The crossbreed between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle called Goldendoodle is such an excellent one. This breed has a unique coat. The coat of this breed has loose curls and a slightly shaggy look. It is important for the owners of these dogs or puppies to take care of the coat. To be able to do that, grooming them regularly is a must.
If you are one of the owners of Goldendoodle, you may have no idea how to groom the coat of your puppy or dog, especially if you just purchased it from a breeder or adopted it from a rescue. Fortunately, you are here where you will be informed about the best way to groom a Goldendoodle.
Grooming a Goldendoodle can be challenging, especially if there are no right tools. To make the process of grooming goes smoothly, it will be needed for you to have the following tools:
- Slicker brush
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Dog hair clippers
- Andis steel comb
- Grooming scissors
- Cutting shears
- Dog nail grinder or dog nail clipper
- Grooming table or pet leash
In addition to these must-have grooming tools, there are also some optional grooming tools that you can try to get as you may need them. These tools are as follows:
- Blade coolant and lubricant
- Thinning shears
- Quick dry dog towel
- Pet grooming gloves
- Bully sticks
How to Groom
After taking notes of all the tools that you have to get to be able to groom your Goldendoodle, check out the best way to groom it below:
Part 1: Cleaning
- The first thing that you need to do is to brush the dog to untangle its fur and to get rid of debris that may be embedded in its coat. To do it, you can use a slicker brush. This kind of tool is best with the coat of this breed.
- Then, get rid of knots and tangles by using a clipper. The kind of clipper that should be used is the one that is designed for grooming dogs. Make sure to not use grooming scissors as they can accidently cut and injure your dog.
- In the next step, bathe the dog. To bathe it, firstly, prepare a warm bath and then put your dog in it. When it is ready, just scrub its coat clean by using a dog shampoo. After applying the shampoo, rinse it out thoroughly.
- Once the process of bathing is done, dry the coat. The dog should be clean so that it can access the length of fur that you want while trimming.
Part 2: Trimming
- Firstly, you can trim the fur on the ears of your dog by using clippers. Please find grooming clippers to be precise with your cuts and to deal with the flexibility of the ear. Remember that the fur on the outside of the ear should be around 1 inch or 2.5 cm long.
- After trimming that part, make sure to trim away the fur that blocks the ear canal so that the dog will be able to hear. Besides, it can also increase air circulation in the ear, which is useful to minimize the chance of ear infections.
- The next thing that you have to do is to trim the fur on the face of the dog so that the dog will be able to see. To trim this part, feel free to use clippers. If you want, you can also thin the fur between the eyes using the thinning shears to make it not get very thick. Make sure to be careful while doing so.
- Do not forget to also trim the fur on the muzzle. However, it is better for you to keep the sides of the muzzle longer than the top and bottom. As for the length of the top and sides of the muzzle, feel free to do anything with them. One thing that you have to make sure is that the fur on the size of the muzzle is short to prevent it from reaching the mouth of the dog.
- The last part of the head that should be trimmed is the rest of the head. Start it by trimming the fur on the back of the head with dog grooming clippers.
- After trimming the head of the dog, it is time for you to trim its body. This one is started by clipping the majority of its whole body with clippers. Take note to clip the large areas thoroughly, including the back. You can do it by going over them a few times.
- Then, trim the fur on the feet shorter than the rest of the body to allow you to keep its paws cleaner and to give the dog a tidy look.
- Lastly, trim the fur between its toes. It is important to do that to give the dog comfort. In case your dog feels anxious, try to restrain it a bit so that you can trim this fur successfully without making the dog hurt.
Part 3: Finishing
- The finishing touch starts with trimming the nails of the dog. Do it regularly by using a dog nail trimmer that you can get from a pet supply store as the dog usually walks around on a soft surface that does not wear its nails down.
- After that, brush its teeth with dog toothpaste and a dog toothbrush that is specifically made for dogs. If your dog seems to not like it, it is fine as it will get used to it.
- It is also important for you to clear its ears. A veterinary ear cleaner can be used to get rid of dirt and debris. While cleaning this part, please be careful. Do not even try to press any debris down to its ear canal.
- For the final one, brush its coat one more time to eliminate any remaining fur.