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What kind of dye do groomers and poodle owners dye their dogs hair
with that is a safe reliable dye?

i just see some of this off-the-wall stuff like pink poodles and I was like
hmmm...I wonder, lol.
 

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1) The safest, easiest, and cheapest way to go about it is to use sugarfree koolaid.

Go and buy a whole bunch of whatever color you would like to use. Mix up like 5-6+ packets in a water bottle. Apply the color all over a dog that is dry. Blow dry the dog. (The hair will now be kinda crunchy) Rinse the color until the water runs clear. Blow dry again.

The extra blow try helps to set the color. Alternately you can try mixing the koolaid into a conditioner and have the dog sit in the tub for a little while with it in there. I found that to be much harder and not work quite as well. Adding food color can help to enhance the color as well, but I had problems with this rubbing off onto things.

Kool Aid color will last quite awhile. Several baths at least, it will fade over time. If you want your dog to be pristine and white really soon, you don't want to try this method.

2) There are pet safe dyes as well that will give you much brighter colors but are much more expensive. You have a small dog though so you'd be fine.

This lasts the longest.

3) Sidewalk chalk! Get some non toxic safe sidewalk chalk (crayola makes this..they have to make it safe since kids tend to eat colorful things). Get a cup of water. Soak the end of the chalk in water for a minute or so and then use it like a crayon to color where you want the color to go.

This lasts the shortest.

4) Blow pens - These are supposed to be super popular if you want to control where the color goes..but I have no experience with them.

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Whatever you do, make absolutely SURE that it is pet safe. There is a creative grooming forum over at groomer talk you might want to read or check out if you're thinking of doing any of this. http://www.petgroomerforums.com/chat/forumdisplay.php?f=114
 

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Speaking of, now THAT is a way you can make money. Do your dog in something super fancy...red white and blue for American holidays for example. Christmas colors are also popular.

Now you take your dog out and just talk to people..hang out at dog parks or places where pets go. Offer your creative services to other people, I used to. Be your own boss and become a part time groomer. If you do your dog well, you will advertise your services with ease.

I groom my own standard (he is just black, nothing creative there) and I get propositioned to groom other peoples dogs all the time. I used to in the past for the cash, now I just don't have time anymore. While I've never worked as a professional groomer, you'll find plenty of people that are willing to give you a try if they can pay you less than they would at a salon. Most people simply want their dogs shaved during the summer....and almost anyone can do that.
 

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Speaking of, now THAT is a way you can make money. Do your dog in something super fancy...red white and blue for American holidays for example. Christmas colors are also popular.

Now you take your dog out and just talk to people..hang out at dog parks or places where pets go. Offer your creative services to other people, I used to. Be your own boss and become a part time groomer. If you do your dog well, you will advertise your services with ease.

I groom my own standard (he is just black, nothing creative there) and I get propositioned to groom other peoples dogs all the time. I used to in the past for the cash, now I just don't have time anymore. While I've never worked as a professional groomer, you'll find plenty of people that are willing to give you a try if they can pay you less than they would at a salon. Most people simply want their dogs shaved during the summer....and almost anyone can do that.

Yeah theres an idea, I do groom my poodle...I'm no professional, but
people has told me she looks like she has been groomed well. I don't
know if people would go for the wild colors around here, but it's worth
a shot trying, lol!
 

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Check you city/state laws because in some places dieing your dog is consider cruelty ;)
It is a single place, Boulder Colorado, and the law was created (nearly 30 years ago) to prevent people from using toxic dyes on small animals (not dogs) for Easter and chemically injecting(tattooing) fish with color. The law was most recently being reviewed to allow safe, non toxic dyes to be used on animals.

It was a year or two ago that somebody tried to enforce this law and last I heard, the decision was still being appealed (it was a fine or something)

The lady (a groomer) was dying her dog with beet juice and koolaid to promote breast cancer research allegedly.
 

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Yeah theres an idea, I do groom my poodle...I'm no professional, but
people has told me she looks like she has been groomed well. I don't
know if people would go for the wild colors around here, but it's worth
a shot trying, lol!
Yeah, I'm not sure how people in the midwest would feel about it. You'd probably need to find an area where there is a large population of small purebred dogs. Typically nicer neighborhoods near bigger cities. Sorry to stereotype but I've always seen this to be true.

Average dog owned (that goes to the dog park) by someone in the lakeside area where I live: poodle / purebred toy of some kind.
Average dog owned (that goes to the dog park) by someone in the outskirts of town where the low priced housing is: pit bull / shepherd/ boxer mix.
 

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It is a single place, Boulder Colorado, and the law was created (nearly 30 years ago) to prevent people from using toxic dyes on small animals (not dogs) for Easter and chemically injecting(tattooing) fish with color. The law was most recently being reviewed to allow safe, non toxic dyes to be used on animals.

It was a year or two ago that somebody tried to enforce this law and last I heard, the decision was still being appealed (it was a fine or something)

The lady (a groomer) was dying her dog with beet juice and koolaid to promote breast cancer research allegedly.
I believe it is also illegal in Florida.
 

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I think that is about when I would accidentally spill a pitcher of beet juice on my dog and complain that I couldn't do anything about it =D

The woman also apparently received many warnings before they actually gave her a ticket, so this isn't exactly a law that people need to be worried about. I've heard the Florida thing too, just haven't heard of it ever being enforced. Maybe they came to their senses and realized that creative grooming on dogs wasn't the intent of the law.
 
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