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Old 02-14-2009, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can you all tell me what your process is for bathing your poodle? I am only used to bathing my IGs and Whippet - for that I bathe in Chris Christensen shampoo, towel dry and spray with the CC Ice on Ice, air dry, then I do any grooming that needs to be done (stop laughing! - I actually do have a small pair of clippers for getting stray hairs and fuzzy ears when I was showing my kids in the breed ring).

But seriously - can you walk me through what you do - shampoo - do you use conditioner - do you use a spray on conditioner instead? I use the CC brand, but have been reading a lot about poodles and it sounds like a lot of folks use All Systems. What brands do you all like?

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Here's what I do for my dogs, and my clients dogs. After I get them in the tub, I shampoo them. (I have a recirculating shampoo system, so I don't have to wet them down first.) Then I take my force dryer, and blow the shampoo out of their coat. (I know that sounds odd, but it get's them really clean.) Then I'll shampoo them again, and blow the shampoo out again. Give them a slight rinse, and then condition their coat. I leave the conditioner in for a couple of minutes, give the dog a massage, and then blow the condtioner out. Then I give the dog it's final rinse. Towel dry, and then force dry the dog. I have the K9 2 dryer, so it makes their coats straight, and I can take the cone off the end of it to dry their face.

I use Pet Silk's shampoos, and the Coat Handler conditioner. Pet Silk makes a good conditioner, but it's a pain in the bootie to rinse out.
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is purely not the right thing to do.

On both my poodle and my maltese, I use human Pantene Ice Shine Shampoo and Conditioner and towel dry then air dry until almost dry, then brush out with a detangling rake and pin brush and check for tangles with a greyhound comb.

I have used a human dryer but only when it is chilly and I want the dog to dry faster.

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I clean his ears with a solution and then put in cotton wool before we go to the bath. I also clip his nails before hand too - this is about fortnightly not at every bath.

I also shampoo twice (rinse in between) but have never used my force dryer to blow out the shampoo, very interesting concept oodles. I use a bio protein shampoo or a clarifying shampoo first depending on if I want to get all the other stuff out that I put in or if I want to bulk up the coat for scissoring, and then folllow up with a colour enhancing shampoo which I leave in for 3 - 5 minutes depending on how much of a rush I am in . I am using the whitening shampoo from PP on my blue boy as it is suppose to diminish the rust tones - not sure about this but I am perservering to give it a decent go. Then thoroughly rinse out all shampoo.

Then I rinse through a mix of seabreeze oil, swishy coat and silk conditioner, mixed in 9 litres of water. I have a hydrobath with a single tank so I fill this up with the mix and then pump it through his coat which is far easier than sponging it on. This is a leave in conditioner. I use a chamois to squeeze out the excess conditioner. Then gently towel off so his coat is damp but not dripping.

Then depending on how his coat is feeling or what I am trying to do with it I either:
Brush through Reviva-Coat or Coat Rescue if it is feeling dry
Blow Dry cream if it feels OK and I am going to clip/scissor
Swishy Coat if I am just wanting him to feel soft and fluffy

Then I put him in a crate with the dryer if I want a 5 minute break and if I am not concerned if he goes a bit curly. If I am cutting we go straight to drying while brushing with either a pin or slicker depending on the length.

All this AND he is only a pet I am a learner groomer so I like to try lots of different stuff on him to see the results, then I use what I like or what is working on my clients dogs.

I have just bought some Sunshade, it's a leave in sun screen for the coat and skin. I actually bought it for a malt that I clipped down really short but I think the owner is not going to want it so T will probably end up being the guinea pig for that too
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Wow - thanks for all the great info - this is quite different from what i do with my "no hair" dogs. I really appreaciate the info, as I want to do the right thing by my new dog.
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From a newbie standard poodle owner...this thread has been alot of help.
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CeCe and AgilityIG the Shirlee Kalstone book think it's called The International Guide to Poodle Grooming or somethng like that is a great book for how to groom, scissor, clip and the names and looks of the various types of clips if your interested in quality information.

I love this book and it answered a lot of my questions. I think the information in it is factual and it is straight forward with lots of pictures for those of us starting out with clipping f,f & t and lots of other things too.

I got the book about 3 months before I got the dog and reading through it I was thinking gosh I don't know what this woman is talking about but when you get your hands on the dog and are looking at it and feeling the areas she talks about it all becomes clear and makes sense.
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Thanks Blue Fox - that is so funny - my copy of the Kalstone book just arrived today. It was waiting for me when I got home from work! I just flipped through it real quick and am already impressed by the diagrams and photos. I can't wait to get started reading!
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Blue Fox, Thanks from me too..I just ordered the book and it should arrive in a few days. All this talk about the differant products sure can be intimidating to us newbies. My lab x jrt is just one ..two ...three and she is done....lol...
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Hey Cece - we can start our own book club!!
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