Poodles are greatfor a lot of reasons, but one of the best reasons is the fact that they’re hypoallergenic. Their fluffy coat doesn’t cause a lot of problems except in the case of serious allergies – but unfortunately, it can require a regular poodle puppy cut.
If you don’t want to spend money on a regular trip to your puppy’s hairstylist, you can learn to give a poodle puppy cut yourself. While there are lots of different kinds of puppy cuts available, the simplest just involves trimming the hair.
This article will explain how you can give your dog a great poodle puppy cut without risking anything serious.
Steps on Giving a Poodle Puppy Cut
These are the basic steps for giving a simple poodle puppy cut.
- Make sure your pup is all cleaned up. It’s easier (and more hygienic) to work with a clean dog. You’ll want to bathe your poodle first. Brush their hair to make sure that there are no knots or tangles. This will also prevent your trimmers from going dull.
- Put the blade on your clippers. The blade you’ll need depends on your pup. Most dogs are fine with a #10 blade, which allows you to give them a close shave. However, some pups are more sensitive, in which case you should use a #15.
- Start with the face and muzzle. From the ears, trim towards the nose. Afterward, get the fur between the eyes, moving down to the chin. Next, hit the ears, following downwards toward the neck. You want to make sure that you leave some hair and avoid fully exposing the skin.
- Trim the sensitive bits. Start with your dog’s backside, underneath the tail. Poodles are often more reactive when they’re having their sensitive bits trimmed, so you’ll have to be extra cautious when you’re trimming these parts. Most people like to leave a pompom on the tip of the tail.
- Trim the feet. In a standard poodle puppy cut, you cut the hair off the feet but leave the legs nice and fluffy.
After this, you’ve pretty much done everything that you need to do with the razor.
Making Your Poodle Puppy Cut Look Nice
After you’ve got the bulk of the trimming done, it’s time to perfect the poodle puppy cut.
- You can shape the pompom on the tail if you’ve chosen to give your poodle one. Use scissors to shape it into a round ball.
- Comb the hair around your dog’s ears. If there are extra bits of hair, you can get rid of these with scissors.
- Use a brush to puff up the remaining hair on their head. This lets you see what you’re working with. If anything is uneven, use scissors to shape it up.
Once you’re done, brush their whole body and use scissors to fix up anywhere that looks uneven.
Giving a poodle a hair cut isn’t hard – certainly not as hard as training a new pup. It can be done easily at home without too much confusion and with very few tools.