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My doodle Brady (female) is 16 months old and has been groomed several times.  I have been using this groomer for 6 years for my Lhasa Apso Spike and she has been very good.  Brady is a different the beginning it was ok but she has had to shave her down because of matting.  I brush her everyday and think I am getting her brushed good but when she goes to get groomed her undercoat is so thick it is matted and my groomer winds up shaving her close.  She has very curly poodle type fur and you can brush her and as soon as she starts rolling around she get all tight curls again.  One good thing is she does not shed but I hate seeing her cut down so short especially now with winter coming.  I know it grows back quick but my question is whether the groomer is doing the right thing.  Please if anyone has any thoughts on this please let me know.

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Comment by Anneke Penne on April 16, 2013 at 3:41pm

They actually do shed. Just not like a pug, husky or lab. It sheds and sticks it the coat creating matts. I read somebody posted their doesn't like to be groomed. The best way to get them to like it , is make it a positive experience. Get it done very regular, keep them maintain and the whole experience will feel good to them.Also think of it this way. If you went to the beauty salon after 4-6 months of not washing, brushing or combing your hair and sat down in the chair and said " Can you comb all this out and only take off an inch?" Your stylist might laugh you out of the salon. Plus if your head of hair was all knotted and tangled if probably wouldn't feel to good to get it brushed out. Imagine brushing out tangles in you armpits, on your back, your ribcage, your, belly, your neck, your face, behind your ears, your butt, your groin, your tail if you had one, your legs/arms, between your fingers and toes Certainly  a dog does not need a shampoo, brush, blowdry and combout every day.But they do need it very regular. If your groomer is shaving her close she is probably very matted. Different groomers have different practices, skill levels and beliefs.  I will dematt a doodle if I can do it gently ,safely, and in a reasonable amount of time. But I charge for dematting as well because it is all done by hand. When I started to learn to groom I came home and tried it on my shih tzu. He wanted nothing to do with it , snapped and growled at me. But I kept at it and he is now fantastic for grooming.  It is a really bonding experience. So this post my sound like a rant or lecture but just wanted to share. Some one has to speak for the doodles because they can't speak for themselves, I do love 'em. Ideally doodle should get professionally groomed every for weeks. You stretch it out 6-8 but be prepared to work at it  alot home. EVERYDAY. 

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on October 11, 2012 at 8:26pm

Linda, I use a de-matting brush first, then a wide toothed steel comb, and finally a fine tooth steel flea comb (in other words, I work my way down) about twice a week.  Dulcie is very curly, too, and her curls spring back almost immediately.  I haven't had to have her shaved yet, although I almost messed up with her ears this last time - the groomer told me to make sure and get right down to the ear leather to avoid the mats.  I do her in sections, also, holding up the top hair until I make sure I'm right down to the skin.  I use something called a Fur Buster to cut out any mats that form.  Dulcie is 9 months old and I have had her groomed 3 times so far (first time at between 4 and 5 months, so about every 6 wks.).

Comment by Linda Sias on October 11, 2012 at 5:23pm

We get her groomed every couple of months but maybe you are right and if having her groomed more ofter will help.  I brush her every day and it does not help but you are right about doing a section and holding the coat back.  The groomer told me the same thing.  Thanks for your input.

Comment by Jo Bill on October 11, 2012 at 3:50pm

Linda, Gizmo is very tightly curled, too.  Especially around his head, neck & chest.  I had the same problem when he broke his leg and couldn't be groomed for 2+ months.  I thought I was brushing down to the skin, but he was still matted by the time I could take him again.


How often do you take Brady for grooming?  We find that we have to take Gizmo no less than every  six weeks - usually four weeks is best.  I try and brush him at least twice a week and use a wide toothed dematting comb as well as the regular brush.  Also, I don't know if you know this so forgive me if I say this and you already know, but it is very helpful to comb a little section at a time holding the coat back.


I'm no expert, believe me, but I do know what has worked for me.  Good luck.  Let us know how you come out with her next grooming.

Comment by Linda Sias on October 11, 2012 at 3:25pm

No is was about 5 or 6 months old when she first got cut but her fur was always curly.  She does not like to be groomed either so that does not help.  I have ever brush or comb they make for getting out mats.  

Comment by Rooney & Jules on October 11, 2012 at 2:54pm

Hmmmm. Rooney's hair isn't so curly that I can't get a brush through it, he just hates being groomed and won't sit still or allow it! Sometimes when he is very sleepy I can get in with the Safari mat remover I bought on Amazon and work out the matted spots - it has protected razors inside (watch your skin!). I had heard that waiting to get one's doodle puppy groomed might be a good idea as cutting it might alter the texture and waviness of the coat into adulthood, so I waited until he was about 5 months old for his first cut and requested they do a puppy cut, not shave him. Was Brady very young when he got his first haircut?

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