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Please pardon my obvious ignorance, but I have much the same question as the last poster. I understand why people band the hair, but why would you even bother growing it long if it isn't ever out of bands anyway?

I always hear people saying they love the look of a long top knot but how often do they ever get to see or enjoy the actual "look" of a long topknot and not just a bunch of rubber bands in chains?

Maybe I'm misunderstanding and its the rubberbands that people like?

Please help a very confused, hopefully soon to be poodle owner...

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Hi,just to show you my poodles with bands; usualy the poodles with long hair are in puppy clip or scandinavian lion clip and they are show dogs,but you can have long top knot with modern clip if you like.
Rebecca,maybe it's true,I see the beauty of grooming and long hair on my poodles only when they are on shows and at home after the bath,but they are so cute with bands in all colors.
I change bands every 3 days .
 

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great video! I like long topknots too. My black standard has grown it out since she was a puppy but rusty's i keep trying to grow and get frustrated when it starts knotting near the nape of his head and cut it.... how long does it have to be before you start banding?
 

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Just wondering... Can you PRETTY PLEASE do a video on the proper way to line brush a poodle? The only video I could find on youtube was a black dog and the person wasn't really explaining what you are supposed to do... :(

Thanks!

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I had Viennas at about 4-5 inches when I started banding, it really depends on how much you want. I banded earlier than most people I would say.

And I'm sorry, but I actually don't think I do line brushing correctly either ): You may have better luck asking one of the ladies here that has show coat.
 

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Well, I've been hunting and searching for a video or instructions on ear banding and I believe I came across a picture of yours with a different looking method, if you have the time can you post your method on that?

Wish you werev close by so I could watch how you are working with and training Cairo...

Thanks either way!

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Do you mean the more vertical style of banding where there's parts that go up? I have done this before, but since getting the puppy I haven't because he thought they would be nice to chew on. I don't band her ears often, since they're so chewed there's really no point (besides she's not a show dog)

I'll try making some training vids of Cairo, he's so easy to train man!
 

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That's a great banding video, I woke up early this morning so I could try that on Jewel's hair. How many are you supposed to get on a toy poodle? Jewel's a mix (shih-tzu) so I'm not sure if it's her hair, the size of her head, her hair cut or ME but I only got in two.

Still looks cute!
 

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Please pardon my obvious ignorance, but I have much the same question as the last poster. I understand why people band the hair, but why would you even bother growing it long if it isn't ever out of bands anyway?

I always hear people saying they love the look of a long top knot but how often do they ever get to see or enjoy the actual "look" of a long topknot and not just a bunch of rubber bands in chains?

Maybe I'm misunderstanding and its the rubberbands that people like?
I band Merlin's topknot but I keep it a certain length. I just prefer him with a longer, banded topknot. :) You don't have to grow it super long; the length is entirely up to you. It's all about personal preference and the "look" on a certain poodle. :)
 

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Ok why does my puppy have like 1/10th the hair density on her head that yours does?



Also, do we all wear cargo pants?!
Vienna has very thick hair for a white/cream, and it's super coarse as well, but her hair is also adult coat which is much different than puppy coat. Your puppy will hopefully get more coarse coat when he/she goes through coat change :)
 

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I just started banding myself. I really want to grow out Ginger's top knot. I've always just chickened out and cut it at some point but may not this time.

Im too wired to watch your brushing videos but just wanted to share a tip, which you may have covered. We've recently went to the veterinary dental specialist. Perfect teeth at almost 12 years old.

I brush every single night. You want to brush in an upwards angle (towards the gum line) so you get a bit under the line while brushing. Most vets recommend Virbac CET Tartar Control Toothpaste. I think it works pretty much as well as most other high quality toothpastes. I also like Four Paws Dental Gel.
 

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And the best toothbrush I've found is the Petosan Silentpower. NOT the stationary one but their sonic one. The brushes brush at the correct angle and are gentle but do a really good job. It's silent so there's no noise to scare the dog.

I'd start using it at first without turning it on to get the dog used to it and then starting turning it on for short periods, while richly rewarding the dog for tolerating it.
 

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Oh my - what great dogs!!!
I take so long at doing the brushing of the teeth....but I talk all the time and tell them how good they are. My litle dog will let me use an old electric toothbrush in her mouth and sits still for it. THAT would be a great video! My poodle doesn't like the electric much. I spend too much time kissing their noses and pampering them!!
 

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I tried brushing my Spoo's teeth the other day and I wasn't even doing it hard and his gums immediately started to bleed. Does that mean he has sensitive gums? If so, what can I do to brush his teeth without making him bleed? His breath is pretty rank but his teeth isn't too bad. Just a light yellow which is why I'm trying to brush his teeth more often but I heard bleeding gums can cause infection for dogs.
 

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Bleeding gums don't "cause" infection, rather they are indicative of infection ;)

Think of people who never floss, when they change and start to floss or rather when they floss for the first time in a long time, when they spit, they'll see blood. There is gingivitis already present and perhaps in an advanced state.

After a week or two of gentle but thorough flossing, you watch, eventually there will be no blood when spitting.

It's great you're starting to brush your dogs teeth. Be gentle, use a soft brush and keep at it. If there's a fair bit of blood, please check with your vet to see if your dog needs a dental. If so do it, wait a week or two, then start brushing with a "clean slate" ;).

You may also consider the water additives for dental health if your vet has one they recommend. Be careful though, we've found many "over the counter" brands of water additives don't make much difference. Our clinic likes the product called "Healthy Mouth" as they have published clinical studies proving the product works.

Good luck and happy brushing!

Rebecca
 
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