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Grooming A Goldendoodle – The Basics

Keeping your goldendoodle’s coat clear of mats will be ultimately up to you. If you like the look of a longer coat or if your doodle has a curly coat, your doodle needs to be brushed out at least twice a week. He especially needs combing after he gets wet. Make sure he dries completely before combing. There are two main tools for completely maintaining a mat free doodle: the slicker brush (a top coat fluffer) and a sturdy steel comb (an undercoat detangler). Remember this: the slicker bush takes care of the top coat, while the comb will get to the under coat.

The slicker brush is great for fluffing your goldendoodle’s outer coat. A quick run over with a slicker will make your doodle’s coat look soft and fluffy. Slickers are fantastic matt finders, but they cannot untangle them. The slicker brush has a distinct sound that when it has encountered a mat. It will also have a different feel. When a slicker brush hits a mat its sound will dull and you’ll feel a slight snag. Sometimes it will even get caught in the mat, but not always so when brushing out your doodle use both your eyes and ears. That’s where a study metal comb shines. The metal comb is by far the most important arsenal against mats. A metal comb works best when used often. If you encounter a stubborn mat, use a pair of thinning shears or blunt tipped scissors to help remove it. You may also want to try a detangler. Just remember that it's easiest to untangle mats when they're small and few.

Sometimes doodle owners think they have properly brushed out their doodle only to find deep mats that cling to their legs, underarms, chest, neck, rear end, beard and ears. These mats call for a complete shaving. A goldendoodle covered in mats will be shaved by a groomer, regardless of whether you prefer the shorn look or not. The groomer is looking out for the best interest of your doodle, plus they do not have hours and hours to detangle your doodle gently. If you want to keep your doodle’s coat long make sure you’re grooming both the top and undercoat. Rather than blaming the groomer if you doodle requires a shave down, resolve to brush your dog regularly so your doodle can have a more esthetic clip for his next haircut. The good news is that a doodles coat is always growing so your shaved doodle will be long again within a few months. Just remember to brush and comb regularly. We can’t emphasis this enough.

A Sanitary Clip

A home sanitary clip between groomings is highly recommended and fairly simple to do. This will help your doodle stay fresh and clean. You've likely noticed that your doodle gets a little unkempt near her backend as her hair grows out. Hair starts blocking her ability to defecate cleanly and you notice that she begins getting little cling-ons on her rear end, so this is where  you can do a quick and easy clean up. Although she doesn't seem quite ready for a full haircut, this simple trim will allow 

you to go longer between grooming appointment and allow you to have the shaggier look longer.

Goldendoodles typically have a thick wavy/curly coat and will benefit from clippers designed specifically for grooming dogs. A pair of sturdy cordless dog clippers with a detachable #10 blade is a worthwhile investment. A sanitary trim will help decrease the frequency of your doodle's grooming appointments, so the dog clippers will quickly pay for themselves. Make sure you do clipper maintenance to keep the blades sharp and clippers clean.

Brush and bathe your doodle. Use gloves to remove any cling-ons during bath time. Always make sure you protect her ears during the bath. Cotton balls in the ear canal work wonders. Just make sure that she doesn’t shake them loose during her bath. After her bath, and she if fully dried and brushed again, use your dog clippers and trim your dog's belly (tiny mats will form here quickly and are painful to remove with the comb but clippers will go through them like butter), clip her behind, and under her ears. Expect to perform this maintenance every 4-6 weeks.

Ear Maintenance

Being vigilant with your doodle’s ears will save you countless trips to the vet. Doodles are known to get ear infections. Have your vet pluck the ear canals when you take her in for her puppy exam. Be prepare for her to shake her head, scratch her ears, and rub her ears on the floor after this has been performed. This should last a few hours and up to a day. Yeast infections in the ears are the leading cause of ear infections. Some Doodles also have excessive ear wax build up that needs to be removed if not, this too can lead to infections. Ear infections can be costly to cure. Prevention therefore is the key to healthy happy doodle ears. Smelly ears and excessive head shaking, scratching, or rubbing are signs of an infection.

How do I help my doodle maintain heathy ears? First, make sure you always use cotton balls in the ear canal during baths to prevent water from getting into the ear canal. Wet ears equals yeast infections. After a bath, use an ear cleaning solution (see the grooming list for what we believe is the best cleaning solution on the market) to clean out any water that has gotten in the ears and/or ear wax build up. We suggest that you use ear cleaning solution each time you bathe your doodle or if your doodle has excessive ear wax, weekly. Keeping the ears clean and free of mats is very important too.

Essential Grooming Tools

  1. Blunt end scissors
  2. Sturdy metal comb 
  3. Slicker brush 
  4. Sturdy cordless clippers we recommend (Andis Pulse Ion Cordless Clippers
  5. Cotton balls (for ears)
  6. Ear Cleaning Solution we recommend and use EcoEars – Infection formula
  7. Organic Dog Shampoo we recommend and use 4Legger