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I am getting my dog Louie groomed for the very first time (he is 8months) tomorrow and i'm really nervous.  I love his long fluffy hair, but I'm thinking the summer will be way too hot for him.  Does everyone typically groom short for the summer??? Also, I just got him two months ago and he loves being brushed, but there were already mats in his hair so he has to be shaved!!! I'm so sad.  What kind of brush is good to use for these dogs? I am going to start over with his hair and keep him groomed nicely so i don't have to shave the poor thing again :( I've also heard doodles have 3 or 4 coats to do through before they are adults...is that correct?

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Comment by Charlie Bear & Mari'na on July 11, 2011 at 8:00am

Check out this website for excellent Professional Goldendoodle Grooming instructions for your groomer. My groomer really appreciated the precise instructions.  http://idog.biz/Pictures/Professional%20Groomer%20Inst.pdf    There are boxes in each section to check off your particular preferences for each body part, as well as detailed pictures. 

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 11, 2011 at 6:00pm
Jamey:  Can't wait to see the pictures too!  Let me tell you within a couple of weeks Louie will have quit a big of his hair back.  I swear Pemon's hair has grown already and it only been a week. 
Comment by Jean Keplinger on May 11, 2011 at 1:21pm
My doodle Bella had the same furry bear look and the groomer cut her down needless to say I was so upset. They had told me she was matted. Goldendoodles not only need to be brushed, but you also need to comb them and make sure the comb goes all the way through the hair to the skin. If you do this at least every other day they should not get matted. I am now keeping her hair clipped but not shaved. Hope this helps you.
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on May 11, 2011 at 1:15pm
Can't wait to see the picks Jamey
Comment by Jamey on May 11, 2011 at 1:12pm
WOW! thanks for all of the help!!! I ended up taking him to a cute lil pet shop in my town that 3 ladies own.  They have been grooming together for 30+ years.  They all instantly fell in love with louie!!! They let me stay for the first hour while they shaved and bathed him!! THey wanted to make sure his first hair cut was a good experience so it would be easier for him next time.  Unfortunately they had to shave him all they way down because of his matting.  It looked like shearing a sheep!  I only got him month ago and there was no stopping the matts.  He loves being brushed so i feel like it's a fresh start for both of us!!! I am trying to get some pictures posted so you guys can see him! I can tell he loves it for the summer though...he is already acting much cooler, he stays in bed at night now (he use to end up on the metal part of his crate with the covers all squished to the back of kennel.  Now he is curled up in a ball in bed with me.  I can't wait til it grows a bit, but he is still handsome!!! He didn't seem to be embarrased or anything..i think he loves it and still thinks he looks good :)
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on May 8, 2011 at 9:53pm

Just posted a couple of pictures of Ginger with her "summer cut".  Does she still look close enough to be considered a dood ???

She seems to love her summer cut and just prances around.  Not tooooo long, though, because it got up to 97 in our part of Texas today.

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on May 8, 2011 at 9:24pm
Grace, you are right. It's not only the eyes it's the whole dog. I spend more time laughing at my 2 because they are so goofy and when they have done something they know they should not have done they run up to you with a smile on their faces and lay their heads in your lap. How can you even be mad at that. That's when we say "I've just been Doodled"
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 8, 2011 at 7:26pm

Laurie:  All I can say is - you should go in the grooming business!!!!!

 

I think we all spoil them -you can't help it - especially when they look at you with those eyes.

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on May 8, 2011 at 7:18pm

Bruce, I don't blame you for not wanting Ginger in a cage for that long. I know mine would not do well at all. But really they have no other option with so many pets that go for grooming.

And yes my boys listen most of the time, but when they are bad they are bad, and mostly because they are very spoiled, and it is my husband and my fault for letting them get away with things that we shouldn't let them get away with.

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on May 8, 2011 at 5:18pm

Laurie, you are amazing !  You've got your dogs and cats exactly where you want them.  Ginger...she just moves around, trying to walk away, even when I'm just brushing her...kinda like a game.

& Mark and Grace...MY PetSmart holds them in cages, but I wouldn't want to say ALL PetSmarts do that.  First time I took Ginger there, like you I decided to wait....3 hours later, I got Ginger back.  They were constantly in action, so it was a popular place...and they had a big picture window so we could watch.  So that was a good thing...nothing to hide.  But Ginger waited in a cage for 45 min waiting her turn, then another 45 waiting for the bath...kinda like waiting in line at an amusement park....

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