It is important to get into good grooming habits right away starting with brushing to prevent your dog’s hair from matting. 😊
Professional Groomer Tips:
Always brush your poodle when hair is dry. The reason is that wet hair can make mats worse. Brushing a dry coat helps the hair to become soft and fluffier.
While all poodle hair is generally thick and curly, there are variations in thickness and texture from one dog to another. If your poodle has particularly thick hair, you’ll likely need to brush their hair every day to keep it from matting. Check your poodle’s coat at the end of every day to remove any twigs, leaves, or debris that are tangled in the hair.
Because poodle’s hair is particularly thick and prone to matting, you’ll likely need 2 types of dog brushes to de-tangle your poodle’s hair and prevent matting. A “slicker brush” is a wide brush with short bristles that will help remove dead hair and debris while detangling your poodle’s thick, curly shorter hair layer. and a PIN Brush to brush longer hairs and outer coat.
Because the length and texture of poodle hair varies depending on their size, hairstyle, and specific breed or mix, there are no hard and fast rules about which Brush to use first, therefore you need to assess which brush to use and switch as you go through your poodle’s hair.
Try starting with a Pin/Bristle brush for longer hair, such as your poodle’s tail, sides, and the top of their head, and switch to a slicker brush for the shorter, tighter hair, such as their face, paws, and armpits.
- Square slicker-brush made by Hartz, Groomer Essentials and others work well. Search for a square or rectangular shape with short, stiff wire bristles. When brushing, brush all the way down to your puppy’s skin. Be careful not to scratch or scrape the skin.
- A long handle pin Brush made by Untangler is recommended for brushing longer hairs and outer coats. The Untangler 8.25” PRO Brush with long articulated handle Model # TH906 is excellent for brushing long hairs and outer coats. Untangler’s rotating teeth reduce the pulling on skin and hair while you firmly brush the outer coat. Rounded tips are smooth and do not hurt or scratch your pups tender skin.
Mat prevention Tips: To keep your poodle’s hair from matting, consider bathing your poodle at least once every 3 weeks using a gentle shampoo and use a hair detangling conditioner. This will help minimize matting and make it easier for you to brush through your poodle’s thick layers of hair. A Standard Poodle has continually growing hair, like human hair, and any shampoo formulated for humans such as Pantene or Suave work well.
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