How to Groom a Poodle
Standard Poodle Grooming
Standard Poodle Grooming Techniques
standard poodle grooming needs
Poodles are a true non-shedding, hypoallergenic breed, however to look and feel their best, the breed does need regular grooming. We live in the Adirondack Park. Our pups have trails running through 80+ acres that they can run on and explore, and a lake to take a dip in whenever they please. So, our dogs are muddy and wet very often. We keep their hair clipped very short to keep them more comfortable. That way it is only necessary to brush out their ears, tail and top-knots every other day or so.
However, for a gentle suburban life of looking gorgeous, a poodles coat can be kept longer. Therefore, their hair would need clipping every 6 weeks or so. Near-daily brushing and combing is recommended for maintenance, unless your coat clip of choice is very short.
tamarack standard poodles grooming protocol
Here at tamarack Standard Poodles, we have a professional grooming room. We groom our pups in a typical grooming shop setting. They hear and experience all of the loud and scary noises that can be expected in a typical grooming shop. We begin weekly grooming sessions beginning at 3 weeks of age. They are exposed to a stainless steel grooming tub, noisy high velocity dryer, a grooming table that raises, grooming combs and a grooming slicker brush. It is imperative that poodle puppies be exposed early and regularly to the grooming process. Once you pick your puppy up at 8-9 weeks of age, it is important that you continue exposing them to the grooming process. It will make grooming easier as adults, and groomers will charge less if they don't have to take time to wrestle with a frightened pup that is resisting their groom.
Many families prefer to save money and groom their poodles on their own. With a well trained dog this can be possible. Here are some tips to groom your poodle on your own: