Tools and Techniques for Grooming Poodles at Home
Keeping our dogs coats fairly short means we don't have to spend a lot of time brushing. We do our own grooming, so I will tell you what we do, and the tools that we use.
BRUSHING - I find that a regular hair brush, one with wide spaced, hard bristles, works best, or a pin brush. I also use metal combs and wire shedding brushes for straightening and lifting the hair.
BATH TIME - I like to keep it simple. Since Service Dogs are out in public several times a week, I try to bathe every week or two. Avoid getting water in the ears. I always use a tear free shampoo. EZ Groom Crystal White shampoo, and EZ Groom Ultra Fast Blow Dry conditioner work great on poodles. These are concentrated, and available online or at shows.
DRYER - I chose a high power dryer. It blows the water out of the hair without heating. Be sure to protect the ears and eyes. Start out slow and speed up.
GROOMING TABLE - A table helps raise the dog up to you. The one I like is shaped like a dog bone. It helps keep your back straight.
TRIMMING TOENAILS - I prefer the scissor type trimmers. Best to have some "blood stop" handy. Clip off the dead part of the nail only. Once shortened, I use a dremal tool to round off the nail and remove any rough edges. http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/dog-nail-trimming.html
EARS - Dogs with drop down ears are more prone to yeast and bacterial infections. I use the R-7 by Miracle Care products to help keep my dogs ears clean: Step 1 - Rosin powder helps pull the hair from inside the ears with just your fingers. Step 2 - Clean the ears with R-7 ear cleaner, and baby wipes. Step 3 - use R-7 ear cream. Always following instructions on the container. I purchase these at petedge.com
If ears are irritated, always check with your veterinarian. I found a medication called "zymox 1% hydrocortizone" at valleyvet.com, worked best for yeast treatment.
CLIPPERS - I have tried several different types of clippers. The one I like the best for poodles is "Andis Excel 5-speed Pet Grooming Clipper".
BLADES - I use a #10 or #15 on the face & neck, base of the tail and on the feet. #15 can be used for a shorter cut, #40 is too irritating.
# 7 skip tooth around the neck
# 3 skip tooth on the body and legs
SCISSORS - You will need a good pair of shears or two. A nice straight 7 to 8 inch pair, and 6 1/2 inch curved shear. Rainbow at petedge.com. Once you get the hang of it a straight pair is all you need.
TEETH - There are a lot of choices to keeping your dogs teeth clean. You can brush them on a regular basis, give them tarter control chews. Your vet should check your dogs teeth at their regular visits as well.
MISC TOOLS - I keep my poodles hair shorter in a sport clip, so don't need any of these. They are great for other types of dogs.
A (shedding rake) great for removing loose hair from dogs with an undercoat.
B (matt rake) used to remove matts.
C (shedding blade) gently pulls loose hair off of slick coats
Face & feet shaved
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The sport clip is easy to do, easy wash and wear for active dogs
Can be grown to different lengths
longer length take much more scissoring and brushing to maintain