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

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 home maintenance 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 at least once a week. My personal favorite is the Chris Christensen pin brush, but I’ve also heard raving reviews about both the Chris Christensen Big G and Big K slicker brushes, which are apparently very effective on doodles.

Running through Chloe’s mohawk with the Chris Christensen oval pin brush

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


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.

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

  1. 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

    1. 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?

  2. The brushes you listed are only relevant to dogs kept short – less than 1/2″ unless you are taught how to line brush with a slicker. Please use a metal comb. Saying you brush your dog once a week with a pin brush is why groomers resent you. It’s ignorant to think a pin brush reaches the skin on a dog that is two inches long.

    1. Okay, so the pin brush works for MY dog since she is always kept short. (After all, this site reflects my personal experience with my doodle.) I don’t understand the hostility – I am trying to vouch for the groomers here! LOL. Please see my reply to Stephanie’s comment to understand why I made that suggestion.

  3. Groomer here, the other thing about doodles is they are a cross breed , two completely different coats are combined to be a shed and dander free breed but all you get is an incorrect coat that mats very easily and when you cross breed you get size and I’m talking big. They are very sweet and I get it but if you want to get one do your research. Count on spending. 100 to 150 for a groom on Doodlous gigantous . Doodlous minimus ( smaller ) 60 to 80 and they have to be done often . Out of a huge clientele I have one customer who keeps their dog up. Once a month every month

  4. Every morning after her breakfast my mini Sheepadoodle (35 lbs.) launches herself onto my lap to cuddle for a little while(maybe 15-20 minutes.). I grab the steel comb and “go to town.” The mats don’t have a chance to form and my dog doesn’t mind- even seems to like it. I use a brush also, but the steel comb will tell me where her coat needs extra attention. Making the combing/brushing part of our “cuddle” makes it less of a chore. My groomer loves grooming “Poppy “ because she’s tangle free. I’m retired so morning works for me. Pick a time that works for you to “cuddle and comb.”

  5. I get my f1 goldendoodle cut every 7 weeks. After the cut, at week 4, I get a bath and blowout. This seems to keep her manageable for me and the groomer. I also brush her about every 3rd day after the cut and after the week 4 bath I brush/comb her 4-6 days/week until her next cut. The longer the hair the easier it is to mat so I have to brush her more in weeks 4-7. I hope this helps. Piper has a loose, wavy and very plush coat so this is what works for her type of hair. My friends goldendoodle is curly and needs more maintenance.

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