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I am new to the forum, and first want to say thank you for creating a lovely place to come and chat poodles..:rainbow:

I am owned by a big white boy named George. He turned two in November, and I am just getting ready to start to show him akc. Our first show ever was a show right before pca, and then we did pca ~ What an experience.. Since then, I have been working on growing coat, removing stains, and trying to learn how to dry this dog faster, ugh! It can take me up to 5 hrs plus to dry my boy, and really it could be a lot longer. I need to learn the right way to do this, because I have to be doing it wrong.. Anyway, I have been on a quest to learn, and have been totally engulfed in poodle info since I aquired George last year.
I have been a groomer for 18 yrs now, and never really knew the poo's until I got one of my own. I am so in love with the poo's.. I think in a year or so, I will get a mini, we'll see. For now, I am happy being able to work on my poo and learn how to manage so much coat, how to finish scissor, how to do a topknot, the whole poo experience ~ so much to learn.. I love it all!
I had a bit of a mis-hap, coming from a show, my white poo accidentally got black chalk throughout his coat.. Talk about a mess! He still has a grey cast to his coat.
Anyway, I am getting ready to take him out showing again next week, and I am getting very nervous, to say the least. I think I am going to finish brushing him our today. I ordered a sample pack from vellus a few days ago, and when it gets here I will bath my boy. My breeder turned me on to Vellus, and said if I'm gonna show poos, I need to use Vellus. So, we'll see what's so special about that, when it gets here..
Again, hello everyone ~ Glad to find ya'll!

Giant regards,

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welcome, and he is a pretty boy!! I love the pony tails!! good luck at the show!! I am very new to poos as well! My boy Dutch is 10 weeks old.
 

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Welcome Maplestars, George is a very handsome young man. What a stunning white color he is, and such a gorgeous coat.
 

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Oh thank you for the warm welcome ~ yay! :grouphug:

Forced air dryer? oh yeah ~ the rapid speed from ez-groom. Then I use a stand dryer to finish drying him. And product! Lots and lots of product..
 

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Gorgeous George :love: Welcome to the forum :wave: Can't wait to hear your stories from the show ring. I'd love to have a go myself but they are all too far away for me to travel regularly too (I'm in the Aussie bush!) It must be a huge learning curve with a show coat, I am finding it really interesting with just a pet coat to maintain. Look forward to your hints and tips LOL.
 

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I am new to the forum, and first want to say thank you for creating a lovely place to come and chat poodles..:rainbow:

I am owned by a big white boy named George. He turned two in November, and I am just getting ready to start to show him akc. Our first show ever was a show right before pca, and then we did pca ~ What an experience.. Since then, I have been working on growing coat, removing stains, and trying to learn how to dry this dog faster, ugh! It can take me up to 5 hrs plus to dry my boy, and really it could be a lot longer. I need to learn the right way to do this, because I have to be doing it wrong.. Anyway, I have been on a quest to learn, and have been totally engulfed in poodle info since I aquired George last year.
I have been a groomer for 18 yrs now, and never really knew the poo's until I got one of my own. I am so in love with the poo's.. I think in a year or so, I will get a mini, we'll see. For now, I am happy being able to work on my poo and learn how to manage so much coat, how to finish scissor, how to do a topknot, the whole poo experience ~ so much to learn.. I love it all!
I had a bit of a mis-hap, coming from a show, my white poo accidentally got black chalk throughout his coat.. Talk about a mess! He still has a grey cast to his coat.
Anyway, I am getting ready to take him out showing again next week, and I am getting very nervous, to say the least. I think I am going to finish brushing him our today. I ordered a sample pack from vellus a few days ago, and when it gets here I will bath my boy. My breeder turned me on to Vellus, and said if I'm gonna show poos, I need to use Vellus. So, we'll see what's so special about that, when it gets here..
Again, hello everyone ~ Glad to find ya'll!

Giant regards,

Maplestars
welcome! gorgeous george! love the pix and love his ears!
 

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Welcome and nice to meet you and beautiful George. His coat looks like its in great condition. What have you been using product wise to get it in that shape? I have a 13 week old black male that is a show potential. Depending on how my boy looks at 6 months I will be showing UKC then plan on AKC afterwards. Anyhow, any advice is great.

Again nice to meet you!
 

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Thanks again! I was wondering if I could pick your brains, lol ~ I am still trying to figure out how to keep him mat/stain free. Any tips? I am thinking of flipping him over to the raw diet, as I have heard many say that once they start feeding the raw diet, that the staining/ear issues will go away. My boy seems to "cry" real tears when I have to leave him at any given time. So, he looks fine, I leave him and his eyes are all teared up. So, maybe flipping to raw will help.
Showing ~ yikes! Yes, I will for sure share more pics when we get out there. I love photos..lol
I would also love to find advice on how to work on the scissor finish ~ another area I struggle with.
Getting ready to show, I went through my grooming kit, and noticed I had lost a few items along my excursions competing.. One item I had to replace, was the wooden pin brush of cc's. I also picked up one of his butter combs - I will be interested to see why the comb costs 40 bucks! Also the vellus ~ I wish it would hurry up and get here already. Oh, and cc just came out with a new product - another no rinse shampoo, that I can use to get any hairspray out that I put in for ringready. I also had to go buy two replacement blades for my whal bravaura.. Can never have too many of these around.
So, now that I have all of my goodies I think I need to be ready for the class at the show, saves me time when I get to the show - I won't need to find someone to 'watch my dog' while I go on a shopping extravaganza.. NO! Sure fire way to go over budget.. :eek:) I've learned to stay away from any shopping while at the dog shows ~ my money grows legs! :tongue:

Is there an area on the forum, where someone has already covered the continental or how to properly bath and brush? I can really use all the help I can get. Seems the more I learn, and watch demo's, the less I feel I know..:shot:
 

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Product to date that I have used? I was a loyal Les Poochs fan, and still heavily rely on that company for the hypo shampoo, and their medicedic shampoo.. But for keep him super white, I have been relying on the ez-groom crystal white line.. It's a light green color, so it never throws a purple color, and is an enzyme shampoo, that you heat up and apply to the coat..
I would start off with a hypo shampoo, rinse, then the crystal white, let this sit and work on the coat in the tub - I use a wide spaced rubber knubbed glove, that I run over the coat, to get the shampoo equally through the coat, then rinse again. Finally, I give him a real nice condition, with the ez-groom crystal bright conditioner, let this set for about 10 minutes, and then rinse for about 20 minutes. Squeeze off excess water, and then lightly spritz with some ultra-fast blow dry conditioner (another ez-groom product). This stuff cuts the drying/scissoring time in half. Then, while I am fluff drying him, I use the Ruff Out (by ez-groom). I was always a crown royal, finish spray fan ~ I LOVE how it smells.. But, was directed to try the ez-groom ruff out.. I like this stuff, maybe a bit better then crown royal. Now, I have some Coat Handler finish spray coming with that order, so I will give that a go, and let you know what I think.
Ez-groom, also carries this stuff called "The Answer", similliar to The Stuff. This product removes, any major mats that would be considered a write off.
Hope this helps! :rainbow:
 

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Sorry, one other shampoo that I couldn't have lived without, especially going through coat change, was the Structure by ez-groom. This shampoo, will take a limp floppy coat, and over time add enough texture to the coat, to make scissoring and coat maintenance much easier. It's a must have for us poodle lovers.. Gee, think I like ez-groom?? LOL, it is a great company, and does make the life of a groomer, much easier!
 

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Sorry, one other shampoo that I couldn't have lived without, especially going through coat change, was the Structure by ez-groom. This shampoo, will take a limp floppy coat, and over time add enough texture to the coat, to make scissoring and coat maintenance much easier. It's a must have for us poodle lovers.. Gee, think I like ez-groom?? LOL, it is a great company, and does make the life of a groomer, much easier!
Ok thanks for all the info. Sounds like ez-groom is the way to go in the beginning. Later work up to ethe other's. My male is black so I probably have a little less maintenance then you on keeping that coat bright white. Well I think I will go order some E-Z groom products and get a feel for what I like. Thanks!

Oh, one more question, is CC meaning Chris Christenson?
 

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Ok...lol after seeing the prices on the ez groom products I think Im going to start with the Chris Christensen products first. See how I like that for the $$ before paying more.

Have you tried the Chris C white on white spray yet? I guess it cover's the worste stains similiar to what chalking would do.
 

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Greetings ~ CC does indeed stand for Chris Christensen. And yes, as far as all of the products go, take it one at a time and see what you like/need. Each dog comes with it's own needs these days, but thankfully the industry is producing some really great products, without all of the chemicals that used to be used for our products - now the products, are more of a commercial grade ~ higher standards..

I agree, black is easier to keep clean, but they come with their own issues.. They go reddish or greyish, and for that I use the crystal black by ez-groom. Another product you heat up in the microwave, and use. Also, on the ez-groom website, the prices you see are for retail, but since we are all poodle fanciers, you can get the groomer price on anything. Call the company and ask for Sally, you can even tell her Jodi suggested you call ~ I'm Jodi :eek:)
 

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Greetings ~ CC does indeed stand for Chris Christensen. And yes, as far as all of the products go, take it one at a time and see what you like/need. Each dog comes with it's own needs these days, but thankfully the industry is producing some really great products, without all of the chemicals that used to be used for our products - now the products, are more of a commercial grade ~ higher standards..

I agree, black is easier to keep clean, but they come with their own issues.. They go reddish or greyish, and for that I use the crystal black by ez-groom. Another product you heat up in the microwave, and use. Also, on the ez-groom website, the prices you see are for retail, but since we are all poodle fanciers, you can get the groomer price on anything. Call the company and ask for Sally, you can even tell her Jodi suggested you call ~ I'm Jodi :eek:)


Ok that sounds great. I will definately be trying things out. I have three months before I take my boy out. I better get prepping that puppy coat now. lol
 
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