Tickersoid’s poodles were wondering about how I am groomed to look so nice. Well,basically, Kyahgirl tortures me on a regular basis.
The beauty of poodles (besides the fact that we’re smart, sweet, funny, energetic, and humble) is that there is never any shedding whatsoever. The downside of that is we require more regular care (haircuts). In my case, because I’m living in the house and now allowed on the couches and bed (sometimes if I’m sneaky) they insist on bathing me quite often. I wish that blabbermouth breeder hadn’t told them I’m a water dog so don’t worry about bathing me too much!
Anyway, my Breeder, Elly, showed them the basics when I was a puppy. Kyahgirl would do my nails and trim me up a bit but when I was small, they took me to a groomer. As I grew, Kyahgirl became more confident. The humans bought a really good clipper and some other tools of torture. By the time I was six months old it was costing them $70 every 6-8 weeks to have me beautified, plus it was a gigantic pain in the arse for everyone to travel to the groomers, have me spend the day there, get picked up at the end of the day.
Because Kyahgirl is so cheap thrifty she got serious about doing my grooming. The payback on the cost of all the equipment (about $400) takes about 1 year.
What you need is pictured above:
Oster A5 clippers,
1 – 4F blade for the body and legs.
2 – #10 blades for the face, ears, tail, belly, and feet. (You should have at least 2 because they get hot and you have to change them out and let them cool so you don’t burn the victim subject.
A slicker brush
A dog comb
Scissors (proper grooming ones)
Goddamn ear hair pluckers Forceps for the ear hairs, (I am prone to ear infections so Kyahgirl ruthlessly plucks the hair from inside my ears. She uses the the long forceps pictured on the right by the blue bulb. She sometimes uses the bulb to wash out my ears. Something we both hate.)
Dremel tool for the nails. (Kyahgirl swears that the Dremel tool is the best thing for trimming my nails. No bleeding, no accidental nicks on the quick. I wish she’d take that thing out to the garage and build a bird house or something but that’s just me. )
There are a couple of good articles on line on grooming. Here is one:
Oh yeah, she bought this book on ebay. Elly says its one of the best books on grooming there is, even though the dog on the front looks like an idiot. (Elly didn’t say that, I did). The book has excellent info on tools required as well as detailed technique. There are a lot of fruitcake looking hairstyles in there which, thankfully, the alpha female hasn’t tried to inflict on me.
It takes her about 3 hours to do the whole works. Its about an hour to just do the short parts (face, ears, feet, tail, belly). Sometimes I get a treat. Mostly I just get hell for fidgeting too much!
Here’s a picture of me as a baby with my dam and siblings. I’ll be darned if I know which one of those sausages is me so don’t even ask.
Anymore questions? I thought not, you’re all snoring now.
My work here is done.