Dogs with a lot of hair, such as poodles, tend to accumulate some hair growth in the ear canal that must be removed on a regular basis, preferably about once a week. Ear powder helps to stiffen the hair, which makes it easy to pull out. Once the hair is removed, use a cotton ball dipped in alcohol to remove any remaining dirt or wax. All dogs, short-haired, long-haired, or somewhere in between, should have their ears cleaned regularly with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol.
If your dog develops an ear problem, he should exhibit certain symptoms. He may frequently shake his head, rub his ears on the floor, or scratch his ear with his foot. If you recognize these symptoms, look inside his ears. If they are red or have a discharge, there is probably an inflammation or infection, and you and your pup should visit the vet as soon as possible.