Originally Posted by Amy2006
You helped a bunch!
I've just been afraid of hurting her and then having major problems grooming her from that point on. I'll go out and by a slicker brush. As far as bathing. . . do you thinkt he wipes are better as far as not making her skin dry and irritated? I figured i could use those until HAD to give her a bath. She's at the age where she's nibbling on EVERYTHING. It doesn't hurt cause she only has a couple of teeth. But it makes it hard to do anything! LOL! I've got a collar on her and she scratches at it some but its not too bad. I tried a leash today and she just chewed on it. She didn't like it too much.
Will tear stains show up on an apricot colored poodle? I think she's going to lighten up though. I noticed some tear stain solution at the petstore but i didn't get any. It sounds like it won't have to if warm water works.
Thanks for your advice!
The wipes will work great for her body. Healthy poodles don't have an odor, so bathing is not routine like a lot of dogs. As for her coloring: It doesn't matter on color when it comes to the tear ducts. Having closed tear ducts is not healthy for her eyes, as well as her nasal passages. The tears from her eyes are suppose to naturally drain through the ducts, then the tears come out the nose. The tears keep the eyes moist and flushed of debris and also keep the nasal passages moist at all times. You ever wonder why you get a stuffy nose when you cry? This is why....lol.
I started my poodle with massaging her feet and muscles while we watched tv. I kept the brush next to us while she was learning to hold still for her massage therapy, then introduced it to her slowly by starting on her back, then eventually made it to her legs after a few days without her trying to play with the brush. The brush does not have to penetrate down to the skin at all. In fact, I rarely allowed the brush to scrape along Bu's skin. I used a very soft bristle brush on Bu after I was finished with the slicker brush to help gently exfoliate the dead skin cells. Let her smell the brush so she understands the scent of it and is familiar with it before you use it on her. When you eventually use it, she will already know what it smells like and will be less apt to be fidgety at the beginning. Work with her on the brush a little bit each time, maybe a couple minutes to start, then add time to it as she progresses. It take patience, but she will soon realize it is an enjoyable feeling and will look forward to it.
As for the nibbling, that is puppy hood...lol. Any time she goes to nibble, tell her in a stern voice "no". Poodles are extremely smart and catch on very fast. Don't expect her to stay calm for brushing for very long due to her extremely young age. At 7 weeks, she really should still be with mom and her siblings to learn a bit more, so you will have to be the one to make up for them.
Let her know the nibbling hurts, even if it doesn't because those little needle teeth will hurt eventually if it continues...lol. Also, never let her play with the brush. This will confuse her and will make the nibble training very hard on both of you during her grooming lessons.
I've blabbed enough......lol. I sure can't wait to see pics of her....!!