CORDING THE POODLE CONTROLLING THE NATURAL PROCESS OF MATTING
I want to take you back 200 years around the time when, in Germany, this breed was developed . The poodles first job of the day, was to be a retriever; then at night, the job changed to guard dog which the poodle did very well. Back in those days, the poodle had a curly coat with a dense under coat like cotton. This kept the poodle warm when working in cold weather going in and out of the water. The German word for poodle is pedd-le now known as POODLE meaning... water dog. They were bred for hunting and retrieving so the breed needed a coat that could withstand the cold weather for long periods of time. The poodle trim was developed back then to protect the dog in the water. see picture.
THE JACKET WAS MEANT TO KEEP THE POODLE'S ORGANS WARM, THE ROSETTES KEPT THE HIP JOINTS WARM, THE BRACELETS HELPED THE POODLE SWIM AND GUARDED IT FROM ROUGH TERRAIN, AND THE TAIL WAS CROPPED FOR BALANCE .................. This is not a photo, it is a painting of a Standard Poodle in the 1800s
BATHING THE CORDED POODLE
This process is my secret on making the best cords you can. If you don't know by now, when you wet the poodle hair then let it dry without brushing or blow drying, the coat will matt. When dealing with brush coats you want to straighten the hair so it looks fluffy and thick. That's how most poodle owners have their poodle groomed it's the way to groom the breed. But, imagine never combing or brushing your poodle again, I don't think you can. There are only a handful of dog owners who have the knowledge to do so. Any breed that will matt is capable of some type of cording. Cording is controlled matting... this is what we are trying to accomplish. My secret to cording is correct bathing, wet- dry- wet - dry will make the difference in the shape of the cord, the length of the cord and the most important thing is the frizz finish that comes from splitting the cords. Follow these directions carefully to achieve the best finished cord. It took me over 25 years to perfect and understand how important this process is. The cost of this book is well worth the advice on bathing.
This beautiful little girl in the picture is dying of cancer and has only about 6 + months to live. We were coming out of the ring and a man from MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION asked if I could let a young (7 year old) girl pet my dog. Brook thought Johnny Boy was the best dog there and I agree. She has a good eye for a good dog. So one thing led to another and she got to walk Johnny Boy around the show grounds without me being at her side. Her eyes lit up like Johnny Boy made her day. So after 30 or 40 minutes had gone by, she and her mom had to leave. We all had tears in our eyes by then. Johnny was a great ambassador for the breed. It was almost as if he knew something was wrong. He never pulled or tugged when Brooke was walking her. Johnny is very camera shy and won't look at the camera when his picture is being taken. He sat down beside her and looked at the camera. She put her little arms around his neck and gave him a kiss. What a precious little girl we will pray for her, and ask that you do the same Her name is BROOKE.