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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-21-2012, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Smile In early spring

It's looking like I'll be getting my Service dog in-training puppy in early spring, YAY! I can't wait!

However it's looking like it's going to probably be a standard poodle instead of a golden, I think a poodle will fit my needs better, as much as I love and want a golden.

I'm still fundraising, and my local NAMI is going to help me fundraise some, we're going to put collection jars in pet stores and other places.
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Congratulations, sound like your long wait will soon be over!

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Congratulations!

I never realized how great of a breed standard poodles were, until I met one in training class. They are really smart. Good luck!

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you I do like standard poodles too, and I have experience with them too.
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I love Standards, they're wonderful dogs. Just a heads up, though...if I were you I would start learning to groom a poodle now. I don't know where you're getting your puppy from, but maybe they can teach you. It will save you a ton of money since they're super expensive to have groomed every 4-6 weeks. And I'm talking a puppy cut, not the more intricate trims. Also, the brushing is very specialized. You have to really know what you're doing to be able to keep them from matting up.

The last groomer I had at my shop specialized in Standards, (she competed at grooming competitions across the US and Europe), so we got a lot of them in to be groomed. I would say that 90% were matted. And this was from owners that groomed them every day. It didn't look like they had mats, but if you dug your fingers into their hair you could feel them. Grooming is a great bonding time, though, so it would probably be good for you, too.

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I have a family friend who shows poodles, so I'll be asking her, her poodles are always so soft, I know she grooms them herself every evening while watching TV
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That's a good resource. What size does she have?

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miniature, but I grew up with one of her standards
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I'm going to go with a dark colored poodle, less health problems then with the white/cream/apricot's
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I hope you get your service dog soon.

I don't know much about poodles other than the are really smart.

How are dark ones healthier than light ones? I primarily only see the light ones in my area. Just wondering!

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