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A shiny head of hair means good health for us humans. A shiny coat of fur on a dog means the same thing for your pet. In fact, a nice, lustrous fur is a great indicator of good doggie health. Proper dog grooming is important in promoting good dog health.

Bathing a Poodle

Bathing a dog can be a tedious dog grooming process. Most of us end up wet along with the dog, but it can be quite fun once you get the hang of it. If you have a small poodle, you can bathe them in the sink, bigger poodles should be bathed in the tub.

Tip: How to Bathe Your Dog?

When you use the dog shampoo, work up a lather started with the chest to the top of the head, then go down the back, tail and all the way to the hind legs. Be careful not to get any of that shampoo in your eyes or your dog’s eyes.

Use a dog shampoo for your dog rather than your own shampoo

Shampoo for human hair only works on human hair; it is actually harsh and irritating to doggie skin. Dog shampoo is specifically formulated to suit the sensitivity of the skin and fur of dogs. 

Do Poodles need special shampoo?

Poodles may need special shampoo to help treat various skin problems. Be aware that poodles have sensitive skin and a high risk for allergies. You may need to purchase a moisturizing general-purpose shampoo and keep an allergy relief shampoo on hand just in case. 

What can I bathe my Poodle with?

French water dog looking to her right
Photo credit James Yarema

If you don’t have proper shampoo where you are, here are some alternative products you can use to bathe your pup:

  • Wet wipes: Use dog wipes to clean specific dirty areas of hair and then brush the fur.
  • Wet sponge: Wet the sponge and rinse it well. …
  • Dry foam or dry shampoo

Best Shampoos for Poodles

Poodles require regular grooming and bathing. An unbrushed poodle will develop mats and tangles. These cause your dog pain. Here are the things we look for when picking shampoos for our dog: 

  • Hypoallergenic to help deal with sensitive skin
  • Avoid shampoo made with harsh chemicals, artificial additives like colors, fragrances, parabens, phosphate, and sulfate. Labels can be tricky on this so Google well!
  • Moisturizing shampoos with ingredients like oatmeal, aloe vera, and almond oil.
  • Soap-Free : soap can dry out the skin
  • pH Balanced for dogs (between 6.5 and 7.5)

Your Poodle Shampoo Options:

Your Basic Shampoo

This is your work horse: your go-to shampoo for bath time. Look for a shampoo made with natural ingredients and designed to gently cleanse and moisturize your dog’s skin.

Puppy Shampoo

Puppies have extra-sensitive shampoo so look for a tear-free formula made with soap-free cleansers and soothing natural ingredients to gentle clean and condition.

Anti Flea & Tick Shampoos

You should have a shampoo to kill fleas and ticks (it is more useful in summer). This shampoo should never be considered a replacement for a preventive flea treatment. 

Medicated Dog Shampoos

There are shampoos designed to soothe itchy, irritated skin caused by allergies and infections. Your poodle may not need them.

Color-Enhancing Shampoos

Poodles with white or black fur can benefit from color-enhancing shampoo. 

2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner

Look for a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner because a Poodle’s coat is fine and curly, conditioning is highly recommended.

How do I keep my Poodle smelling good?

Photo credit Glenn Han

When you give your poodle a bath, scrub and wash away your pup’s body oil. You need to clean both the coat and the skin.

How often should a Poodle be bathed?

Your poodle should be bathed every 3 weeks at the minimum. Here is the official opinion I found in a dog book at my local library: “You should bathe your poodle every 21 to 35 days, as it leaves time for the skin to regain its natural oils.”

Regularly Groom Brush Your Dog’s Fur Coat

A poodle needs to be trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks because its coat will continue to grow and will only become more difficult to manage. Routine brushing and grooming are also important for healthy skin – it helps distribute the natural oils that keep your dog’s skin moisturized.

Ask Your Vet

Poodles are prone to food allergies and skin allergies and a lot of other allergies. They are also known to have other health issues such as hypothyroidism, sebaceous adenitis, and demodectic mange which can affect how good their fur looks.

Find more grooming and cleaning tips on our blog.


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