Grooming

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Ears trimmed to the leather, eyes visible, clean beard hand shaped without razor around eyes, 1  inch body cut.
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Grooming your Australian Labradoodle will be your newest challenge the first year of ownership of a doodle. Like learning any new skill you first need to learn the new grammar of the subject. combs, curved scissors, slick brush, Chris Christensen pin T-brush, clippers, dog nail drimel. Your puppy will need trims and brushed before they are ever old enough to go to the groomer. Your puppies nails and hair grows so fast you are going to need to keep up their nails and sanitary cut weekly. Our puppies have been desensitized to nail drimel and all things listed above since 3 days old. Including the blow dryer. 

 

NUMBER ONE RULE OF A DOODLE IS COMPLETELY BRUSH OUT YOUR DOG BEFORE BATH TIME. ONE KNOT OR MAT WILL BE CEMENTED WHEN BATHED WITHOUT BEING BRUSHED OUT. Then brush again while blow drying.

 

Owners need to do their part in home grooming maintenance. The bonus to these dogs is they don't shed all over all your furniture or trigger allergies for most, but you need to brush them so their luscious locks don't get matted. We suggest you brush your dog completely with the slicker brush they come with in their go home bag but as their hair transitions to their adult coat we suggest the Chris Christensen 16mm Pin T-Brush then go back over with the metal comb to the skin to check for mats. Matting is not your friend! If you take your dog to the groomer covered in mats you will take home a shaved naked shell of a dog! Or worse a matted dogs skin can't properly breath and can cause skin infection, matting in ears can cause moisture and bacteria to be trapped in the ears and cause ear infections.  Prevent this by focusing your grooming on the legs, belly, armpits, face, neck around the collar area, tail, and then back. The main back gets the least matting because they aren't on their back 24/7 but the most brushing usually. Brush your entire dog not just their back. All of our puppies go home with the ALAA grooming card pictured below to give to your groomer. I strongly suggest watching the videos below on how to properly brushed out 2x weekly minimum.

Puppy grooming: Puppies can't go to the groomer till fully vaccinated so in the mean time you are fully responsible for grooming your baby.

                                          Weekly this our routine with the puppies.

  • with curved grooming scissors trim hair out of corner of eyes

  • shave hair 1/2 inch in all directions away from bum to prevent dingle berries

  • boys trim penis hair to prevent uti and hair on belly infront of penis

  • girls trim hair on girl parts to prevent uti, shave all hair around area to prevent urine smell

  • trim hair between toes with clippers and round foot or they form grinch pointy slippers that become mops of water from outside rain.

  • trim nails with dog drimel nail trimmer including dew claws. 

  • brush puppy with slicker, follow after with metal comb make sure it runs through smoothly, if it gets caught you have a knot.

  • We bathe pups once a week. DOODLES MUST ALWAYS BE BLOW DRIED then brushed again.

  • We recommend Best Shot conditioner, shampoo, and finishing spray. Finishing spray needs to be brushed in before blow drying to prevent heat damage to their hair. If your dog has a curlier coat that matts more we recommend Marshmallow Dematt system added to the routine to remove and prevent matting. 

                                                                          Groomers

Finding a great groomer that won't do a doodle teddy bear cut or a poodle cut on your dog will be your biggest obstacle. Once you do find a great groomer that will cut ears to the leathers, clean the face without the razor, but hand cut is key! When you find a groomer that does this for you treat them well and tip them! You have found the jackpot!!

All puppies go home with the grooming card below. Feel free to give it to your groomer for references and have them keep it with your dogs grooming card. Most groomers are willing to work with you to understand the cut you want, it may not happen the first hair cut. The main thing is these aren't spaniels they DO NOT NEED long ear hair! Long ears traps moisture in the ears which increases the rate of ear infections. The two main reasons for ear infection in this breed is if the ears aren't kept trim for air flow or groomers that do ear flushes tend to leave fluid in the ears where bacteria will grow. We strongly suggest not having ears flushed.

Groomer notes for Australian Labradoodles:

  • 1 inch cut

  • ears cut to leathers

  • ear angle follows through to the jaw/muzzle

  • feet rounded

  • tail hair shaped but not trimmed off

  • sanitary cut

  • face in an upside down V shape

  • top of head hair should be left long enough to naturally part

  • beard SHAPED not shaved

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head is cute but body was 5"long                    Head is cut perfect, body had to         looks adorable but hard to maintain.               be shaved. It happens to most new                                                                            doodle parents once between 6 to 9                                                                            months when their adult coat comes in.
                                                                        One shave and owners quickly learn                                                                           how to brush to the skin to keep those                                                                                         curls the next time.
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Hi! I'm River I'm a retired mama dog that just got back from the groomer. I had my feet rounded, my body cut to 1 inch, sanitary cut, tail trimmed, beard SHAPED not shaved, face and eye trimmed to the V shape stated on the ALAA grooming card and ears tampered and trimmed to the leather. I'm Groomed at, "Top Dog Grooming" in La Center WA.

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Hey best buddy!!! I just got back from the groomer. I had my feet rounded, my body cut to 1/2 inches (I was cut shorter because my mom thought she could trim me at home. Ha! you can whelp puppies but don't have the skills to pay the bills when it comes to grooming!)  everything else is cut the same shape as River. I'm Groomed at, "Top Dog Grooming" in La Center WA.

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It's not only about the cut and what your groomer can do for your dog, but coat maintenance at home. Here are some great videos regarding brushing at home. Below are some great grooming tools we use with our dogs.

Grooming Supplies

All of our pups go home with a slicker brush to get you started. We suggest you purchase a metal comb, a trim kit to help between grooming sessions and a Dremel nail tool for at home. All puppies have been desensitized to the sensation of their nails being dremeled and it gives you the safest control without going too short.

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Slicker Brush included in go home bag

This Grooming kit is available  on Amazon (click the picture) and includes the curved scissors  for safely grooming near eyes and your metal comb. make sure it has the curved scissors as part of the kit.

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No matter how much we try your doodle will get a mat at some point while too much wrestling with your other dogs or wet hair drying after fall and winter rainy walk. Sometimes matting happens. But rather than having to shave your dog keep on top of it with a de matting hooked brush. DO NOT brush your entire dog with this just on spots with a mat. it will cause split ends if entire dog is brushed with this.

This Dremel nail trimmer is available on Amazon (click the picture) 

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Local  Approved Australian Labradoodle Groomers

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Where we take our girls

Tacoma Area

Please remember that groomer schedules fill fast to keep up with the increase of pets the past two years. Book 8 weeks in advance and after all puppy shots are completed. Most groomers will request a vet printout of vaccines completed including first Rabies. Never take your puppy into a groomer before all puppy shots are completed after 16 weeks.

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