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How Do You Trim a Toy Poodle?

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Keeping them neat and trimmed is the way you want your poodle to look no matter if it is a standard, miniature, or toy poodle. Looking nice and neat with very beautiful fur will draw a lot of compliments your way.

If you, do it right, clipping your toy poodle should not be an exercise in fear and fighting. It should go smoothly and both of you can enjoy the experience. To learn how to do it right, just continue to read our article.

It contains the important information you want to know about. Take a few minutes to see how this information will help you out at clipping time.

How Do You Clip a Toy Poodle?

There are several steps to take to do this task just right. Here are those steps to follow if you are going to do this job yourself.

1. Brush your pet’s fur using a pin brush. Start from front to back, then move from head to toe. Look for any mats that need detangling or cut off.

2. Remove those mats, once you find them, by cutting them off at the best spot possible. Be careful not to pull those mats as you will cause your toy poodle a little discomfort or pain.

Or you can pull the mat away from their body and then brush it back in the direction of their skin.

3. Start cutting their fur at the nape of their neck and move towards the back. The scissors should be in one hand while the other hand gently pulls the fur tight. Clip off about 1/4 inch to start as you can always take more off but you can’t put any of it back.

4. After that is done, hold your dog’s nose and cut underneath their chin and down their neck. keep going until you have cut their chest hairs to size. You can try to have your pet roll over so you can cut their stomach hairs or put them in a little sling to hold them while you do that job.

5. Trim your poodle’s feet at this time. The ankles and legs should be done in the previous step. Focus on the hair between their toes. Don’t forget to trim between the pads underneath their feet.

6. Now that most of their body is done, it is time to trim their face. You do not want to use sharp scissors here in case your hand slips or the dog moves suddenly. Cover their whole head and face at this time.

When you are done, give them a nice bath to wash away any loose pet fur that could be spread around the house if you didn’t wash your dog.

When Should You Trim Your Toy Poodle?

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Toy poodles should be groomed about every 6 to 8 weeks. This will help keep their coats under control. Also, if you like them to have longer fur, you should brush their fur about 3 to 4 times each day.

A toy poodle should be trimmed about every 3 to 4 weeks when they are younger. Plus, you should wait about 3 to 4 months before giving them their first haircut. To keep the mats out, you should brush them regularly.

Brushing often helps make their fur easier to cut. If you are going to give them a bath after their haircut, use a dog shampoo. Even baby shampoo does not have the right amount of PH balance for dog hair and skin.

Don’t Forget the Nails

Poodle getting its nails clipped

This is an important part of grooming and you do not want their nails to grow too long. Long nails can cause your pet a little pain and a lot of discomforts. So, when you are trimming their fur, make time to trim their nails as well.

Dogs are not like cats and do not need long sharp claws.

Some Final Words

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Take the time to get your pet familiar with the scissors or razors you will be using to trim their fur. That way they will not fight as much and may stand still a lot longer for you.

Take your time as you will only make a mess of things if you rush this job. If you rush, you may cut your pet and hurt them. Then they may be forever afraid of grooming time. This is an attitude you want to avoid at all costs.

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