- Thoroughly brush your Goldendoodle first
- Shave trouble areas
- Remove ear hair
- Thoroughly bathe your Goldendoodle next
- Comb and trim again
You want to brush your dog at least three times a week to keep them, clean, mat free and beautiful. If you find small mats that cannot be easily brushed out it is ok to cut them off to prevent them from getting larger. If you can brush your Goldendoodle daily that is best. Start brushing and combing your puppy as soon as possible to help them become familiar with the process, they will become more and more comfortable with it.
You should start by brushing your Goldendoodle with the slicker brush. Starting at the bottom, brush a line of hair away and pull a small portion down away. You want to see the skin with each line of hair and you will continue this up. You want to do the whole doodle in this manner. This is to make sure there are no mats or tangles. You want all mats and tangles removed. Do not forget the tail and armpits.
If any mats will not brush out use the grooming scissors or your dog clippers to remove the mats. After de-matting, use a metal pin brush to comb your dog’s coat thoroughly until the brush moves easily through his luscious locks. If the brush gets stuck in any particular section, go back and work out the tangle gradually starting at the end of the strands and moving closer toward the skin.
Here is a how to groom a Goldendoodle video on using the slicker brush.
Due to the tangling of Goldendoodles fur it makes it necessary to completely shave certain areas. Even if you plan on leaving the coat longer in length these areas should still be trimmed. The belly, genital area and anus should be shaved smooth with your clippers. The beautiful curly fur of a doodle makes these areas act like sponges and can increase risk of mats and infections. You will also want to shave about an inch below the ear canal to allow air flow.
You will want to pluck the hair in your doodles ears prior to bathing so it is still dry. They grow hair in the ear canal that can trap moisture and bacteria which can lead to ear infections in your dog. You can pull the hair from the inner ear using your pointer finger and thumb, be gentle but quick and make sure you only pull the inner ear hair. Do not try to pull larger sections as it will be harder and painful. After you have removed the hair from the inner ear you can put a couple dry cotton balls in the ear canal, this will help keep water out during bathing. Once done though you should immediately remove the cotton balls.
TIP 1: We suggest you wait at least one (1) week after you bring your puppy home before bathing so you do not put any added stress on your new family member.
TIP 2: Make sure there are no drafts, turn off the AC. You do not want your dog to get a chill.
Preparation: You will make things easier on both of you if you take the time to prepare for bath time. Gather your dog shampoo, dog conditioner, a rinsing cup, a metal flee comb and towels, lots of towels. You will also want a blow dryer handy to help with the drying process.
You never want to bath a tangled or matted Goldendoodle. It is key you follow step 1 above to brush out all tangles and remove any mats that will not brush out. You can remove any mats with grooming scissors or an electric shaver as mentioned above.
As you start make sure even prior to getting your Goldendoodle in that you are talking and excited. If they feel the fun and excitement it will make it more comfortable for them and easier in the long run. The good news is Goldendoodle’s come from two breeds that both love water so that is on your side. Now have fun and wash that pup. Make sure you rinse all the dog shampoo out of the coat, any left behind can cause skin problems so rinse well.
If you want to make things easier on you we recommend you drain the water and keep your doodle in there. You can towel dry your doodle right there and then lay a towel down use a pet blow dryer. When blow drying you want to keep it 12 to 18 inches away from your dog and on a warm setting NOT high or hot as it can burn your dogs skin. Test it on the back of your hand, if it feels hot then its too hot. Moving in a quick back and forth motion while you use your other hand to fluff and then brush. You want to keep this up until the under coat is dry to the touch.
Be sure to brush only in the direction of the hair growth. You should start by drying the head, ears, and top coat first, then dry the legs and belly area. Once your dog is dry, you can run the dryer through the coat on cool to cool down the coat. After that you want to feel through the coat to see if you can find any damp spots that need extra attention. Make sure there are no damp spots left behind, these will quickly turn into mats that you wont be able to comb out. You do not want to let your dog dry naturally because its easy for them to get chilled.
Never, Ever Ruffle
Avoid post-shampoo tangles by using firm, single-direction motions with your hands. Wring out the excess moisture from the coat and finger-comb conditioner through starting at the top of his body and working your way down toward his feet, then rinse thoroughly. Similarly, when drying his coat with a clean towel, use firm patting motions over individual sections of his coat rather than rubbing or ruffling, which can create tangles. When blow drying, constantly brush in the direction of hair growth instead of moving the hair with your hands.
After you have completely dried your Goldendoodle you may begin combing through the coat again to remove any tangles. Make sure the coat is completely dry or it can create extra tangles.