How Often Should You Groom Your Doodle? – The Ultimate Guide

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Doodles such as Labradoodles, Bernedoodles, and Goldendoodles need to be on a strict grooming schedule. Keeping your best friend looking and feeling their best, regular grooming is essential. In this guide, we’ll explore the ideal grooming schedule for your doodle, taking into account their unique coat types and individual needs.

Understanding Doodle Coat Types:

Doodles typically have three main coat types: wavy, curly, and straight. Each coat type requires different grooming frequencies and techniques.

  1. Wavy Coat:
    • Wavy-coated doodles have a loose, slightly curled coat.
    • Brushing: Brush at least 4-5 times a week to prevent matting.
    • Bathing: Every 6-8 weeks or as needed.
    • Haircuts: Every 5-7 weeks  to maintain the desired length.
  2. Curly Coat:
    • Curly-coated doodles have tight, spiral curls.
    • Brushing: Brush 4-5 times a week to prevent matting.
    • Bathing: Every 4-6 weeks or as needed.
    • Haircuts: Every 4-6 weeks to maintain the desired length.
  3. Straight Coat:
    • Straight-coated doodles have a sleek, non-curled coat.
    • Brushing: Brush at least once a week to reduce shedding.
    • Bathing: Every 4-6 weeks or as needed.
    • Haircuts: Every 5-7 weeks to maintain the desired length.

General Grooming Tips:

  1. Regular Brushing: Regardless of coat type, frequent brushing helps prevent matting, reduces shedding, and keeps the coat clean and healthy.
  2. Bathing: Don’t overdo it. Bathing too often can strip the coat of natural oils. Use a dog-specific shampoo and conditioner when necessary. If your dog has matts or knots forming, we would advise not to bathe your dog, bathing a matted dog will make the matts tighter and harder to manage.
  3. Ear Cleaning: Check and clean your doodle’s ears regularly to prevent infections, especially if they have floppy ears.
  4. Nail Trimming: Trim your dog’s nails every 3-6 weeks or as needed to prevent discomfort and potential injuries.
  5. Professional Grooming: Consider professional grooming for haircuts and trims and to get advice on hair maintenance and how frequently your dog should be getting groomed.
  6. Skin and Coat Health: Pay attention to your doodle’s skin and coat condition. Dryness, itching, or hot spots may require special attention.
  7. Dental Care: Don’t forget dental hygiene. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly to prevent dental issues. Bones and Chews can help with dental health, but we highly recommend regular teeth brushing!

Conclusion:

Grooming your doodle is an important aspect of responsible dog ownership. The ideal grooming frequency varies based on your dog’s coat type and individual needs. Regular brushing, bathing, and other grooming practices are essential to ensure your doodle stays healthy, comfortable, and looking their best. You can call us with any questions or consult one of our groomers and we can provide a personalized grooming plan for your dog depending on length and grooming frequency to decide the best grooming routine for your beloved pup.

 

About Us

The Modern Canine is a locally owned and operated pet store and grooming salon in Belle Mead, NJ. We opened our doors in March 2023 with a focus on pet health, grooming, holistic care, and nutrition. We carry dog foods with integrity and a transparent ingredient panel, and we have curated a selection of unique dog products from small businesses and local creators from all over the world. Our dog grooming philosophy is to not overbook, so your pup can have a stress-free experience here at The Modern Canine. We only take one dog per groomer at a time, and we use only the highest quality products and techniques. Come see us today!