Poodles always look fluffy when they leave the groomer's. You can groom a fluffy poodle, too. It does require some daily brushing and weekly shampoos. With the right equipment and a good shampoo, your pup will always have that puffed-up look.
Brush your pup daily with a pin brush. Brushing helps control tangles and mats to maintain a fluffy look. Lightly mist the hair with water or a conditioning spray. Divide hair into sections and brush from the skin out to the end of the hair.
Untangle mats. Lightly spray the mat with a conditioning spray and try to untangle it with your fingers. If you can’t eliminate the tangle with your fingers, use the end teeth on the metal comb to pick at the ends of the tangle. For stubborn mats, brush in different directions with a slicker brush. Finish grooming by combing your pup's coat with the metal comb.
Shampoo your pup weekly to maintain a puffy look. Use a mild shampoo and a conditioner or cream rinse. Saturate your pooch with warm water. Shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Any remaining soap residue will mat the hair. Apply a conditioner or a cream rinse.
Rub your pooch with towels to remove the excess water. Once your pup is partially dry from toweling, begin to blow dry the hair. Put the blow dryer on a low setting. Using a slicker brush, lift up small sections of hair and blow dry from the skin out to the ends of the hair. Keep the dryer on the hair and not on the skin.
Remove any tangles you find. Place the blow dryer directly on the matted area. If the blow dryer doesn't untangle the hair, use your fingers and then resort to the teeth on the metal comb. Once your pooch is dry, comb through with the metal comb.
- Feeding a quality dog food will help keep your pup's coat healthy.
- Start brushing your poodle when he is a pup. This will condition him to daily brushing.
- Invest in a grooming table. It's easier to work around your pup.
- Don't brush dry hair. Always mist the hair with water or a conditioning spray.
Pauline Gill is a retired teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching English to high school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and a Master of Education degree. Gill is also an award-winning fiction author.