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Understanding Poodle Grooming

Jul 22, 2008
Owning a dog can sure be a lot of fun, but at the same time it is important to remember that a lot of work goes into it. This is especially true with a breed of dog like the Poodle, as these dogs are very high maintenance and require a lot more attention and care than other breeds of dog. Grooming is in fact the most expensive and challenging part of owning a Poodle, but is essential nonetheless.

There are a few things that need to be done when it comes to Poodle grooming, and this includes brushing, bathing, trimming, and clipping, to name a few. There is always the option of getting a professional dog groomer to do the work here, but remember that grooming a dog is a great opportunity to spend more time with them and bond with them, and this should really be taken advantage of. Also the dog will feel much more comfortable having their owner doing this than a stranger, and it is important to keep this in mind as well.

Version3: There is a lot that goes into Poodle grooming, and one of the most important aspects of all involves brushing. Regular brushing is essential in order to maintain a long and healthy coat on the dog. Also, if left for too long the hair can end up getting tangled and messy and can be impossible to get out. The topcoat may begin falling out and will get all over the floor and furniture.

Also, like many other long coated breeds, hair shedding can be a serious problem and so brushing is a very important step in Poodle grooming as well. Hair shedding that is not removed will begin to tangle and mat and most likely fall out onto the floor and furniture.

Trimming the dog's nails is also important and although this task usually does not have to be done that often, it is still essential for proper grooming. Many people opt to take their dog to a professional for this however because they are too afraid to do it on their own.

Choosing from the many Poodle cuts available is important. If your Poodle will be completing in shows the decision is made for you. Most dog club competitions, such as the American Kennel Club, have very specific hair cut requirements.

Oftentimes this preference is a short, all over trim that keeps a Poodle looking neat and clean. Weekly bathing and brushing time is decreased with this type of cut and most owners soon learn how to master this skill themselves. But there are always professionals to do this for you if necessary.

Any good dog groomer will be kind and gentle with the dogs and not harsh or violent in any way. Anyone who is looking for a dog groomer should take some time and visit the different groomers that they are considering and see them firsthand. This is important because they need to check out the environment, and make sure that it is safe and well kept. Keep in mind however that there are some dog groomers who will actually travel to the owner's home to perform the grooming.
About the Author
Lisa A Collins is an avid lover of the Poodle and has a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Poodle . Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Poodle Hair cuts plus a whole lot more.
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