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nessa1880
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posted 07-31-2003 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nessa1880     Edit/Delete Message
I was wondering if anyone in here has a poodle that they groom themselves. I have been taking her to the groomers but they say they have a really hard time with her. I think she would do better for me. I just wasnt sure if its really worth doing it myself. I know it will be cost less but I dont know if its really hard to do. How do you learn to do this yourself?

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iluvmypup
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posted 07-31-2003 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iluvmypup     Edit/Delete Message
i groom my shihpoo myself it's not hard to do once you get the hang of it.you might have to do it a couple of times to get it right.good luck

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bellasmommy
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posted 07-31-2003 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bellasmommy     Edit/Delete Message
nessa.. i groom bella myself, she is half toy poodle and half shih tzu.. puttin has a poodle that she grooms herself and from pics it looks like she does a wonderful job.. she is very knowledgeable about the grooming of poodles and i'm sure she'll respond to this soon for you.. you can also go through previous posts about grooming.. one of the things i think is most important about grooming your dog yourself is having the right "tools" for your type of dog, i.e. brushes, shampoos, nail cutters, etc.. there are also websites, videos, and books dedicated to the subject of grooming.. try doing a search on your web browser for poodle grooming.. good luck

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nessa1880
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posted 07-31-2003 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nessa1880     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you. I just think grooming my own dog would be like a time for us to bond. And save me alot of $$$. I just dont want to hurt her with the clippers. That is my main concern.

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bellasmommy
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posted 08-01-2003 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bellasmommy     Edit/Delete Message
nessa.. grooming time is definitely bonding time i understand your concern about the clippers.. i myself only use scissors on bella but i don't think that would be possible with a poodle since their hair grows very quickly and is so curly.. you can also ask the groomer you've been going to questions.. they might be able to make some good recommendations about clippers and proper technique.. if you feel comfortable and confident grooming her she will sense those feelings and trust you.. in the end you two will bond and you will save $$.. good luck

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nessa1880
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posted 08-01-2003 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nessa1880     Edit/Delete Message
I would think it would be hard to only use scissors. What do you use for her face and feet? That is the part I am scaried of shaving. I love her having a clean face.

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puttin510
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posted 08-01-2003 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I love a clean shaved face too and to have it stay that way we must trim it at least every thrr weeks, or it starts to look messy. The plus's of having the face clipped is that you don't have the messy brown hair around the mouth that makes it look dirty. First off, get a good clipper. Mine was given to me from my mother in law. It is an Oster brand. If I had bought one myself i heard that Moser is very good. There is the type with changable blades or the type with one blade and attachable combs. I have the second one. I think its a matter of which one you start off with and get comfortable using then you go with that one. You can also buy cordless which is what I really want. No cord to thro over your shoulder. Ok, I can go on and on. Just ask me and I will tell you what I know. I just looked at pictures asked questions about angles of trimming areas and its been three years and I still am learning. But I have saved alot of money. Here is one tip I learned from a gal in Italy. She bathes her dog, now two poos, once weekly and goes over their coat with the clipper once weekly also. This really cuts down on clipping time. If you wait like six weeks inbetween grooming it is much more work. If you do it once a week or 2 weeks you only end up having to trim a tiny bit off , it basically just cleans it up. The face is easy. You just need to get puppers used to the sound of the clipper and just clip for short time slots so's not to freak her out. Ok, I will shut up now let me know. I wish you lived nearby. I showed my neighbor how to clip her standard. I tried for weeks to get them to let me and finally they said yes. He looked so beautiful. All they were doing is cutting with scizzors and he looked bumpy. Also bathe, then blow dry hair, then clip.

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Lacey
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posted 08-01-2003 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lacey     Edit/Delete Message
One thing I have used that works great on Toy Poodle feet is a Wahl cordless beard trimmer. It's blade is narrower than a regular clipper and gets in between the pads and toes easier. I almost always groom mine. Once in awhile I go to a groomer to get a break. By the way, I would try a different groomer if they complain about how she acts. They should be used to that with a puppy. Another groomer might be better. Puppies need to get used to grooming.

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puttin510
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posted 08-02-2003 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I had two of those and they broke down. I bought a man beard trimming kit. It works well for the hairs just around the toes. My husband steals it often and uses the beard part. it is also cordless. Is the one you have rechargable or battery operated. I had the battery kind.

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Lacey
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posted 08-02-2003 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lacey     Edit/Delete Message
Whoops, I misspoke. Mine is a Conair. I have had it for about 2 years now and have never had it break. It takes batteries and I use the rechargable kind so I don't go through so many. My husband refused to use the same one as the dog so I got him his own. They are only about 12-14 bucks at Wal-Mart. I think they work great! I just used them yesterday to groom. Maybe the Conair work better? Who knows.

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ilovemypets
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posted 08-02-2003 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemypets     Edit/Delete Message
This really wont help with the subject buts its cute so I'm gonna tell it. My aunt's dog, Amy is a toy poodle and she will groom her nails on a CERTAIN night. He will bite at them and then hold them up and look at them. She is soo cute!

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nessa1880
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posted 08-04-2003 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nessa1880     Edit/Delete Message
Puttin I'm scaried to shave her face and hurt her by poking her eyes or something. I guess what I really need to do is buy books and clippers and just try. Do you recommend books or videos or either? And if so do you recommend a specific one? I just dont have alot of money to spend on this right now. But if I dont do it myself I'll be taking back to the groomers in a few weeks. To bad you dont live closer I would drive there and have you show me. I would love to see the coast!

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puttin510
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posted 08-05-2003 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Lacey: The cordless one I have now is by remington. And I can only use the little side thing that flips up. I can get her feet done so perfectly with it.

Nessa: I pretty much looked online at pictures and explanations on there, but the poodle group on furkids highly recomends a grooming book by Shirley Kalstone. When you clip the hair at the mouth you gently pull the mouth back to get it in a straight line and go against the grain of hair growth to get a clean looking mouth. A good length of facial hair is about 1/8 of an inch. I have done it shorter and don't like it. It looks almost bald. More of a chance to get a burn. If by chance you do clipper burn and see some redness. Put a dab of aloe vera or lotion. It keeps it from itching and goes right away. You can also follow the lines that the groomer has set.

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puttin510
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posted 08-05-2003 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Luvpets: My poo used to get ear infections so what she does or I should say used to do is take her paw and lighty scratch inside her ears and smell her nails. I have not seen her do this since using thornit powder. I would always check her ears especially after seeing her do that. But usually it was just wax. But I think she was just checking to see what was going on in her ear. I guess she did not like that nasty ear wax either.

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nessa1880
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posted 08-06-2003 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nessa1880     Edit/Delete Message
I have purchased some Thornit powder and should be receiving in next week. I hope it works.

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puttin510
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posted 08-06-2003 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I think you will be happy with the results. I saw you over at furkids.

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nessa1880
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posted 08-06-2003 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nessa1880     Edit/Delete Message
Yeah I registered. I'm really sorry to hear about sasha. I will pray for her.

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puttin510
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posted 08-07-2003 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks, I am doing all I can for her.

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