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Hi everyone!

My boyfriend and I just adopted our poodle puppy in September and he is now 5 months old. His name is Alfie and he is a red moyen poodle (or a small standard whatever you want to call it). He will get to be about 35 lbs so we are told. He is crazy and a handful but also the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. We currently live in Philadelphia, and the city has brought its own challenges for sure, but we are moving to Seattle in the summer and I am so looking forward to more green space and real parks for our pup to explore.

I found myself constantly coming to this site when searching poodle related questions, so I figured it was about time I joined! If you want to see pictures of Alfie, there are a ton on my (his) instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alfiedogstagram/
 

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Welcome!!

Alfie is all kinds of handsome!

I followed you on Insta. Because I gotta see more of that little shaggy dude!!

This group is very helpful!


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Welcome Lauren! You've got a very handsome boy!! I have always wanted to start a IG for Norman, but do not have the photographic skills like you seem to have!! Plus I cannot get Norman to sit still hardly!
Thinking though of starting a vlog with him on youtube!! That would be an adventure for sure.

Welcome again!
 

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Welcome ! You have a cool pup, even though I prefer the clean look. He really looks like Alf, his name suits him very well !
 

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Alfie is very cute and I am happy you have joined us.


I do have a suggestion though which is to get him to a groomer and get him used to being groomed. Even if you like a fluffy all around look it is wise to have all poodles used to grooming just in case you have an emergency need for grooming and in case you change your mind. Grooming has to become routine for a poodle.
 

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Welcome to you and Alfie. What a cutie, his name is perfect.

I agree with Lily cd re, do get Alfie to the groomers and get him trained to accept grooming while he’s still young or you’ll have a life time of grooming issues when he’s older. You can always grow out the facial hair once he’s used to having his face shaved.
 

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Alfie is very cute and I am happy you have joined us.


I do have a suggestion though which is to get him to a groomer and get him used to being groomed. Even if you like a fluffy all around look it is wise to have all poodles used to grooming just in case you have an emergency need for grooming and in case you change your mind. Grooming has to become routine for a poodle.
Hopefully I'm doing this reply correctly, the forum set up confuses me a little bit. Thank you for your reply! I agree that getting them used to handling is so important! He has been groomed before and we do a lot of work on him letting us touch him and he is great with us brushing/combing him, brushing his teeth, cleaning his ears etc. We get a "puppy trim" that is just trimmed around the face, shaved sanitary, and trimmed around the feet. He does great with these, but I do not trust petsmart with a full groom for him and we are waiting on an appointment at a place recommended to us (2 month wait list!!) so he will have a full groom in early December! We should have made the appointment earlier but I had no idea it would be this long of a wait and I didn't try to make it until after he was fully vaccinated, thats why we have been doing little trims at petsmart. I can't wait for a full groom though! I'm very excited to not have water dribble all over the place every time he takes a sip of water!
 

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Eeeeek! What a cutie pie! We live on the Olympic Peninsula, which I'm sure you'll want to visit with Alfie. A true paradise for dogs! Let me know if you ever have any questions about the area.

Peggy and I are on Instagram, too: https://www.instagram.com/robinmay/
Peggy is so cute!! I just followed!! And omg yes I spent last summer in Seattle and the surrounding nature is absolutely amazing! I can't wait to take him on some real hikes, not the measly ones here in Pennsylvania!
 

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Welcome Lauren! You've got a very handsome boy!! I have always wanted to start a IG for Norman, but do not have the photographic skills like you seem to have!! Plus I cannot get Norman to sit still hardly!
Thinking though of starting a vlog with him on youtube!! That would be an adventure for sure.

Welcome again!
You should! It's fun and I'm sure your pictures would turn out great! A vlog would be cute I would love to check that out
 

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Hopefully I'm doing this reply correctly, the forum set up confuses me a little bit. Thank you for your reply! I agree that getting them used to handling is so important! He has been groomed before and we do a lot of work on him letting us touch him and he is great with us brushing/combing him, brushing his teeth, cleaning his ears etc. We get a "puppy trim" that is just trimmed around the face, shaved sanitary, and trimmed around the feet. He does great with these, but I do not trust petsmart with a full groom for him and we are waiting on an appointment at a place recommended to us (2 month wait list!!) so he will have a full groom in early December! We should have made the appointment earlier but I had no idea it would be this long of a wait and I didn't try to make it until after he was fully vaccinated, thats why we have been doing little trims at petsmart. I can't wait for a full groom though! I'm very excited to not have water dribble all over the place every time he takes a sip of water!


One of my poodles is a very very messy drinker!! She’s 5 now and I’ve always kept her with a clean face but you’d think we live with a pack of St. Bernards! She leaves tails of water all over the house every time she drinks.

It’s almost like she forgets to swallow and just walks away from the bowl with water just pouring from her mouth!!

Luckily it seems her new sister is not equally as messy! I’ve been around poodles all my life and have never met one who is as messy a drinker as she is! We keep a towel near the water bowl and have to wipe the floor several times a day. (Early on we did try things like fountains and placemats but nothing worked to contain the mess.).

So, a shaved face might not stop he drips! Haha!! (It does for most poodles though, Hazel’s just a special drinker!)




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One of my poodles is a very very messy drinker!! She’s 5 now and I’ve always kept her with a clean face but you’d think we live with a pack of St. Bernards! She leaves tails of water all over the house every time she drinks.

It’s almost like she forgets to swallow and just walks away from the bowl with water just pouring from her mouth!!

Luckily it seems her new sister is not equally as messy! I’ve been around poodles all my life and have never met one who is as messy a drinker as she is! We keep a towel near the water bowl and have to wipe the floor several times a day. (Early on we did try things like fountains and placemats but nothing worked to contain the mess.).

So, a shaved face might not stop he drips! Haha!! (It does for most poodles though, Hazel’s just a special drinker!)




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Haha oh no, that's exactly what Alfie does!! I thought this would solve our problems, but it really is like he forgets to swallow the last couple laps! Maybe he will be dribbly forever!
 

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Haha oh no, that's exactly what Alfie does!! I thought this would solve our problems, but it really is like he forgets to swallow the last couple laps! Maybe he will be dribbly forever!


This is a small trail from Hazel. Sometimes I think she does it on purpose. Sometimes she just gets in a hurry. But she never drinks with less than this amount of mess.



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One of my poodles is a very very messy drinker!! She’s 5 now and I’ve always kept her with a clean face but you’d think we live with a pack of St. Bernards! She leaves tails of water all over the house every time she drinks.

It’s almost like she forgets to swallow and just walks away from the bowl with water just pouring from her mouth!!

Luckily it seems her new sister is not equally as messy! I’ve been around poodles all my life and have never met one who is as messy a drinker as she is! We keep a towel near the water bowl and have to wipe the floor several times a day. (Early on we did try things like fountains and placemats but nothing worked to contain the mess.).

So, a shaved face might not stop he drips! Haha!! (It does for most poodles though, Hazel’s just a special drinker!)




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Haha oh no, that's exactly what Alfie does!! I thought this would solve our problems, but it really is like he forgets to swallow the last couple laps! Maybe he will be dribbly forever!
Sorry, ha! but Peggy's the same. A nice clean face helped very slightly, but she always releases a mouthful as she walks away! We've had her 4 months now, and I still get startled by her puddles and tend to go through a quick checklist before remembering how terrible the puppy is at drinking:

Pee?

Leaking roof??
 
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