As all doodle owners are aware, grooming is a big commitment that comes had in hand with Poodle crosses. Often daily maintenance is required to keep on top of painful matting and getting out any debris that is often picked up on walks. We recommend products to keep on top of those beautiful curls!
It is recommended doodles are groomed every 2-3 months, this involves trimming over the eyes, the tips of the ear, and on the bottoms of the feet. They will also trim the coat and cut the nails to a comfortable length. These are all things many dog owners are trained in or do not feel comfortable doing at home.
Grooming at home
Matting fur can be extremely uncomfortable for you dog, it can pull skin and be extremely painful in even mild cases, so a regular grooming routine with the correct brushes can keep on top of this.
The adult doodle coat doesn’t develop until around around six months to one year old, their grooming needs are not so demanding. Their coat will tend to be softer and finer than it will be when they get their adult coats, so a most brushes will be able to brush trough the coat with ease, it is important to start brushing as soon as possible to get your puppy used to the process, start of doing little and often and offer nice treats throughout to make a daunting new experience a positive one.
Adult doodle coats are curlier, thicker and sometimes more wiry. This is when brushing through them tangles becomes even more important.
Tools you will need:
- A comb
- Pin brush
- Slicker brush
- Matt splitter
- Detangling spray
Spray the detangling spray onto the coat as directed by the instructions. Use the comb to work out any knots or tangles (particularly on the chest, armpits and belly)
Use the pin brush to gently work down to the skin itself, this type of brush removes old hair, small knots and it brilliant for working through doodle coats.
The slicker brush initially looks like a mean brush, it is however the best brush for getting out knots from doodle hair and if use correctly should be pain free. This is the type of brush most groomers will choose to use on your doodle professionally. When you use this brush you will need to use short brushing motions and I would recommend running the brush along the palm of your hand, trying different pressures so you understand how much pressure to apply when grooming your dog and understand how if will feel for them.
These steps should be done a couple of times a week, an intensive brushing routine could irritate skin so use your judgment based on the condition of the coat as to how much grooming you need to do that day, you may find a quick brush through with the pin brush will be adequate some days.
What if my dog is already matted?
If you notice you dog is starting to matt and it has become tight or close to the skin, brushing them can be even more painful and pull the hair out of the skin. So it is important you do this correctly, you can take a matt splitter and split the matt to make it easier to detangle without creating a bald patch. You can then take your slicker brush and and work lightly on the matt coming in from different angles to untangle the hair. If this is unsuccessful or the matt is covering a large area of skin it would be recommended to book an appointment with a professional groomer that will be able to remove the matting in the most comfortable way for your dog.
Find out what’s best for you and your dog. The brilliant thing about doodles is they are all different and their coats will vary what may work for one, may be different for another. Start with the tools above and alter you grooming routine to suit the requirement of your doodles hairdo!