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Question by  Booger (16)

How do you groom a standard poodle?

I have the cutest little poodle and want to groom her myself.


Answer by  assenav (68)

You need a slicker brush for his fur,use it regularly. Check the ears daily for ear mites. Scale her teeth fairly. Decide what cut you think looks best.


Answer by  olive8 (911)

Before you do this you will want to consult with your vet for proper techniques in trimming her fur. Also, purchasing a grooming book would give you good advice on styling her cute poodle fur!


Answer by  katharine (3981)

You should watch a groomer groom a poodle so you have an idea of what you're doing. You need to decide exactly how you want her cut and the length of her fur. Grooming takes a lot of practice so you might not be happy with the results at first.


Answer by  LadyBug4 (168)

First you would need a good set of trimmers, WalMart has a nice set with a DVD to teach you. Start out slow, don't let her get scared. Start with a clean, dry doggy, and choose the length you want with the trimmer guards. Take your time, and you'll learn!


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Well, wash her coat gently and then dry her off. Be very gentle and spend enough time combing through the coat up and down in gentle and slow motions. Then also you want to ensure that her coat is all clean and clear by using pinches of vinegar for her coat.


Answer by  katharine (3981)

It depends on how you want her to look. If you want her to have a fancy cut you should observe a groomer before trying to do it yourself.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

You have to get some really good conditioner and then you need a poodle brush and they make and sell brushes made just for them.You also have to make sure you maintain their feet and nails as well as their ears and when you do the ears make sure you use a cotton ball not a Q-Tip.


Answer by  mcr666 (362)

Depending on the type of fur your poodle has, you will need to get a book on dog grooming and find out the best methods. You can also call a local dog groomer - I'm sure they can offer some tips.


Answer by  Clement (1453)

Before embarking on the grooming journey please keep in mind that a complete grooming session can take a professional up to three hours, while you are learning you might like to spread the grooming over a number of days. Show poodles can be trimmed to the continental clip, the English saddle clip ("Lion") and the puppy clip.


Answer by  debmalewski (1085)

I would first take the dog to a groomer and watch how it's done, and how to control the dog. You can learn a lot from videos and websites.

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