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Re: Poodle Power....

holy ***, how can anyone do this to dogs/animals/living creatures?! That's nasty. Poor things!
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Old 08.08.2012, 15:49
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Re: Poodle Power....

Hehe this is a cute costume especially if you have a Harry Potter fan in the family
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I'm wondering how this could affect the dog's social interactions if there is any trace of unnatural (for dogs) odor in the dye that other dogs can sniff out...
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Re: Poodle Power....

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I'm wondering how this could affect the dog's social interactions if there is any trace of unnatural (for dogs) odor in the dye that other dogs can sniff out...
The same way shampoo, flea/tick drops, an owner's perfume, or any one of a thousand other possible unnatural scents on a pet would affect social interactions?

First world dog problems.
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Old 08.08.2012, 16:10
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Re: Poodle Power....

at least they only did this to poodles. It's not like they used real dogs.



EDIT.. oops, just saw they did use some "real" dogs


and the raccoon in pic. 19?... "clinging" to the dogs back?...........I don^t think soooooooooooooooooo.
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at least they only did this to poodles. It's not like they used real dogs.
See, this is where I see the harm done. Because poodles have been primped and topiaried (is that a word?), treated as fashion accessories or otherwise objectified for so long, the general perception is that this isn't a 'real dog'.

No - poodles are indeed real dogs. Very much so - and by temperament they are as game as they come.

Poodles were originally bred as water retrievers or gun dogs. There is a tale, perhaps an urban legend, that the name comes from puddle-dog, a dog who loves to splash about. Poodles are highly energetic, and like most intelligent dogs (they often come out at the top in doggie intelligence tests - beating even the border collies) need lots of both physical and mental stimulation.

Forcing a naturally active dog to stand for hours while you turn it into topiary is wrong, IMO.

I love seeing poodles here, their coats clipped simply for practicality, scrambling up and down mountains, living like 'real dogs'.
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Old 08.08.2012, 18:24
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Re: Poodle Power....

Okay, two points here

1- For people who think that poodles aren't real dogs (formerly including me). I gave my Father-in-Law a lot of good natured kidding regarding getting a "girl dog" when he got a standard poodle, but I ended up having to eat my words. It turned out to be a great dog. It fetches, runs on a leash next to the bicycle, and loves to camp and ride in the canoe.

2- For people who are offended about the dyes and haircuts, I'll be the first to agree that it seems a little weird. But I don't see how it is harmful to the dog. I mean, how is it really any different than giving a dog a regular haircut and wash? I saw a show about this on TV a while back and if I'm not mistaken, the dyes are all organic and applied with an airbrush for the picture or competition or whatever. I realize that it may take a little more time to apply, but its not like we're talking about medical experiments or something.

For what it's worth, I have two Wheaton Terriers and doubt very much if you could get either of them to stand still long enough for that kind of thing. My kids did dress the older one up as a pirate for Halloween a couple of year ago, and she didn't seem to be especially traumatized by the event...
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My kids did dress the older one up as a pirate for Halloween a couple of year ago, and she didn't seem to be especially traumatized by the event...
Was your dog dressed like this
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Re: Poodle Power....

Not quite that level of sophistication, as the costume was designed by a 10 year old

The dog in question is asleep at my feet right now, which probably constitutes abuse, since she's a very energetic breed and a nap under the coffee table isn't associated with killing badgers or bears or whatever she was supposedly bred for.
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Here's some info about poodles, the origin of the name and the haircut.

http://www.poodle-place.com/poodlehist.htm

They were originally water dogs, retrieving fowl, etc from water. The haircut evolved from a need to increase mobility (shaved bits not weighted down by hair) and keep organs warm in the water (non-shaved bits). The topknots on their heads were tied with colored ribbons to more easily identify specific dogs when in a group.

But from there, we have today's competitive poodle grooming.
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Re: Poodle Power....

Desertrat, it is different from 'normal' grooming because it takes hours and hours to weave all the different materials into the dog's hair, to die, to blowdry, etc, etc. And because these dogs are not allowed to run, play, lest they should become scuffed or scarred, or damaged in everyway. Because the designs have to change constantly for the new shows, and they have to travel for 1000s of miles, etc. Most dogs are groomed for comfort- once in a while- and basta, go back to run around and do what dogs do best.
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Re: Poodle Power....

Hey guys, I don't have any strong feelings either way about this, and I've already said that I find the practice a little weird; However just to play devils advocate, does anybody here have any actual factual information about how long a getup like this takes to do?

Regarding the dog not running and playing, you could say the same thing about any dog who stays at home alone during the day when the adults are at work, or the kids are at school or whatever. That same logic might also apply in a situation where the owner has a dog in an apartment and so only takes the dog to the park a couple of times a day.

What if you have an owner that has a huge fenced yard, but the dog is a retriever and doesn't ever get to swim?

Again, I really don't see the big deal here.
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I was just looking at pictures of dressed up dogs and I can't decide if that is animal cruelty.

e.g. here
Personally, I find the dying and clipping of the dogs in the op cruel and a little odd, but the pics of the dressed up dogs made me laugh out loud.
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