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Do Toy Poodles Need to Be Groomed?

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Getting Your Pet to Look Good

While there are plenty of short-haired dogs that do not need grooming, toy poodles and the rest of the poodle species is not one of them. You will have to cut their hair from time to time in order to make your pet look his or her best.

It’s not a tough job but it might be one to leave up to the professional groomers. But rest assured, you will be trimming your pet throughout its life. Just how often is up to you. If you are not how often you should trim their fur, keep reading our article.

It provides that information and more.

How Often Should I Groom My Toy Poodle

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Once your pet gets used to the scissors or razor, you cut their fur about every 5 to 6 weeks. You can go a little longer in between cuts if you want. It will all depend on how you want your poodle to look.

There are some tips you should implement when you do this task. The first is to make sure you give your pet a warm shower first. Not hot nor cold, just warm. Make sure they are fully wet before you start cutting their hair.

The good thing about grooming your pet is that they have thick long coats. You can pick a variety of grooming styles for your pet to enhance its overall look. Have a good idea of how you want your pet to look so you can start cutting right away and form that look.

You can change it next time if you do not like the style when it is finished.

How Long Does it Take to Groom a Toy Poodle?

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The length of time it takes to groom a toy poodle will depend on all the activities you do at the time of grooming. Bathing, drying, cutting and nails add up and you could be spending upwards of 30 minutes getting your little pooch ready for the public.

If you add in any parasite care or eye care, then plan on more time. Then the design of the fur is what will take the longest amount of time. Cutting hair just right is not a rush job as one mistake can ruin the style.

Pick a time and block out a good chunk from your schedule, if you do not use a professional groomer, and take your time. This is not a rush job. You want to be proud of the way your puppy looks not embarrassed by the mistakes that were made.

How Do You Groom a Toy Poodle at Home?

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You are going to need a flat surface that is high enough so you can trim the hair comfortably. If you are uncomfortable, then mistakes will take place and you might end up shaving all the hair off.

Also, you can bathe your pet in a small tub or the bathtub to make sure they get clean before you start cutting. A shower nozzle is good to make sure your pet gets completely wet.

Finally, you will need cutting tools. These consist of a brush, nail clippers, scissors, and a razor. Your pet will need to get used to those tools before you start working on him or her or you may end up with a fight on your hands.

Then you need a lot of patience as it will take some time to get the job done right. Do this task when you have no distractions or any upcoming appointments. You want to concentrate on your pet only.

How Do You Brush a Toy Poodle?

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The technique may vary between groomers, but the direction usually remains the same. You start brushing at their neck and moving towards their rear. Then you go from the head to the feet in that order.

You can brush your poodle a couple of times a day to keep knots away but when knots do show up, you need to pull them away from their body and start brushing back towards their skin.

It is possible to skip a day in between brushings. It is all up to you how often you do it. But the longer you wait, the more time those knots can work their way in making your brushing time longer and more complicated.

Some Final Words

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When you do groom at your home you need to have a lot of patience and time. This is not something you do while watching your soaps or with the phone ringing every 5 minutes. You need a solid amount of uninterrupted time to get the job done right.

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