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