Grooming tools?! Yep, you heard right. In theory, grooming a Doodle at home seems easy. All you need are some scissors, right? Hmmm…maybe – if you don’t mind embarrassing your Dood with a mediocre, choppy haircut. But if you don’t want your poor pup to be made fun of by all the other dogs, you’ll need to have all the right tools in your personal dog grooming kit on hand. Let’s get into it!
(P.S. They know when they’re having a bad hair day! They are super intelligent, after all!)
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12 Necessary Tools for a Doodle Owner’s Dog Grooming Kit
1) Slicker Brush
Depending on their generation, they may have curls, wavy hair, or something in between. Either way, slicker brushes have fine wire bristles and are useful for brushing out matted hair and tangles. If you have a Doodle, you ought to know how important it is that this brush is in your dog grooming kit. Here is a slicker brush we recommend for Doodles.Buy on Amazon
2) Pin Brush
Pin brushes are great for Doodles that have a loose, wavy coat. They work especially well at detangling. Here is a pin brush we recommend for Doodles. I personally use this on my F1 Goldendoodle Chloe and it’s amazing.Buy on Amazon
3) Steel Comb
This comb is ideal for preventing knots and matting all the way down to the coat. The above brushes do not do so by themselves.
The Andis Pet Steel Grooming Comb assists in getting rid of loose hair, tangles, and dirt in your Doodle’s coat.
Use this in conjunction with the Chris Christensen Big G to line brush, and you’ll be set for life.Buy on Amazon
Finding the best clippers for your Doodle is imperative to the aesthetic success of the groom! It’s tempting to purchase the cheaper ones, but the fact of the matter is that Doodles look best with the help of heavy-duty clippers due to their long, thick, curly coats.
Our favorite clipper for Doodles is the Andis AGC Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper because it cuts through thick hair like a hot knife through butter. It’s also relatively quiet and you can interchange blades for various lengths and styles. I personally use this clipper to groom my Chloe at home.Buy on Amazon
Psst! Check out Whitney and Chloe’s 11 Doodle Grooming Secrets!
5) Clipper Blades
Speaking of interchangeable blades, the Andis clipper we mentioned above comes equipped with a #10 blade, which will make your Doodle pretty darn near bald. For various lengths and Doodle styles, you’ll want to snatch up another blade or two – we recommend the Andis 7FC (1/8″) and the Andis 5FC (1/4″).
Related: The Best Clipper Blades for DoodlesBuy on Amazon
6) Clipper Guards
Clipper guards – also called clipper guide combs, comb guides, or clipper combs – are attachments for your clipper blade. Their purpose is to control the amount of hair that will be cut by the clipper. They are great for people who want to keep their Doodle’s hair longer than a blade by itself can guarantee. This is a wonderful addition to any Doodle owner’s dog grooming kit.
Related: The Best Clipper Guards for Doodles
Most brands of clippers, blades, and clipper guards are interchangeable. For example, I personally use the Wahl Professional Animal Stainless Steel Attachment Guide Comb Set with my Andis clipper.Buy on Amazon
7) Thinning Shears (My Favorite Dog Grooming Kit Tool!)
Doodles look great when their hair is styled, and that’s where thinning shears come into play. Not only are they helpful in removing mats and tangles, but they will also help blend different hair lengths on your Doodle. Here is a pair of thinning shears we recommend for Doodles.Buy on Amazon
8) Grooming Scissors
For a neat, clean-cut look on your Doodle, grooming scissors are a must. Here is a great deal on Doodle grooming scissors we recommend.Buy on Amazon
9) Nail Clippers
Don’t forget that you’ll need to trim your Doodle’s nails to prevent nail overgrowth, injury, and discomfort. Here is a pair of Doodle nail clippers we recommend.
10) Alternatively: Nail Grinder
A dog nail grinder is the second type of nail trimming tool you can use. A dog nail grinder is essentially an electric, motorized nail file.
A nail grinder can help to lessen any anxiety associated with the nail trimming process. In addition, dogs are able to quickly acclimate to the noise and vibrating sensation of a dog nail grinder, which makes them easier to use for everyone involved.
Apparently the only dog nail grinder tool that professional groomers recommend…is not even a dog nail grinder, but is actually a Dremel-brand Dremel.Buy on Amazon
11) Detangler Spray
Detangler spray is a MUST for Doodles. There are a variety of dog detangling sprays and leave-in conditioner products on the market that groomers and Doodle owners swear by. Spray/apply these onto your Doodle’s coat while brushing. Here are some recommendations:
12) Dog Hair Dryer
It may seem like an annoying extra step, but blow drying your Doodle’s hair is an important one. After using a dog hair dryer, your Doodle’s hair will be straight, fluffy, clean, and much easier to brush through.
Usually air drying is not recommended because it can cause fungus growth in between the paw pads or under the armpit, and can also cause more serious problems like an ear infection. If a dog with long hair or an undercoat is left to air dry, it may cause matting of the fur and other skin problems like hot spots.
Here are some recommended dog hair dryers:
Bonus! Grooming Table
For those of you who are feeling a little ambitious in your at-home Doodle grooming endeavors, a grooming table will definitely be a huge help in keeping him from moving around too much and potentially messing up his own cut. Here is a grooming table we recommend.Buy on Amazon
By the way, check out our Step-by-Step Guide on Doodle grooming at home!
What extra grooming tools would you recommend for grooming a Doodle? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
The information on this page is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional groomer advice. Always seek the advice of your groomer, veterinarian, or other qualified animal health provider with any questions you may have.