is very important that you begin clipping your Poodle at an early age. A
lot of breeders will begin clipping the face, feet and tail at 6 weeks of
age. You need to brush your poodle on a regular basis and bathed every 2
to 3 weeks, more if they play outside and get dirty quicker.
introducing the Poodle puppy to the clippers, it is a good idea to turn
the machine on and hold it near the puppies head for a few minutes. This
lets the puppy get familiar with the sound of the clippers. Second, very
gently, touch the side of the puppy's head and and also against the
puppy's body. This allows the puppy to get use to the vibrations of the
clippers. You may want to do this a couple of times during the week before
actually starting to clip the puppy's hair, depending on how the puppy
reacts to the clippers. Some puppies adjust to the clippers quickly while
others take more time.
you begin to clip the Poodle, handle him with firmly but gently. Let the
puppy know this is not playtime. This is a serious business, and
puppy needs to understand that. If puppy objects by crying or snapping, be
firm but gentle let puppy know this is not acceptable behavior and
patiently continue to groom puppy.
first clipping is really a behavior lesson. If the puppy is allowed to get
away with disobedience (growling, snapping, etc...,) this time, it will be
harder to teach him that it is not acceptable behavior the next time you
attempt to clip him.
puppy/dog should be placed on a table or any other flat surface, which is
approximately waist high. Never clip him on the floor, and never on
anything that is not solid and strong. The puppy/dog should never feel
unsafe because of a poor grooming table. The table should have a matting
of corrugated rubber or another material, which will give your puppy/dog
secure footing. If the Poodle becomes frightened because of a slippery or
shaky table it will be nearly impossible to work with.
lighting and no distractions are both essential for good grooming. The
light should be even and as free from shadows as possible. Neon light is
by far the best type for Poodle grooming. There should be no distractions
in the room, such as other animals or persons with whom the dog is
unfamiliar. Please, no cats near the grooming table!