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Goldendoodle Grooming at Home: a Step-by-Step Guide!

How to groom a goldendoodle at home: a step-by-step guide
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Whether you have a puppy or a 10 year old dood, goldendoodle grooming in the comfort of your own home is a valuable skill. Maybe you’re wanting to reduce your allergies. Maybe he’s a little too shaggy for your liking. Or maybe you just want to save some cash…after all, those trips to the groomer aren’t cheap!

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Lucky for you, we at Doodle Doods made a video tutorial series on do-it-yourself full-body dog grooming that will guide you through the process of goldendoodle grooming. You can find those videos and some brief step-by-step instructions below and on our YouTube channel.

By the way, all these videos were shot in first person perspective, so you can see what the groom looks like from your point of view!

(For a successful groom, first make sure you have the necessary goldendoodle grooming tools on hand).

Read more:

8 necessary goldendoodle grooming tools for at-home grooming

Goldendoodle Grooming Steps

FIRST and Foremost: Line Brushing

Using a good slicker brush, start at the bottom of the goldendoodle and brush one line of hair away while gradually pulling small portions of hair down. Make sure you can see the skin with each “line.” Brush the whole dog in this manner to ensure all mats and tangles have been eliminated.

Let’s Shave!

After a brush down, you’ll start trimming your goldendoodle with a professional-grade clipper.

Andis professional grade pet clipper
Andis AGC Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper

If you’re lucky enough to have two or more clippers, the grooming process will be much faster since you won’t have to wait for your blades to cool down from consistent usage. (If you only have one clipper, no worries – here is a cooling spray we recommend. You can also spend that time brushing out the freshly clipped hair).

Andis Cool Care Plus blade spray
Andis Cool Care Plus

Before starting, be sure to lubricate your blades with oil so any friction is minimized.

Clipping the Top-Half (Back, Back of the Neck, Chest, Upper Hind Legs

In the above video we show you how to shave the entire top-half of your dog, including the back, back of the neck, chest, and upper hind legs.

Read more:

diy goldendoodle grooming video series: top half of the body

After you’ve completed the first run-through with the clippers, it’s best to do a final inspection and clip away any rough, choppy, or uneven patches of hair.

Clipping the Head, Neck, and Face

Now it’s time to shave the head, neck, and face.

Goldendoodle Grooming Tip: Generally, you should go with the grain of the hair, but you can achieve a shorter length if you go against the grain of the hair with the same blade.

If you don’t want a cut that is uniform between the body and face, this is when you will want to pull out your thinning shears and goldendoodle grooming scissors.

Using the thinning shears, start between the eyes to trim and blend the hair. Continue to use the thinning shears on the top of your goldendoodle’s head and into the neck region.

Pet Magasin pet grooming thinning shears
Pet Magasin thinning shears

As for your goldendoodle’s beard, depending on the grooming style you want, you can either trim them neatly with grooming scissors to keep the beard and ears long, or you can use the clippers to shave them off and expose your dood’s classic hound look.

Pet Magasin pet grooming scissors
Pet Magasin grooming scissors

Shaving/Trimming the Ears

In this video we shave the outside of the ears, and trim the inside of the ears as well as the outline of the ears.

Are you liking these videos? View the full versions of these videos with detailed explanations, tips, and additional commentary in The Doodle Doods DIY Dog Grooming Blueprint!

Shaving/Trimming the Legs, Feet, and Paws

If clippers do not achieve the look you want for your goldendoodle’s legs and feet, you should continue using your grooming scissors.

First start by combing the leg hairs upward so they stand up. Then using the scissors, gradually chop away any hair on the legs and feet to your desired length.

Be sure to (carefully) cut the hair out from between the pads of their paws and their toes/nails, too.

Cutting the Nails

Using nail clippers, start by trimming the tips of the nails and gradually “chisel” away at them to shorten them further.

Clipping the Belly and Groin

Clipping the Butt and Tail


And there you have it. Now you know how to groom a goldendoodle yourself!

Did you like these videos? View the full versions of these videos with detailed explanations, tips, and additional commentary in The Doodle Doods DIY Dog Grooming Blueprint!

Do you have any other tips or suggestions for how to groom a goldendoodle?

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  1. […] Finally, there is no standard length that determines a puppy cut, so it’s up to you on how long or short you want your pup’s hair to be. It’s whatever you think is cute, so be sure to communicate what you want clearly to your groomer (or to yourself if you’ll be doing the grooming)! […]

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