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).
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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. Click the image below to watch a super great tutorial video on how to line brush.
After a brush down, you’ll start trimming your goldendoodle with a professional-grade 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).
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.
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.
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.
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?