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As you can see I’d kept mine in the wrap. She’s on the drying table. I’ve wrap her in the towel so that the rest of her coat doesn’t dry too quickly.
I want to dry her ears and top knots straight because they are the most important part because that’s the part you sit and look at her while you’re watching TV. So I’ve wrapped the rest of her body. We’re keeping that as damped as possible while we dry her top knots in the ears.
I’m going to use a soft slicker brush to do her top knots in the ears because it’s quite fine here on her top knot. This is Simpson’s dyer. It blows hot and cold and on two speeds. When we switch it on then we’re going to start drying her.
Hold her head down gently, direct to dryer onto the part that you’re drying and brush only where the dryer is blowing. You’re not supposed to be brushing down here if you’re drying there because the dryer is designed to help brush you out, so if you brush out directly where the dryer is blowing and gradually move along the coat as the coat dries, drying it as straight as possible. The coat that is at the back of the head here tends to be quite fixed, so make sure you get that really brush out and nice and dry. It must be thoroughly dry otherwise it will curl and once it curls you won’t be able to finish it off properly.
When we do the video on show poodles you will realize why this is so important. You can understand now what I mean about fullness. You see how straight we’re drying the coat and you can see where we’re going to have to scissor it to make it nice and even that’s because we’ve dry the coat. It’s nice and clean. It’s drying nicely. It’s soft. It’s fluffy and it’s really full. That’s perfect for scissoring. We’ll carry on now and will do her ears.
The cleaner the coat is the easier it is to dry. Hold her ear forward. If you haven’t come against any little tangles get the stiffer brush and just gently brush it through. If she wishes to lie down at this stage just let her lie down because she’s comfortable while you continue brushing. Just brush out the neck a little low. Take a leg, if you find that the coat is getting dry too quickly because you’ll be a bit slow when you start drying, you’ll find it easier to use a mist spray. A little spray bottle like this which is purchase quite reasonably and then you have at the store. You leave on the space of fine, fine mess. Use that to just spray on the coat and damp it unless you’re drying.
I’m going to tie her up at this stage because I’m going to do her leg and she will probably not be willing to do that, so just tie up this loosely because she is comfortable feet and tails still touch the ground. I’m willing to do her leg, spray it down so we get as nice and straight. Spray it down. You’ve got to feel little tangles there just brush them out lightly downwards.
Most people believe that poodles originally came from France but they originated in point of fact from Germany. They were so popular in France but they became the national dog of France. There are popular breed of poodles and probably with us not peddle with us now because they don’t knot, but they are high maintenance breed because they need regular trimming.
With the inside of his leg, as you can see I brush everything downwards first, and when it’s tangle free I then brush up first, and see how full we’ve got the legs. They are lovely and fluffed out in fullness, sparkling as even the nice shine on the coat. And that’s how it has to be for trimming. You should at this stage be able to come through it everywhere. The comb should slide through it as easy as fine all over. Once she finish grooming it out, and dry it half it should be as easy as that. You should be able to lift the comb and then a hair up with your comb. You see how lovely and full it is. Not just lovely for scissoring that’s going to scissor really beautifully.
And we continue on the side of that leg. Right, be gently very, very gently underneath her very, very gently. We’re using a proper grooming table here with a rubber surface. If you don’t have one of these, a normal table of a reasonable height with comfortable feature groom with either a car mat, the rubber mats that you put inside cars front on the surface is very useful for grooming dogs on. Use the dog something to breathe on while you doing them, so you take out that. All these little tangles, they tend to tangle quite a bit just underneath this stop pad, so make sure you prone that up thoroughly there on the leg, elbows as well.
Hold her up gently underneath there and gently brush it there, that’s it. There you go, and check the tail. Make sure that the tail is really nice and fluffy. Very gently on her tail and just check her through. Take away all towel, turn her round again. Lower the temperature, just brush through her ears. When the ears are already dry, try in the inside as well as outside, never leave the ear canal wet, make sure it’s dry inside her ear canal as well.