I have a couple of questions about what I need in terms of equipment to bathe and brush my miniature poodle. She is 5 months now, and so far I've been using a pin-brush together with a comb that I check for matt’s with. This has worked quite well for us, but after reading here it seems that there are some things I have missed and that I might benefit from having. Number one is that I'm getting a slicker brush (I do have one, but it's awful, so I'm getting a better one).
I saw mentioned that some people spray the coat with some sort of leave in conditioner or something when brushing? Can anyone give me some pointers on this? I have noticed her coat sometimes can get a bit dull after a brush, will a spray help against that?
Should I be using a conditioner when I give her a bath? So far I have been just using puppy shampoo. Does anyone have recommendations as to which conditioner to buy? (preferably one that's available in the UK)
Also, after bathing her I usually towel her off and then blow dry her a little bit, but she doesn’t like it that much and I find it difficult to juggle the brush and dryer at the same time. So she’s been air drying after she’s sort of half dry. But I read that drying and brushing at the same time makes the coat less likely to matt, and that it stays nice for longer. Is this something you’ve found? Would it be a good idea to invest in a proper dog hair dryer with a stand so my hands are free? Again, any suggestions to which one I should buy? I guess for using that I might need one of those lead thingys to put on the table, or a grooming table?
Hmm.. I think that’s it! If anyone has any other recommendations based on what I’ve written, please tell me! I’m here to learn. And thanks in advance to anyone who’s bothered to read this!