How to Groom a Poodle: Poodle Coats and Poodle Grooming
Poodles do not shed. Their coat is like our hair and continuously grows. It is more like human hair. If left ungroomed, it becomes tangled and matted. Poodles need to be brushed several times per week and groomed at minimum every 6-8 weeks. The hair in the ears need to be maintained or else it will grow and mat. The mats can retain moisture, infection and excessive ear wax build up if left unattended.
Basic tools every poodle owner needs either for grooming or in-between grooms is a metal straight comb, a Dematting Fur Rake Comb Brush Tool and a slicker brush. The slicker brush is only used where you have allowed the fur to grow longer, often their top knot or tail. Poodles’ fur can mat close to the skin but look fine on top. Having a Dematting Fur Rake (which looks like a comb made of razorblades) will help remove these itchy, hard to see mats. It can also save you quite a bit of money at the groomers. You will get charged extra for a matted dog.
Another tool you may consider is a pair of clippers. Effective clippers for poodles are very pricey. The regular, inexpensive clipper set you purchase at a local pet store does not have the power for continuous grooming of a poodle coat. The correct clippers usually start around $150 and will come with a 10 blade and different sized guards. When grooming the poodle face, feet and sanitary areas, you will remove the blade guards. If you have a wiggly pup, you may opt to leave this part of grooming to the pros. However, a pair of scissors can help remove fur in the sanitary area that gets matted in the hair. If you are new to grooming, I would recommend giving your poodle a summer cut and shaving them to have anywhere from ¼ to ¾ of fur on their body.