Grooming can seem like a daunting task when you’ve recently become the owner of a Goldendoodle. Don’t worry – it’s easier than it seems! Just follow these simple tips.
Start grooming when your Goldendoodle is a puppy
Although your pup may not have acquired his adult coat yet, he still needs to be groomed so that he gets used to the sensation and grows to tolerate it. That way, when he reaches adulthood there will be no fussing or drama when the real grooming has to be done.
The Goldendoodle coat
Coats in this breed can range from wiry to shaggy, curly to wavy. So, not every Goldendoodle is going to need the same amount of grooming.
To clip or not to clip?
If you want a more manageable coat, you can take your Goldendoodle to the grooming salon to get an inch or two clipped from the length of the fur. This will make the fur less likely to matt, and will give it a tidier appearance in general. However, this isn’t the best idea if it’s winter time, or if you live in a cold climate – the fur is necessary to keep your dog warm. It’s a good idea to learn how to clip the fur yourself between salon visits as they can be costly. To do this, you’ll need to purchase a special pair of trimming scissors designed for dogs.
Baths for Goldendoodles
Your dog shouldn’t need a bath too often. In fact, it’s best to only give a full bath when absolutely necessary, for example if the dog has developed an odour, or if he has rolled in some mud. Too much bathing can strip the coat if its natural oils and leave it looking dull. So, bathing should only be done in moderation, using a mild, dog-specific shampoo.
Brushing is key
Make sure you brush your Goldendoodle at least once a week to start with. You will soon get a feel for how often your dog needs to be brushed. Some Goldendoodles will need brushing several times a week, depending on the type of fur they have. A good tip is to do all your brushing outside, so that flyaway fur doesn’t litter your home. You could also invest in a grooming table if you don’t want to strain your back.
Don’t forget the ears!
Part of your grooming routine should include checking your Goldendoodle’s ears for signs of infection or parasites. The ears in this breed are floppy and so it’s very easy for them to harbour dirt and become infected. You should clean the ears gentle with a swab of cotton wool, drying them afterwards.
The teeth need brushing too
You’ll also need to take a small toothbrush, and a toothpaste designed for dogs, and brush your Goldendoodle’s teeth every week. This keeps them healthy and free of debris which causes a build up of plaque and can lead to infections.