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Zeke turned 1 on New Year's Eve and every day to him is a celebration! He is probably the sweetest, smartest dog I have ever owned, but his hair is driving me crazy. He constantly has big knots and major tangles even though he is brushed daily. Any suggestions?

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Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on February 5, 2011 at 9:00pm

Holly,

Thanks for the tip on brushing in another area away from where they hang out and play. What a great idea. Puk is constantly trying to walk away from me while he is being brushed, but I have always done it on the living room floor and that is where he lays around and plays. I'll let you know how it works for me.

Laurie

Comment by Holly Ingle on February 5, 2011 at 11:52am

The trick to grooming your doodle is to "divide and conquer" matts.  Matts grow with the grain of the fur. When brushing try going against the grain and even side to side on the matts until you can see the skin. When we go to the hair dresser if they were to pull a brush through your head very lightly it would hurt more then if they were to do quick deliberate sweeps. It works the same for our fur babies. Keep your moves quick and deliberate. You can even use a little (unscented) baby powder on the matts before you start brushing this helps remove moisture from the coat and helps break matts out easier.  Also, when you start your "at home" grooming process designate a place for grooming. (not the couch or floor where they typically play and get rubbed)  This will help your dood to understand what is expected when it is time for brushing :) Good luck! Hope this helps. Feel free to ask any other questions. Holly - if the coat is real bad.. refer to a local groomer to get the coat down to a managable length where you can start from scratch

Comment by Bjorn Mama on February 3, 2010 at 4:07pm
Do you know if Zeke or Tatonka are first generation? I wonder from other blogs I have been reading it seems the coats maby be differnent in 2nd generation dogs? I am curious to see what I am up against with my Bjorn 10 week old first generation pup.

Comment by Arlene Dawson on January 27, 2010 at 7:44pm
OH one other thing be sure to trim the hair under his front and back legs and to trim his feet. make sure no matts are between toes.
Comment by Arlene Dawson on January 27, 2010 at 7:42pm
The best thing to do to keep your dood fluffy is to purchase a "rake" comb. I groom Tatonka myself. before his bath I rake him out. shampoo and CONDITIONER, let your dood air dry for about 45 minutes then blow dry till damp, rake out the coat once again then complete the drying with a blow dryer and brush. your dood will come out so fluffy soft and tangle free. the whole process takes about 2 hours once a week. inbetween rake every other day and the matts and tangles will be min.
Comment by Tracy Roberts on January 27, 2010 at 2:00pm
Oh-We did want her tail kept full and I like a little fluff on the top of her head and ears.
Comment by Tracy Roberts on January 27, 2010 at 1:59pm
I have a goldendoodle as well who will be 2 in April. We actually just started taking her to a groomer and having her coat shaved down. She feels a lot better and she still has that soft wooly feeling undercoat. She still loves being outside (we live in Rochester NY- cold climate) but she is not affected by it even with her coat shaved. The photo you see is before we had her groomed and she too was just a tangled mess. You may need to shop around to find a groomer that will do a larger dog. Many of them do not.

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