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I just adopted a 13 year old toy poodle that many says looks straggly. I think hes adorable like a Rasta man but ive given him a few baths and some mats cut out and shaved his feet and face and pulled much hair with wax out of his ears. I have great shaver i do all my other 4 dogs with during summer. Im not a poodle expert on grooming. I thought id take him for professional grooming one time to get outline. I went on you tube and numerous other forums to see how to groom. Not sure especially about his tail how to make a pom pom i cut much of the hair off base and left top and looks naked and not good and no pom pom. The groomers independent are overwhelmed not sure why at this time. I much prefer to do it myself but want to go one time but he seems nervous around others i just adopted him and hes super clingy, please help with grooming advice all appreciated. I love poodle look but had to shave his face due to mats-looks good so will try a normal poodle cut any advice welcome please.
 

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Is this the same dog you asked about on the other thread? If so, it's fine to shave him down - in fact, it sounds like it may be the best option. You won't get much of an outline to follow in the future, but he'll be healthier and more comfortable.
 

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There is no problem shaving most of his hair off - it grows back. I wouldn't shave down to the skin - consider a 5 or 7 depending on how warm it is where you live. Do cut off any bad mats to save your dog from the trauma of dealing with de-tangling too many of them.

Have you combed your dog - it's important with poodles to comb down to the skin to avoid any mats developing at the skin level.

There is a very handsome trim called the German which is quite short and very stylish that might suit you dog.
 
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As others have said, once the coat gets matted it is kinder to just do a shave down and start over. A sweater might be a good idea afterwards, as he's just a little guy.
 

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Would you be able to post a picture of him, so we can see what you're seeing? If you haven't had a poodle before, grooming him will be different than with most other dogs.

With each bath, whatever tangles or mats he might have will just get tighter, so it's really important to give him a fully fresh start, if that's what's needed.

What clippers and blades do you have? Some might be better suited for a tpoo.

Are you able to take the wide spaced tine side of a greyhound comb and draw it from skin level out to the end of his hair without catching tangles or mats? A round tipped pin brush is an alternative.

If you're catching mats or tangles with most strokes, definitely consider the shave down it will be better for him in the long run. Clip out as many of those mats or tangles as you can, then use the clippers, with a longer length blade, 4-7, as mentioned, to get him mostly evened out.

There's a lot of recommended groomer videos but I start with Sue Zecco demonstrating poodles.



 
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I'd probably just shave him completely down and start from scratch. As he grows and becomes accustomed to being groomed he will begin to relax more. Once he is mat free, completely combed out you can either follow videos. especially since you already know how to groom some. Or at that time you can have him professionally groomed. Bless you for taking a senior.
 

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Is this the same dog you asked about on the other thread? If so, it's fine to shave him down - in fact, it sounds like it may be the best option. You won't get much of an outline to follow in the future, but he'll be healthier and more comfortable.
no i havent figured out how to upoad his picture yet, his 13 very tiny and looks old but i think super cute but stragly, ill fix it thankyou for input i will cut him down and put on sweaters since still cold thanx again
 

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I'd probably just shave him completely down and start from scratch. As he grows and becomes accustomed to being groomed he will begin to relax more. Once he is mat free, completely combed out you can either follow videos. especially since you already know how to groom some. Or at that time you can have him professionally groomed. Bless you for taking a senior.
thankyou much for taking your time to help, ill shave him, only had him 5 days and he is soooooo clingy i have to take him everywhere thanx
 

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I'd probably just shave him completely down and start from scratch. As he grows and becomes accustomed to being groomed he will begin to relax more. Once he is mat free, completely combed out you can either follow videos. especially since you already know how to groom some. Or at that time you can have him professionally groomed. Bless you for taking a senior.
i just wanted to thankyou for your time and help thanx and seniors are great my other dogs are 3 out of 4 seniors and they really watch him when i took him to vet my German Shepard a normal sweetheart growled when another German Shephard cam up i believe trying to protect small Rockstar
 

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I'd probably just shave him completely down and start from scratch. As he grows and becomes accustomed to being groomed he will begin to relax more. Once he is mat free, completely combed out you can either follow videos. especially since you already know how to groom some. Or at that time you can have him professionally groomed. Bless you for taking a senior.
Would you be able to post a picture of him, so we can see what you're seeing? If you haven't had a poodle before, grooming him will be different than with most other dogs.

With each bath, whatever tangles or mats he might have will just get tighter, so it's really important to give him a fully fresh start, if that's what's needed.

What clippers and blades do you have? Some might be better suited for a tpoo.

Are you able to take the wide spaced tine side of a greyhound comb and draw it from skin level out to the end of his hair without catching tangles or mats? A round tipped pin brush is an alternative.

If you're catching mats or tangles with most strokes, definitely consider the shave down it will be better for him in the long run. Clip out as many of those mats or tangles as you can, then use the clippers, with a longer length blade, 4-7, as mentioned, to get him mostly evened out.

There's a lot of recommended groomer videos but I start with Sue Zecco demonstrating poodles.



your have been super help ful thankyou, i will post a picture but not sure yet how to do it, i just joined and haven't yet figured out how to post a picture but i will, i have the Wahl KM10 and excellent shaver, i usually give my other 4 dogs a complete shave for the summer and they love it thankyou again and later today i will post his picture
 

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i will post a picture but not sure yet how to do it
From the FAQ's:
How To Upload Images To Posts

Start your post and normal and then click on the insert image icon.



It will pop up telling you to drag an image there or click. If you drag and drop it, you will see it show up in your post. If you click, it will allow you to navigate to where it is on your computer.



Then just click the image so it adds the file name for you, then click on open.



Finish adding any content and then simply post your reply.

You can also simply Copy/Paste from your files or anywhere on the internet.
 

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thankyou you are super helpful, i tried to upload and said it had to be so many pixels and the only photos i have are from my camera which do not seem to be sufficient. I have been super busy lately, i work with the mentally ill and they are super needy even working sunday, but when i can sit down and have time i will follow your directions to the t and hope to show you all his super cute photo. I have several but guess can only upload 1. I shaved him and he looks sooooo cute and now i know hes starting fresh and clean. Thankyou
 

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The software can be a bit buggy at times. I occasionally get a notice that my photo has exceeded a 20mb limit even tho it's not over 2-3mb. I just keep trying and eventually it goes thru. The old software had pixel sizing limits but almost always to reduce them lol.

You should be able to add as many as 10 pictures per post so don't worry about picking just one.

If you have those photos loaded onto your laptop/tablet you can try just going to the photo in your files, right click to copy then come back to your reply and paste it in.
 

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From the FAQ's:
How To Upload Images To Posts

Start your post and normal and then click on the insert image icon.



It will pop up telling you to drag an image there or click. If you drag and drop it, you will see it show up in your post. If you click, it will allow you to navigate to where it is on your computer.



Then just click the image so it adds the file name for you, then click on open.



Finish adding any content and then simply post your reply.

You can also simply Copy/Paste from your files or anywhere on the internet.
 

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I am on my phone for the first time on this site and I followed the directions I see my photos on my phone they’re not on the computer but they’re on my phone and I’m on the side on my phone and I clicked on the picture icon but I still don’t know how to upload my photos it’s an iPhone SC6
 

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I am on my phone for the first time on this site and I followed the directions I see my photos on my phone they’re not on the computer but they’re on my phone and I’m on the side on my phone and I clicked on the picture icon but I still don’t know how to upload my photos it’s an iPhone SC6
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:) You did it and he is so cute, very sweet! He does look better without the tangled fur.

When an iPhone user drops by, they may be able to give you better advice. I'm not sure why there's duplicates, but better that than not seeing that little face :)
 
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:) You did it and he is so cute, very sweet! He does look better without the tangled fur.

When an iPhone user drops by, they may be able to give you better advice. I'm not sure why there's duplicates, but better that than not seeing that little face :)
aww thankyou so much, that's not me in photo that's a nice lady i visit with her dogs also, he has met many clients dogs hes fearless and the dogs are all sweet, mostly therapy dogs some service dogs i watch carefully, id love to upload video of 3 year old with him but this is a mess with sooooooo many photos posting, i sleeps most of the day and im getting used to his schedule and expectations. He insists on going on same walk with big dogs rather than his own walk. He is sooooo scared when he cannot see me he stops eating etc i have to wait till he eats and falls asleep to go do anything not in a chair with him. Hes worth it but still learning his ways only had him since feb 15, thanx to all for kindness and help. I believe he has arthritis also as he often seems to hurt when being picked up, he is very fragile as one can see, my dogs love him and all seem to watch for his wellbeing.
 

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. I believe he has arthritis also as he often seems to hurt when being picked up,
Talk to your vet about Rimadyl or other medications for arthritis after confirming he's got it.
There are several not very expensive meds that can make such a difference in their lives. I believe that GoodRx covers some doggie meds too at brick and mortar pharmacies and buying online is usually less expensive than buying from the vet. Most vets are happy to write prescriptions to be filled at other places.
Has he been checked for cataracts too?
 
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