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Old 12-09-2012, 05:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok....so I am new to poodles and snow. My Casey saw snow for the first time in his life today...about 6 inches of the wet heavy snow. He threw all of his ten pounds into about three laps of zoomies around the back yard...and wanted in.
I looked at his legs and they looked like snowmen.. total lumps of snow on every leg. I took him to the sink and with warm water they were gone in a minute.

BUT....does this happen every time he goes out now? His fur is not that long...but four or five leg baths aday for the next four months doesnt seem right.

Did I do something wrong...should I spray his legs with "Pam" before he goes outside...JUST KIDDING

Seriously...what do you all do to prevent this??? Feeling silly in the northland
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Ok....so I am new to poodles and snow. My Casey saw snow for the first time in his life today...about 6 inches of the wet heavy snow. He threw all of his ten pounds into about three laps of zoomies around the back yard...and wanted in.
I looked at his legs and they looked like snowmen.. total lumps of snow on every leg. I took him to the sink and with warm water they were gone in a minute.

BUT....does this happen every time he goes out now? His fur is not that long...but four or five leg baths aday for the next four months doesnt seem right.

Did I do something wrong...should I spray his legs with "Pam" before he goes outside...JUST KIDDING

Seriously...what do you all do to prevent this??? Feeling silly in the northland
Socks? Like, cut off the toe and just pull up over the bracelets?

Actually, I think brushing off the snow into the sink might have been better than adding more water.

I'm interested in hearing from people who actually deal with this as my young Standard hasn't seen snow yet ... but it's coming, I'm sure!
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The wet, heavy snow is the worst for sticking to fur. We are in Wisconsin and it started snowing pretty good last night and is still going. This is our second winter with Lexi, who absolutley LOVES the snow. She ran like a crazy dog this morning around the yard when I let her out and as she came barreling in the house and up the stairs, left a trail of snow. I don't know what type of cut Casey is in, but just yesterday when Lexi was at the groomers, I had her bracelets taken totally off. That makes it a bit less fur for all that wonderfull snow to pack in and around. Sometimes I will wipe her feet at the door, but what I done several times and it seems to work is to put a towel down on the kitchen or bathroom floor, have her stand over it, put my blow dryer on medium and work my fingers threw the pads of her feet to make sure there isn't any ice that stays between her pads. Then I just blow the back side of her feet, which is where the snow seems to stick the worst until it's gone. I was going to order dog booties for her last winter and didn't. As soon as I am done here I am placing an order. Dogbooties.com in Duluth makes custom booties that are very reasonable and last. Sled dogs wear them. We had some for our toy poodle when we first moved here and they worked really well for the snow. She was so little, they were almost like snowshoes for her.
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I shoveled the lawn. :|
We used to shovel down to the top of the grass for our toy poodle who hated the snow. I couldn't blame her, we moved her here when she was ten years old! Dh would shovel a big, square place for her to potty. It reminded me of a snow cave and was high enough it kept her out of the wind as well. The things we do!
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Right now I have a sectioned part off to the side of the house for them so I don't have to shovel the WHOLE lawn, but using a slicker brush in the snowballs really helps get them off.
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I never thought of using a slicker brush to get the snow balls out. Very good idea, fluffyspoos.

There is another thread with some discussion on this. Check out "So let's Talk About Winter" for some other ideas.
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Poodles are dogs for all seasons, just not such easy keepers in the snowy and muddy ones. Muttluks Dog Snowsuits earn raves from some. (I posted a photo of a poodle in one.) I just keep a force air dyrer on our enclosed back porch and use it as a poodle snow blower to get rid of the snow balls. It keeps my mpoo from defrosting all over the house and staining the wood floors. Sometimes I put boots on him. And I often use Musher's Magic wax on his paw pads and the webbing between his toes to prevent ice crystal build-up. The best thing to do may be to wish for an early spring, but then there's all that mud to deal with!!


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I think Casey's fur must be too long. He doesnt wear bracelets...he has fur all the way up...and its been two months since his last groom....he even had fur balls on his stomach...he was covered....

So it sounds like I need to keep him trimmed shorter for the winter...I was thinking to keep his fur longer for warmth....AND

I DID go out and shovel the grass...Lordy I'm sure my neighbors thought I'd finally gone over the edge...but thanks for the tip!!
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