The new web page, Standard Poodle ABCs, brings together three other pages that I felt needed to be combined into one to help locate your questions in an alphabetical order. These are years of data that has come my way from experience and your questions. Thanks to all who contribute!
Why -doodle when you can "Poodle?"
Poodles are the REAL thing - with the right breeder SUPER SMART, beautiful, and HEALTHY! I provide Full Tails with Dew Claws to provide healthy structural balance.
Last updated 10/9/19
A Perfect World: This is the name I have given my Standard Poodle line. I breed for larger then usual standards called Royals, yet ALL standards. The future will bring "Standards" with a new red program and brown smaller standard female mid 2020. This weight range will be from 40-60 lbs. Royals will be available as well averaging from 60-85+ lbs. Never a guarantee on size yet will help you decide which matings will be your desire. Royal Standard Poodles is simply the name I have given my website for you to enjoy perusing to find A Perfect World Standard Poodle for your next pet :o) Fill out the form to contact Tes for your next pet!
Acorns: Acorns are TOXIC to dogs! Do you have acorns in your yard? SIGNS to look for: is your pet vomiting without a known reason, having diarrhea? You've checked with your vet for any worms or other situations and all comes out normal. If you have, and you have acorns, your pet may be sneaking in what they think is a tasty nut snack possibly. Your soil can even become toxic from the leaching of acorn chemicals into it, then your pet eats the grass and can get ill from the grass more so then usual.
Do you have acorns in your yard? When the acorns start dropping, use the nut roller ball to pick them up, rake them up, scoop them up...do whatever you can to get them away from your pets! In MN I used the nut roller, rakes, I even found a tiny rake to help get them up. I used a Lyme powder to treat the yard to help balance the ph levels as well.
My sister visiting from San Francisco, CA is walking on air, so in love with A Perfect World Standard Poodles! Although the cold MN air isn't thrilling her. My first stud Large Brown Kodi (above) and family below started the Royal line. Zain's (left brown dam below) dad was a 100 lb stud.
Addison's Disease: Q. What can you tell me about Addisons disease?
What kind of answer can I give you? So many considerations, research by many, and observing to come up with a logical answer. Thus, I will share a few things I have observed:
a) Watch this vet explain her knowledge/research first > http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/01/24/how-to-avoid-addisons-disease.aspx
b) From my research in as simple explanation as possible to help understanding: As I have been breeding since 2004, none of the breeding spoos have ever had Addison's disease. Healthy lines have provided many with healthy pups. So, why did a customer in 2016 have a male offspring that was diagnosed with Addisons? From research and observation I can only determine that the mom Cleopatra was having health issues with having pups that her milk wasn't dropping...the second litter this occurred I decided to retire her. Several of her pups from these two litters have had health situations arise. Now, assure you've watched the above video by Dr. Becker: I can only determine from observation of what you watched; i. Cleopatra DID get into a girl fight while pregnant with the first milk drop issue, fight or flight hormones shot through her puppies; ii. Assuring you've listened/read "Pukka's Promise" by Ted Kerasote; if spaying/neutering too early the hormones are taken away that helps balance full development of a body, thus the necessary hormones are depleted AND over vaccination can play another HUGE roll in the body getting out of balance; iii. If the pet is in continual stress, only that pet and it's environment can tell you (of course they can't) thus one never knows the true amount of stress they can accept/tolerate before their body gives up and moves into Addisons; iiii. Nutrition depletion with bad dog food, thus my research on healthy dog food...So, there are MANY variables I have culminated to this point of observation.
The good breeders do their best to assure parents are tested to prevent health issues for customers. It's up to you the consumer to do your work with waiting to spay/neuter, provide a calm environment, provide healthy dog food, keep in check pet vaccinations with titre tests instead of just vaccinating when the vet says so, and many other considerations to not blame the breeder...Mother Nature ALWAYS has the last say when we've done our best with testing for the customer and future of the standard poodle ;o)
Standard Poodle ABCs
Bark Collar: Q. Should I use a bark collar or not?
Yup, she's still my doll-baby; I want to share a bit what we've been thru recently, in case it may help someone else!
In Hadley's "baby book"... it shall be recorded that from approximately 8 months to almost her 1st b'day, she turned into a BAD BAD BABY!
Now that we're thru the worst of the storm, I can tell you about it.
I may never know if due to her age, or us spoiling her or combo why it seemed almost overnight we "lost her".... ie, she totally began ignoring me, she began nuisance barking (incessant for extended periods until I'd physically carry, bribe, or clown to get her attention. This would be indoors AND out. I adjusted all MY behaviors, tried harder to keep her busy & going places with me, but I literally could not leave her be for more than 2-3 min & it'd start up. (Dear Helmut finally started completely ignoring her, and hanging with me or H. Then it got worse.
She decided her 3 acres were way to confining and proceeded to investigate AND succeed in finding ways to escape her "confinement"...(and her beloved family including her puppy!) (she squeezed herself thru a 6.5" space between slats on the gate. When we discovered that, she began digging under the wildlife wires we buried to protect my little hens.
I was preparing myself to call you to ask your help in finding her a "better family", when H. suggested a last resort.
We invested in a very expensive E. Collar
I felt like a complete failure, and it seemed OBSCENE to use a training tool on such an intelligent creature. (Try to imagine almost dry-heaving with guilt)
So I played like it was "her "Radio"!!! so Mommy can talk to you Hads"... She's so precious, she totally complied with me putting it on her every time...
We used it for a few minutes each day, at the peak about 20 minutes. I signaled her only when she ignored my call 3 X's (to be certain she heard my voice in between her barking at ????)...
(Ps she didn't respond at all to the vibrations nor the pinch, until I turned it up one digit at a time, to beyond what was comfortable to my hand. )
I felt awful we weren't using a "professional trainer", I thought we were hurting her & she wouldn't understand...
It took one strong pinch, she turned to me, & heard me...
I pinched her with it 2 more times while she was "zoning out", that was it. She sat sweetly to have her "radio" strapped on for total of 5 days, even tho I never had to use it again. After 5th day, I experimented; no Ecollar. She's "come back to me".... She still barks, more than most, but she stops herself now, before I even tell her. She "comes" again when I call, and there seem to be no more escape attempts...whether she "outgrew it, or the training collar got her refocused, we may never truly know, but I wanted to share this with you in case you have anyone call you at wits end... (I might not have had the guts to try that collar if you hadn't given me Pukka's Promise")...
Helmut continues to be a gentle giant, more loving and attentive to me than any dog I've ever loved... And man is he smart, but that's another day! Pictures after his next haircut!
Base-lining: DON'T bring a pup home from a breeder and not base-line TWO main things in my viewpoint on 6/8/18. Base-line your pup for 1. WORMS, to include giardia and 2. LYMES disease. A Base-lining and annual check up on these two things is so vital to their health and longevity! Worms are, and will always be a pet problem but I have come to the conclusion Lymes/tick born disease is A HEALTH PROBLEM IN A LOT OF THE USA for animals AND Humans. Tick diseases can be handled if being annually "checked for"...a pet can pick it up easily from anywhere these days due to the modern travel culture...EVEN IF NOT FOUND IN YOUR AREA (CBS news reel). Nothing wrong with being careful!
DO use natural Cedar Oil products to deter ticks and fleas. I sell these natural healthier products, drop shipped directly to you from the cedar oil warehouse. IF one uses a chemical based product on their pup like spot ons, and now found in the heart worm monthly medicine (only buy heart worm no other inclusion), one must decide; develop seizures or pick up tick diseases...with vigilant spraying of cedar oil on your pet and annual lymes vaccination and testing you can be pro-active to prevent problems. Cedar Oil will handle other tick born diseases and fleas! As an oil, it does evaporate so depending on climate and region, use once or several times a week. Don't forget to spray it on yourself when walks or hiking.
NOTE: In MN and now in TX, I live in an area where deer ticks are found...as there are in many regions of the USA. I annually vaccinate and check for Lymes disease in each of my spoos yet there are other tick born diseases no vaccine is made for as Anaplasmosis. These diseases can be handled with antibiotics if one is annually testing for the pets health. Place this in your annual protocol for you pets health checkup. Here are some great sites for you to learn from > Tick born disease knowledge
Bloat: Q. My pet died of bloat, do you have information on this?
When a stomach turns, there is nowhere for food or gas to go, thus bloat sets in. Understand? Do some YouTube googling on how to avoid bloat.
Below; the beautiful leaves, I call this "Kodi Color," were taken after an early morning Fall walk in the back park in MN. The fallen maple tree leaves gave breath-taking color that pictures can't equal in real time, yet I hope you enjoy them as much as Kodi and the spoos enjoyed chasing the fresh beet I'd pulled from the garden to get them to be in the pictures :o)
Books: Q. What books can you recommend reading on poodles?
Bones: DON'T feed your spoos chicken or pork bones.
DO give them beef bones...take a look at the picture...Bruno, at 3 years, has been chewing on beef bones his entire life (now 12 yrs old)...notice the nice clear very little tartar buildup...which I clean once a year with a dental pick...more below...
DO put aside a savings account for your Standard Poodle Health, a cracked tooth from chewing bones may occur - pull it, let them chew! It's that or major gum and teeth health bills later in their life.
In 2019 I took my female Magic in for teeth cleaning at 4 yrs old. The vet shared she/I've been doing such an excellent job, she won't need ANY cleaning now, nor for another several years! Woo Hoo! Good big beef bones REALLY do work!!
Bowed Legs: Q. My puppy appears to be getting/have a bowed front leg/s after coming home - HELP ?
Breeder/s: Q. Can you refer me to a breeder?
Q. I want to be a breeder. Will you sell me a pup for breeding?
ALL my breeding pups sell for $4,000, no exceptions. A special breeding contract would be sent you. I have frozen semen available with Brown Bruno and Red Daniel.
If you are/intend to be a large kennel - NO, I will not sell to you!
Breeding Practice: Q. What are your breeding practices?
Standard Poodle ABCs
Cards made of my Royal Standard Poodles For Sale: Q: Do you have gift cards of pictures found on your site?
A: YES! The picture above is one of Max who went to Australia Jan. 2016. "We've got fresh raspberries to eat in the park - yummm!"
click to purchase Royal Standard Poodle gift cards sold here
Cats: Q. Do your standard poodles get along with cats?
CBD Oil (Cannabidiol): Q. Do you recommend CBD oil for your poodles?
Children: Q. What should I know about puppies and children?
a) In nature/the wild, there are never humans around ;o) Momma keeps everything as quiet and calm as possible, remembering all canines are animals from the wild, they have chosen to agree with our affection...any calm relays instinctively to pups...if nervous, anxious, upset those vibrations DEFINITELY are picked up by pups.
b) newborn pups cannot "Hear or See" right away, smell only...thus if the momma's hormones are throwing out a) above - they are stimulated/or not by such...and OVER stimulated by the negative vibrations...
c) their eyes start to open and they See "SOMEWHAT" around 2 wks of age as they start to develop...their ears open at around 3 wks of age and begin to develop hearing...thus the calm brought about those first several wks with few nervous interruptions is far better then allowing children in with them during those wks...momma gets very nervous, stressed, wants to protect, she's disciplined not to harm children...etc..it all can build up in her...she JUST wants her instincts to work naturally, calmly...
d) I have found this protocol has kept my spoo pups to grow with a stable less nervous/hyper personality. Research available; next, shows development of socializing starts 3-5 wks old which now all falls into place with my research of the above. Now children can be introduced in a CALM manner, strict calm guidance, other noises implemented to stimulate brain functioning/learning...all in my own planned protocol of development which customers have thanked me with comments of the best pups they've ever had :o) It's working :o))
e) Now, as the pups get older, 2 months plus, children start to become toys to these puppies...especially because they no longer have their other family pups to play and tussle with...dogs in general get excited/like fast motion, if they see it (USUALLY), the target becomes game and ready to chase and instinctively attack to stop and kill...now, THAT is so important to know to keep children from running around them, as well as the fact the child can trip, the pup can get
twisted and tripped on...injuring both in one way or another, bites, twisted limbs et al...
THUS, children are always needed to be monitored, vigilantly watched over to assure careful play, not over playing to early on...until bones in the canine have stabilized at over 1 yr of age for the pup...protecting children right along side them :o)
Cedar Oil Products for flea and tick repellant!
Chiropractic Care: DON'T over exercise your pet with jogging or too long of walks up until a year of age when their hips have had time to finish their growth. This will help stabilize your Standard Poodle Health.
DO Chiropractic care for Royal & Standard Poodle health. Max above melts into Dr. Mark's arms after his adjustment...
In 2009, MN passed the law for small animal services to perform chiropractic work on small animals.
My puppies are chiropractic adjusted several times before they leave to their new homes. Thank You Dr. Mark LaVallie and Dr Angela!!
Cleaning: Q. What do you recommend to clean up inside potty accidents? Carpet?
I wouldn't be without the WONDERFUL Shark steam cleaner! Highly recommend! JUST water steaming the floor clean!!
Coefficient of Inbreeding: Q. Can you tell me about the Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI)?
Commands: Standard Poodle commands I use while here...
Colors: Q. What colors do you have?
Cost of A Perfect World Poodle:
1. How much do your poodles cost?
2. Why the price?
As you see the list could go on. It is my joy to provide you joy and the expenses do add up, as I want all customers to know owning a Royal or Standard Poodle pet is a high maintenance life, yet worth it beyond price in many of our viewpoints :o)
3. Do you give refunds?
a. At the birth of a litter, there is not the color or gender you desired.
b. Otherwise: your down payment goes toward administrative costs of bringing you on board - Thank You! Your non-refundable down payment will be here for "your return" in the future in purchasing your next pet from me if you so desire and as long as I am still breeding.
Standard Poodle ABCs
Diarrhea: DON'T worry too much if in the spring/summer your pet comes up with diarrhea -- read on...
June Bug Season + SEE The Scoop on Poop below under "P"
Does your state have June bugs? What I've observed and validated by the vet is the fact during the months of May - July these flying protein bugs love to be eaten by the Poodles and puppies.
Look at them go in the pictures, trying to find every bit of protein bug they can! So, if you have these bugs and your pet's (cats or dogs) have loose stools, or you get a pup from us during this time - look to see if they're eating high protein bugs. After the bugs are gone their stools WILL harden up again...see pictures below...
Disease: DON'T think your state/region is immune to disease or problems...
DO become alert to health situations to your region by asking your vet what they have learned in your area:
Here's one I just learned of 7/17/17
Dog Food: I feed my spoos a variety of quality dog food on a rotational basis. I sell Lifes Abundance, an on-line purchase only, to those interested, growing strong healthy pups, a dry Grain Free All Life Stages food not found in stores.
To order Lifes Abundance grain free dog food call 877-387-4564 and provide my ID # 20266306 to allow me a commission with your purchase - Thank You, I appreciate it!
Dog Food Research: http://www.royalstandardpoodles.com/dogfoodgrainfreelifesabundance.html
DON'T buy your Royal Standard Poodles a cheap dog food.
NOTE: The most important tip I feel I can give is this; Royal & Standard Poodles do have sensitive stomachs, passing gas, flatulence. Pet chiropractic adjustments may help with this yet over the years of business, customers have shared their beloved pet died of bloat. We raised cattle and I can tell you about bloat. Visit with me on this for more information.
DO feed a researched healthy diet:
With permission, the site where I began my research to find the best dog food for Royal & Standard Poodles. I purchased this book and went from there... "Poodle dog food data". And if you're interested in finding out more of what he writes, google "W.D. Cusick" to see what you can find.
Switching to a healthy dog food:
So, in agreeing to get a pet from me, it is in my contract that I guarantee a healthy pet for two years as long as a 5 star Grain Free food is provided your pet...Remember, Mother Nature has the last say in things beyond our control.
DON'T feed your spoos chicken or pork bones.
DO give them beef bones...that's why "A Perfect World Club" where I send you bone money at Christmas time...take a look at the picture...our 3 year old Bruno who has been chewing on beef bones his life with us...notice the nice clear very little tartar buildup...which I clean once a year with a dental pick...
Dog Food Containers: DON'T! dump your dry dog food into a generic plastic container for storage! Use a metal container. It'll protect your Standard Poodle Health.
DO Check out the link to find out more for your Standard Poodle Health:
My conclusion "at this point in time" from reading the bit that I have, the galvanized garbage cans are made for many purposes, farmers hold grains in them, and many other products...how they came up with the nickname garbage can is much to wonder on ;o) Using them for what they were meant to be used for (as noted in many of the internet sites on this) is safe. The can being large enough, I drop the actual bag into it and open the bag, scooping from it. The smaller can #27 I would place a smaller bag or dump in the dog food, washing the can every
several weeks. So, key is to use the bag they came in as much as
possible...if pouring into a smaller can, and after washing for years, one
sees rust, time to get a new one!
Royal Standard Poodle health ABCs
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 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
Drooling: Q. My spoo is drooling excessively with the heat, what should I know?
Standard Poodle ABCs
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:
Exercise: DON'T allow OVER exercise of your young puppy to cause bowing of the legs.
below are Dino, Kara, and Nico
DO be vigilantly watchful of too much OVER PLAYING! Health Alert! Here I write about "Bowing legs in puppies" in large breed dogs that I have observed over the years starting around 5 wks old. It can be an "occasional issue" with fast-growing, large breed or heavy breed dogs:
My research is beginning November 2015 with starting the powder NUVET supplements at this age into their dog food.
Getting your Nuvet supplements in place will certainly help as they grow – VERY FAST, ACCELERATED fast!
Be ready to purchase the following helpful products…
Here's what Dino's customer writes:
In early February 2016, we noticed one day as Dino played in the yard, that his front right and left legs appeared to be “toeing in” as he walked, ran, played and jumped. At this time he would have been just over 5 months old, and had grown into a healthy and dense weight of 42 lb’s.
Bells went off in my head, as I recalled reading on your page of "Royal Poodle "FAQ" tab, that this was something Important to deal with right away.
This section (#6 I recall) speaks to an owner noticing that the new puppy has legs that appear bowed and asks what to do. The information that you’ve noted in this section is spot on in being the best resource to this issue.
After speaking with you through email and phone and agreeing that the 2 products on your site could be the solution, I called Revival Animal Health and spoke with them about their Breeders Edge Oral Cal Plus product and Doc Roy’s Health Bones supplements.
Given Dino’s weight and activity level, we decided on administering a course of (2) 30ml syringes of Oral Cal Plus - at an accelerated level and once this was completed, we continued with the Healthy Bones supplement until he reached 11 months. Revival Health also recommend limiting Dino’s activity level to give the Oral Cal time to support the long bones. We did reduce his free play with the other poodles but continued to allow him to explore as a puppy should during those development months, but under careful watch of either my husband or I. Jumping off of something was his favorite new thing, which we really took to reducing as best as possible. As well we limited his walking on hard pavements and such and restricted his time out on leash with the pack for morning and evenings walks. The long bones really can take a beating in a simple morning stroll if it’s all hard road pavement or concrete, so we avoided those routes and found plenty of grass strolling.
Today Dino flies like the wind, keeps up with is super lean 3 year old brother Nico and has the tolerance to play with his 7 yr old sister, Kara, who can spin faster than most spinner tops in either direction! He’s out with us twice a day for our mile walks and never misses a beat.
Seriously though…….this leg bowing could have been devastating for Dino’s development and confidence as he matured. Had I not been thorough in reading your site on a regular basis, word for word and page for page….I would have never known where to start to find a solution.
More importantly - had the information NOT BEEN THERE….I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to read it and remember it…now that would have been catastrophic. Your website is a wealth of vetted, current, important, realistic, and life saving information. A MUST READ for every poodle puppy owner.
We thank you for not only breeding an incredible lineage of Royal Standard Poodles, but for also being a resource to us Owners from the moment we choose our new puppy and through our exciting new journey.
Thank You Tes….Warm Woofs from Nico, Dino and Kara. BML
Eyes: Q. Why does my poodle have a red eye?
a) Is there any discharge noted?
b) Are you using a collar for his walks or a harness?
c) Has he had a chiropractic adjustment to help the nerves to the eyes, this would be the atlas getting out of alignment, this is where many nerves stream to the eyes and if the atlas nerves are pinching (subluxated) it can definitely be causing blood flow issues.
d) This site helps take a look at red eye symptoms and eye structure - yet keep in mind that the atlas could be causing it! > http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2124&aid=3552
e) Look closely at the picture below, you can see that the one eye is very red.
f) For more information on Chiropractic Care click here and look under C.
Standard Poodle ABCs
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
Standard Poodle ABCs
Gender Choice: Q. I have a male/female already. Should I get a male/female?
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.
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Harnesses: 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.
Heat: DON'T let your pet over heat in the hotter states and months.
DO provide constant water, place ice cubes in it, have a kiddie pool, don't fill all the way, just 3 inches that they can lay down and cool off in, they only sweat via their pads and mouth with panting, thus assure their pads are clipped down to allow air flow and cooling, long hairy paws don't allow cooling, their long hair becomes a blanket not allowing air circulation thus keep their hair shorter in hot weather to help them stay cool.
Health: Do check out these sites for more information on Standard Poodle Health:
On occasion a pup or two may develop an umbilical hernia due to one reason or another: a) mom's chewing and tugging chord at birth; b) a pre-mature birth from a weather barometer drop before due date has not allowed closure development of the natal area, this may leave undeveloped naval closures; c) as puppies grow and develop so rapidly, closure may not keep up with growth; d) the umbilical hernia usually is small enough that they could eventually close on their own yet when spay/neutering can be repaired at the same time.
DO check on things that might be in your breeder's state that might reflect in your pups health down the road. If you didn't, and something comes up with your pet, call the breeder and share any symptoms. This way you can inform your vet to look out for "_____" that may be from the state you received your pet from.
Q. Do your standard poodles have health issues?
now, his parents Jasper x Daniel have already had 2 litters with no health issues of the mouth, this third litter, Royal Oliver's tooth definitely became a problem. I had not seen the tooth show problems while up to 8 wks old and shared the owner should get a second opinion as baby teeth can pop out and the new ones come in just fine. They did get a second and third opinion with knowledge of definite removal needed.
Height of your Standard Poodles: Q. Can you estimate: a) how tall pups will be? b) Weight? c) Is there any significance in the approximate 1/2 lb. difference between some of the litter mates? d) Can you predict how dense or how dark his coat will be yet?
Hips & other Health Testing I do: Q. Do your poodles have hip dysplasia?
Go to Pat Hastings dvd "Puppy Puzzle and purchase it for you and your friends to become an informed consumer.
Don't purchase from a breeder who does not do CERF EYE testing on their lines. You could get bad hereditary eye issues (not all are bad) if the breeder is not being open and honest with you.
Notes from my research with Brown, Black/Blue, and Red/Apricot/Cream standard poodle eyes:
It should be done annually by a breeder. As I live 3 hrs from the nearest clinic, sometimes I am only able to do it every other year...try packing 8 spoos in a mini van and head out to the Twin Cities - Ooftah!! It's great when we have dog shows in the area as they will have CERF eye clinics I can take them all to and get done - YEAY!!!
Do have your pets eyes checked out by a specialist if you find their eyes giving them issues. A chiropractic adjustment of the atlas will clear ooey gooey eyes up within a coming week. Proved over and over and over again with any of my spoos.
Ciwa at the eye Doctor being tested for CERF - which her eyes are good :o) Ciwa now lives in Australia :0))
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.
Hunting Poodles: Q. Do you train your spoos to hunt?
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Standard Poodle ABCs
Kisses: Why you DON'T kiss your puppies nose ;-)
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Life span/Longevity of Standard Poodles: Q. How long do standard poodles live?
Our MN farm field was flooded with water one spring, 2015, in driving by the swans below were having a jolly good time, at which I dashed home to grab the camera and take the picture you see here :o)
Living Environment: Q. Do the Royal Standard Poodles live with you?
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Micro-chips: DO! register your Micro-chip information with your vet, AKC, Re-Unite, Home Again, Avid or other brand your breeder/vet supplies information on. I micro-chip your pup in the purchase price of your pup from Tes. It costs me under $10 with an AKC program called Re-Unite. A vet may charge from $60-100. It is important you register immediately as if pet is lost, then found by another, they could register pup under their name and claim as their own.
After the Fall colors pale, it's time to vacuum them up - why? So the beautiful green grass will grow instead of dirt in the spring.
I would vacuum up 7 acres of leaves in my MN parks every fall to keep wood ticks away.
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Nose: Q. Why does my poodle have a dry cracked nose?
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Older Standard Poodle For Sale: Q. Do you have older poodles for sale?
I must be vigilant to assure all the breeding spoos will be the best breeder with offspring my customers desire. If the breeding poodle turns out to not be qualified for whatever the reason, I will seek to place them in a home in TX. If the poodle is several years old I like to go to the owners home and introduce the poodle to the home for several hours before we leave. It is within the next weeks time frame that I ask the potential new owner to make a decision as I do not want the pet to be jumping around from home to home.
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!
Here is our leaf mower vacuum unloading leaves from the 7 acres...see the pile building?
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Plants: Don't - leave poisonous plants around for your puppy/pet to eat! Here's a great website (many out there) that a looker emailed me to share with those interested > Pet Safe House
Platelets: Please see "Ticks"
Poisons: DON'T! purchase Cocoa Mulch if you have a pet that goes in and out of the home - this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats and CAN kill them. They love the chocolate smell and eat it, which...the results you don't want! Click here for information on Cocoa dangers
Poop: The Scoop on Poop with a scale of 1-5, 5 being good...
1. Diarhea - like water :-(((
(no picture - imagination)
2. Not water but not solid (picture below)
3. Getting more solid.
4. Gradually firmer...
5. Firm stool.
6. Stool with fabric toy and stuffing fiber that does not dissolve and tears up their colon...Provide HARD Kongo balls and toys instead...these aggressive chewers do destroy them eventually but definitely not as easily as fabric toys. More often then not these fabrics do pass yet does tear up the colon for a bit.
*Provide HEAVY duty rope toys and Kongo type toys for spoos to play and chew on.*
Here is the cloth toy gotten and de-legged and de-tagged...for some reason they love to work and chew the tags off :o((
DON'T feed grapes, onions, chocolate or milk products, they are poisonous to their Standard Poodle Health! Google to find more toxic foods to canines.
DO give natural treats as:
Q. My poodle has bloody stools. What considerations should I review?
Remember; I do my best to simply observe, go from my years of questions, observation, google to review what's out their in the world, observe, use logic, what do vet's tell us, and then I observe, observe, observe for more information.
I. One consideration might be: where do you live? If around wetland has your pet gotten giardia? Have your vet test for this.
II. If not giardia, could it be they've developed "Idiopathic Inflammatory Bowel Disease" IBD? Idiopathic means; of unknown cause. Check out this web page to learn about bacteria that starts to build up that can lead to it - have your google dictionary at hand > http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0039333
a) Poodles in general are known to have sensitive stomachs...in taking all dogs out of their wilderly environment; 1. eating the constant dry dog food is bound to disturb any normally healthy body in my viewpoint. Just as a human were to constantly eat dry foods without vegetables and fruit for fiber, they could/do develop colon problems. 2. Maybe they're being fed a raw diet? It still occurred...okay, in taking a look at the article ... bacteria, understand how bacteria can come into play with raw foods...
b) Yes, genetic factors are indicated, and today the many chemicals and pesticides found in foods are contributing to the irritation and non-digestion of them to our bodies, animal and human alike...these need to be kept in mind with one's research.
c) The trial and error of finding the right dog food is frustrating when we try to transition to help our pet...it takes months to reveal if it is helping to heal...and it could need vet assistance or naturopathic means.
d) I would personally get my pet started on Nuvet supplements as in your contract to start to help balance the nutrients in the body. Then vet assistance to know this is the probability. Then a dog food that is organic. Totally adding raw bits of fruit and vegetables for treats or including in the food.
e) Do a google and see what research you can find...
I hope these considerations help you take a look at what may be going on...add more organic fiber to their diets and yours :o)
Standard Poodle ABCs
Standard Poodle ABCs
Reference Customers: Q. Do you have customers I can visit with on their purchase from you?
Rescue Poodles: Q. Do you know where I could get a rescue poodle?
Royal Standard Poodles: Q. What are Royal Standard Poodles?
The one book that actually defines Royal - the dictionary - you'll find the word "regal". This exemplifies these poodles size and temperament to a T!
All our poodles are AKC Standard Poodles, any poodle over 15" at the whithers, and are provided with their AKC papers that one agrees to register their pup in our contract.
Just remember - Royal is strictly a marketing term at this time referencing the larger size standards which I breed toward. Our Females may range from 55-80+ lbs, our Males may range from 65-100+ lbs. There is never a guarantee on size, yet it is our focus. See our Customer Poodle pictures to see the many Royal sizes that some customers have kept us abreast of.
An average "standard" show ring female will be around 40-50 lbs where the male will be 50-60 lbs.
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Size: Q. How big do your poodles get and do you have smaller standards?
Skin Concerns: Do - feel and observe your pet's skin; lumps, bumps and Mother Nature can bring us to much-a-do when sometimes it is not to be worried about...and sometimes TO be concerned about...here is what Lincoln's owner found:
A few weeks ago my sister noticed a red spot about the size of a quarter on his chest. I thought he had been bitten by a bug. I called the vet because it had been a few weeks and it had not decreased in size. We went in and he took a tissue sample and sent it to a pathologist. The result was a histiocytoma, a benign skin growth that usually goes away by itself. A histiocytoma is common in Labrador retrievers , Stafford terriers, Boxers and Dachshunds. It usually occurs in dogs under two years old...(can remove or regress on its own after several months....non-malignant)...3 months later gone away...no medication or surgery...
Do google for Sebaceous Cysts on dogs. Some great data and youtube info by vets out there. It is totally different from the Sebaceous Adenitis skin disease. Many breeds have sebaceous cysts (non-benign fatty oil build up), little bumps that contain a cheesy like fill if squeezed out correctly, otherwise they get large over time and may need surgical removal...a phone call can help understand. In the spring I shave all my spoos down in order to check for these and to watch for wood ticks. Helping them to eat raw foods with more oils, squirting omega oils on their foods all help to provide more oils to their skin as it is the constant dry dog food that does not help the skin with its needed oils.
Now, Sebacious Adenitis is something you really want to check to see if a breeder is testing for! TI tests all her breeding spoos for this and has none in her line that has been tested for.
I shave the spoos all down with a #10 blade in the spring that I can check for lumps and bumps every summer, handling what needs to be handled because their long coats hide so much.
Q. My poodle has hot spots, dry skin, itching, or, my poodle has a bacterial skin infection which my vet has been unable to clear up. What can I do besides medical drugs?
a) WATCH the testimonials on http://www.Nuvet.com ordering code #89093 to see what their natural supplements can help your pet with. Pictures speak louder then words! Honestly - My spoos RARELY itch with the following protocol I have in place: Nuvet supplements, Vets Choice Health Extension dog food, Cedar Oil spray for fleas and ticks, natural eucalyptus type shampoos and oatmeal cream rinse: below are many other variables...
b) Has your pet recently been spay/neutered? Might they be reacting to something given them? Perhaps a little more time will flush it out of their system. Provide lots of water.
c) Do you have carpet? How is it being cleaned? With chemicals? Use pure clean water, hot or cold to clean it instead…or pull up that old carpet and lay a new floor that can be cleaned with hot water or vinegar water - naturally.
d) Is your pet’s skin dry, flaky, itching? Add Salmon or Omega oil over their food. This will improve their skin and coats from the inside out…eventually healing elbow callouses!
e) What dog food are you feeding your pet? Some may be lacking the nutrients your pet needs causing issues. I use dry kibble Vets Choice Health Extension adult formula for my poodles and find their skin and coats healthy.
f) Fleas & ticks; are you protecting them with a chemical product? Help protect them with natural products such as Cedar Oil or Northern Eagle Organic Products “Mother Natures Defense for people and pets”, spray it on to keep the bugs from biting. Use their “Naturally occurring live Micro-organisms” in your pet water. This will prevent heart worm and help clear up skin conditions from the inside out. Using a eucalyptus shampoo will help prevent them from bothering your pet as well.
g) Is your groomer using a chemical based shampoo and conditioner? Natures Specialties have natural products, found on my Books & Links page. I recommend the eucalyptus shampoo and conditioners.
h) Has your pet been eating toxic foods? This company provides a great variety of herbal natural products
i) Essential oils: this has MANY great values in checking out the various oils to know what can help their health, there are some great books to check into to learn what will help with various conditions...see Essential Oils books on the Books and Links tab.
j) Find out if you have yard mites or a yard bacterial problem from dry weather or such. Find a yard service that uses natural products to handle any major issues in your yard.
k) Is the harness he's wearing bothering or chafing him? Adjust to be larger, or take it off and use now only for his walks and such.
l) Many of the above products can be found on my Books & Links page. There are many natural products out there to help you and your pet live without overloading their/your systems to all the chemicals found in products and left on surfaces that our skin can absorb or digest. Search the internet to help you.
m) All of the above examples have proven and helped clear up either *Bacterial skin infection, Hot spots, itching, or Dry flaky skin. Be patient. It took time for your pet’s skin and hair to become irritated, it will take a little time to get it cleared up again.
n) Vinegar; cleaning strictly with vinegar can cause red bothered anal or vaginal areas...using steam water cleaning with the Shark :o)
Q. Do you know why my spoo has developed a darker spot after he faded, not having it before? see pic below...
Snorting: Q. Why do dogs snort?
Steps to Get a Pup: Q. What are the steps along the way in working with you in getting a pup?
Swimming: DO swim your pet if possible, it is healthy exercise for their joints.
NOTE: As a breeder, I have done my best to research and determine what is the best information I can provide my customers/potential buyers with having a healthy hip program for my adult breeders. The side FAQ tab > under "About Health & Grooming" section > question 2. will provide you understanding on this as well.
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Tails: Q. Why are some of your Royal Standard Poodles tails short?
Q. Why do you leave FULL tails? Starting 2019 I no longer dock tails. Top 3 positions determine this.
Temperament Testing: Q. Do you do temperament testing on puppies for customers?
Q. similar to above "... can you test puppies to determine there aggressive nature?
Tick Borne Diseases: Q. 6/18/18 What can you tell me about Lymes/Tick Borne Diseases (TBD)?
My TBD back story:
EVEN IF NOT FOUND IN YOUR AREA > https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lyme-disease-in-dogs-10-things-you-need-to-know/
Tick Borne Disease knowledge > https://www.searchencrypt.com/search?eq=%2FQJisRiLlg%2Bd1L5inyrF%2BochdJHzCmSIJSKgbloWCT8%3D
Cedar Oil for natural protection > http://www.royalstandardpoodles.com/DrBensCedarOil.html
3 REASONS WHY NOT TO VACCINATE FOR LYMES > https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/lyme-vaccine-dogs/?mpweb=1153-569-244255
I hope you have found this article helpful, and Thank You to all who have contributed to it!
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.
Toys: Don't - Allow your adult spoos to tear apart a plastic toy. As puppies some toys will be great, yet as they get older they become more aggressive chewers and will destroy them quickly and eat the plastic that they break free from the toy. When choosing a toy for your pet consider their age, look at Kong Products as they are more sturdily built and last longer! See pictures below of adult destruction of toys that worked fine while they were a pup.
Traveling: Q. Is there a place I can stay if I'm traveling a long distance?
Q. Do you fly pups?
Q. When traveling my puppy throws up...can you help me?
The morning fog is rising from the low grounds in the picture below as the Fall colors adorn the ground with the spoos.
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Umbilical Hernias: Q. Do you cover the cost of umbilical hernias in your pups?
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Vaccinations: Don't - over vaccinate yet at the same time assure you are aware of what to do! A GREAT Audio book I give my new customers, and have for sale > "Pukka's Promise" by Ted Kerasota. Truly would be the book I could have wrote - EXCELLENT ;o)
The following web page, given permission to link to by Bijou Poodles in Canada, has one of the better informative pages out there. In the end it is your decision along with state laws...Information on Vaccinations
Visiting Tes and her Spoos: Q. Do you allow people to come and meet your poodles and home?
A: Yes, people may come when I have NO Quarantine in place. A $100 visiting fee must be given at door to know you're committed in arriving and meet everyone. That goes toward your puppy purchase if you find me someone you'd like to work with.
When coming to visit the Royal Spoos you must read the home rules! After reading, come on in and get ready to meet all of our wonderful Spoos and enjoy!
The customers from Washington coming for their second spoo find a great opportunity to learn and enjoy our pack :o)
Q. Why do you charge for people to come visit?
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Water that is TOXIC: Don't - Let your pet (or kids and you!) swim in lake (or standing) waters that have grown blue green algae!! Type in google 2015 blue green algae dog deaths...continues to this day... It will initiate vomiting, diarrhea, leading to poisoning of their bodies and death... :o(((((
Do - wash yourself and your pet thoroughly - immediately after #29 above!
Weight: Q. What weight should I keep my standard poodle at?
Standard Poodle ABCs
Standard Poodle ABCs
Buying from Tes: If you’re interested in purchasing a Royal Standard Poodles puppy, contact Tes via the form below for further information or call me at 737-932-5030. It is important that new owners become informed of what will be ahead in owning one of these incredible pets.