Poodle Grooming is Important

by Geraldine Dimarco

One of the most expensive things about owning poodles is keeping them well groomed. If you learn to do this yourself, you’ll develop a better relationship with your pet, and you’ll save a lot of money in the long run. Grooming poodles might seem hard, but it’s actually a task that just about anyone can learn to do. You just need patience and the willingness to practice your skills.

When you are looking to groom a standard poodle, you will find that the job takes about three hours once you have mastered it. You may find that when you are getting started that it is best to let the job proceed at intervals over the space of a few days, and this will give you and your poodle a bit of a break. If you feel that the trouble and the time investment are not worth it, remember to find a professional that you trust and take the time to network with other poodle owners to help you figure out what you need to know.

When considering grooming poodles, you’ll find that you should think about what kind of trim that you prefer. Your poodle’s coat can be shaped into a number of different looks, all of them attractive, but remember that the longer and more shaped that your dog’s coat needs to be, the more maintenance that it will need. Similarly, if your dog is a show dog, you’ll also find that you need to have some sort of variation on the lion cut, which does require a fair amount of upkeep.

When you are looking at the lion cut, you’ll find that there are three different variations on it. These variations will include the continental style, the English saddle style and the puppy cut. All three of these styles will involve longer fur in the areas of the chest and legs, and this can give the poodle the distinctive poodle cut that you might easily recognize. For dogs who were originally bred to be swimmers, it is worth noticing that this cut, with it’s extra shaped fur around the chest and the legs, could keep the chest warmer and the protect the joints in cold water.

For non-competing poodles, there’s a lot more to choose from. You can choose a shorter trim, which is easier to maintain, and especially easier to dry in the winter. longer trims are showier, but they’ll require more maintenance. Check some grooming books, or take a look at a few poodles to figure out what you prefer.

Most people choose to clip the fur at the base of the tail and on the feet and face very short. It works better for the dog’s hygiene, since long hair can trap food. Short clipped feet don’t pick up grass seeds, and mean that your dog won’t track in as much dirt. Remember that shorter coats are easier to wash and dry, and they don’t need as much brushing as a fluffy, long coat. Always wash your poodle before grooming to keep your clippers and scissors in good shape. Use high quality equipment, too. While it’s more expensive to start with, it’ll make poodle grooming much easier.

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