I don't have my puppy yet & I won't get her for another 6 1/2 weeks, but i'm getting ready for her arrival. I just had a question on what to feed her?
This is what I plan on feeding her: innova puppy food (dry) innova treats greenies raw meat
I thought about feeding innova in the morning and raw meat at evening, you think thats to much protein on a puppy, I don't want this dog getting any kidney problems like my poor angel did.
Should I give supplements for a healthy immune system? Will greenies help with keeping teeth clean?
I plan on using baby shampoo for cookies baths, poodles need baths like every week, and so I don't want to dry out her skin so I bought baby shampoo, it won't burn her eyes, and it should help with keeping her clean. Poodles are supposed to be groomed daily, and we did that with my angel.
What tyoe of poodle hair cuts are their? I know of three hair cuts, the continetal clip (I don't like), the saddle clip(don't like) and the puppy clip (cute), I personally like the puppy clip, but I know their are more poodle hair cuts than that, and if anyone has picture of types of poodle cuts please let me know!
1st of all, if you are going to feed Innova, DON'T feed raw meat. If you want to do a raw diet, that is different. There is no need to do both. Raw meat is not the same as the BARF raw diet.
As a groomer, I can tell you there is absolutly no reason to bath your puppy every week. You will dry out her skin, and if you don't brush her out, she will knot up extremly quickly. I never recommend a dog being bathed any less then 3 weeks unless you are treating a skin infection or something. There are other kinds of poodle clips, and also different faces. Get a poodle book, they will talk about the different clips.
I would personally feed her the innova dry 2-3 times a day, or as the breeder would recommend. I am not sure how big of a poodle you are getting, if you are getting a small toy, make sure she is eating. They can go into suger shock pretty quickly. good luck and congrats on your new baby
I agree with Illusionminis, feed your puppy the Innova 3 times a day. You can start feeding her 2 times a day at around 8 to 10 months but I still feed my dog (she's a shih-tzu x bichon) 3 times a day - more like 2 meals with a snack in between. She liked innova too and I found that it gave her coat a great shine and her eyes were bright - which I believe are two signs of a healthy dog. You can feed raw and Innova but make sure that you don't feed them too close to each other. Kibble stays in the stomach longer than raw so if you feed them too close together, the raw food will cause problems if it stays in the stomach too long without digesting.
As for the shampoo, as Illusionminis said, baby shampoo is too harsh for dogs. Some of them are too harsh for babies! I use Earthbath Mango and Tango conditioning shampoo along with the Oatmeal conditioner. It's earth friendly but also gentle as I wash my dog's paws after every walk and bather her every 2 weeks (more out of necessity unless I want a brown dog!) and her skin doesn't dry out. It's also quite concentrated so if you are washing your dog frequently, I would suggest getting a bottle and diluting it 1 part shampoo to 10 parts water. Shake it up and use that to wash her. And make sure you brush her before you bathe her or any mats will get tighter and harder to get out.
Good luck, I'm sure your new baby will be a joy!!
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
I have a maltese and there is no way he could go 3 weeks without a bath. I usually bath him once week. A puppy probably doesn't need to be bathed quite as often though. When I first read your post I wasn't sure if your meant human baby shampoo or puppy shampoo. I agree that any human shampoo is probably going to be too harsh. Try a puppy shampoo. I use a whitening shampoo that I get at Petsmart and Pantene conditioner after that. There are several Maltese and Yorkie sites that offer great grooming tips. I'm sure the same goes for poodles. When it comes to grooming, breeds like the Maltese and Poodle can't really be compared to an Aussie; their coats are completely different.
Thanks everyone, the reason I thought of baby shampoo on a puppy was because we use it on the horses at the barn and it helps with not burning their eyes and it doesn't cause any reactions.
From what you all are saying, I think I will just stick with innova puppy food, that sounds like a good idea. I definatly will not be changing the dogs food up ever, I will keep it simple so that she will never have digestion problems or any diseases. My goal is to help this pup live out as many years as possible. I just wish I could have done the same for angel, she only lived 7 years, I'm not sure how my angel got kidney disease, but I will never feed Iams again, I think it may have had something to do with it.
I had a question about the puppy paws, when Angel got older the padding of her paws began to wear down a bit, they had a rough feel to them. My neighbors cat has very smooth padding on her paws, and I was just wondering if their is anything I can do to help keep them smooth. I don't want my puppy to have such a rough feeling paw, sometimes i guess they get like that from walks and being outdoors and indoors. If you know of anything to help keep the paws nice and new and clean looking please let me know.
The only thing for the nice soft paws, is never let them touch rough ground. Put boots on your dog when you take it for walks, or wee wee pad train them and dont worry about taking them outside. I know alot of people who do it with small dogs. rough paws are like out feet getting rough when we walk around barefoot.
And as far as those who own maltese and bath them once a week, you can own a white dog and not bathe them every week. My boss has mi-ki's, they have a coat like a maltese, and she only bathes her about once a month, and they are not brown. I know the difference between aussie hair and poodle hair. For one I am a groomer so I see all kinds of coats, for another besides my aussies that I breed and show, I have a mini poodle that I got from rescue 8yrs ago.
hehe, the boots sound like a good idea, but a puppy will tear those things off so fast. Their might be some sort of cream that I could put on the puppies paws, my Angel would have easily wore boots but not sure about the little puppy. I really don't want to have a puppy miss out on all the fun activities because I'm concerned about her paws, I guess if it isn't causing the puppy any pain then it should be fine. I can't wait to meet cookie, I still have six more weeks, cookie just turned 2 weeks old today :)
I think the bathing question has more to do with what you are doing with your dog and what kind of physical conditions they are in. In the winter (we live in Canada) the dogs are only bathed about once a month. In the summer we take them camping with us every weekend where they are loose on 26 acres of land. At that time they are bathed every week. Two are white and there isn't any way you can have them come back home still being white and not stinky :) I think as for bathing..if they are dirty and stinky you wash them..if they aren't..you don't. As for the shampoo. I only use dog shampoo, generally a tea tree oil variety because I found they have less dry skin with it :)
I was using a tea tree scented dog shampoo, and the smell of the shampoo was like a funky moldy smell, It literally made me gag. I ended up throwinf the whole bottle away, I had gotten it when my Angel was healthy and I used it on her and the smell even bugged her, she was sneezing, so I ended up giving her another bath right after that and suddenly all her sneezing was gone. The kind I got was expensive, but I don't know if I will ever get tea tree scented shampoo again LOL Maybe you found a better scented kind or better brand LOL
mypoodlerocks, first, I'm sorry about the loss of your Angel. Second, congratulations on finding another poodle puppy. I hope you are getting her from a good breeder.
As pampered as Cookie sounds like she'll be, I wouldn't think she would need a trim more than once every 4 weeks. The puppy trim is very cute but so is a pet/sporting clip which is the shorter trim. As for grooming daily, it depends on the amount of coat she has. If you like them to have a lot of coat, brushing daily would not be recommended as it can tend to break hair. You might also look at the European puppy trim or puppy lion trim that they show in Europe. Very cute. Just look up poodle cuts under google. Best of luck with your new baby!
thanks ltgtlo, I will check out the poodle cuts you told me about! :)
I did find a good breeder, she has a two year health guarentee, and the puppies are dewormed three times before 8 weeks, they will be up to date on their shots, and will have been tested for hip dysplasia, PRA, and all other common poodle diseases. My dog cookie doesn't have the hip dysplasia or any of that so far from what I understand.
Just as big a concern or more than hip dysplasia in minis is the knees. Elbow dysplasia, Patellar luxation and legg perthes. Also PRA (eyes). Have the parents been tested for PRA and are they clear, carrier or affected. Have the parents had CERF testing which is for eyes also. Other concerns for minis is heart murmurs, thyroid and epilepsy. Not trying to scare you off. Just some things to think about.
Thanks ltlgto, yes, the mom and dad have been tested for most of that stuff. I never did ask about epilepsy and heart murmurs or thyroid, so If they are clear for that, then I am good to go, thanks for the concern.