How do I know how often to take my toy poodle to the groomers?

User
May 19, 2015

How do I know how often to take my toy poodle to the groomers? He seems to like being groomed and looks so cute afterwards, but it's pretty expensive.

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As a former Grooming Salon manager, my groomers & I always suggested the following to our clients: 1)About 6-8 weeks between grooming will keep your dog from becoming too scruffy, matted, or filthy. 2)Frequent grooming (weekly, biweekly) can lead to dry, irritated skin that will make your pet uncomfortable, may lead to chewing & further skin damage. 3)A little follow-up maintenance between grooming appointments will keep you dog looking good, feeling good, and will ultimately spare you the more expensive "full groom" or having the dog shaved down as opposed to just needing a "tidy up". Nail trims should be done about every 3 weeks, unless you exercise your dog on pavement enough to grind down the nails. Cleaning the ears, brushing the teeth, can prevent more expensive corrective care in the grooming process.

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I am a certified groomer for about two years now. In my experience poodles seem to go to the groomers every 6-8 weeks. Hope this helps.

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User in Norwalk, CA
June 23, 2015

As long as you brush your pet and bath them when needed it shouldn't have to be more than 2 or once a month. Or look up cheaper groomers my German Shepard gets groomed for 20 dollars

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I have a poodle, we get her groomed about every 6 weeks or so. sometimes longer in the winter, where the fur helps keep her warm!

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User in Quantico, VA
June 18, 2015

I used to work at a groomer and people would bring their toy poodles in as often as once a week! I would probably take him maybe once a month or every other month depending on your budget and how much he needs it. You can also try minimal grooming such as brushing and baths between visits to help your wallet out, but I would leave the hair and nail trimming to the professionals since it could be dangerous for both you and your pet if you don't entirely know what you are doing. Hope this helped!

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User in Largo, FL
June 13, 2015

This is simple. When he starts looking scruffy, you take him in. Meanwhile, why don't you learn how to do it yourself? I'm sure there's a video on You Tube that would show you how to do it. You just have to purchase the right special tools, the best you can afford. The best tool is always a good investment. Good luck!

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User in Littleton, CO
July 15, 2015

About every six weeks is what was reccomended to me for my maltipoo! I eventually learned how to do it myself, however, because (like you said) it is expensive. Now I only bring him in if he's truly a disaster. I also reccomend brushing regularly to extend the time between groomer visits

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