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Mia is 2 1/2 yrs old. Her hair is so fine that she matts up very quickly. I brush her (which she doesn't like) every other day and still matts. She loves to swim and that doesn't help matters. I don't want to keep her hair real short. Any suggestions?

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Comment by JoAnn Gallagher & Paddy Waggin' on April 12, 2011 at 10:18am
P.S.  Now that her hair is shorter...she had haircut a week and a half ago, doesn't require much grooming.  These doodles are wonderful, but do take much more grooming care than the golden retrievers we had previously...loved those doggies, too!!  Of course they don't have those long feathers that the retrievers have so she doesn't get nearly as sloppy when she runs through the mud, just when she rolls in it...fortunately not too often.  lol
Comment by JoAnn Gallagher & Paddy Waggin' on April 12, 2011 at 10:15am

Hi Rosanne & Mia...Nice to meet you, too.  Lewiston and Artpark are beautiful.  It's really great that they added a dog park.  We live in West Seneca...no dog barks here. I not too crazy about driving and the Grand Island Bridge would never be a route I would drive over so I'm afraid Miss M will not be running in the Lewiston area. 

With respect to grooming her, my husband give Murphy a good brushing/combing about 3x weekly to avoid mats.  When her hair gets longer (like we like it), it takes him quite some time since she has a very thick coat.  We try to get her haircut every 3 mos. and it's really difficult to find someplace that knows how to cut a doodle...they all want to cut very short, it seems.  He does use 2 different combs, both with metal tines... one with tines kind of widely spaced and almost 1" long, and the other has a vinyl-like handle and double metal tines...long ones (almost 1") and shorter ones (almost 1/2" long) interspersed between long ones.  He also uses a pin brush, too.  Groomers have all said that just brushing doesn't do it, since no matter how well he thought he was brushing he didn't get down into her hair far enough.  She doesn't really like it, but tolerates it.  Good luck with Mia.  Hope to see pictures one of these days.  JoAnn

Comment by marg robb on April 9, 2011 at 7:15pm
My doodle has a REALLY thick wiry coat which makes grooming difficult.  My groomer said to forget the brush and use only a comb to get through the hair completely.  It must  have "teeth" at least 1" long and widely spaced (about 1/4").  Usually they have a wooden handle which your doodle will love to chew!  I bought mine from the groomer since Walmart etc weren't sturdy enough.
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on April 8, 2011 at 7:17pm
Keep her hair no longer than about 4 inches. Puk matts really easy too and I find that if I keep it from getting too long it does not matt so easily. I will also take thinning shears to his hair after cutting it that way it is cooler and easier to manage.

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