After purchasing your first Poodle, there are some simple procedures for keeping him/her in top condition. Please read on:
At 8 weeks of age your puppy should already have its feet, face and base of the tail clipped. This should be done every 4 weeks until the pup is 6 months old. This enables the pup to become accustomed to the feel and noise of the clippers. Ears should be plucked at this time and also the nails should be trimmed. Check ears weekly and clean them with a good ear cleaner. As an adult, it is recommended that Poodles be clipped every 6 to 8 weeks. If you prefer your Poodle to have a longer coat, their face and feet may need to be trimmed more regulary as the hair needs to be kept away from the eyes. The feet will need to be checked for grass seeds etc. between toes and pads (long foot fur also make messy foot prints in the house when wet).
Brushing with a slicker brush every day while the pup is young will get him into a routine and will keep him knot free. Run a steel comb through the coat after brushing just to be sure no knots were missed. As an adult, thorough grooming three times a week is sufficient.
Gooming and removal of knots is essential BEFORE bathing. When brushing, part the coat and brush from the roots out. Poodles DO MOULT, but they do not drop their hair. When they moult they need to be brushed more regularly, otherwise the dead hair stays in the coat and will become matted. Always ensure ALL shampoo and conditioner is rinsed out good, otherwise dandruff will occur and may make the dog itch.
If your puppy objects to brushing, you must persist and be consistent (just as for toilet training ). Place your puppy on a table and spend a few minutes every day and don't stop because he's trying to bite or yelps, as this is his way of teaching YOU! He will soon learn that the job gets done quicker when there's no fuss. Always remember to praise when he has been good. Do not play with the pup while he is on the table, otherwise he will not understand the difference between playtime and groomtime.
A common thought amongst pet owners is that a poodle should be kept long during the winter because "he will get cold". This is okay if you are prepared to do the work to keep his coat knot free. If you prefer a short, maintenance free cut for your poodle, it is best to be short all year round as the body will adjust to the changing weather. Doggy jumpers come in handy for your shorthaired Poodle when you go out in the weather, BUT can cause the long coat to matt twice as fast.
The puppy's coat is very different from the adult Poodle course, curly coat. It is straighter, fuzzier, tends to matt heavily and doesn't hold a trim. Poodle pups often look best in a full coat with clipped face, feet, and tail.
>Touch your new puppy's feet and rub your fingers between it's toes a couple times a day. This will make nail clipping easier.
>Show your puppy the brush. Let it sniff and play with it for a few seconds. Brush it's coat a few times, then reward your puppy with a small treat and verbal praise. Each day increase the number of brush strokes.
>Handle your puppy's ears, then reward with a treat and praise. A puppy's ears are more tender than an adult Poodle. They will usually whine the first few times when hair is plucked from the ear.
>Bath your puppy with a mild puppy shampoo. Fill the sink or tub to a depth that will get only your puppy's feet wet. Give your puppy time to get used to the water. Add more water to get the puppy's legs and body wet. Wet it's head last.
>Use an absorbent towel and then finish with a blow dryer. The sound of the hair dryer may frighten your puppy, so slowly introduce your puppy to it.
Brushing your Poodles Teeth is crucial in maintaining your Poodle's good heatlh. Many people forget how important dental care is for their pet until periodontal disease has set in and serious dental work is required. The key to avoiding periodontal disease and other health challenges is to start brushing your Poo's teeth as soon as possible and frequently as possible. Time invested towards your poo's oral hygiene throughout his life will certainly help keep your poo happier and healthier.
Whether you're starting to brush your poo's teeth at a young age or an older age, you should start the process slowly .
Open your puppies mouth and touch its teeth and gum .You can begin by using a fingerbrush or puppy toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs.
NEVER use human toothpaste on your dog. Human toothpaste is too abrasive on your poo's teeth and contains fluoride that should not be swallowed.
When you feel your puppy is ready, add a little toothpaste to the toothbrush and allow him to have a taste. When your puppy is finished, don't forget a treat !
After your puppy has succeeded in tasting the toothpaste on three or four occasions, attempt to brush his teeth in a circular, massaging motion, starting at the back molars. After every few strokes, give your puppy a treat and continue if your puppy remains comfortable. Brush all of the teeth on the outside, inside and top. Brush his teeth on a regular basis.
Good dental health begins with the propper diet!
The wrong kinds of food can cause dental distress in dogs. Feeding your dog a dry food rather than a moist canned one will helps remove the bacterial plaque that can harden into tartar. Dry food also provides adequate chewing exercise and gum stimulation. Avoid giving your dog sweets and table scraps as they may also increase plaque and tartar formation.
Chew treats, including hard meat-protein biscuits and rawhide chews for dogs, can help remove plaque, and provide stimulation for the gum.
Watch out for wood - throwing sticks can result in splinters and gum damage.
Don't let your dog chew on hard materials like bones or stones.They can wear down, even break teeth, damage gums and lead to infection.
Almost all poodles have weepy eyes. There are very few dry eyed poodles out there. This is not a result of poor breeding or indicative of a sick dog. It is just a fact of life with the poodle breed in general. The weepy eyes are due to the tear ducts being too small to accommodate the tears the eys produces. There is a surgery that can correct this, but the cost is prohibitive. Most people learn to live with it. Cleaning is required to prevent fur staining and to keep odor down. Cleaning also prevents eye infections like pink eye-conjunctivitis. We recommend daily cleaning of the eyes with nonalcoholic free baby wipes, a wet cloth, or pet eye wipes. There are lots of products out on the market that claim to reduce or eliminate the rust colored sins around the eyes. I have yet to find one that works. Most of the time it is the shaving of the face that removes the stins. That is until the eye starts to weep again. Itseems to be an endless process.
Ears need to e kept clean and free of hair. It you detect foul odor from the ears this means TROUBLE !!! The hair needs to be plucked. Make sure your groomer cares for the ears properly. Be sure to keep water out of the ears when bathing your pet. If your poodle scratches its ears a lot and cries then you may have a problem. Always check the ears for Ticks and Mites. Ear mites are microscopic pests that take up residence in your dogs ears. The ears become inflamed, sore and itchy. You may see your dog shaking his head a lot as well as the scratching. Tis problem is very easy to pass from one dog to another, but is also easy to clean up with insecticide ear drops. If unsure whether your dog has ear mites, check with your vet or grommer. Ear mites can also be detected by swabbing the ear canal with a Q-tip (do not worry you can not hit the ear drum) and then rubbing the swab on a piece of black paper. The mites will appear as tiny white moving dots. Do not panic ! You can obtain ear mite drops a most any store that carries dog supplies.