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Grooming

Grooming Your Goldendoodle

Grooming is a huge topic that is often overlooked when considering bringing home a Goldendoodle.  Goldendoodles can have many different coat types.  Some are curly, some are wavy, some are straight.  Knowing the coat type can help you to determine how much time you willl need to spend grooming your Goldendoodle.  The curlier the coat, the more intense the grooming will need to be.  As a general guideline, we recommend having your Goldendoodle professionally groomed every 4-6 weeks.  Between grooming appointments there are things that you can do to keep your dog’s coat healthy at home.

What is matting?

Matting looks and feels like clumping in your dog’s coat.  It is the result of shed fur wrapping around healthy, live fur.  Matting is not only bad for your Goldendoodle’s coat, but it is also bad for your dog’s health because matting can result in skin rashes, infections, and be very painful to remedy.  If your dog’s coat is severely matted, sometimes the only fix is to shave all of their fur off!

How can I prevent matting when grooming my Goldendoodle?

Matting can be prevented with daily brushing and also ensuring that your dog’s fur is clean and dried thoroughly (after baths, swimming, or playing in the rain).  Brushing your Goldendoodle daily also helps them prepare for going to the groomer.  Additionally, daily brushing can prevent your dog from having to get their coat shaved off.  Here at Happy Doods we recommend using a slicker brush and a technique called line-brushing.  Line-brushing your Goldendoodle is done by parting your dog’s hair with one hand to get all the way down to the skin, and brushing in small sections.  You do want to be careful not to apply too much pressure with your brush or you can cause “brush burn” which is kind of like road rash from brushing.

Additionally, there are many products marketed to help prevent matting.  There are sprays, shampoos, conditioners, and powders all designed to help reduce the matting of your dog’s fur.  While these products don’t replace the need for brushing, they can make the job much easier!  When you are finished brushing your Goldendoodle, you should be able to run a comb through their fur without any snags.

How often should I bathe my Goldendoodle?

Bathing is an essential part of grooming your Goldendoodle.  Also, giving your Goldendoodle a bath can be a lot of fun!  Golden Retrievers and Poodles both typically love water so many Goldendoodles do as well.  Goldendoodles should have at least one bath per month but of course, sometimes an additional bath is inevitable because dogs just love mud!  When washing your Goldendoodle you want to be careful not to get soap in their eyes or water in their ears.

Getting water in the ears can lead to ear infections.  If you do get water in your dog’s ears, use an ear rinse afterward that contains a drying agent.  At Happy Doods we like Epi-Otic Advanced because it is gentle and smells nice!  After the bath, you want to thoroughly dry your Goldendoodle’s coat using a forced-air dryer and your slicker brush.

 

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