5 Essential Poodle Grooming Tasks
As a standard poodle owner, you will invest considerable time in poodle grooming. Here is a summary of the different areas to consider in your own poodle grooming routine.
1. Poodle Grooming: Brushing
The Standard Poodle has hair, not fur. Consequently, there is very little shedding (one of the things I LOVE about a Poodle). Because of that, they make a great pet for allergy sufferers.
Poodles do have some shedding. Their loose hair doesn’t fall off like dog fur does, and land on your furniture or clothing – yeah! But any loose hair gets caught in their dense, curly coat – which creates mats.
Left untended, the poodles’ curly coat will twist into tighter and tighter knots that eventually must be cut out rather than brushed out. I’m sure there are many professional dog groomers that will attest to that!
Poodle grooming with a slicker brush at least 2-3 times a week will keep your four-legged friend looking his best.
2. Poodle Grooming: Ear Cleaning
A Poodle has large drop-down ear flaps which, unfortunately, encourage infection because it’s dark, warm and moist in there.
They also have hair that grows in their outer (vertical) ear canal, blocking off good airflow.
You should inspect your dogs’ ears on a weekly basis to ensure there is no hair or wax buildup.
Routine dog ear maintenance will also alert you to dog ear problems before they become serious.
3. Poodle Grooming: Nail Trimming
Dog nail trimming is one area of poodle grooming that owners often approach with apprehension.
The reason for this, of course, is that unless we are careful we can trim the nail too short and cut into the “quick”. That is painful for the dog and traumatizing to us as well because it bleeds.
No one wants to be the source of pain to their best four-legged friend. And we don’t want our dog to be fearful of dog nail trimming because of a bad experience.
An understanding of the anatomy of dog nails will help to take the mystery and fear out of this very necessary poodle grooming task.
If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor, it’s time to trim – generally about every 3-4 weeks.
4. Poodle Grooming: Bathing
The first step to dog bathing is dog brushing. Mats in your dog’s hair are much harder to remove after they’ve gone through the wash and dry cycle.
What is the purpose of dog bathing?
- Remove oil and debree
- Remove dead skin cells
- Rejuvenate the skin
- Give your dog a nice clean smell
- Make hair easier to brush between shampoos
How often should I bathe my poodle?
Your dog’s skin cells go through a life cycle that lasts 21 days.
For that reason, we recommend bathing your poodle no more than once every 3 – 4 weeks.
Shampoo for Poodle Grooming
The type of shampoo you choose can be determined by how oily or dry your poodle’s skin is.
It’s important to choose the right dog shampoo for your dogs’ skin type and color of coat.
If your poodle has a tendency toward dry skin, an oatmeal shampoo works well.
Ella & Ryder Deluxe Pet Wash gets 5-star reviews and provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Our favorite brand of dog shampoo is Buddy Wash Lavender & Mint by Cloud Star.
It’s made with natural herbs and oils and leaves our poodles’ hair soft, silky and manageable. And the smell is amazing!
Coming Soon – video tutorials on dog bathing. For now, let me just say that I HIGHLY recommend this K9 Fluffer Dog Dryer for poodle grooming! It has a variable speed control and provides more than enough drying power. I LOVE IT!
Learn more about the K9 Fluffer Dog Dryer
5. Poodle Grooming: Brushing Your Poodle’s Teeth
Just as Gingivitis can have very serious health consequences for people, the same is true for dogs.
Studies indicate that 80% of dogs over three years of age have developed some level of dental disease.
Gingivitis is considered to be an early stage of Periodontal Disease (which causes tooth and bone loss). And – left untreated – Periodontitis is irreversible!
Check out our Dog Teeth Cleaning page for valuable information that can help add years to your dog’s life!