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Poodle Grooming Q & A Session (1)

Grooming a Poodle can be a very difficult task to do, especially if you aren’t exactly the type of person who likes to play hairdresser with your dog. But whether your Poodle is a show dog or a regular household pet, you still need to give her a nice haircut, especially for the dot’s health and comfort. Below are three common questions and answers about grooming your Poodle:

1. Why does my groomer charge extra when my Poodle doesn’t come in regularly for a grooming session?

Operating any business is a matter of making the income cover all the operating expenses, and allowing a margin for profit, and time does cost money. A Poodle that is even a week or two late will take a small but measurable amount of time longer to brush, dry, and finish. In some clips a shaved pattern must be re-set rather than simply followed.

A Poodle that does not come on a regular basis is more apt to be dirty and matted, and the blades that cut her hair will dull much more quickly and have to be sent away for sharpening. If money is a real problem, though, ask your groomer to suggest a simple clip that can go a little longer between grooming.

2. My Poodle comes home from the grooming shop a nervous wreck and it takes several days for her to calm down and return to her normal self. Does this mean she’s mistreated at the grooming shop?

It is possible, but I also believe that most dog groomers, if not all, love dogs or they would not have chosen dog grooming as a profession. Talk to your groomer about it. It’s possible that he or she is not even aware that your Poodle has a problem. There have been several cases of Poodles that are cool and calm but had nervous reactions after grooming.

3. I like my Poodle long and hairy. Is there any real reason why he should be clipped?

The Poodle was first clipped for function, second for beauty. If you are willing to brush him everyday, keep his nails cut and ears cleaned out, make sure the hair around his eyes is kept clean, and bathe him when he needs it, there really isn’t anything wrong with having a shaggy Poodle. If it happens that you can’t keep up with this program, you may have a very reluctant Poodle when you do decide to have him clipped.


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