How To Groom A Goldendoodle

The Goldendoodle is a crossbreed of dogs resulting from the mating of a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. The Goldendoodle isn’t recognized as a breed by any of the major kennel clubs, including the American Kennel Club. Even so, Goldendoodles are popular pet dogs in parts of the United States as well as Australia. So, if you just so happen to own one of those pet dogs and need help with how to groom a Goldendoodle, this is definitely the post for you.

The Process Of How To Groom A Goldendoodle

1. Brush Your Goldendoodle

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Depending on your particular Goldendoodle, he/she will have one of the following three kinds of hair – straight, wavy, or curly. Straight hair is what Golden Retrievers have and this is the easiest of the three hair types to brush. Curly hair is what Poodles have and this is the hardest of the three to brush.

In any case, your Goldendoodle will likely have a thick coating. So, you will want a brush that will capably work its way through the thick coating without scratching your Goldendoodle’s skin and Hertzko Self-Cleaning Slicker Brush is a great option for that.

As you can see, this brush also comes featured with a self-cleaning button that you can press in order to easily clean out the brush.

With the brush in hand, you are now ready to start brushing your Goldendoodle. Start out by brushing the dog’s neck, belly, legs, and paws first. Once that is finished, move on to the top of the head, the sides, and the tail for brushing.

Finally, brush out the back of your Goldendoodle. If your Goldendoodle has a thick, curly coating, you will likely have to brush one section of the body repeatedly in order to remove the mats from among the hair.

You will also need to brush your Goldendoodle daily, especially if he/she sheds hair, but traps them inside the thick, curly hair which can lead to mats quickly gathering within. If your Goldendoodle has a straight or wavy hair, you will probably be fine with brushing your dog once or twice a week.

2. Clean Out The Inside Of Your Goldendoodle’s Ears

Once you have finished brushing out your Goldendoodle’s coating, you will want to turn your attention to the dog’s ears. Hair is known to grow from the inside of your Goldendoodle’s ears and that can block out the air from flowing inside which isn’t very good since it will make it harder for the ears to dry after a bath.

That can attract bacteria to the inside of your Goldendoodle’s ears which isn’t a good thing for the dog.

So, you will want to cut the hair out of the ears in order to open them up more. You can use a scissor to accomplish this. Just be careful not to point the tip of the scissor at the ears so that you don’t accidentally cut the ears with it.

You will then want to clean out the inside of your Goldendoodle’s ears because waxes and debris can gather inside which can lead to ear infection.

You can clean them out with cotton balls and the vet-recommended Virbac ear cleaner.

3. Bathe Your Goldendoodle

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You are now ready to give your Goldendoodle a bath. You don’t need to bath your Goldendoodle anywhere as often as brushing him/her – doing it every four to six weeks should do.

Even so, you will want to make sure to bath your Goldendoodle, especially before you start trimming his/her hair. That is because you don’t want to trim your Goldendoodle with a clipper when the dog is dirty and oily as that isn’t good for the clipper.

Bring your Goldendoodle to your bathtub, but before you actually start bathing the dog, let’s brush his/her teeth first. It is important for you to brush your dog’s teeth because failure in doing so can lead to tooth decay for the dog’s teeth.

Veterinarians often recommend brushing a dog’s teeth with the Virbac toothpaste. With the teeth brushing over, you can fill up the bathtub with warm water up to your dog’s ankles.

Use a cup to pour water on your Goldendoodle in order to get him/her all wet in preparation for the shampoo. Now, apply the shampoo thoroughly on your Goldendoodle’s coating.

As for which shampoo you should use with the dog, one popular option is Oliver’s Choice Dog Shampoo. This shampoo is fairly new and is great for getting your Goldendoodle’s coating to be soft and fluffy.

It will also moisturize the skin of your Goldendoodle in order to help out with dry skin. The shampoo will soothe your Goldendoodle without irritating his/her skin. And perhaps best of all, the shampoo will help your dog to smell good.

Once you have thoroughly applied the shampoo, rinse your dog with water using a cup.

Be sure to run your hands through your Goldendoodle’s coating to double check that there is no shampoo lingering somewhere. With your dog’s bath over, grab a bathing towel and rub it all over the dog.

Now, use a blow dryer to finish drying out your dog. Use a medium heat level and blow dry your dog with the blow dryer being around eighteen inches from the dog.

Make sure to dry your dog’s ears too. Once your Goldendoodle is all dry, brush the dog’s coating again in order to prevent the hair from getting all tangled up.

4. Trim Your Goldendoodle

You are now in a position to trim your Goldendoodle’s hair. I recommend that you get the Andis UltraEdge Super Detachable Blade Clipper AGC2 as this is among the best dog hair clipper out there.

Yes, you are going to be paying a pretty penny for this clipper, but it is certainly worth it. It is a powerful clipper that is able to hand just about any dog coating.

Even with all of that power, this clipper stays remarkably cool for an extended period of time and also stays quiet. The clipper only comes with the blade number 10. So, you will need to purchase some additional blades to use with your clipper. You can go here to order additional blades.

When it comes to clipping the main body of your Goldendoodle, I would suggest that you go with a blade number anywhere from 4 to 7 depending on exactly how short you want the dog’s hair to be.

Generally speaking, the higher the blade number, the shorter your dog’s hair will be after being clipped. When it comes to the face, paws and tail of your Goldendoodle, you will want to use a blade number at least 15.

5. Clip Your Goldendoodle’s Nails

Finally, you will want to clip your Goldendoodle’s nails because leaving them too long can lead to paw pain if there is an accident involving the nails. So, grab a nail clipper like the Millers Forge Dog Nail Clipper and start clipping the nails.

Watch out for the quick so that you don’t accidentally cut that part of the nail because it can bleed if it is cut.

How To Groom A Goldendoodle – Conclusion

Here you go for how to groom a Goldendoodle. If you are struggling to get your dog to cooperate with you during the grooming process, this post will help you with that. So, I encourage you to give it a read if needed.

What are your thoughts? Have you found yourself needing to brush your Goldendoodle’s coating on a daily basis? Feel free to leave a comment down below.

4 thoughts on “How To Groom A Goldendoodle”

  1. Depending on the dog, grooming can become such an ordeal! I remember the lab mix that we had was never particularly fond of sessions dedicated to grooming (with the exception of combing, which he loved). However, when it came to clipping his toenails, he would go absolutely berserk and it would require more than one person to get done! 

    Goldendoodles seem like they would require more grooming more regularly, so it would be important to get them accustomed to it from an early age.

  2. I have always like the looks of a Poodle. I had one called snow White when I was a kid. And recently my husband was excited about brining a dog to our home. And he knows I like Poodles so he was going to bring one. But I have decided that this time a Goldendoodle would be better. When I was a kid, my parents did all the grooming. But now, it will be my responsibility. Thank you very much for this useful post.

    • You are very welcome. I hope that your husband will be able to bring home a Goldendoodle for you. You just may need to invest a lot of time grooming your (hopefully) Goldendoodle, especially brushing. But, you certainly can do it.


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