Standard Poodle ABCs

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?"

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Last updated 10/9/19

Standard Poodle ABCs

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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

B.

Bark Collar: Q. Should I use a bark collar or not?

  • Answer: Everyone has a viewpoint...I do on a rare occasion. Recently 9/19/19 I started using a new training device called PetGentle...I look forward to see how it works...and here's a customer story for you :o)

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?

  • a) Answer: A customer sent me a Scientific Report that was excellent > in your google cut and paste in -> JAVMA vol 216 January 1, 2000, this second adds on this data - JAVMA vol 217 November 15, 2000. These studies discuss Gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), eating from raised dishes CREATES more air, open feeding or frequent small feedings is far better with water at all times available and much more.
  • b) Try: some are finding vets that can have their pup's stomach stapled when they have the spay/neutering done, called gastropexy.
  • c) I emphasize to understanding that turned stomachs and bloat are two separate considerations...even if stomach stapled to body, bloat can occur from bad food. It won't turn but can bloat. 

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.

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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 ?

  • Answer: Get them taking their NUVET Supplements RIGHT AWAY!!! Use code #89093. Keep them on their supplements until their bone growth has had a good opportunity to stabilize...6 months-1 yr? Go to this website to learn more about and purchase calcium and bone strengthening supplement to help for a good 3 days per vet recommendation if seen after their 8 wk-15 wk age - they need help right away along with their Nuvet supplements! They are GROWING SO FAST and bones are still developing with a big body above them!! Call me if you'd like to talk asap 218-414-0023 > Tes.

http://www.revivalanimal.com/articles/Bowed-Legs-Weaned-Puppies.html

Breeder/s: Q. Can you refer me to a breeder?

  • Answer: I have a few breeder friends I may recommend at any given time if they are still breeding. Breeders come and go, as any business may. It is difficult to recommend other breeders as I never know what they might have for a program, doing in tests for their pets, or are doing with their line at the time. IT takes all of us time to research.

Q. I want to be a breeder. Will you sell me a pup for breeding?

  • Answer: One must understand the responsibility in being a breeder, it is not something to be taken lightly in my viewpoint, by the U.S.A. government, or state laws. Questions to ask yourself: a. What are my state requirements in being a breeder of dogs? b. What tests need to be done?  c. Contract, what will I have in it? ... is the individual I buy my breeding pet from willing to mentor me?

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?

  • Answer: I do my best with the knowledge I have at the time. Here is a website at Bijou Poodles Canada, with permission, that covers a good perspective - http://www.bijoupoodles.com/BreedingPractices.html  
  • I see many of my goals growing, education among them, above all I want to create a loving, structural healthy, Royal size line of offspring. I also see and work with Pat Hastings research on canine structure for the future health of our future poodles. Puppy puzzle at www.dogfolk.com on my books link web page. Not every viewpoint understands the many facets to breeding healthy animals, thus each breeder must pull all of their knowledge to discern what works or is more workable then others, even combining knowledge to make A more Perfect World ;o)
  • Q. Do you Line-breed or In-breed? Answer: This question is answered with educating a consumer on the pros and cons of Line-breeding or In-breeding. This is an excellent article written by Jerold S. Bell DVM who was a speaker at a canine symposium I went to for further education.  http://clubs.akc.org/wtca/health/health_bell_3.pdf With the knowledge in this article, if I have found GOOD characteristics outweighing any bad, I have on occasion chosen to strengthen that in my lines. It is with educated knowledge in bettering the future of the poodle that this is done on my part...done in horses, done in cattle, and many animals for the best health, quality, and lines to be brought forward to life.
  • Q. How often do you breed? Answer: I only like to breed when down-payments are made, knowing the litter is wanted is key! I don't just breed to breed. So if I don't have pups at the time, your patient willingness to plan ahead benefits everyone. 

Standard Poodle ABCs

C.

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? 

  • Answer: In MN I learned with the number of spoos living within my home I could not have a cat with the pack mentality strong among their hormones. Customers have certainly trained from the start as puppies to live with their cats. Apricot spoo "Soda Pop" loves Kitty...and Kitty loves NO other dog in the house ;o)

CBD Oil (Cannabidiol)Q. Do you recommend CBD oil for your poodles?

  • Answer: There's a LOT to understand on this product that has splashed the headlines. Your research is VERY important to come to your own decision on what will be best for your pet. Do your googling of images as well. MY viewpoint is and always will be #1: See your Pet Chiropractor to assure all subluxations are corrected (see research below under chiropractic care). IF your pet isn't in balance, then no wonder he's feeling off and one may need CBD oil. One reason ONLY I may start giving CBD oil is example, when Bruno gets arthritis so bad no more chiro adjustments can help him. In the mean time he receives joint supplements to help lubricate from the inside out.

Children: Q. What should I know about puppies and children?

  • Answer: The following is from my research, intuitiveness, others research and thus the protocol I put together for my breeding program...which has led to some very happy happy customers and their positive feedback :o)

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. 

Click here: I have put together this web page for you to READ and OBSERVE the need for chiropractic care for our pets!

My puppies are chiropractic adjusted several times before they leave to their new homes. Thank You Dr. Mark LaVallie and Dr Angela!!

  • Find a pet chiropractor that you can take your pet to for chiropractic adjustments - you'll be glad you did!
  • A true validation: I am always amazed at how the universe comes together with answers sometimes...the owner is a human surgeon in FL, Dr. ______ is currently disabled that she can't head up surgeries, yet helps out with human and animal corrections (helps her vet as they are now friends). So, hopefully this will help validate the chiropractic check up for Daisy...Now Dr. _____ came from Canada. Canada has a different
    viewpoint of medicine (at least from when she was young). They would ALWAYS go to a chiropractor FIRST before any recommendation to a regular doctor was diagnosed (of course other then broken bones, that was a known). If the joints, spine, atlas are out, one would get them into alignment, see that that healed the problem or not after a calculated time, if not, the medico could help in some areas...VERY interesting conversation which I didn't even mention your Daisy...at which Dr. ___ went into explaining if her ATLAS goes out (she has degenerative hernias up and down her spine) she looses her equilibrium, gets nausea, throws up, once it's adjusted back, wallah, back to normal again! Most people don't understand the power of good chiropractic care (NOTE: GOOD chiropractic care!). I recommend Gonstead methodology, I won't do old school chiropractors anymore. http://gonstead.com/find-a-gonstead-doctor/ Some chiropractors use Gonstead techniques, as my pet chiropractor out of MN and that's why I LOVE him so much for what results we get in the breeding adults, and of course puppies (and human as well :o))))
  • 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!!

    • Answer: #1 - Carpet > USE clean water, NO chemicals!!! #2 - then sprinkle a natural odor eater zeolite product such as Healthy World Pet Deodorizer powered by Sweet PDZ#3 - take your broom and sweep it into the carpet allowing it to absorb the odors and moisture for 24 hours. #4 - vacuum :o) #5 - repeat if still too much odor. #6 Pull up all your carpet and replace with tile or a great glue down flooring, NOT wood flooring, urine will seep in and damage, eventually smelling...I have this great laminate glue down wood look flooring on the cement floor downstairs, people think it's real wood...see above picture...
    • People can find products at feed stores that take away odors in chicken coops, horse barns, et al., I sprinkle this as a natural enzyme eating product as above...
    • I use to promote enzyme eating products from Krueger Enterprize but they went out of business in May 2016 :o( I am searching for a company with similar products...let me know if you know of any?
    • Here is a link to understand bio enzyme eating products: http://www.cleanlink.com/cp/article/Bio-enzymatic-Cleaners-Help-With-Odor-Control--17677
    • Here are some enzyme eating links I found:
    • http://www.mrochem.com/Organic-Insecticides_c_22.html

    Coefficient of Inbreeding: Q. Can you tell me about the Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI)?

    Commands: 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'!

    Colors: Q. What colors do you have?

    Contract: http://www.royalstandardpoodles.com/royalstandardpoodlescontract.html


    Cost of A Perfect World Poodle:

    1. How much do your poodles cost?

    • Answer: http://www.royalstandardpoodles.com/standardpoodlepuppiesforsale.html As I develop my lines, spending thousands of dollars on tests ($10,000 in 2011), the right breeding poodle, and many other time consuming factors - it is true their cost will rise accordingly. This provides those who want a quality standard poodle in health, size and personality the fact they WILL get one :o)

    2. Why the price?

    • Answer: a) Testing that needs to be done for assuring the customer I am trying to do my best to provide a good pet for them. b) Marketing pups on the internet (such as this website) and newspaper ads are VERY expensive. c) Grooming clippers and blades that constantly wear out ($2,000 in 2018) . d) Maintaining parks for them to have lots of room to live, laugh, and be dogs bringing you happy puppies. e) Vet expenses are constant to be a good breeder and have healthy pups. f) Chiropractic expenses for the kids to stay healthy and a litter's first adjustment before they go to their new homes. g) Spraying the acre during the summer to keep fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes away for healthy happy puppies. h) They do not eat cheap dog food. i) Home upkeep as puppies destroy chords and things I thought I had puppy proofed. j) Continued education classes to learn on being a good breeder. k) Paper towels, paper towels, and more paper towels :o)

    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?

    • Answer: ...under the following circumstances...

    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

    D. 

    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...  

  • Don't feed them canned dog food at this time
  • Don't feed them anything other than their normal dry dog food to assure it doesn't get worse...you'll see shells come out in their poop
  • DO

  • Use a vaccuum, sweep, or disintegration techniques on your lawn when the season comes around -- it might work :-)
  • Check their stool for bug residue and you'll know for sure! They don't digest the shells.
  • Monitor their eating habits to assure their not eating anything other than dry dog food until they balance out.
  • DO check with a vet if their might be a parasite if you don't see them eating bugs!
  • 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:

    • www.dogfoodadvisor.com and their 5 star foods I rotate the spoos food between Vets Choice Health Extension and Blue Buffalo Grain Free, all dry dog foods. These help eliminate the smelly flatulence problem 80% - GONE! - and the research continues > . Dog Food Contamination Research is scientific research done by Agilent Technologies scientist Sue D'Antonio and team for you - FREE!

    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.

  • Omega 3s for healthy skin and more: Omega Oils or Salmon Oil for your pet can be found here(TM)
  • Squirting on top a liquid Omega Dog oil or Salmon oil. This helps alleviate calloused elbows that may develop from your pet laying on hard surfaces as well as helping the pets skin stay soft and moist. (us humans can benefit from additional fish oils too :-)
  • 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.

  • Oils in the food go into the porous plastic (it really is porous, I was a plastics project engineer) as it stores in the pores causing the food to go rancid causing toxicity in your pet.
  • One will start to smell an odor over time which is the food going rancid.
  • Pets eating the food over time will build up toxicity and cause poor standard poodle health issues.I went to a breeders workshop and brought up the question as my husband a week before had started emptying the food out of the original bag into the plastic container it was stored in and I started to smell the rancidity build. I was using generic plastic garbage cans. Whew, exactly as I thought, the instructor warned everyone never to dump your food into a plastic container. You may place the dry food bag it comes in, into the container, she said. Plastic containers should come with warnings! So many things we have to be alert to...more below...
  • DO Check out the link to find out more for your Standard Poodle Health:

  • Food FAQs, fats and oils going rancid
  • Good and Bad plastics
  • If using plastic, assure it is meant to hold foods for your Standard Poodle Health. Remember, plastic is porous and over time bacteria will build up or chemicals release. Please replace the container after so many years. (should one look into their own cupboards? I have and now use ceramic and glass.)
  • Keep the food within the original bag and place it in whatever container one decides. I've purchased a metal garbage can. DO Share this information with other pet friends...more below...
    • Keep the food within the original bag and place it in whatever container one decides....if one does decide to dump the food inside you'll need to assure you wash the container once a month to take care of any rancidity that may build up in corners of the bottom...more below...
    • I also want to recommend for the humans to watch the DVD "King Korn" and read the book "Seeds of Deception," the toxicity in our bodies have been deceptively building due to certain industry giants deceptive practices...and we think other countries are bad :o( Sorry if my age is looking at what might be considered political to some. I am dumb-founded to what has been slipped by the US people as safe. It's your health, not just our standard poodle health I'm considering.
    • Is galvanized steel safe for foods? See the following links:

    1.
    http://www.galvanizeit.org/knowledgebase/article/is-it-safe-for-food-to-be-in-contact-with-galvanized-steel

    2.
    http://www.galvanizeit.org/hot-dip-galvanizing/how-long-does-hdg-last/contact-with-food

    3. http://www.finishing.com/376/01.shtml

    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?

    • Get them inside too cool down, relax them! Provide constant water, place ice cubes in it. Do you have electrolyte bottled water to give them and get this ordered Rehydrate provides electrolytes for that sports canine, replenishing them quickly. Great in hot climates. www.rehydratetabs.com 
    • 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.

    Standard Poodle ABCs

    E.

    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.

    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 PLAYINGHealth 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…

    http://www.revivalanimal.com/Breeders-Edge-Oral-Cal-Plus.html

    http://www.revivalanimal.com/Doc-Roys-Healthy-Bones-Tabs.html

    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

    F.

    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

    G.

    Gender Choice: Q. I have a male/female already. Should I get a male/female?

    • Answer: That question must be personally analyzed with our conversations to understand the dynamics of the home. I personally like to see the spiritual aspect of a male and female together...as they would be in nature.

    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.

    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)

    Standard Poodle ABCs

    H.

    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:

  • Veterinarian data: Vetinfo--a veterinary information service Always find a vet you can work closely with. Yet, I do not believe in taking my Royal Standard Poodles to the vet at every little thing. That is why my gift to you of the FREE used book "Your Dog His Health and Happiness," by Louis Vine.
  • Umbilical Hernias: Breeder Vet on Umbilical Hernias
  • 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.

  • Like some states have mosquitoes which can carry heart-worm. Make sure they have been (if an older pup)/will be (by you) treated for this.
  • Make note if there are/were any bugs they may tend to eat creating diarrhea for a time frame.
  • Do they have wood-ticks that could carry Lymes disease or Antiplasmosis, another tick carrying disease. Once symptoms of aching movement show up, call ASAP to get your pet in as this is treatable with drugs and shows a turn around within a week! Sure wish us humans could turn around from Lymes disease like that!
  • Spiders or bugs that could bite and cause other infections...so you see there is always risk involved. Be watchful, ask your breeder, but PLEASE don't create anxiety for yourself...live and love while you can :o)))
  • Q. Do your standard poodles have health issues?

    • As much as I would love to say "We have PERFECT Poodles" No one can! I reflect to our Home Page article: Dr. John B. Armstrong writes it well, "All dogs (and living organisms) are carriers of multiple mutations. If a genetic disease is produced in an animal, it is not necessarily the result of poor breeding practices, but is the nature of inheritance as a random event. There is no such thing as a perfect animal". (Mutt, Designer breed or Purebred)
    • "Oliver" below had his lower canine start to grow in...

    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.

    • Key here is get a second opinion on baby teeth! I can't see them to know what is going on over the phone and this was certainly a valid situation.
    • So, one can do all the health testing, have great results in parents, and Mother Nature has the last say...one never knows. So, just be ready...sorry as I can ever feel :o( It's just the roll of Mother Nature in all of life, yet believe me when I honestly do my best with research and matings appropriately and according to research from customer feedback, the science results of what is behind each pairing and what can be provided for customers...or not...your following up with me and your pup's situation is the science of creating a more perfect world :o)

    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?  

    • It is my focus to raise larger/tall standard poodles (not always weight): Per AKC - standard poodles are above 15" at whithers. My focus is above 17", I focus on structure based on Pat Hastings research, and development from a combination of experts:  
    • a) tall estimation is derived from my grandparents and parents size I have had which can range from bone mass, weight, and height. My Royal tall pups will get that way with * tall lanky parents, *bone mass/more or less in parents, *Spay and Neutering being done under an estimated 8 months of age, which I DO NOT recommend. Doing at 1 yr of age allows hormones to help their health, and my work in parent combinations will gain a Royal pup. THUS, I estimate the height of a pup based on the parental combination.
    • b) Weight will be a combination of the above in parents.
    • c) Mother Nature has the last say in size and weight, 1/2 lb can in no way show one size will occur over the other...it is the many combinations that can eventually create a pup size as: what occurs with DNA, when spay/neutered, good/bad food, love, and other variables. I do my best in estimating...then Mother Nature smiles at us :o)
    • d) Sometimes I can see a darker/lighter brown in several weeks after birth, then as they continue to grow I can see more of the color variation...although computers never allow for correct analysis on your end unless I place them side by side in the same picture. I can see ugly ducklings by 5 wks of age...yet curliness isn't noticeable until haircut after haircut ...the curlier hair tends to be thicker coats...at least that's what great great grandpa Kodi's coat was like.
    • See #3 Coat Clarification at bottom of > www.royalstandardpoodles.com/standardpoodlepuppiesforsale.html
    • ALWAYS a caution to NOT over work too young puppies...see research notes on bowing legs, don't over exert before 1 yr of age, do provide Nuvet and calcium + vitamin D if you see and back off any over playing and jumping! They grow soooo fast and tall. Be prepared!

    Hips & other Health Testing I do: Q. Do your poodles have hip dysplasia?

    • Answer: I test my parents either through OFFA or PennHip ratings matching parents with the best hips possible for your future pet. The following should help consumers understand further this question. In learning about good breeding practices:

    http://www.dogfolk.com

    Go to Pat Hastings dvd "Puppy Puzzle and purchase it for you and your friends to become an informed consumer.

  • Hips: The OFFA hip x-ray above shows good Standard Poodle Health, which are registered at 2 years of age for each of our breeding kids. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFFA) This has been the standard in the past for breeders to check their canine hips in providing healthy offspring...
  • Now...PennHip has come of age and what I can check out at 6 months of age ->PennHip This is my choice of evaluating what is best in keeping a breeding spoo for future programs. Check the site out to see my research :-)
  • DNA tests and others I do at OFA are: a) Cardiac; b) Sebacious Adenitis; c) Thyroid
  • VWD (blood disorder): Von Willebrand's Disease is done on each of our breeding pets to assure you receive pups from a healthy line.
  • Why I test for Neonatal Encephalopathy to assure healthy pups for my customers.
  • Why I test for Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Why I test for >Sebaceous Adenitis in our poodles > none found
  • 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.

    • CERF > Canine Eye Registration Foundation website

    Notes from my research with Brown, Black/Blue, and Red/Apricot/Cream standard poodle eyes:

  • Brown: I have had excellent CERF test results since 2004 in breeding this color.
  • Black/Blue: I have had excellent CERF test results since 2008 in breeding this color.
  • Red/Apricot: CERF results on Red Daniel 2012 showed PPM > remnants on iris, no strands, no significance other then cosmetic per eye specialist Dr. which then gets no designated health issue "category" as it is not anything but cosmetic. A red puppy from his first litter 2012, at 9 wks old, was checked by a specialist to have this as well. No significance other then cosmetic and being so young could finish dissolving by adulthood. The Doctors, when asked if hereditary, said no, "Happens in dogs as well as humans. These are NO health issues."
  • 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?

    • Answer: Click here to see they are Natural hunterssorry I don't personally work to train them...but they do hang out when I shoot squirrels out of the trees for them or take to shooting practice :o)

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    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?

    • Here's a great write up from AKC > How Long do Dogs Live?
    • The book "Pukka's Promise" is excellent in understanding longevity! You can buy it from the side tab or as my customer you receive it as a part of your puppy package.

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    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?

    • Answer: Yes - they all live within my home and parks. You can see by the many pictures I try to provide to share of our living together. My TX home I designed specifically for Loving to Live with my Spoos :o)

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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.

  • AKC Re-Unite website and registration Tes pays for it - YOU register it!
  • Home Again website and registration
  • 24petwatch.com FREE registration
  • 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?

    • Answer: I googled this and found several different viewpoints...go ahead and do a google yourself. I noted before seeing this on my girl's nose that she had been on antibiotics off and on for over a month for deep cuts from digging and crawling under a fence...more then once. I found this site that provides some relief...https://theblissfuldog.com/ ... all natural products used. After no more antibiotics, and using this salve, her nose has been normal for over a year now.

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    Older Standard Poodle For Sale: Q. Do you have older poodles for sale?

    • Answer: Rarely. Generally my pups are all sold by the time they are 8 weeks of age. It may be that several might be with us for 3 months. Instead of dropping a price after 3 months, that I have now done more vaccinations and training, I donate remaining pups to service groups as a Vet group in Austin, TX to be trained for service dogs, paying it forward :o)
    • I invite people to watch the site for retiring dams, only placed in "My" surrounding state of residence TX.

    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:

    • 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 mine...cooking 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!

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       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)

  • during June bug season one would see their stools on the scale of 2-3, and their is June bug dark shells in the stool.
  • if pups are stressed out from traveling to their new home their stools may be from 1-3 on the scale. Give them time...up to several months even...
  • the bacterial enteritis coccidiosis could be the culprit, sometimes blood in the stool, may show as negative in the vet stool checkup. My vet has given them Albon to resolve this. May take a week or more.
  • 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:

  • Popcorn; unsalted, unbuttered--purchase a dry popcorn maker
  • Organic Carrots; not other baby carrots as these are washed with certain agents we should be cautious of...unless they're organic ones :0) Use a big carrot, washing and dicing them as treats.
  • And, raw apple cubes and raw cubes of squash are great for both of us!
  • 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)

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    Reference Customers: Q. Do you have customers I can visit with on their purchase from you?

    • Answer: Upon your request, I will email several customers providing your contact information, at which you two will take it from there. 

    Rescue Poodles: Q. Do you know where I could get a rescue poodle?

    Royal Standard Poodles: Q. What are Royal Standard Poodles?

    • Answer: There are many viewpoints in the world of what designates a Royal. There use to be a great website that shared the sizes, sorry, no longer running :o( But I will do my best to cover it here...

    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?

    • Answer: We do have "Standard Poodles" yet "Royal" is what I enjoy and focus on breeding. "Our" Standard Poodle parents are between 55-85#, 25"-28" at the shoulder. I share 1/3 puppies will grow between 80-100#, 1/3 65-80#, and the other 1/3 50-65#. Check out the "Customer Poodles" tab for pictures and tracking data of their growth! When the girls or boys are spayed/neutered, on the average they grow taller instead of fuller when done within 5-6 months of age. Their hormones, when done early enough, do not focus on filling out masculinely or working to become a dam. Instead the body continues to grow in another dimension :o)

    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...

    Information on histiocytoma

    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?

    • Answer: Here are natural recommendations to work through with your pet…

    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 conditionerNatures 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

    http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/natural-dog-products.aspx

    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...

    • Answer: I've seen it happen sometimes after a fight/bite, then after several months the first years color comes back, hmmm, how else have I seen it come back...hmmm, sometimes a clipper burn caused the hair to re-grow afresh, an injury/puncture wound will do it...maybe after an insect bite or spider bite then a month later it comes back with healthy original color...Any body else know of an answer out there?

    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? 

    • Answer: 1st I invite people to fill out the form at the bottom of most of my web pages. I reply, then see section #1 Protocol at >  standardpoodlepuppiesforsale - once you make a down payment Tes sends a checklist for you to know communication and steps along the way in working together. As important as the contract!

    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?

    • Answer: Can you imagine in the momma's womb, being squished together with anywhere from 5-11 other puppy mates? A tail may kink into a position and upon birth, it is still kinked and won't un-kink. We dock it just below the kink...I know, too kinky!

    Q. Why do you leave FULL tails? Starting 2019 I no longer dock tails. Top 3 positions determine this.

    • Answer: after 13 years of working to produce healthy spoos, I find tail docking to be old school and should go by the wayside. Educating ourselves to why it started in the first place may assist one to understand why not to continue the practice > https://io9.gizmodo.com/stop-cutting-off-your-pet-dogs-tails-america-1684005712 
    • As we grow in knowledge to become better breeders, there are always variables that come into play...a puppy may be born with a kinked tail where we need to dock it at that joint to alleviate problems.
    • I have had docked tailed puppy tail bones continue to grow and cause extensive pain to the spoo and must be re-docked later to more expense to the owner, and PAIN to the spoo :o( 
    • There's always something to keep in mind.


    Temperament Testing: Q. Do you do temperament testing on puppies for customers?

    • Answer: Not generally, yet am familiar with most of them...Volhard aptitude test... if a  customer wants to do their particular choice of known testing I have no  problem with it. I've just seen so many, and from all my education of symposiums, seminars, vet professors, and all the various knowledge I read and researched, there's just too many hiccups in them that I do my best to raise them in a calm
      environment first, then watch as I  introduce various cycles of noises and stimulation in time, which has  led to some very happy customers...there's always going to be one to  come up and dominate, that's when we let them know - WE'RE the dominant, now make sure you take your place in our pack ;o)

      There are more variables to this then even those putting those tests  together can truly understand. This is my viewpoint from all my years of research, seminars and symposiums, yet do not dismiss them entirely.

    • Why:

      a) I KNOW chiropractic care works for humans as well as animals. If a canine's spine is subluxated during birth, playing with playmates etc, it will manifest unwanted traits...until adjusted, and you have a well adjusted puppy, at least in my breeding line that I am creating. I will watch a puppy go from hyper to melting like butter after an adjustment because his spine was causing him distress, and after the adjustment he's soooo happy and can relax :o) I see a pet's chiropractic maintenance essential for their longevity, even more so for certain service dog uses. I can do any particular testing, the pet gets adjusted and they are totally different - BETTER! All my puppies go home with their first chiropractic adjustment.

      b) on my books and links tab Dr. Jane Killion > Consumer and Breeder awareness: www.PuppyCulture.com by Jane Killion: The Powerful First 12 weeks that can shape your puppy's Future.

      She discusses the ups and downs of learning during the first 8+ weeks. I have instinctively used the methods shown in the series developed by Jane Killion. There are many viewpoints and technology available at which I blend many to bring the best possible pup to you. It is MOST important that
      consumers become aware of how they should also learn to work to better the environment of their new pet. Coming from my home dynamic to a new home dynamic will totally shift a puppy again.

      c) I do my best to observe the pups, who is doing what...who becomes a stand out princess, or go getter not afraid of much etc...always keeping in mind if they've been chiropractically adjusted yet or not...I just do my best to observe observe observe to inform the customer of who is doing what.

    Q. similar to above "... can you test puppies to determine there aggressive nature?

       Looker states as service dog trainers: if a dog lives in a one person home and doesn’t get out the ideal amount he could be pre-disposed to over protection..."

      Answer: My viewpoint/experiences and practices in my home:

      a) It is my practice to NOT kennel my spoos, parents and pups, in order for them to learn how to grow, reach, and learn "My" space in their development. They're my guests to love. It is my viewpoint, crates create too much of "Their" space in that they want to/can become dominant over "Their" space. It is their animal instinct, and as a breeder I must be vigilant to watch over these bubbling up, teaching them MY space...thank you for living with me with bones, walks, hugs etc :o) Using my parks for separation and Cesar Milan technology whenever I see their tension bubble up which always occurs in heat cycles for breeding.

      b) In crating, not allowed to reach, as pups/young, I have observed more fearful pups, which can lead to aggression to dominate their space and protect themselves. Thus I do not crate any of my spoos.

      c) "... if a dog lives in a one person home and doesn’t get out the ideal amount he could be pre-disposed to over protection.." LOOK at who you get pups from, to start that pups life out on the best positive note. YOU test by asking the breeder your questions, and if opportunity allows, visit the breeder environment to see for yourself and test with from the various canine tests out there. THE KEY to me is a) above from a breeder...always helping offspring to reach and grow in space ...so many variables from 
      breeder raising to owner life style in your situation...this is where the owner needs to watch Cesar Milan and know what they need to do as well. EXERCISE, discipline, love... THEN KEY to me is a) above from a breeder...always helping offspring to reach and grow in space.

      d) they are animals...if they don't get their EXERCISE (Cesar Milan) they start wiring nervously up and that can certainly be shown in explosion of aggression, their frustration has peaked. EXERCISE, discipline, love!

      e) I do my best to only breed parents that have proven to be confident in themselves, less fearful, less aggressive as they have grown in the years of breeding...from my protocol of chiropractic care, having parks, separating them according to heat cycles, then re-integrating again afterwards with the pack are all a part of my viewpoint of managing healthy socialized breeding spoos - MY responsibility...along with Cesar Milan technology, being their 
      pack leader. If they seem too timid, too antagonistic, I let them go.

      f) Everything I have worked to accomplish for a pup can be turned on a dime in the new home and environment! I do my best from the start, yet will not guarantee results due to this environmental factor.

      g) Chiropractic care is sooo essential from my experience ...Structure testing, if they have bad structure, no chiropractic care they can be predisposed to pinching nerves creating pain, thus resulting in aggression > 
      http://www.dogfolk.com/

      Link:
      https://www.thesprucepets.com/puppy-temperament-testing-2804631

    Tick Borne Diseases: Q. 6/18/18 What can you tell me about Lymes/Tick Borne Diseases (TBD)?

    • Tick bites: ...after time a tick bite can cause your pet to go into an auto-immune disease. A GREAT read is the Nov/Dec 2019 AKC Family Dog magazine on "A Tick" > https://www.akc.org/products-services/magazines/family-dog/     It isn't uncommon for customers to contact me on a pet coming down with an auto-immune disease...sad to say many of these pets are located in tick carrying regions. Please read the following data, my protocol I use is #9 below.
    • Lymes & other Tick Borne Diseases (TBD): TBD is certainly not new news. Doing a google for “where is lymes/tick disease most common image” will bring up pictures for one to review. The situation is in this modern culture of travel with our pets, a tick can be transported across the US at any given time carried by people or pets. There may be key regions, yet it isn’t uncommon for them to land in a state with no known problems of TBD. In this day and age it is something to be aware of when out-of-state visitors come with or without pets, or us traveling to these states and carrying one back. My article is simply to alert awareness to TBD, what transpires with some breeder’s parents (giving mine as an example), and what I am doing within my program protocol. It is up to you to discern your protocol for your pet/s. 

    • 2004 I started my standard poodle breeding program south of Staples, MN. I began vaccinating annually for “Lymes” disease when I learned of the dangers to health and found them heavy in my region. It is the only known vaccination supposed to protect against the “Deer Tick” Lymes carrying parasite. I researched on the internet and listened to my vet stating it was the thing to do. Right or wrong, I did it, annually to my poodle parents…until my move to TX in 2016. 

    My TBD back story: 

    • 1. I brought Bruno to TX in 2016. Throughout 2016 and 2017 I saw no ticks, nor was I having any issues with fleas, and I wasn’t even spraying him with cedar oil. I was amazed – NO parasites were preying on him! He was going on 9 yrs old, vaccinated annually for Lymes in MN. I would test them if I saw symptoms, which he showed lameness in Dec 2014 in MN at which his test results came back with anaplasmosis. This is a TBD with no vaccination available for it. I medicated with the prescribed antibiotic/medication provided for a month by the vet, then tested later that year showing a definite drop of anaplasmosis with the vet sharing no more medication needed. In TX I saw not to continue testing or vaccinating as no ticks were observed in my area where staying. 
    •  2. My dam Magic was brought to TX in Fall of 2017 with daughter Geo 9 wks old. Magic was vaccinated in Staples March 2017, her second vaccination, before her second litter here in TX. As Magic was pregnant with her second litter and lymes vaccination was annually due March 2018, I did not vaccinate her per vet not wanting this with pregnancy and I was having no tick issues. Thus once litter was weaned I did not plan to continue the vaccination protocol. In Fall of 2017 I found fleas and a tick in bringing her back from a no-take planned mating to a stud in TX. I thought nothing of one tick and cedar sprayed for the fleas, handling within the week. LOVE the cedar oil spray!!! 
    •  3. 2018 I noted Bruno, now 11 yrs old, started to slow down with joint aches and knew he was diagnosed with antaplasmosis and medicated to good results. I decided to test him in May 2018 to see if a possible TBD. A blood draw was positive to Lymes and started him on medicine where I then felt to definitely test the other spoos. In not researching then for updates of knowledge, always something else to do, I went right into testing the next poodle… 
    •  4. Geo (now 1.5 yrs old), Magic’s daughter. Geo was clear, negative to Lymes in May 2018. Thus I saw her not having it transmitted in the womb from Magic. She had never had a Lymes vaccination. 
    •  5. Magic had not brought it from MN, thus I felt to test Magic next…she was positive (remember vaccinated several times)…must have picked it up in TX somewhere…1 tick at breeders? Which was shared they had a heavy tick infestation in their area. I had Magic tested end of May 2018 after her litter had gone home to their new owners, where results returned 6/8/18 as positive to carrying Lymes. My concern was had it been transmitted in the womb to her pups, or come on afterward? I contacted each customer to inform them, asking them to take their pup in for testing to base-line if they had contracted TBD or not and start a new protocol I now see valuable, as much as an annual worm test for our pets. All have come back negative but one came back with Anaplasmosis already in CT where it is heavily infested with ticks (seen on attached map). Magic was given the same medicine as Bruno to resolve the high positive. Remember, she was vaccinated annually for lymes, yet still contracted it, or was it the buildup titer numbers? 
    • 6. Research questions: a) When did Bruno or Magic contract TBD? b) Is it the vaccinations showing up in the titer (vaccinations helping to build up their blood system with the disease to protect them in the long run) and they really don’t have the actual disease? This is an actual fact in research. Bruno is 11 and very well could be his aches and pains of age with a very high titer, where Nuvet joint supplements (Or Call 800-474-7044 use #89093 to order) are so very helpful right now for him in his age. Magic is showing no symptoms of any aches or pains, just the results show a high titer number…from annual vaccinations, high titer? c) Do breeders stop breeding their dams, or assure customers are fully aware a TBD could be transmitted to pups if dam affected? 
    • 7. In contacting Magic’s eight litter customers, one was very upset with me asking many questions that I have brought answers together in this article. Sometimes our ignorance of a subject causes unnecessary anxiety, that I dub “Drama.” It can be and IS the phenomena when one doesn't fully understand - I understand thus I will do my best to help one understand the best I can with the knowledge I have at the time! So, research for answers MUST take place to eliminate anxiety where the drama drops away. My scientist friend Sue D’Antonio went into much on-line research to help me find information as I dug into all my spoo records for hours looking at the vaccinations, testing and TBDs of my poodles – A BIG THANK YOU to those who have brought this article to my site for you the looker! It all comes together for a reason, right or wrong, good or bad. We do our best to learn from it and discern.   8. On-line research links to check out: 

    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

    • 9. My Conclusions and New protocol in TX for TBD: a) As Lymes vaccinations are now known to build up a canine’s blood (titer to the disease, like rabies), I will NO LONGER be vaccinating for Lymes. One doesn’t know if it’s the actual disease, if testing for (unless symptomatic), or it’s the buildup of the vaccination in the body. b) I WILL be annually testing for the disease, observing for symptoms of lameness in my entire program.  Thus when I annually test, it won’t be the vaccination titer numbers; it will be an actual tick number in starting this protocol with my new younger breeders. c) In being ever vigilantly watchful of our pet’s health, to observe what might be physically slowing them down, we can care for them without over vaccinating or medicating for the wrong conclusion. Remember, very rare to see a tick here where I live, yet am spraying them weekly with cedar oil now. d) Antibiotics/medication brings about the handling of the TBD. I see there is no need to stop a breeding program as long as a breeder establishes an annual TBD testing program. It is so prevalent whether it comes from momma, or a customer’s region, or playing with another pet leaping a tick from another to their pet, or traveling/hiking and picking it up. e) Base-line your pup upon receipt from any breeder, as one would do with a stool sample for a de-worming protocol. EVEN if they come from a no-tick region! You are simply starting that base-line to KNOW! You can decide from there if you need to do an annual TBD test protocol. Be pro-active, a very important health plan for your new pup: 
    • BASELINE: 1. Take stool sample to baseline any worms/giardia; 2. Have a Lymes test done to baseline any possible TBD. 

     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?

    • Answer: Yes - There are hotels in the Bastrop, TX area, do a google :o) Bastrop is 30 min. from my home in the country.

    Q. Do you fly pups?

    Q. When traveling my puppy throws up...can you help me?

    • Answer: From my experience as a car sickness person, I must either drive or when riding "sleep" on a trip of any longer distance. In recognizing that, there are two considerations I observe with the spoos:   1. My FIRST recommendation is always to know if their is an atlas problem on a pet. This causes their equilibrium to be out. 2. Otherwise; I have observed the "puppies" getting sick up to one year of age no matter where I would place them during the day...not so much on short trips but yes on the longer trips...Holding them helps A LOT BETTER then crating them...Now when we travel in the dark and at night, like flight trips, they sleep all the way and I never have throw ups...amazing, the minute there's daylight they awake and start to lose their equilibrium and get sick :o( so I always try to do the early morning trip that I have very little traveling with them during the day time hours...otherwise towels, towels, towels, garbage bags at hand.  3. After a yr of age they are big enough for me to seat belt them into the front seat where they can look straight forward to keep their equilibrium...if in the back of the vehicle I NEVER crate them, always giving them the opportunity to look forward to balance their equilibrium...I rarely if ever get the adults throwing up this way...they always do in a crate as they lose their equilibrium :o(

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    The morning fog is rising from the low grounds in the picture below as the Fall colors adorn the ground with the spoos.

    Standard Poodle ABCs

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    Umbilical Hernias: Q. Do you cover the cost of umbilical hernias in your pups?

    • Answer - 5/7/17: TI does any repair of umbilical hernias if they are detrimental to the growth within the first 8 wks with me. Healed and ready to go to homes. 
    • Puppies start out with their umbilical chord drying and falling off...now, if momma does too much tugging it could result in an umbilical hernia later, yet may slowly close in time. Puppies grow at such an accelerated rate, they may have begun to close, then due to the growth rate again, not finish closing and grow at the ratio the pup grows. Once a spoo gets to a certain slowing down of growth, they are known to finish closing, yet a lot of vets push to spay/neuter at 6 months and thus close them at time of being fixed, and why not? There are many sites that discuss canine umbilical hernias, here's one for you > http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2090&aid=442
    • IF it is detrimental to the pups health - you bet this is done right away here by me that you would never have to pay for it. 
    • There are several types of umbilical hernias that breeders should never be breeding the parents. I, and/or other breeders to stop breeding the simple hernias occasioned by some puppies would eliminate the poodle breed by a huge amount. Thus we evaluate the type it is, and continue to breed or not.
    • 5/7/17 TI agrees to pay $100 toward any surgery to repair this hernia later in the spoos life upon being fixed, as we never know if it may heal on its own or a vet is trying to push for their own financial means...believe me in my years as a breeder I have had customers share of some very un-ethical vet situations! You must provide vet bill showing umbilical repair noted. 

    Standard Poodle ABCs

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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! 

    • Do's and don'ts: DON'T stop at pet stores, dog parks, or come from a vet to our home, disease is easily carried
    • DO wear tennis shoes and long pants, puppies climb and scratch, and love chewing on bare toes
    • DO instruct children to be CALM and NOT run where accidents could/DO happen with running kids
    • DO prepare for a good hour 

    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?

    • a) I have been a member of the MN Pet Breeders Assc. They provide seminars to educate breeders and AKC provides some great training sessions along with other information like alerts when PETA and other anti pet groups go to breeders homes and do their best to dis-credit even good breeders...the past few years there has been a step up of anti-dog/pet breeders coming out in force more and more to take pictures of all breeders homes/facilities to do their best to discredit us and we're all being informed/warned we need to put plans into place...they tell us not to let anyone see our home/facility but that doesn't make sense to my environment and who I am and about.

      b) I do want people to come and meet us. I truly do and when you come a LONG distance (over 2 hrs) I would like to provide refreshments for your travel :o) I'm a very cordial person preferring one visits and dines a bit longer with the spoos then to eat at a restaurant ;o)

      c)  I house clean several times a week, with guests coming, it becomes more often then not an extra cleaning day taking away from other jobs that need to get done...yet truly want to meet you and satisfy your questions with hands on experience.

      Thus, a $100 deposit now will help assure all above considerations to be kept in mind, an appt. can be made and planned for, and decisions on the lookers part will go toward finding me and my spoos of true honest integrity and loving what I do for the new pet owner.

    • I truly enjoy visitors - keep in mind:

      Disease could easily be brought in if one doesn't take precautions; for protection NO "Visitors" during quarantine periods are allowed; other rules are to NOT stop at pet stores, dog parks, et al enroute.

      I  would look forward to hearing from you if you'd like to visit before making a commitment. Tes737-932-5030

    Standard Poodle ABCs

    W.

    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?

    • Answer: one should be able to easily feel the ribs of your pet. This will keep the weight off the hips for a healthier spoo.

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