|Barked: Fri Sep 18, '09 3:55pm PST |
|It depends on what type of cut you keep your dog in. We shave Ollie down really really short, nearly bald, and then wait about 8-10 weeks before shaving him again. But we line comb him every day and use a spray detangler (well, once his hair starts to grow back!) so he has zero mats, and we do a face/feet/sanitary shave around week 4-6. When his hair is at it's longest, it takes us about 15 to 20 min a day to comb him. If we skip a day, it can easily take twice that time. Generally, though we spend 5-10 min a day combing for most of the time between groomings.
If you comb your poodle every day, you can space the groomings further apart. Most places recommend more around the 4-6 week range because generally people will brush their poodles but not line comb them so they will get mats. If you do not plan to brush/comb your poodle, or if you want to keep a long haircut on your poodle, I can see going every 2 weeks or even more often.
As to baths, I generally give Ollie a bath every 1-2 weeks depending on what he's been getting into. I may bathe him even more often if there is a lot of seaweed in the ocean when he swims (it makes him smelly). As long as you use a gentle non-stripping shampoo and a conditioner, you can bathe your dog more frequently. Some poodle owners that I know never bathe their dogs themselves. These people tend to be the ones who are not as into daily maintenance and so they go to the grooming salon more like every 4-6 weeks.
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