Grooming your Goldendoodle at home is something that you can do! Goldendoodles require regular maintenance to keep their coat healthy and free from matting. Because Goldendoodles are a cross between a poodle and golden retriever their coat can vary in curl, length, and texture. These tips apply to all Goldendoodle coat types.
Bathing: Goldendoodles usually need bathing every 6-8 weeks or when they begin to smell or their coat is dirty. Find a dog-specific shampoo that will be gentle on their skin and coat. Be sure to be thorough when rinsing out the shampoo to prevent irritation to their skin.
Drying: It is important to dry your Goldendoodle thoroughly after a bath. You can either use a towel or a low, cool setting on a blowdryer. Getting your goldendoodle completely dry can help prevent matting.
Brushing: The wavy or curly coats of Goldendoodles can become tangled and matted if you don’t brush them regularly. Brushing your Goldendoodle's coat at least 2-3 times a week, using a slicker brush or a metal comb, will help remove any loose fur and prevent tangles.
Trimming: Regular trimming helps to maintain a manageable coat length. You can take your Goldendoodle in for professional grooming or choose to trim your Goldendoodle yourself. It's best to consult a professional groomer if you don’t feel comfortable with trimming. If you choose to trim at home, be sure to use clippers and scissors that are specifically designed for dog grooming. Areas like the face, paws, and sanitary areas should be your focus.
Ear Cleaning: Checking your Goldendoodle's ears regularly for debris, dirt, or signs of infection is important. Use a dog-specific ear cleaner and cotton balls to clean your Goldendoodle’s ears. Avoid inserting anything deep into the ear canal and be gentle.
Face and Eye Care: Regularly trim hair that grows around your Goldendoodle’s eyes to prevent it from obstructing their vision or causing irritation and eye infections. Keep the area around their eyes dry and clean.
Nail Trimming: If you hear clicking sounds when your Goldendoodle walks, it's a sign that their nails are too long. Trimming your Goldendoodle's nails regularly prevents overgrowth. Use dog nail clippers or a grinder to trim the nails, and be careful not to cut too close to the quick (the blood vessel inside the nail).
Teeth Cleaning: Your Goldendoodle’s dental health is important. Brush their teeth regularly with a dog toothpaste and brush. This keeps their breath fresh and prevents dental issues.
Anal Gland Care: If you notice signs of discomfort or scooting in your Goldendoodle, consult your veterinarian or a professional groomer. Some Goldendoodles need their anal glands expressed regularly. A veterinarian or professional groomer can determine if the anal glands need attention.
Professional Grooming: Some owners take their Goldendoodles in for professional grooming every 6-8 weeks. Professional groomers have expertise and tools to be able to handle different coat types and can provide a consistent and well-maintained look.
Every Golden-doodle is different and they each have different coat types, so your Goldendoodle’s grooming needs may vary slightly. If you have any specific questions about their grooming, don’t be afraid to reach out to a professional groomer or veterinarian. However, you are totally capable of grooming your Goldendoodle at home with the right knowledge and tools. Regular grooming keeps your Goldendoodle looking their best and contributes to their overall health and happiness.