Whether you have a puppy or a 10 year old pup, Doodle / 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 have a video tutorial series on do-it-yourself full-body dog grooming that will guide you through the process of Doodle & Goldendoodle grooming. You can find those videos and some brief step-by-step instructions below, as well as 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 Doodle grooming tools on hand.
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Doodle / Goldendoodle Grooming Steps
Step 1) FIRST and Foremost: Line Brushing
Using a good slicker brush, start at the bottom of your Doodle and brush one line of hair away at a time. Gradually pull small portions of hair down with the brush. Make sure you can see your pup’s skin with each “line.” Brush the whole dog in this manner to ensure all mats and tangles have been eliminated. If this doesn’t make sense, watch our super great tutorial video on how to line brush.
Step 2) Bathe and Blow Dry
Depending on which tool you are going to use, you may need to prepare your Doodle’s coat before clipping him.
In either case, bathing before clipping is definitely a must.
Related: Ultimate Guide to Bathing Doodles
But in terms of drying the coat, there are some differences.
If you’re going to be using a blade by itself, you won’t need to force dry your Doodle beforehand, though you can if you want to. Air-drying is fine.
Since blades take off most of the hair and cut closer to the skin than attachment combs, it may not make much sense to spend a ton of time blow drying your Doodle, just to clip all his hair off in the end.
With attachment combs, you really, really need to blow dry your dog with a force dryer before clipping him. If you don’t, you won’t get a good finish, your blades will yell at you, and hair is going to get snagged and not go through cleanly.
If you’re using just a bare blade, be aware that it will get hot every few minutes due to the friction. At this point you will need to stop clipping and allow the blade to cool down before proceeding.
If you have clipper combs, you won’t have this problem. Otherwise, here is a cooling spray we recommend, which helps to speed up the blade cooling process. You can also spend that time brushing out the freshly clipped hair.
Before starting, be sure to lubricate your blades with clipper oil so any friction is minimized.
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Step 3) 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.
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.
Step 4) Clipping the Head, Neck, and Face
Now it’s time to shave the head, neck, and face. Note that the video below demonstrates shaving the head, neck, and face down with clippers in order to match the length of the body.
Doodle / Goldendoodle Grooming Tip: Generally, you should shave with the grain of the hair, but you can achieve a bit of a shorter length if you go against the grain of the hair.
If You Want to Leave the Face Long
Depending on the Doodle / Goldendoodle grooming style you want, you can either give him a clean face (short/shaved facial area), or you can scissor trim them neatly with grooming scissors to keep the face, beard, and ears long.
If you don’t want a cut that is uniform between the body and face, this is where you will want to pull out your thinning shears and grooming scissors.
Here’s a great video tutorial on trimming the hair around the eyes:
Here’s a great video tutorial on how to trim your Doodle’s overhanging eyebrows:
Here’s a great video tutorial on how to trim your Doodle’s face:
Step 5) Shaving/Trimming the Ears
In regards to the ears, it’s important to manage the hairs inside the ear canal. It’s especially important to do so if your Doodle is prone to ear infections.
In the following video, we shave the outside of the ears and the outline of the ears. We also scissor trim the hairs inside of the ear canal.
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!
Step 6) Shaving/Trimming the Legs, Feet, and Paws
If clippers won’t achieve the look you want for your Doodle’s legs and feet, you should continue using your grooming scissors.
Be aware that the legs and feet are problem areas for most Doodles. That is, they are more prone to matting than the rest of the body. If your Doodle’s matting can’t be totally managed within 15 minutes of brushing, it is more worth it for the sake of your pup’s comfort to simply shave off the hair.
If proceeding with a scissor trim, start by combing the leg hairs upward so they stand up. Using your scissors, gradually chop away any hair on the legs and feet to the desired length.
Be sure to (carefully) cut the hair out from between the paw pads of their paws and their toes/nails, too.
Much of the time, the hairs between the paw pads will also be matted, so take very extra care here.
Step 7) Cutting the Nails
Using nail clippers, start by trimming the tips of the nails and gradually “chisel” away at them to shorten them further. Here’s a good tutorial video on how to trim dog nails:
Step 8) Clipping the Belly and Groin
Here’s a good tutorial video on how to trim the belly and groin areas:
Step 9) Clipping the Butt and Tail
Here’s a good tutorial video on how to trim the rear end and tail areas:
If you’re simply wanting to do a sanitary trim in between grooming visits, here’s a good tutorial video on how to trim the rear end and tail areas with clipper combs:
And there you have it. Now you know how to groom your Doodle 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 on Doodle grooming? Leave your comments 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.