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Old 02-10-2013, 08:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So Aria is going to a kennel tomorrow for 6 days. We have always kenneled our babies here and they are great! My worries are all about her coat care. I WILL NOT let them touch her coat with anything!.. Lol but I'm trying to figure out whether I should wrap her topknot or keep it down and only pull up her bangs. I just don't want them getting loose and cause tangling or breakage by being in for 6 days because at this moment I have to redo them every 2 days, but that's because she plays hard, and in the kennel she won't be with any other dogs. What would you do? I just wish her breeder was closer so I could just send her to his house.. Lol she is getting ready for her first show. We are hoping she will be ready in march.


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When you show her, will you be handling her or hiring a handler? Reason I'm asking, if you hire a handler, maybe the handler can babysit her for 6 days. The handler will know how to work her TK and coat and they can get acquainted with each other, too. hin

I think, although I am NOT a groomer and don't show my poodles, I wonder if it would actually be better to leave her TK down so that it won't become tangled or break off in the bands should the bands get loose or start to pull and she digs at it. When I was showing my horse, I learned the hard way that braiding a tail can make a HUGE mess if not kept up daily. I would have been better off using a good spray on conditioner and leaving it clean, brushed out and loose. :(
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Thank you. That's kind of what I thought too.

Right now, as a puppy I will be handling her and then I may have a professional handler finish her. ( I would rather a handler do it all, but i was advised not to waste my money on a puppy because their behavior is unpredictable... lol) She is going to the kennel today so it would be a little too late to get a handler to watch her. I would have to know the handler for awhile before I would leave her with them. But that's great to have for future though, I never thought about having her stay with a handler when gone.


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I think I might just pull up and band her bangs because when they get in her eyes her eyes water and I don't want them to get stained


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6 days is a long time to go without any coat care. I suppose since she is a pup and doesn't have too terribly much length yet it will be ok. I can think of pros and cons for both putting her hair up and leaving it down. If you put it up, it will probably be matted by the time you come back. However, as you pointed out her eyes won't water and stain her coat. Also, if you leave it down it tempts kennel techs to grab a pair of scissors. You have no idea how many times I have had to fix haircuts given by kennels against the owners wish!! I would stress very strongly that if a single hair on her head is cut, there will be hell to pay.

All that to say, I would go ahead and put it up. Maybe put it in horns so it will stay in longer. Even if it does mat, you can demat it without damage of you are careful. Right now Raven is going through coat change, so sometimes he gets a little matting under his wraps. I spray it with some conditioner first, then gently work it apart with my fingers.
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I had a thought, although too late for this trip, but, what about one of those snoodie things? That way, if it does become misaligned, the kennel staff should be able to put it back on without doing too much damage, right? Maybe?

I don't know, just a weird thought I had when I was trying to fall asleep. See, now it's not just my dogs/poodles keeping me awake - it's everyones! LOL
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I think a snood would break the hair like a collar. I hope the kennel staff doesn't touch scissor anywhere my dog. Lol I was very clear and even said that if the rubber band begins to fall out to just let it work its way out and not to try to pull it out or cut it out because there will be hell to pay. Turns out the owner of the kennel used to show dogs so that made me feel a little more comfortable. They put a red alert tag on her kennel that said "show dog" and they wrote down all my specific instructions on how to handle her coat. I have used this kennel for a few years now and trust them and believe they will follow my instruction. I called them yesterday and checked up on her and they said she is doing great and they just love how sweet she is. Thanks everyone for your input


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I don't know, just a weird thought I had when I was trying to fall asleep. See, now it's not just my dogs/poodles keeping me awake - it's everyones! LOL[/QUOTE]

Hhahaha I just caught this.. That hilarious, I'm the same way. That's why I love coming to this forum with my questions, because I know everyone who answers is really compassionate about their dogs and love to share their personal experiences and knowledge with other people who share their passion




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That is wonderful news. It sounds like an excellent kennel.
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