When introducing the Poodle puppy
to the clippers, it is a good idea to turn the machine
on and hold it near the puppies head for a few minutes.
This lets the puppy get familiar with the sound of the
clippers. Second, very gently, touch the side of the
puppy's head and and also against the puppy's body.
This allows the puppy to get use to the vibrations of
the clippers. You may want to do this a couple of times
during the week before actually starting to clip the
puppy's hair, depending on how the puppy reacts to the
clippers. Some puppies adjust to the clippers quickly
while others take more time.
When you begin to clip the Poodle,
handle him with firmly but gently. Let the puppy know
this is not playtime. This is a serious business, and
puppy needs to understand that. If puppy objects by
crying or snapping, be firm but gentle let puppy know
this is not acceptable behavior and patiently continue
to groom puppy.
Remember: This first clipping
is really a behavior lesson. If the puppy is allowed
to get away with disobedience (growling, snapping, etc...,)
this time, it will be harder to teach him that it is
not acceptable behavior the next time you attempt to
puppy/dog should be placed on a table or any other flat
surface, which is approximately waist high. Never clip
him on the floor, and never on anything that is not
solid and strong. The puppy/dog should never feel unsafe
because of a poor grooming table. The table should have
a matting of corrugated rubber or another material,
which will give your puppy/dog secure footing. If the
Poodle becomes frightened because of a slippery or shaky
table it will be nearly impossible to work with.
lighting and no distractions are both essential for
good grooming. The light should be even and as free
from shadows as possible. Neon light is by far the best
type for Poodle grooming. There should be no distractions
in the room, such as other animals or persons with whom
the dog is unfamiliar. I
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a nail clipper can be a tricky for the novice. The quick,
which is the spongy part of the nail, will bleed if
clipped. If this happens use Kwik Stop or cornstarch
to stop the bleeding. There are other product sold on
the pet market just for this situation. It is painful
for them if you cut into the quick and should be avoided.
a guillotine type nail clipper place the tip of the
nail into the circle . A quick movement of the blade
clips the nail; but first, push down lightly and if
the nail has a spongy feel, don't press any further.
The quick shows as a dark area in light-colored nails.
Overgrown nails usually develop a hook, which should
Flap-eared dogs like the Poodle
may have trouble with ear infections due to the accumulation
of dead hair, wax and other matter. Long-handled, round-ended
hemostats available in most dog stores should be used
to remove the hair inside the ears. Do not be in a hurry,
as you are working in a very sensitive area. Grasp the
hair firmly and with a quick, twisting motion!
ears should then be swabbed out with Q-tips dipped in
alcohol or peroxide. Clean carefully, but do not probe
deeper than you can see. Should the ears seen painful
or foul- smelling consult your veterinarian. There are
a number of dog ear cleaners and remedies available
at your pet shop for troublesome ears.
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