Grooming

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."

    -George Graham

Last Changed
2014-05-07
   

 

Top 10 List of Why Your Dog's Haircut Costs More Than Yours!

10. Your hairdresser doesn't wash and clean your rear end.
9. You don't go for 8 weeks without washing or brushing your hair.
8. Your hairdresser doesn't have to give you a sanitary trim...

7. Your hairdresser doesn't have to clean your ears.
6. Your hairdresser doesn't have to clean boogies from your eyes.
5. You sit still for your hairdresser.
4. Your haircut doesn't include a manicure or pedicure.
3. Your hairdresser only washes and cuts the hair on your head.
2. You don't bite or scratch your hairdresser. (I hope not anyway).

And the Number 1 reason your dog's haircut costs more than yours.
1.The likelihood of you pooping or peeing while your hair is being cut is extremely
slim.

 Mud puddles what mud puddles?

 

 

Liz my groomer is going mobile in May 2014.  

Click here to see her flyer and contact her..

How to Groom your Doodle book for families!

Created by Liz Meehan my groomer from As groomed as it gets in Monroe Georgia.  Liz has done a wonderful detailed job getting this book right for doodle owners who want to maintain and posibley groom their dog saving money in the long run.  There are two book sizes.  The 12x12 shows more detail due to the size of the book but is more expensive, there is a smaller 7x7 size as well the links to both are below along with some of the pages for you to view...

Both books have same content and pictures, size of book and cost is the difference...

Liz:  "As Groomed as it gets, Monroe Ga, wonderful grooming doodles located East of Atlanta on the way to UGA...This gal does my doodles

2690 HWY 11

Monroe Ga 30656

770 266 0964

Click here to view smaller book and pricing.

Click here to view larger book and pricing.

  

Grooming video produced by the Australian Labradoodle club of America

Grooming website with vids and great explanations on grooming your doodles.

  Before and after pictures of first puppy cut by my groomer Liz above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thornit Ear Powder or TEP

GREAT stuff for ears the only thing I use now...can be ordered at the link above ...Ear Clear....Jackie my assistant sells it in her store.. 

 

Anns doodle chat...excellent series of grooming vedios step by step

Pressure wash your dog using this product below:

 
The Doodle hair Do..... This link is to a groomer who does only doodles and does the sizzor cut.  I like everything she does except some of the flatter tops of the head but she gives a wondeful overview of coats, transitioning coats and what to expect!  Log on and scroll around to learn more and figure out what "doodle do" you would like your doodle to have.
 
Mink Sheen shampoo  I know many breeders that swear by this, I personally have not tried it but probably should.  It comes well recommended.
 
 
 
(Excellent series for the doodle owner, please take the time to view!)
 
Funny true story from a fellow breeder:
Three weeks ago I placed puppies in their pet homes from a litter I had. All had been going well. One puppy developed a little diarrhea this last week, so I told the family to take in a stool sample. They made an appointment, saw the vet, and the vet did a full exam, including some basic eye exam (I'm assuming simply holding things up and seeing if the dog could track, etc). The vet was very concerned about the puppy and told the family he thought the puppy had some eye issues and couldn't see very well. He really worried them. He sent them over to a CERF(eye test) vet (just happens to be my CERF vet) and she did a full CERF exam. Her diagnosis. You need to trim the hair from in front of the puppies eyes. He doesn't have a vision issue, he has a hair issue. : )
 
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 Haven The Dog Spot in Marietta, http://havendog.com/.

Groomers in the Atlanta Georgia area:

The Dirty Paw dog spa in Marreitta...

http://www.thedirtypawdogspa.com/

 

 A Groom with a View: Serving Atlanta/Tucker

Mobile groomer call Hope!  She will come to you!

770 934 2651

678 491 2683

GROOMING in Buckhead Georgia.
 
 
Besides grooming, they board you pet...
 
 
 
 
Recommended groomer here in Ga:  Does a great job on doodles and poodles..... 
 
 Katie Anderson -  Groomer at Crossroads Veterinary Clinic in Woodstock (corner of 92 and Main St./Canton Rd.) 770.591.5474
 
 

 

"Dee's Grooming Gallery" 

(Groomes several of my families doodles and is GREAT!)
290 Hilderbrand Dr. just north of 285 and east of Roswell Road.
Her phone # is 404-255-7275
 
 
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 NAILS
There are several types of nail clippers on the market, choose the style you are comfortable with. Lift your dog’s foot and examine the nails, trim where the nail narrows and starts to curve. Look at the tip where you trimmed, if the center is white and dry looking, you can trim a bit more off, if the center is dark and moist, stop – another bit off and the nail will start bleeding! There are several powders on the market to stop the bleeding if you do trim too much. Nails can be tipped once a week, but usually it is done with each grooming. Dogs do not like their front feet picked up and nails being trimmed, they may object. Having someone hold your dog will be of benefit. The back feet are easier.

Remember to trim the dew claws, Labradoodles are left natural, the dew claws are not removed.

 

TEETH
Brush your dog’s teeth regularly, always using products made for dogs. There are several toothpaste products and flavours on the market. Never use human toothpaste!

Select a soft child’s toothbrush or one made for dogs. There are rubber finger-toothbrushes to start your dog getting used to having foreign objects in his/her mouth.

Brush up and down on the sides and back and forth on the biting areas of the teeth, the same way you would brush your own teeth.

Give your dog hard cookies/biscuits, pressed rawhide, dentabones, nylabones, boodabones or smoked bones to satisfy their need to chew and keep their teeth free of tartar.

 EYES
Be sure to always keep the hair trimmed around the eyes to prevent the hair from poking into the eyes. Use a damp clean cotton ball and wipe the eye, starting at the outside corner and wipe to the inside corner and then down, pulling the debris out of the eye. Polysporin drops for eyes can be used to soothe the eye. If there is blood, severe redness or pain, consult your veterinarian. Clean your dog’s eyes whenever necessary.

E ARS
Pull the hair from the ear canal with your finger and thumb. Go as far into the ear as you can reach. The use of Ear Powder helps to grip the hair and pull it out. There are several Ear Powders on the market. Do not squirt the powder into the ear – remove the lid, hold the opening against the ear and tap some powder into the outer ear.

Clean the ear with an Ear Cleaner, there are several brands on the market. Use a clean cotton ball or pad, you can squirt some cleaner into the ear, blot up the excess that drains out right away, then use a cotton ball or pad to go into the ear and clean and dry the canal. Or, you can spray the cleaner onto a cotton ball or pad and clean the ear. Repeat this process until the pad or cotton ball comes out clean, be sure to dry the canal. If there is heavy dark matter, blood and/or pain in your dog’s ear, consult a veterinarian.

Pulling the hair out opens the pores and often makes the inside red. Because of this I pull the hair one day and clean the next, as the cleaner can sting and cause irritation.

If you notice your dog holding his head to one side, shaking his/her head more than usual or crying when you rub his ears, consult a veterinarian.

Clean your dog’s ears every time you bathe and groom him/her. If your dog’s ears have yeasty or foul odour, see your veterinarian.

Use only shampoos and conditioners made for dogs! There are many brands and formulas, select the one that is right for your dog. Use puppy shampoo on puppies, always use a no-tears formula on all dogs. Some shampoos and conditioners are in a concentrated form and require mixing with water before use – follow the directions on the label. I use my empty dish detergent bottles to mix the shampoo or conditioner and to apply it. Flea shampoo is to be used with care, read the labels and follow them exactly!

 TOOLS
Slicker brush (soft), Pin brush, Metal comb – combination fine and coarse teeth, Nail clippers, Cotton balls and cotton pads, Ear cleaner, Ear powder, Shampoo, rinse and conditioner, Blow Dryer, Clippers (many brands on the market), Blades: size #10, #2 or #3

 ANDIS 2 SPEED ELECTRIC TRIMMER WITH ASSORTED BLADES

Avonlee Labradoodles Breeder, Sales, Puppies, BC, Canada

 

 

 ARCO CORDLESS TRIMMER

Avonlee Labradoodles Breeder, Sales, Puppies, BC, Canada

 

 ASSORTED NAIL CLIPPERS

Avonlee Labradoodles Breeder, Sales, Puppies, BC, Canada

 

 FINE& COURSE TOOTH COMBS

Avonlee Labradoodles Breeder, Sales, Puppies, BC, Canada

 

 PIN BRUSH

Avonlee Labradoodles Breeder, Sales, Puppies, BC, Canada

 

 SLICKER BRUSH

Avonlee Labradoodles Breeder, Sales, Puppies, BC, Canada

 

 

 

BATHING
To bathe your Labradoodle at home brush and comb your Doodle’s coat before the bath, they should be completely tangle free. Have your shampoo and conditioner (if you choose to use one) close at hand. The towels should also be easy to reach. Always use a shampoo and conditioner specifically for use on dogs.

Remove the plug from the tub, unless the feet are really dirty and need soaking, but most times just let the water drain as you bathe the dog. A hand sprayer attached to the shower head is essential. Be sure to get 2 pieces of hose so that you have enough length to be able to rinse all of your dog.

Put the dog in the tub, select a warm temperature (never hot!) and totally wet your Doodle’s coat from head to end of tail and underneath, legs and feet. Avoid getting soapy water in the ears and eyes. If soap does get into the eyes, wash with lots of clear lukewarm water and blot the area dry with a clean towel. Turn off the water and apply the shampoo, use a sponge to apply the shampoo and to work it into the hair and make a lather. If you have left your Doodle in long hair be sure not to scrub back and forth, this causes tangles – work only in one direction.

When your dog has been completely shampooed - do not forget the underside – rinse with warm water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and when you think you’ve rinsed enough, rinse again. Be sure to remove all the shampoo, tummy, under the tail and the genital area, leave no shampoo residue. If using a conditioner, apply it in the same manner and rinse well.

Turn off the water, blot and squeeze the water from the hair with a towel. Do not rub, use as many towels as are necessary to remove the water. Remove your dog from the tub, use your blow dryer (set on warm, not too hot) and a brush to dry the hair, keep the dryer moving, so as not to burn your dog’s skin or hair. Brush as you go in the direction the hair grows. Wipe out the ears and eyes, as well as under the tail and genitalia. Now you have a clean Doodle.

S HAVE AND GROOM
Labradoodles can be left in their natural state and let the hair grow – this style requires a lot of brushing and combing to keep the coat tangle free. Fleece coats tend to grow faster than wool coats.

A Labradoodle’s coat never stops growing. You decide what is best for you, your home and your dog’s comfort when deciding whether to shave your Labradoodle or not. What is the weather like where you live? Snowballs do form in the dog’s hair, on their legs, tummy and feet. Put your Doodle into the tub using the sprayer, leave the plug in the tub if there are heavy snowballs on their feet; spray warm water onto the snowballs on the body to melt them. Blot the wet hair with a towel and use your blow dryer and a brush to dry their hair. If it is very hot, think of your dog’s comfort.

At about 9 – 14 months Labradoodles go through a coat change – that puppy fluff becomes an adult coat. During this time the hair mats very easily, lots of brushing and combing are needed.

I shave the coats of my Labradoodles to avoid this coat change. Do not shave the hair too short, this will cause a change in texture, often the coat comes in curly (more curly)! Use a #2 or #3 blade on the body and legs in the direction the hair grows.

If you keep your Labradoodle in short hair, you shave first, then bathe the dog. After the bath you re-shave and use scissors to trim the hair on head, face and feet. Clip nails, clean ears, teeth and eyes before you bathe them.

ALWAYS BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET WATER AND SOAP IN THE EARS AND EYES!

After your Labradoodle has been bathed. Dried and brushed, using a #3 or #2 blade, start at the back of the neck, even with the base of the ears. Shave from head to base of tail, shave the entire body and legs in the direction the hair grows. Lift each ear and shave down from the ear to the throat. From the throat down the neck to the chest and between the front legs. Be sure to leave the beard, it starts from the corners of the mouth and forward to the chin and lips on the bottom of the jaw. Shave from the corners of the mouth to the throat to clean up the throat area and to accentuate the beard. DO NOT SHAVE THE HAIR ON THE FACE.  This includes around the eyes or down the bridge of the nose or muzzel.

Scissor the hair on the top of the head in a dome shape and blend the hair into the hair on the ears, trim the beard and make it tidy to complete the symmetrical look of the head. Comb the hair around the muzzle and eyes in the direction the hair grows, comb the hair up around the eye and trim the hair that may poke into the dog’s eyes. Be careful not to poke the eyes with the scissors, use a ball tip scissor in this delicate area. Comb the hair on the muzzle down parting it in the middle of the top of the muzzle. This hair can be thinned with thinning scissors if it is thick and stands up.

Scissor the facial hair so it is symmetrical and blend in to the shape of the head making it look tidy. Some labradoodles look attractive with the top of their heads shaved, use the #3 of #4 blade, leaving their eyes bushy like a schnauzer. No blending at the back of neck is needed as the hair on the head is now the same length as the back of the neck and body. Trim the hair at the bottom of the ear, being careful not to cut the ear leather. In some cases shaving the entire ear with a #4 blade is attractive and suits some head and face shapes. I like to leave my dog’s ears long and I only trim to keep the ends tidy.

The hair above the eyes may need to be trimmed to keep it from falling down into the eyes. With scissors, blend the hair on the back of the head into the hair on the neck. Use scissors to trim around the feet to keep them neat and avoid the pancake look. Trim the hair on the top of the feet to blend into the leg hair, but do not cut the hair so short as to expose the foot and toes. For the bottom of the feet use a #10 blade and shave the hair from around the large foot pad to avoid matting. Do not shave between the toes.

The tail can be trimmed with scissors to be sabre-shaped, and left bushy and full. Trim under the tail to keep the rectum free of long hair. In some cases the tail can be shaved or cut with scissors. Use a #10 blade to shave the tummy area, between the back legs, shave genitalia on females, the sheath on males.

I bathe my Labradoodles once a month. Frequency of bathing your dog is your choice, depending on what your dog gets into, and of course it depends on weather – muddy dogs are not fun.
Always use a dog shampoo/conditioner.

 
Tegan Park grooming link below with photos:
 
 
Golden or labradoodle grooming instructions with pictures
 

Beth's (IDOGMA) Grooming checklist from IDOG.biz:
http://tinyurl.com/rz7gg


Ann's DIY Grooming instructions:
http://www.dotcomjunkies.com/members/Filly/Grooming.shtml


Goldendoodles web site grooming instructions:  con't below!
 
 
Goldendoodles grooming instructions with pic to take to groomer!
 
 
 
 
Video of ear cleaning:if you type in anything in that search box you will get a wealth of information.
 
 
Ear cleaning web site, not much on hair pulling but good visual and explaination of ear anatomy and how to keep it clean.....