Above: My first stud Large Brown Kodi and family walking my sister during her visit from San Francisco, California.
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Last updated 9/9/19
See, she's so in love with Royal Standard Poodles > she's walking on air! (although the cold MN air isn't thrilling her.
I wouldn't be without the WONDERFUL Shark steam cleaner! Highly recommend! JUST water steaming the floor clean!!
Standard Poodle commands I use while here:
Dog Food Research: http://www.royalstandardpoodles.com/dogfoodgrainfreelifesabundance.html
I've been through many a doggy door. The ones in MN were purchased from the big box pet stores and flaps easily wore off, tore, where I'd replace them with my own concoctions. Then building my own in wall pulley system in the new heated garage in MN.
Having gone through all of that in MN, in building the new TX home I found "Plexidor" on the market. I've been absolutely happy with the durability of them so far! The Plexidor comes in a wall mount and a door mount, which I have both in TX. Puppies get big enough to figure them out, picture above, before they go home.
Below is how I'd concoct a more durable flap in MN after the original would tear off.
Many ask about a dog house...in MN I built this insulated one the the lid hinged open that I could spray it all out for cleaning, and actually built to allow me to crawl in and sit with pups as they wanted to stay more outside then in...I wanted to
Ear Cleaning - Click to view great illustration on "How To Ear Clean your standard poodle"...send your groomers to view!
Things I have really gotten from education:
Feeding: I open feed my breeding spoos and pups, which means to provide food in a dish all day long for them to eat whenever they want. Your pet can be open fed up to the point of them getting spay/neutered (10 months - 1 year), at which once this is done, it is a tendency for them to begin gaining weight due to the hormonal shift. Thin is in! Monitor your pet's weight for a healthy life :o)
Flea & Tick care:
I fog my home and spray the spoos and Royal Standard Poodle parks every month with natural cedar to combat the bothersome critters (Mosquitoes carry heart-worm; Some woodticks are Lyme and Antiplasmosis carriers), in TX it's spiders, fire aunts and scorpions. Finally after 5 years of this in MN, the Summer of 2012 I had NO woodticks sucking ANY of my spoos! Help your pet if you have such situations by contacting an Organics Application expert for your Standard Poodle Care...or you can purchase the products from me at > http://www.royalstandardpoodles.com/DrBensCedarOil.html
Grooming: Royal Standard Poodles need "Overall" grooming once a month, some go to 6 wks between washing, not me. I work with grooming my spoos every 3-4 weeks. For "do it yourselfers" an excellent video on clipping coats can be found on eBay called Muddy Creek Grooming. It might not always be selling there so go to their website.
The pictures below are what I may use in grooming. I'm always here to teach those who are interested in learning how to do their own grooming.
#1 choice - "Andis" for body and head clipping works great, quiet and reliable; #2 - Oster Finisher Trimmer...this trimmer works on doing their toes and feet, adults and puppies, puppies get the trimmer used on their face as well when young. BUT now I only use the larger Andis as I have become good at it ;o)
1. Love, love, love the curved dematting rake (hard to find). Use behind the ears, arm pits and anywhere matting develops. 2. scissor like clippers for toe nails. I take off the safety stop as I have a better balance of knowing where to stop. 3. Always have styptic powder ready to stop any bleeding that might occur. 4. Comb I like best to work through tangles after the rake cuts through mats. 5. Slicker brush gives the finished look to your pet's coat. 6. Rake used mostly after they've been washed to work through coats. 7. Hemostat to pluck ear hairs out. 8. Round tipped scissors for clipping around ear canal and inner eye area between clipper cuttings. 9. Scissors I get at fabric stores. I use to own a fabric store and find they work as good as any other scissor for my needs.
**Don't forget to brush their teeth :o)**
Here is the grooming deck on the counter I used in MN. I NO longer use loops. Too many times they lunge to get away jerking atlas out :o( I only lay them on their side now and groom each side until complete: a) clip body, toes; b) clean ears on the side being clipped; c) clip toenails while on this side; d) then roll over to other side of body and do the same. I have step ladders that they learn to go up.
What I found awesome was I have had the spoos lay down on the counter for me to work on them...which actually is a submissive position and after several years of this, month after month, week after week they get to know that counter and can become VERY relaxed and comfortable getting groomed. Bruno would fall asleep if I let him :o)) I believe they've become so wonderful in doing this is they ALWAYS get a GREENIE (teeth cleaner) every time they come down :o)
Grooming: Bathing your Standard Poodle and Anal Gland relief
A standard poodle should be washed once a month. There are other references to this out there, but this is my recommendation. If you live in drier cold winter temperatures the longer you can delay a wash the healthier for your poodle as their skin cannot tolerate the constant shampoo and drying.
A good bath picture story is on the customer web page with Paylin.
Anal Glands should be checked. If they are scooting on the floor there is one of two things going on; 1. Worms or, 2. Anal glands need cleaning. This YouTube vet shows what to do in cleaning anal glands so you don't have to run to the vet. Check out other YouTube videos as well or have your groomer check them at every wash.
Shampoos and Creme Rinses: I have had many customers wonder why their pet has scabs or hot spots, even though no fleas. I ask them to check with their groomer to find out what kind of products they are using. I say this because a human I knew use to get her hair done weekly at a beauty parlor and developed scabs and hot spots. So many products are chemical ridden, unhealthy for us and our pets. I have been using and recommend Natures Specialties products. After years of use, I have never had scabs or hot spots on our poodles and recently observed it recommended on CBS with the popular show "Greatest American Dog".
I go onto www.ebay.com and check prices for the Colloidal Oatmeal Creme Rinse and shampoos.
Always assure all shampoo is thoroughly rinsed out and then conditioned. Then, washing conditioner out thoroughly as well.
During the summer months I use a natural flea and tick eucalyptus repellant shampoo to help keep the bugs away. Clipping their hair as short as possible to watch for any ticks.
a) Can I cut the pups hair all off when I get him/her? Answer: That depends on your region and season. This 2019 summer in TX with 100 degrees, I did clip a 7 wk old litter down with a #15 blade and they absolutely looked soooo relieved! Otherwise I wait until 3 months of age...again, depending on region, I want them to have their coats with cool evenings until their body regulations come under better maturity.
b) Prepare hair by combing and de-matting spoo. IF working with longer hair one can wash a week or two before, that's what I do, then they're dry to clip. IF they're clipped to a short short haircut, I do wash them easily at that time.
c) Blades: always have 2-3 of same blade on hand! Rotating as they get hot. Use WD-40 to lubricate blades as you groom. #30 blade: tight face and paw clipping. I NEVER use a #40, gets waaay to hot too fast! #15 or #10 blade to clip body down in hot summer. I ALWAYS want to clip them down at least once in a summer to check for any lumps and bumps as sebaceous cysts that might arise that I can squeeze out like a zit gets expelled. When done properly with an open head, a semi-dark to light cream cheese consistency expels out. So the smaller the number the longer the clip...the larger the number the tighter the clip. I don't use the clip on attachments anymore, seemed a waste of time, VERY time consuming and hard to work with from my speedy Gonzales way of needing to get things done!
There are many types of nail clippers on the market to choose from. The guillotine style and a scissors style of clippers are my favorites. Assure they're sharp. Have a styptic liquid or powder ready just in case, I like the powder best.
Slowly take away a little bit of the nail at a time until you see the lighter colored quick of the nail. I call it nibbling away the outer nail.
I do it every 3, no later then 4 week basis depending on their pace of growth.
Grooming: Don't Forget to Brush Their Teeth Weekly
** Now for my daily grooming - I have to say I don't groom them daily. To wrap it up, here is what I do in having 5 spoos around:
a) first I use the dematting rake to cut through snarls
b) then I use the shedding comb to pull out the raked snarls and smooth out their hair
c) always check behind their ears as that gets bad as well as their armpits ;-)
d) I will check their tails and handle in the same manner as a & b above
e) don't just pull their little knots out as it literally is pulling their hair out of their body and will scab up :-(
I don't like to keep their overall body hair very long as you could imagine I would have to do this daily which as a fantasy novel writer I just don't have that kind of time. I like to keep their hair very short in the Summer to watch for woodticks and keeping them cool and for the Winter maintain around 1/2" - 1" in otherwise it gets extremely unmanageable. Now if someone only has one to two spoos they can decide they want to maintain it with the time they create.
Above is the Lupine step in harness I love to walk the poodles with so not to choke or throw their atlas out which causes eye running problems. Chiropractic care for dogs will help put the atlas back in place which ALWAYS stops the draining eyes in a week with Dr. Mark LaVallie; caring for their over all body as well.
Home & Yard ideas:
Welcome to my home. I painted the garage door mural in MN (now in TX) to reflect a scene from my fantasy book "A Perfect World." Visit me and my Royal & Standard Poodles to see how I've helped make a loving living environment with them.
I've found t-posts, "13 wire" cattle panels, and hog panels are THE BEST fencing for my needs! Below you see 7 acres using the cattle panels, then the hog panels are added to the top...they would jump over it when the snow started to pile up :o( In TX I don't have that problem, yet puppies can crawl through the larger squares at the top, and the hog panels keep them from getting through.
Other things to know
-Keeps them out of trouble from chewing your good shoes, etc
-These larger Royal poodles are extremely aggressive chewers, so do get them the bigger bones, they’ll be gone in no time
-I stay away from the chew leathers for a number of reasons, ask my viewpoint if you’re interested
-No chicken or pork bones as they are brittle and cause intestinal problems
-Ask me about the liquid spray I found for pets as well
-A vacuum or broom sweeping fast by the pet WILL upset them (I take mine slowly by them and they want to attack and play with it)
-This is probably a throw back to when tigers attacked them quickly and ate them up :o)
Treats at hand bring them RIGHT now!
What I've read in books (or seen) for puppy tips:
1. Always stand sideways to your Royal pet, not full front. They take this as dominance and will do what I call "piddly submission" to you if they are too timid already. One never wants to be mean or punishing to them when piddly submitting as they are doing what they do in nature to more dominating dogs-piddling to show you, the pack master, of your dominance over them. Yelling only continues the piddly submission. Of course urinating at bathroom time in the house definitely needs to be taken outside ASAP. But approach the pet from a sideways step in grasping them. Great Standard Poodle Care tip. Watch your voice tone as in #2.
2. How your voice sounds reflects a dogs language to them. If you’re upset and yelling, this sounds like their mother barking and disciplining them. If you are cheerful, it is like their puppy mates playing with them. And of course, an even tone encourages them as their parents might. Note my commands above and how I do my best to sound like the Royal parents.
3. Get down on their eye level sideways and encourage them to come to you with their favorite treat. Have treats everywhere ready (small pieces of course)! Carry them at all times to give and encourage the timid pup. Again watch how you speak to them.
4. As a pup, did you notice them to have hiccups? It is great to find a dog chiropractor to give them an adjustment.
When they're older, it sounds different...I notice Royal Kodi catching his breath and I realize he has the hiccups as it has the same rythm. So, before rushing off to the vet, evaluate if they just have the hiccups :-)
5. In a litter, sometimes there may be one puppy that gets picked on by all the others, including momma. My viewpoint, I believe this causes the strain on their personality to be such...making them more submissive then most.
You see I can relate, as a Royal female dam I had "was” timid until I learned these things. Then I read and worked the above steps. It worked! Once I understood "why" she was doing it, I quit being frustrated in handling her and she came around to be a girl that wants to please for everything.
There are all kinds of variables that can play into this and other people, I’m sure, may have their viewpoints…that’s fine. This is simply what I have found, hoping it can help you.