT PRACTICE IN THE STREET. PRACTICE IN A SAFELY FENCED AREA SUCH AS YOUR CONCRETE DRIVEWAY OR WALKWAY.