Poodle Grooming Requirements
MiaGood grooming is important for all dogs, but it is absolutely essential for the poodle. Poodles must be brushed, bathed and clipped regularly because if they are not, they become quite matted. The poodle has hair that is more like our own than a dogs. The poodles curly hair never stops growing and even grows inside their ears and on the bottom of their paws. It is said, the poodle is non-shedding. The truth is they do shed; only the hair does not fall out, it stays in the hair coat. This is what causes matting and matting can cause skin problems.
When a poodle is groomed regularly, they are less likely to suffer from mats, tangles, skin problems, ear infections, overgrown nails or parasite infestation. So, not only does regular grooming keep your poodle looking good, it also provides health benefits. A poodle should be brushed and combed several times a week, with a full clipping every six to eight weeks.
The poodles extensive grooming requirements make the poodle one of the most expensive breeds to own. Poodle grooming is time-consuming and requires patience and skill. To save on the expense, some owners learn to groom their poodles at home. Even if you take your poodle to a professional dog groomer, there are still some grooming tasks that have to be done at home such as:
Brushing and Combing – Your poodle should be brushed and combed at least three times a week. Correctly using the right brush and comb keeps the skin clean and healthy and makes your poodle less susceptible to disease and external parasites.
Bathing Your Poodle – How often should you bathe your poodle? Whenever she needs it. As long as you use a correctly ph balanced shampoo, you can bathe your poodle as often as necessary.
Ear Care – Check your poodles ears at least once a month. Remove excess hair that is growing in the ear canal and clean the ears. Ears that become heavy with hair are prone to infection.
Eye Care – Check your poodles eyes daily and remove any debris that has collected on the inside corners with a moistened cotton ball. Daily attention to the eyes and the hair under them is the best way to control staining.
Dental Care – Periodontal disease is the most common canine health problem.. Brushing your poodles teeth on a regular basis is the best way to prevent dental problems.
Nail Clipping – Keep your poodle’s nails short enough that she can stand and walk comfortably. If your poodle has fast-growing nails you may have to trim them yourself.
Anal Glands – A regular check of the anal glands and expressing them if full, should be a part of the poodles grooming routine. Toy Poodles in particular, are more likely to have problems with their anal glands than bigger poodles.