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Profile of a standard poodle groom by "Jan"

Another St. Poodle groomed by "Jan"
This is beautiful "Winnie" the poodle!

Puppies first groom with us! "Doodle the poodle."

This is "Jayda" one of my miniature poodles
who is in her senior years.

This is "Dreamer" my standard poodle

This is "Dreamer" my standard poodle
lounging around in the shop!

Creative Grooming
Sort of a French Moustache on a poodle

Toy Poodle

Standard Poodle w/ a shorter top knot
Owner preferred this way, I usually leave longer.

Miniature Poodle "Lucy" a regular client!

I totally adore poodles and own two miniatures, a toy and a standard poodle.  I have been able to get my hands on many poodles over the yrs. and study up on them. I have many poodle clients ranging from the tiny teacup to the standard poodles.  Here's a few grooming tips that may help you at home.    

The poodle is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the U.S. However, as is quite evident from the poodle’s coat, grooming them is time consuming, challenging, as well as fun, especially since it is a great time to build a stronger bond with your pet poodle. While grooming is required by all dogs, it is particularly necessary for poodles. Apart from looking his/her best, grooming your poodle will help in preventing problems of the coat, skin, nails, ears and teeth. 

Giving your Poodle a Bath: You can bathe your poodle as frequently as once in a week. Fill a tub with warm water and allow his/her coat to saturate thoroughly, making sure that it is wet right up to the skin. Since poodles were bred to be water dogs, their coat is very dense,  this may take some time. Then, using a mild dog shampoo, bathe and rinse thoroughly, finish off by using a conditioner for dogs. Next, towel your poodle, removing the excess moisture, and then use a blow dryer to dry her/him off, being careful not to take the blow dryer too close, or it will burn your poodle. While blow-drying, use a slicker brush gently, for this will make the coat soft and fluffy.

Brushing and Combing your Poodle: Brushing and combing your poodle’s coat is very important in order to prevent the hair from tangling and matting, spread the naturals oils of the skin, increase the blood circulation in the skin, plus, because your poodle will actually enjoy it. Never just bathe your poodle and towel dry it off and let it run intil dry.  This causes a lot of matting really fast and a mess for the groomer to try and fix.  They must be blow dried and brushed out at the same time.  Although many people think that poodles don’t shed, they actually do, but the shed hair remains in the coat and gets matted. It is absolutely essential to thoroughly brush and comb your poodle at least twice in a week. Begin by brushing the hindquarters, then the hind legs, then move to the forelegs, the body, and last the head and ears. Use a natural bristle brush for the areas that have longer hair, and a slicker brush to pull out matted hair and dead hair. After brushing, comb out any snarls that may have been missed.

Clipping your Poodle’s Nails: Clipping your dog’s nails is another important part of poodle grooming. If allowed to grow excessively it can damage your poodle’s feet, making it painful for him/her to walk or run, sometimes even leading to lameness. Use dog nail clippers, which can be bought from any pet supply store, to cut only the tips. If you cut too far back, it will cause pain and bleeding. Just in case this accident should happen, it is a good idea to keep styptic powder handy. It is advisable to learn how to clip your poodle’s nails from a groomer or veterinary doctor first before attempting it yourself.

Taking Care of your Poodle’s Teeth: Dental care is as essential for your poodle as it is for you. If the teeth are neglected, it can lead to tooth decay, bleeding gums, bad breath, and so on. You will need to clean your poodle’s teeth at least once in a week, although it is better to do it everyday. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste for dogs to gently brush all around the teeth.  I can brush your poodles teeth for $5 during the groom session here if preferred.

Taking Care of your Poodle’s Ears: Your poodle’s ears need to be checked regularly. In case there are wax deposits or dirt, dip a cotton-tipped swab in mineral oil and clean it out gently. It is important not to go down to deep into the ear, or it will cause injury. It is best to learn the procedure from a groomer or veterinary doctor first before attempting it yourself. Also it is very important that a groomer totally plucked all the ear hair out of the canal to keep it clean. Make sure you ask your groomer to do this, it shouldn't be skipped. 

Anal glands should be expressed or at least checked at each groom session as well.  This is not fun and some groomers won't do it so be sure to ask if it's included in the groom price.  It is done here with every dog and cat groom or bath service.   

Taking Care of your Poodle’s Eyes: Keep your poodles eyes clear of dried matter that collects in the corners of the eyes. Use a cotton swab dipped in warm water to gently get rid of them. However, care must be taken not to rub on the eyes with cotton, because the fibers may cause irritation. If there is any discharge from the eyes, or injury, or any other problems, they need to be treated by a veterinarian promptly.

Clipping your Poodle’s Coat: There are various styles of clipping your poodle’s coat. Given below are a few there are so many varieties that I'm only going to list the most common requests. 
Puppy Clip: In this style, the base of the tail, the feet, and the face are shaved, while the hair on the rest of the body is kept long.

Lamb Clip: In this style, the base of the tail, feet, and face are shaved, while the top knot, tail and legs are kept fluffy.

Kennel Clip: The base of the tail, feet, and face are closely shaved. The hair on the body is kept short, the hair on the tail and the top knot are kept longer compared to the body hair. This style is easy to maintain and is particularly good during the summer.

English Saddle Clip: The tail, forelegs, and face are shaved, with a pompom on the tail’s end and puffs of hair on the forelegs. A short covering of coat is kept on the hindquarters, with a curved area of hair on the flanks, and each of the hind legs have two shaved bands. The hair on the rest of the body is left long and full. 

If you'd like to come by for a free consultation and bring your poodle to meet me please just give me a call.  Picking a new groomer is like finding a new dentist!  I want you to feel comfortable and confident about my work.  Please call (253) 539-9200 leave a message if no answer please we may not be able to get to the phone if working on a pet. Thanks....

Specializing in Poodle Grooming, come visit me today! Located in South Hill, Puyallup, Wa.