Standard Poodle ABCs

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:

  • "Potty outside"-I get them outside at around 6:30 am and they’ll go right away -When just starting out, “Potty Outside” every hour -Hang out with pup for at least 5 minutes, saying “Potty Outside” then praise them lots when they go -Stools will take longer to hang out with and usually are first thing in morning, then they eat and will go again usually within an hour, then later in the day will go again. Winter months are much more difficult and you will need to work with them more.
  • "Calm" - When everyone wants to get excited and jump on you, I put my hand flat out to indicate calm.
  • "What? What?" - When everyone gets to barking at something...they don't know, and I want to, so I call this out and check out what they're looking at :o))
  • "Oweee"-When they are play biting just a little to hard I say “Oweee” and they stop right away as it sounds somewhat like a playmate would when they get hurt
  • "Treat"-They absolutely love hearing that word when it’s banana chips, carrots, or raw organic veges - I use “Treat” whenever I’m seeing difficulty in obeying, the response is incredible - if using Lamb it keeps flatulence down to almost/nothing
  • "Wipe, Wipe"-When they come in from outdoors on wet days I say “Wipe, wipe” -I stand over their backs, grab the back paws with both of my hands and wipe them on the carpet, then I take the front paws in both my hands and wipe them -They seem to enjoy this in that it’s getting your face down on their level to be with them
  • "Excuse me"-I learn to be polite to them and say “Excuse me” when they’re in my way, they learn to move when they hear it
  • "Go to bed"-Wherever you establish their bed for sleeping at night, I simply say “go to bed”
  • "Downstairs"-When they want to go outside too anxiously, I send them out via “Downstairs” where the garage door is, it’s less wear on my painted steps
  • "Don’t"…"Toy"-While chewing on something you don’t want destroyed I sternly call out “Don’t”, as it sounds like their dog parent disciplining sound, then I say “toy” and throw them a toy to play with instead.
  • "Tsssst"...a Cesar Millan the dog whisperer sound that I use to let them know disapproval, stop doing what they're doing like barking or jumping on me.
  • "Back, Get back"-teaches them to back up when I need to come into the gate, backing them up, which is very helpful around the house or in the car.
  • "In, Come in, time to come in" is what I am teaching them after they've been outside pottying or playing for awhile.
  • "Eat, time to eat"-do they come a runnin'!



Dog Food Research:

Dog Doors:

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.

Dog House:

Many ask about a dog 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!

Educating Tes:

  • MN Pet Breeders Assc. is a great place for breeders to join and learn. Education is provided by AKC, USDA, and many other professionals to help us become aware and educated in being better.

Things I have really gotten from education:

  • 3/1/14 Webinar on Theriogenology (study of reproduction) Club Symposium: Canine Reproduction - UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine - AKC recommendation - I learn many things from each symposium, as equal as any other. The thing I brought away from this one is the gained knowledge of Semen Freezing Artificial Insemination (AI). I have been freezing Bruno and Daniel's semen the past year, and this helped me grasp the value and extent the technology has come in the years. 2nd most important gain would be REALLY understanding more on the females reproduction cycle, which will help me in the time of AI with the frozen semen for the girls.
  • Jan 2014 USDA workshop by MN Pet Breeders Assc. to cover new Nov. 18, 13 regulations imposed.
  • Spring 2012 MN Pet Breeders Assc. seminar: A breeding female is born with a specific number of eggs, no more. When able to breed, they should be allowed to breed as if they don't, it actually wears out their uterus more so then actual pregnancy and possible female disease pyometra which they must be spay to live. I still, will not breed without a good down payment list.
  • Spider webs are extremely flammable!
  • 2009 U of M Canine Symposium: Canine Renal disease in Boxers is so bad now, it is rare to find lines that do not have this. It is important to feed healthy dog food and watch for this disease.
  • 2 days at Ames, IA - Animal Vet University Canine Symposium #1 -> Pat Hastings research on canine structure - ABSOLUTELY phenomenal! Knowing what to look for and breed toward for the future health structure of the poodle.


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 >


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 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.

Grooming/Clipping Hair

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!

Grooming/Clipping Nails

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:

  • I do wash some of their faces and eyes when I see the need on a frequent basis
  • I do have to pull out thistles and twigs from the park on a frequent basis during the summer when they get into something I haven't gotten cut down in the parks at which the dematting rake is used and then the shedding comb.
  • Combing their top knots out with those who have them is generally done on a weekly basis

        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.

  • Every week to two weeks I clean ears and clip toenails as noted above.
  • Every 4-6 weeks is the full shampoo and conditioner at which one needs to make sure you rake "before" grooming as it can get quite a bit and that is why I like to keep their hair short. This is when I would use the slicker brush to "pretty" them up, other wise I rarely use it unless I want to pretty them up. As spoos don't have a hair direction one can use it top to tail or reverse, or fluff :o)



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

  • Getting your Royal puppy to be more outward - Play with your hand to his mouth or paws getting him to reach for you
  • Play with your stocking feet with his mouth getting him to reach for you, “Oweee” comes in handy when they get too rough - But this seems to really get them feeling confident about who they are
  • Get beef bones, they help keep their teeth exceptionally clean besides - satisfying them when you leave them alone, no anxiety attacks. Do not cook the beef bones! You'll hear many viewpoints, this one is causes them to become to brittle. 

   -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

  • Puppies/dogs sleep a lot - So don’t worry unless you have serious reason to
  • Puppies/dogs get worms - Don’t worry too much when the vet tells you he/she has them - handle it with treatment asap. We de-worm every two wks while here.
  • Heartworms; yes, if one doesn't use Hartgard or something to prevent them - If you live near, or on a farm, deworm every month as this is a high infestation area
  • Dog health book - have one on hand...Do look in it when you have concerns, don’t always feel you have to run to a vet, but don't let more than 24 hours go by if it gets worse
  • Red spots on your pets stomach may be from laying in the grass and bugs biting them, spring is the worst. Spray them with Cedar Oil (click link here to see cedar oil products I sell)!
  • If pet gets stubborn and won’t move from your favorite chair - use "Excuse me and Tsssst" or your favorite treat :-) just remember animals are very re-stimulative (eons past of defending themselves with aggression) and thus the less anxiety caused them the happier they and you will be.
  • Winter ice - Definitely use a pet ice melt, as I’ve had my pet's paws crack and bleed otherwise...see the Books and Links tab for websites for boots in living in the city with salty roads. I highly recommend them on the salty streets!
  •            -Ask me about the liquid spray I found for pets as well

  • Dogs in general DO NOT like fast motions at them - So a child running at the pet WILL upset them, possibly snap at them - CAUTION!
  •           -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)

  • If having difficulty getting them to go outside or coming to you—Stand sideways as it is less intimidating; get lower to them tapping the side of your leg or grab the step in harness back I give to each pup for this immediate "potty outside" purpose - NOT their collar to avoid jerking their atlas out needing chiropractic adjusting later.
  • Treats at hand bring them RIGHT now!






Timid Puppies:

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.







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