Please do not be offended if you have been grooming long-haired dogs for years, however, I would like to offer a few tips for those families that may not have this experience!
Doodles must be brushed/combed frequently. If not, I can promise that your pup will get matted! This is not just a phenomenon that I have read about on the internet – I have actually experienced this in real life!!!
Your puppy needs to be brushed at least once per week, probably more. The best advice I can offer is to always brush your dog with pin brush first, then follow that with a comb. You MUST be able to comb through their hair from their skin to the ends. You might think you are getting your baby brushed out, however, unless you can easily comb through all their hair, you will have problems. Behind their ears and around the neck (if they wear a collar) are problem areas.
Prior to brushing, you may want to consider spraying on a detangling grooming mist or conditioner/water solution, which will condition the hair and make brushing easier.
We use Best Shot Ultra Plenish Conditioner and Best Shot Ultra Wash. I am very pleased with both of these — they work well and smell good too!
I am going to include info on the brush and combs that I use (purchased through Amazon). The brush is pricey, but I think it is worth it.
- Chris Christensen Long Pin Slicker Brush, Large, Coral
- My Pet Comb | Comfortable Grooming Comb with Different-Spaced Rounded Hypoallergenic Stainless Steel Teeth
Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,