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section of my website deals with everyday puppy coat maintenance and appearance. Learn how
to keep your new furkid looking neat and well maintained.
We'll cover basic stuff
such as brushing, detangling, ear checks, nail clipping and bathing
your poodle or poodle hybrid puppy.
When your puppy goes home [at least when you are getting one of ours] – it is already used to a regular puppy maintenance routine that includes being brushed, bathed and getting its ears checked [and plucked for pups over 12 weeks], as well as nails trimmed on a regular basis. It should not put up any major resistance to continue getting this done by you, unless you wait forever to get it started or are afraid of hurting the pup [they pick up on your insecurities and will run with it – a poodle diva in the making if you let it get away with this nonsense!].
If you are like most poodle or poodle-cross owners, your pup will eventually go to a groomer. You will want to do your poodle puppy [and your future groomer] this favor – do not wait until your puppy is a matted mess at 5-6 months to try to resolve coat and hair issues.
14-16 weeks of age - when the pup has had at least 3 sets of shots - is a good age to take it for its first professional grooming appointment...
It must learn to be handled and to submit to being brushed, combed and regularly checked over, in order to make grooming visits less stressful for your puppy! So brush at home, trim the toenails, and bathe your puppy in between grooming visits!
Regular trips to the groomer are a part of life for poodles and poodle hybrids - so get your pup used to it while it is young and malleable and still remembers the grooming sessions here at home. One of the things I often hear from our puppy owners after the first trip to the groomer, is the comment from the groomer that the pup did really well! I work very hard to get our babies used to being bathed and groomed - don't mess it up by waiting too long!
Learn more about Going to the Groomer!