Poodle dander is the product of dry skin. Particles of dry skin flake off and create dander in the dog's coat. Since poodles are non-shedding dogs, dander can be a bigger problem than it is on dogs with coats that turn over seasonally. If your poodle has dry skin, treat it with a moisturizing shampoo, high-quality dog food, skin supplements and regular brushing.
Choose a Shampoo
Look for a shampoo that is made with oatmeal, tea tree oil or aloe vera. Oatmeal soothes irritated, dry skin and helps with pet allergies. Tea tree oil is soothing to dry skin and also helps repel insects, and aloe vera moisturizes the dog's skin, which helps reduce dryness. Choose a shampoo designed for a poodle's coat type or a good, hypoallergenic moisturizing dog shampoo for dry skin. Never use a dandruff shampoo made for humans, or any human shampoo. Your poodle's skin has a different pH than human skin and requires a shampoo made for dogs.
Bathe your poodle weekly initially to eliminate the dander. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of shampoo. Once you've removed the dander, decrease the number of baths to once monthly. Excessive bathing reduces the amount of natural oil created in the dog's coat, which contributes to dry skin and additional dander.
Purchase a coat conditioner for your poodle and use it after bathing him. This will help to moisturize the dog's skin and coat. Look for the same moisturizing ingredients that your shampoo contains. Always rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving residue in the coat that can make the dog itchy. Spray conditioners to moisturize a poodle coat are also available and can be applied between baths. Regular use will help eliminate dry skin and dander.
Food and Supplements
Feed your poodle to reduce dander and dry skin. A high-quality dog food and an omega 3 fish oil supplement such as salmon, cod liver or sardine oil will improve your dog's skin and coat by adding moisture to the skin from the inside out.
Groom to Reduce Dander
Poodles have easy-care coats but should be brushed at least weekly to help stimulate the production of oil that reduces dander. Use a slicker brush for grooming to keep your poodle's skin healthy and his coat shiny.