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I filmed myself banding Vienna's topknot, then brushing both of their teeth.

Not for any reason other than hopefully other people can enjoy/see how other people do things. They don't seem to mind getting their teeth brushed, but they'd rather be licking the toothbrush.



You'll notice that neither of their gums bleed. My dogs are heavy chewers and I keep on top of brushing their teeth, so their gums aren't sensitive and don't bleed.
 

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Wow! You are so careful, gentle and precise with your banding! :) I cannot say that I am either of those things, LOL!
Haha! I went to a poodle grooming seminar by Chris Bailey (Jaset Poodles) and she showed how to band (though the more unicorn horn method) and stressed to make sure that your lines are straight with no stray hairs. The stray hairs can pull and irritate the dog causing it to scratch it's head and bands, thus breaking the hair.

Me and Vienna both like this banding method better than the horns, she scratches MUCH less with the bands like this, and they stay nicer longer.
 

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Great videos! Thank you! I used to search for banding videos on Youtube and just dream of the day I had my own Poodle to band. Yours would have been my favorite! You and the pup are so good! How long did it take for Vienna to get so cooperative, and at what age did she behave so well? Lumi only lays her head down like that for a few seconds at a time. And she doesn't have much tolerence for the tugging sensation when I'd securing the band. She's 3.5 months old. I know she'll get better, but could she ever be like Vienna?! Haha

Also, how often do you band Vienna? Is it because you're going for more length, or just to keep it out of her face?
 

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OMG! You were simply born to own poodles! I thought I was an ace at brushing my poodle's teeth, you put me to shame. I do look forward to the flossing video someday!:smile-big:
 

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I actually adopted Vienna at 2 years old, so I'm not sure how she learned how to sit still! She used to lean a lot when I first started banding, but tends to lay straight when I stretch my legs either side of her.

I replace the bands about once a week or so, since her hair isn't too long I don't have to do it too often. I'm banding for length right now, I really like the look of the longer topknots.

Vegas really disliked his teeth brushed as a puppy, he hated the mint flavor; would just droooool! They both seem to like it now, if your pup doesn't seem to thrilled about it, try some chicken/liver flavored toothpaste to get them used to the feeling since they're being rewarded with the flavor while dealing with the brushing.
 

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Great videos! (I also *love* the ones you did of FFT with Vegas.) Hint, hint. ;)

Your poodles are sssooooo well-behaved!!! Does Vienna demand her own dressing room and special bottled water? Does Vegas have an entourage? :)

Your cat scared the crap out of me in the banding video (didn't know what it was at first as it just started moving)! What's s/he doing? LOL
 

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Haha, they're behaved because they get rewarded for these (Vienna normally gets treats after, I make it random now)

Kobe, the kitten, is looking for her grasshopper. When I'm coming come and I see a grasshopper, I'll catch it for her and give it to her. She's lost the grasshopper beneath the vacuum in the video and is trying to get it out. I got it out for her after the video ha.
 

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Oh my gosh that is so cute how she just lays there on the pillow like that. She needs to pay a visit here and teach Darby that!!!
What kind of bands are you using?
 

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Thank you for the banding video. Great idea using the combs to hold back the hair that has not been banded yet!

I admit I was mesmerised by the cat in the background...wondering what it was up to.
It was like watching a double feature in one video. Tales of the TopKnot and KittyKat!
 

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Oh my gosh that is so cute how she just lays there on the pillow like that. She needs to pay a visit here and teach Darby that!!!
What kind of bands are you using?

I'm just using these black elastics I found on sale at a grocery store. I got about 500 for two bucks. I was using elastics specifically for dogs, but I like these a lot better. If you start banding make sure to know to carefully cut the bands out when you replace them instead of untying them, you'll break hair that way.

I'm sorry, I don't remember the brand name. I took all the bands out of the packaging and put them in a tin holder.

I was at a show and watched a handler ripping bands up and shaking them to break them instead of carefully cutting them. My jaw about hit the floor. I would be so mad if I paid a handler to show my dog and he/she did that!
 

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Great video :) I hadn't seen this method of banding before. Newt wears her unicorn horns fine, but I'll have to see if this method lasts longer. She starts looking straggly after a few days
 

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Ok, a topknot questions. If you band the topknot, when and why do you unband it? I get that it's banded to keep it out of their eyes, but do you have to give it a rest? Like band at night and let free fall during the day? I really like the look of the topknot long enough to have the one band in the middle, but Lexi's is not quiet there yet.
 
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