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    I am having a hard time keeping the hair from my standard poodles ears out of her mouth. It's gross!! Sometimes when she has been eating I will find partially chewed food in her ears. I'm not exactly sure on what to do. Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

  • #2
    You could use a snood for when she is eating. If you don't have one or can't find one, cut pantyhose up and use that. You put it over their head and neck and it holds the ears out of the way. I use one on mine.

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    • #3
      Yes, snoods work well. You also might try a bowl with a narrower top so her ears will hang on the sides.
      Old groomers never die, they just go at a slower clip.

      Groom on!!!

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      • #4
        GEt a very small dish, so only her snout fits on it , they sell them in most animal supply mags.!

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        • #5
          If she eats as soon as you put her food down you could pull them back w/a scrungie.
          SheilaB from SC

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          • #6
            Edited.
            Last edited by pamperedpups; 02-25-07, 05:15 PM.

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            • #7
              I just band the fronts of the ears kinda like a french braid, except with rubber bands. Make sure you get the ones without the powder. I think if you google Color Coordinated Canine or something like that, they sell the non breaking type of bands. I do it to my standards with ears. I will try to figure out how to post a picture of them next time I bathe them. I am going to bathe the one for sure today.

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              • #8
                I just put my poodles (very long) ears up in a scrunchy when she eats. She leaves it in till she's done, then shakes it out. Keeps her ears clean. I do this when she east a treat too. I like long ears, and it's the only way to keep them clean for me. I tried a snood, also works well, but the scrunchy for me is just quicker and easier.
                (though my cats love to steal them!!)

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                • #9
                  I would try a snood it helped my cocker from getting food in her ears and then eatting her ear hair (typical cocker) also deep dish bowls just big enough for them to open their mouths and grabb the food. I remember my mom having a plastic brown bowl with a white lid that had a hole in it and it kept the Bouviers beard hair cleaner but that was in the early 90's and i don't know if thay still make them?
                  Never gonna know if you never even try

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                  • #10
                    Okay, here goes...I am going to try to post a picture of ears banded back.
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                    • #11
                      I like the way that looks winterroo, can you give me more details on exactly how you do that?? I do like the way my doggy looks with the long ears and I'm kinda scared to attempt to shave them or tassle them in case I don't like it. Hehe, I'm such a pansy. Maybe if I saw more pics of dogs with the different ears I would think a lil different.

                      I've been putting the food up a lil higher so that the hair doesn't hang down at too big of an angle and that seems to be helped a little too. Thanks for all the ideas guys!!

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                      • #12
                        If you know how to French Braid, it is the same concept. Just go along the front of the ear and take your first section of hair and bind it (not too tightly though, with smaller bands wrap it a couple of times). Then take a second section of hair below the first and bind the two together. Then take the third down and so on and so forth until you are at the base of the ear. If you have long enough ear hair, you can band the bottom of the ear a few times also. Make sure you don't have any ear leather in there though! It kind of holds that front part away from the mouth. When my dogs ears are banded like this, they rarely get it in food, and sometimes they get it in their water. You'll have to redo them every couple of days, but once you get the hang of it, it is quick and easy! Good luck, I hope I explained it okay!

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                        • #13
                          I have a couple of pics with my standards with shaved and tasseled ears...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by winterroo View Post
                            I have a couple of pics with my standards with shaved and tasseled ears...

                            Wow , you do beautiful work!

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                            • #15
                              Thanks! I am headed out to California next week for the Burbank show hoping I can do good out there too!

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