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Old 11-24-2012, 05:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well are all white and pretty and clean ! yea ! It has been very dry down here in the south and my yard is like a dust bowl. So my spoos have looked like gray poodles instead of white. I bathed them last night and it took two shampoos each to get them clean. I am planning on taking them to grandmas today so I dont want them dirty.
They are making me feel so bad cause they want to go out side and play :( I usually let them out early after b'fast to run and play while I get ready for work but today they only got about 20minsof that. My mom has big fenced in grassey back yrd that they can play in this afternoon.
They are now 10 mons old and I am wondering if they will settle down as they get older as far as playfighting and rolling , wrestling and generally running around like wild things . Which in turn should help me keep them clean (?) I made two snoods out of a pair of my sons old sleep pants and they are keeping them on pretty good but they don't hold up to the neck biting playing they do.
Any body have any encourageing words for me? Right now they are chewing up a small piece of kindling to amuse them selves.....
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Xanax? LOL! I can't imagine TWO pups! Sorry no advice, just sympathy!
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Best of luck to you.....my big girls are 3 and 5, they had a bath Wednesday and look homeless today (to the point I am embarrassed). They wrestle all the time and have torn up the grass in at least half the yard, it has been re seeded numerous times only to be torn up again. If I have to keep them nice looking for one reason or another, I will let them out one at a time forcing them to play only in the house. They seem so bored if I do not let them run outside like crazy girls for at least an hour a day. We walk them frequently and for long periods but nothing makes them as happy as their yard time. I cringe when I see them after an hour of play but am also smiling because they are so happy and worn out after a good play session. My son calls them the "brown dogs" (they are white and cream). I know it is difficult and very time consuming to keep them clean but short of keeping them in lock down or in a small confined area I have resigned myself that I will always have the "dirty girls".
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Well are all white and pretty and clean ! yea ! It has been very dry down here in the south and my yard is like a dust bowl. So my spoos have looked like gray poodles instead of white. I bathed them last night and it took two shampoos each to get them clean. I am planning on taking them to grandmas today so I dont want them dirty.
Hey, there's nothing wrong with "gray" poodles! It's been so muddy up north where we are, my silver mpoo has been looking mighty brown around the edges. I too double-shampooed him and kept him mostly indoors in preparation for our Thanksgiving visitors. I can't advise you about when (or if) the poodle "horse play" settles down, but I can tell you Chagall returns from play-dates with his Australian Cattle Dog buddy Wiley looking like a half-shorn sheep that's been rolled in the dirt. Almost makes me wish they could breed a self-cleaning poodle! But as my dh likes to point out, I've got an entire grooming setup in the basement so it might as well be put to regular use.
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I had to smile when I read about re-seeding the grass, that was my all-summer project too. Now I have taken to just buying sod to replace the ripped/eaten up sections, as waiting for the grass to grow while "protecting" it with patio furniture and plant pots takes too darn long! But Tonjad, I too have standard poodle siblings and they love to wrestle. I actually like it because although they get a run every day, they still have plenty of energy and it makes them happy; after a bout of wrestling they are happy to chew a toy or have a nap. Also I don't mind play growling but I don't like them to bark while they wrestle, because I don't want it to sound like a dog fighting pit in my back yard or living room; my daughter says we trained them to "whisper fight", lol. I think you will start to see a difference in 2 or 3 months with the energy level..they will still be bouncy and energetic, but a bit of the frenzy wears off after a year.
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I am so glad to know I am not the only one who has this problem ! thanks for your sharing your cleaning issues! I have been racking my brain trying to come up with some sort of clothing I could put on them when they go out haha--I have tried a few things but nothing works so far. Yea I do enjoy watching them so happy running and tumbling wrestling in the dirt . Such happy lil creatures they are ! I have a very large yard so that is how they get their exercise--we rarely go on walks. So now they are asleep looking like lil angels--clean lil angels! only a couple more hrs to go to grandmas and then after that visit they will prob be gray again soon--no offense Chagall I love silver poodles but this is not a pretty silver
Indiana- it is so funny my girl is very vocal and makes the funniest growl noises when she is getting after her brother--sounds like the big hairy beast on star wars. She barks too but Merlin rarely makes a sound. When he does bark at something it is a very deep loud bark.
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My 2 year old drives my 8 year old crazy wanting to play. If Carley flat out refuses, Stella will just roll on the ground and get dirty. I feel your pain...
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With poodles half the fun is playing and it never stops!!! Sorry to be bearer of this BAD news, However there are products you can put on their coats so when you bath them the grime just washes away (mink oil is brilliant) just rub oil in and this helps repel all the dirt etc,you can also use baby talcum powder or potatoe starch powder after all poodles have wool not hair so like sheep the natural oils do help keep them alot cleaner then other dogs, but oiling them up helps. Invest in a good pet dryer /blaster which one quick do over blows their coat clean

Now you can get body suits if you really want to but they won't last as the dogs will simply tear them as they play.

My suggestion is lots of interactive toys to help distract them from each other like tug ropes and frozen bones and frozen bowls of water in which you put chicken necks or wings and they have to lick and lick to get to the prize. some people go as far as permently caging or kenneling their dogs just to keep their coats 'perfect' this is more for show dogs then pets though, so if pets just take their clip down one more notch so it does not collect to much debris and they don't need too much brushing. I walk both my dogs as well as have a fast and furious frisbee session and like now they are both exhausted and asleep and don't want to run around like maniacs, they are 2 different breeds though.
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Lol I feel your pain! Mine are 2 and 8 mo, and if I let them they would play and wrestle all day long. It's difficult to keep them apart, but since I'm trying to grow some coat on them, they are restricted to playing just tug of war. They are slowly getting used to it. I get on to them every time they drop the toy and start wrestling, and pick the toy up and give it back to them. So far, it's working. Maybe you could try that with your kids?

And as a side note, oil actually attracts dirt. I know, I have to put a light oil on my tpoo's topknot to keep the breakage down and it gets dirty fast. You could try spraying something on like Ice on Ice though. It helps repel dirt, is non oily, AND has a sunscreen in it, so no more crunchy sunburned hair.
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I would love for Remington be be slightly gray, or even just a little dingie looking... He was given a bath just before we left on holiday and another one last night. This morning he went out came in dressed as a mud puppy. He was covered head to tail in that rich black soil... He was as happy as could be. I left for work with the thought that after a long day at work, we would add to it by having a long night of puppy washing to look forward to... I so feel your pain!
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