How to Make a Poodle's Hair Puffy

Shampoo your poodle often to control matting.

Shampoo your poodle often to control matting.

When your poodle leaves the groomer’s, his hair is usually puffy and fluffy. Keeping a puffy look is not difficult. Use a mild shampoo, conditioner, blow dryer and a brush, and you can produce puffy poodle hair.

Shampoo your pooch. Allow his coat to saturate with warm water. He has a dense coat, so a thorough soaking takes time. Use a mild shampoo and remember to rinse completely to remove all shampoo residues. Add a conditioner to help control matting.

Dry off your pooch with towels. Use more than one towel and rub. You want to soak up the excess water for easier blow drying.

Set the blow dryer on low and begin drying your pup’s coat. Keep the air away from the skin and direct it on the fur. As you blow dry, lift the hair up with a slicker brush and brush gently from the skin outward to the end of the hair.

Look for mats. Try using the blow dryer on the mat, or loosen it with your fingers. If you can’t untangle the hair, use the end teeth on your comb to pick at the tangles. A little conditioner in a spray bottle may help.

Comb through your pup's coat with the metal comb. This will add more puff and remove loose tangles.

Items you will need

  • Mild shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Towels
  • Blow dryer
  • Slicker brush
  • Metal comb
  • Spray bottle


  • Brushing your dog every other day will help control matting. It also distributes oils.


  • Don't shampoo your pooch and let him air dry. This causes the coat to mat.

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