The Doodle Do – Grooming Instructions for  Labradoodles & Aussiedoodles

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The Doodle Do – Grooming Instructions for  Labradoodles & Aussiedoodles

When you take your Doodle to the Groomer it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for and be able to communicate that with your groomer, don’t just expect them to know what you want. Most will be very familiar with the Doodle clip but it definitely helps to confirm it with them.

– Showing them an example picture on your phone can help a ton and that way your groomer can tell you before the appointment if that clip is even possible on your dog or not.

– There are a few different Doodle coat types and not all of them are going to look the same in the “Doodle Clip” so your example image should be of a dog with a similar coat type as your dogs.

Wavy coated Doodles have mustaches and eyebrows while wool coated Doodles do not.

Abby one of our beautiful Guardian dogs

Standard Poodle Clip

 

Grooming the Labradoodle before and after

Before and After Grooming with a Wool coated Labradoodle…

WHY Keeping your Doodles Coat Mat Free is Key..

This is SUPER important for Doodle owners to understand….

If you bring your Doodle to the groomer with mats… Most groomers will choose to cut them out rather then comb them out.

NOT because your groomer is ignoring your request or beig lazy, it’s because dematting can be a painful and stressful process for your dog! 

The less time they’re spending on the grooming table the better it is for your dog.

Can you even imagine trying to comb out one of these Doodles coats?

These mats definitely took time to develop but not as long as people might assume. I’d say this kind of matting developed in only about 7-8 months of no combing or clipping.

A dog with mats doesn’t automatically mean it’s a neglected dog or an unloved dog it usually just means their owners need to learn more about Doodle coat care.

These dogs could be living the life of kings and queens for all we know.

Taking care of the Doodles coat is a huge part of owning one. If you don’t have the time to take care of their full coat then you just need to start keeping them shaved year round. Problem solved.

They can still look adorable. Just leave the head round and longer and keep their body short or shaved. That’s what I do with most my dogs.

There’s definitely a price to pay for owning a non-shedding dog and that price is paid with grooming needs. 

Grooming the Labradoodle - Matting

A Matted Labradoodle

Looks like the brown Doodle was actually clipped recently.. he’s not very long but he may of been swimming a bunch without being combed afterwards but this could easily happen in only 3-6 months between grooming appointments. 

How to Keep Your Doodle Mat Free at Home…

– Mats can hide under the Doodle fluff.  You can’t always see them but you can feel them. You need to be able to run a comb through their coats from the skin to the end for them to be “Mat Free”.

– How often you need to comb them will depend on their coat type and lifestyle but 3-4 x a week is on average.

– Make sure you’re combing them out completly before every grooming appointment if you don’t want them shaved short.

– If you’re bathing your Doodle at home, use a good shampoo and conditioner and make sure you’re combing them out from root to tip before and after the bath, and once they’re dry.

Because… Water can actually make mats tighter!

What’s A Doodle Clip?

Mini Aussiedoodle "Goose" - Before and After Her First Groom

Mini Aussiedoodle “Goose” – Before and After Her First Groom

A Doodle clip is usually a Full rounded face, rounded paws, short but not shaved body and full beautiful tails! 

It does take some effort on your part to keep your Doodle in this type of clip though and it’s also not cheap! 

My groomers charge me between $80-$100 dollars per dog, depending on size. I have my Doodles and Poodles cut every 2-4 months, depending on length.

Prices do vary depending where you live usually the size of your dog and of course your groomer. Don’t forget the tip!

The shorter you have them clipped the less frequently you’ll need to bring them into the groomers but brushing them at home is still nessesary!

Click to Download The Doodle Do

Print and take it with you to your groomers..(.PDF)

The “Doodle-Do” Print Out: “The Doodle Do” – Instructions for Groomers

911 Called on a Lion-Lab Video

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Reports of a baby lion stalking the streets of Norfolk, VA were put to rest when the animal in question turned out to be a 3 year-old Labradoodle.

A 911 caller told Norfolk police yesterday that a small lion was wandering one off the city’s main streets “possibly looking for food,” according to the Virginian-Pilot. After confirming that the Virginia Zoo’s two lions were accounted for, police went to the scene and discovered that the “lion” was Charles the Monarch, a dog shaved to look like the mascot of Norfolk’s Old Dominion University. The labradoodle is a popular member of the ODU fanbase and can be seen at tailgates on game days.

My Dogs and their Doodle-Do History

Toby – F1 Goldendoodle

Toby needs a hair-cut..

Toby - Full Coat

Toby – his puppy Full Coat

Toby Somewhere In-between..

Toby Cut Short

Toby Short and Perfect

Teddy – F1 Aussiedoodle

Teddy’s Full and Semi-Messy  Looking Coat

Teddy in need of a grooming.. F1 Aussiedoodle (standard)

Teddy in need of a grooming.. F1 Aussiedoodle (standard)

Teddy cut short

Teddy with a short body and a teddy bear face.. F1 Aussiedoodle (standard)

Teddy with a short body and a teddy bear face.. F1 Aussiedoodle (standard)

Tippy – F1 Labradoodle

The perfect Doodle Face – Tippy as a puppy

Tippy ...OVERGROWN.. and matted...F1 Labradoodle

Tippy …OVERGROWN.. and matted…F1 Labradoodle

Tippy short... perfect..F1 Labradoodle

Tippy short… perfect..F1 Labradoodle

Tippy short... perfect..F1 Labradoodle

Tippy short… perfect..F1 Labradoodle

Tippy ...VERY short.. poodle cut...F1 Labradoodle

Tippy …VERY short.. poodle cut…F1 Labradoodle

This is shaved pretty short but this is the length I have all my dogs done once every 6 months.

Daisy – Standard Poodle (Tippy’s Mom)

shaved – 10 blade and scissors on head

Daisy .. in need of a groom.. Standard Poodle

Daisy .. in need of a groom.. Standard Poodle

Daisy .. full coat.. Standard Poodle

Daisy .. full coat.. Standard Poodle – I love this look!

Daisy .. perfect in my opinion.. Standard Poodle

Daisy .. perfect in my opinion.. Standard Poodle

Daisy .. perfect in my opinion.. Standard Poodle

Daisy .. Standard Poodle

Daisy .. inbetween.. Standard Poodle

Daisy .. in between good and no so good.. Standard Poodle


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