This is a public service announcement for Doodle owners!

I recently spoke with a groomer and here is what they had to say:

“Doodle folks in general are NUTS! Almost every customer service issue we have had in the past has been from some sort of doodle. People that own doodles want them fluffy but don’t want to be bothered with home maintenance, but then want the groomer to comb mats out of a wild, 75 pound dog and not pay anything extra.”


I am the epitome of lazy, but maintenance grooming at home is SUPER important with Doodles, and not just to save face with the groomer. Deep mats are really uncomfortable for dogs, so if anything, let that be your reason to brush your Doodle as much as you can. And if you are unwilling to spend the time to care for your Doodle’s coat, then don’t be surprised or offended when the groomer has no choice but to “poodle your Doodle”.

Also, if the groomer spent extra time and energy to make your doodle look exactly how you wanted, LEAVE A TIP! I personally ALWAYS leave my groomer at least $10 bucks, even though I never ask for anything special or extra.

I love grooming Chloe myself at home most of the time, but there are times when I just have to take her to the groomer. So please, don’t be “that guy” that ruins the Doodle reputation for the rest of us, because they literally will start denying service to Doodles. 

Instead, take responsibility for your dog and give them a good brushing every day. My personal favorite is the Chris Christensen Big G slicker brush, which is very effective on Doodles.

Please see comments section for more tips and insight from professional groomers.

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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.

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34 thoughts on “Groomers Are Starting to Hate Doodles (and Their Owners)…a Public Service Announcement

Juliana Reply

Love it! Great read!

April 3, 2019 at 8:52 pm
Sherri Bingaman

Your article is a great start. Once a week for a shorter style is perfect. For those who want long and fluffy probably more often. A slicker is better. Start at a foot and work your way up. You hold the hair on top with one hand and brush with the other until you see skin then slowly move upward until you have a leg brushed. Use a greyhound comb to brush threw to make sure there are no Matt’s. That is line brushing. If you come across a Matt. Pull it apart with your fingers. If it is to dense then sprinkle a very small amount of cornstarch on it. Brush from the ends to the center of Matt. If you seem to be doing this alot. It is time to call your Groomer..all of my doodle clients come every 4 weeks. One time grooming. Next time bath and teddy. A bath is less monies and they are able to keep them fluffy. This also makes brush time more enjoyable for the pet and parent. If you don’t have a table use a bath mat. That way your baby knows it’s work time. If they struggle and are naughty do not stop until the struggle is over. They are just as smart as ch I Loren and will figure out what to do to make you stop. And I actually love my doodle family. They are great dogs. And once owners don’t have to fight to maintain there pups they are so much happier. Remember that a groomer is their to help and is your first defense against medical issues because we lay hands on every part of your dog. And can point out any issues we may discover. I don’t personally know any Groomer that won’t take a minute to show you how to line brush. And if they won’t. Find a new groomer. We are not all created equal.

August 25, 2021 at 3:59 am
Stephanie Reply

Hi! Groomer here! If you think brushing your doodle once a week as a minimum effort towards basic grooming habits, then you are still part of the problem. Think about what your hair would look like if you only brushed once a week. Doodles cant pull all their hair into a messy bun, jump in the shower and fix it. YOU need to do that for them. Don’t be afraid to ask your local or favorite groomer for help learning how to properly brush out your doodle, and where major areas should get done regularly. If that’s not enough for you to take care of your love muffin, then imagine your own armpit hairs get longer and longer till they started to knot up from your general, natural movements. Imagine your armpit hairs becoming matted right down to the skin…… ouch!!!!! TAKE CARE OF YOUR DOODLES, ITS NOT YOUR GROOMERS RESPONSIBLITY UNLESS YOU WANT TO PAY FOR BRUSHING 3X A WEEK MINIMUM. Once will just not do. I actually spit out my coffee when I read that suggestion. Otherwise, I’m so grateful that someone decided to blog about it! #FirstSteps

April 4, 2019 at 3:28 am

Hi there, thanks for reading and for your insight! I find your analogy to be really helpful and eye-opening. Yes, brushing once a week may not be enough, but consider that a lot of doodle people don’t even brush *at all* (either because they don’t care or they don’t know they need to). I think this situation is similar to when a doctor tells you you need to start exercising 30 minutes a day, at least 5 times a week…Do you think most people will actually go out and do that? No, because from the beginning that amount of exercise feels like too much when you’re starting from 0. People will have already given up if they are given a goal that they believe is unattainable. Do you see where I’m going with this?

April 4, 2019 at 8:13 am

That’s a very visual response, thank you. I HAVE been brushing my new pup 3x per week. My last 2 dogs were lhasa apsos so I know the struggle….IT’S REAL! I bought a grooming table for a 150lb dog (I have a mini), a pin brush, combs, clippers (from the lhasa) to be used for paws and sanitary. Is there anything else you could recommend specific for the doodle?

July 16, 2021 at 4:10 pm