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So Benny rolled in something completely objectionable today during a playdate with one of his doggy friends, a hound mix.

I couldn't get the odor out, so I got out the clippers instead. Not bad for my first attempt LOL but there's plenty of room for improvement in my grooming technique.

He smells like himself again, which is nice. But for the future, do you guys have any tips on how to remove bad odors from poodle hair? Is there like, a special shampoo or something? I've used a vinegar rinse for this purpose on my own hair before, but I'm scared to use that on him because I know doggie skin pH is different than it is humans.

Sigh... my heart is so full. He's growing so fast! We have a consultation for gastropexy in November, plan is to have him done at whatever age the vet recommends... he'll likely be neutered at that time as well.

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Nicely done ! I don’t have any super tip other than just giving a bath.

Next time you do his face, don’t shave the eyebrows, it will look even better. Most people don’t notice it when they start, but the shaving starts below the eyebrows. You shave the bottom portion of the eye, but not the top. :)
 

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Did you give him a bath? Sometimes you need to rinse and shampoo a second time.

This link is how to wash a dog after being sprayed by a skunk, but it may also work on smells that don’t easily shampoo out.

It’s true that dogs skin pH is different from humans, but that difference is tiny. Any product you apply and wash out fairly quickly like human shampoo is not a problem. You are using so much water to rinse off the product whether it’s a dog shampoo or human product that it’s basically the same. If you did a vinegar rinse followed by water then it’s okay.
 

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I did give him a bath, I soaped him up two times.

I did not use a vinegar rinse but I feel better about using one in the future.

I'll make a note of the information on that link! Thanks 😊
 

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We all have to start somewhere. Everyone's first few times look like they used a weed whacker. lol. That's normal.

Big ol floppy poodle ears :eek:) You'll want to go in with scissors to trim around the ear leather. Use your free hand to feel where the tip of the leather is so you don't accidently slice into it.

If/when you want to learn about poodle pattern lines we'd be glad to help :) We know how to turn heads at a Sunday Farmer's market with our fancy poodles.

You did great for your first time!
 

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He's growing so fast! We have a consultation for gastropexy in November, plan is to have him done at whatever age the vet recommends... he'll likely be neutered at that time as well.
Another rabbit hole here for you. If your vet recommends to neuter before mature growth/growth plate closure is reached, that may not be in your boys best interest.
Just as with the food, you don't want to encourage rapid growth, an early neuter can also affect bone growth and general health in a different way. 18-24m is the earliest typically recommended for standards now.

The pediatric neuter/spay actually came about in the 60's to reduce overpopulation and euthanasia in the shelters brought about by owners not breeding responsibly and the retail explosion of puppy mills.

The tide is turning back to the health of the individual dog/breed in combination with responsible ownership. Vasectomy is an option to a neuter, as is leaving him intact. That requires the highest level of responsible ownership.
 

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  • odor: I once had to shampoo Mia five times to get her clean. Leaving the shampoo to sit for a few minutes can also help. Which shampoo are you using?
  • neuter & pexy - agree with Rose.
 

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I appreciate the guidance, guys!

This vet who will be doing gastropexy specializes in deep chested breeds and large breeds...most of his patients are great danes. I made A LOT of calls to find him, and it's quite a drive, but I wanted a specialist. I'm anticipating that since I'm opting for neuter at the time of pexy, the vet will give me a surgical appointment way out in the future to allow for growth. BUT I will check and make sure! I also haven't ruled out doing an x ray to check status of his growth plates too, when we get closer to that point, the vet tech answering my questions over the phone told me it's an option.

Also, the shampoo and conditioner I use is Burt's Bees, the oatmeal one.
 

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You may want to buy a different shampoo. I bought the burts bees one when Annie was a puppy and found it pretty useless. I had to use a lot, it was like water, and it didn't seem to clean well.

I bought a gallon of stuff sold for dog groomers (mine is Wahl brand) that's meant to be diluted before use. So far it's only half used and I have had it for 2.5 years, very economical. I will probably buy a smaller bottle next time.

They make special deodorizing shampoos too, but I haven't had to use one since we owned dogs who lived outside and were bathed twice a year, and had oily 'dog smelling' coats.
 

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I haven't used Burt's Bees, but I have used cheaper brands like Earthbath and more expensive, dog show oriented brands like Isle of Dog. As FWOP said, the more expensive brands can be more economical, because they're meant to be diluted (50:50 with water) and they, frankly, work significantly better for cleaning and grooming.
 
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