Grooming is an important part of keeping your pup healthy. It also keeps them looking good, which we all know is a big deal when you have a beautiful Goldendoodle. You should learn the grooming basics even if you regularly take your pup to a professional groomer. Let’s look at two key things you can do on your own.
The first grooming tip is to brush your dog at least two to three times a week. This keeps their fur from getting tangled and matted and leaves them looking neat and clean. The post below has details:
You want to brush your dog at least three times a week on average depending on coat type 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. Read more at I Love My Goldendoodle…
Brushing your dog also helps to keep them from feeling itchy and uncomfortable. So, brush your doodle often to keep them happy.
The second step is washing and drying your doodle. You may be surprised to learn that it’s recommended that you bathe your dog after brushing. Wash with a soothing dog shampoo and rinse well to avoid any long-term skin irritation. Learn more about bathing your pup here:
I can’t state this too many times: WATER MAKES MATS WORSE. You should always brush your Goldendoodle BEFORE the bath, with one slight exception. High-velocity dryers can help blast apart mats and make them easier to brush out. I need to emphasize that this won’t work with just any dryer. It must be a professional-grade high-velocity dryer… Apart from brushing your Goldendoodle before the bath, the best tip I can give for bathing your dog at home is to rinse, rinse, rinse. Shampoo residue can cause white flakes at best and skin infections at worst, so even when you think your Goldendoodle is well-rinsed, keep rinsing for another couple of minutes to be sure. The longer your dog’s fur is, the harder it will be to rinse out all the shampoo and/or conditioner. Read more at Canine Weekly…
It’s also important to remember that regularly washing and brushing your dog helps you keep an eye out for pests that can live on them, like fleas and ticks. This can be a true matter of life and death. Less important, but nonetheless beneficial, is the fact that your home will stay cleaner when your doodle is clean. The good news is the more frequently you groom your dog, the less time each instance takes. So, take heart during those lengthy first attempts and stick with it.
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