How to Detangle a Poodle's Hair

With regular grooming, your poodle will rarely have unsightly tangles.
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Poodles are intelligent dogs and strut around with such a spring in their step that they appear to be telling the world "I am beautiful." However, whether their curly coat is black, white or café au lait, they need special attention to get rid of uncomfortable and unsightly mats.

Step 1

Apply a detangling solution to the tangled sections of your poodle’s coat. Work the solution into the hair using your fingers until it has soaked through. Wait until the hair has had time to dry slightly before getting started.

Step 2

Use your fingers to separate the tangles by gently picking the hair apart into progressively smaller sections, starting from the outer tips and working inward. Brush the remaining tangles with the slicker brush. Be careful not to pull at the hair while you work. This will not only hurt your poodle, it will cause her to get anxious and impatient.

Step 3

Remove tangles that have turned to hardened mats by splitting the hair with a pair of scissors. Exercise extreme caution using this method and direct the blades downward and away from your poodle as you snip the mat apart. Use the slicker brush in combination with the detangling solution for best results at removing these severe types of tangles.

Step 4

Wash your newly detangled poodle with a dog shampoo and conditioner formulated for her curly coat. You can finish her beauty routine and remove any small remaining tangles by blow drying her hair while smoothing with the slicker brush.

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