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Hudson is our first goldendoodle. He was born on 7/5/15.   We had a miniature schnauzer who died of cancer in August just shy of her 10th birthday.  

We were interested in a dog that was non-hypoallergenic and did not shed.  My son (17 yrs old) wanted a dog that he could play with and take on hikes.  Thus Hudson.

He is a beautiful dog and I love the fact that he is not the typical color of a goldendoodle.  He loves to play and go on hikes.  He is definitely not like our 15 pound schnauzer!  There is so much to get use to, especially the playfulness.

I found this site because I was looking for cuts for him.  He so does need to be groomed.  I try to trim around his eyes so that we can see his face.  I love the fact that the top of his head looks like cowlicks, so I am torn on how to him cut.

I also found some help about excess scratching.  Hudson does not have flees.  I think just dry skin and I read about putting 1tlb of coconut oil in his food each day.  I hope it works because now he eats his food in one sitting instead of grazing on it for a couple of hours.

I hope to gain so much knowledge from this site.


Anita and Hudson

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 13, 2016 at 6:05pm

Hudson is just adorable! Awesome coloring! I agree with everyone about communicating with your groomer. Taking a photo is not a bad idea either. I took our Gracie to a groomer just once and then decided to buy clippers and scissors and give it a go myself. It's a chore, and I don't always get it right, but I save a lot of money and since we keep her shaggy, my mistakes don't show up so much! I'm guessing Hudson still has his puppy coat, which is nice and soft and doesn't mat so easily. I'm not positive it's true of all doodles, but the adult coat is different and mats more easily, so staying on top of the brushing is really important. One website that has been my go-to for grooming is "Royal Diamond Labradoodles." They have links to grooming tips along with several grooming videos. I've watched the videos a number of times and find them very helpful. There is also a photo gallery you may enjoy looking through. My final share is "Pet Head" shampoo and rinse products. I use "Life's an Itch" watermelon shampoo and " Furtastic" blueberry rinse for curly & long coats and love them both. I get mine on Amazon, but if you google it there are other sources. Best of luck with Hudson. We have adored every four-legged kid who's been a member of our family, but I have to say, there is nothing like a doodle!! Enjoy!

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on January 13, 2016 at 2:24pm

Hudson is beautiful!

Hope you find a good groomer soon, but I suggest you communicate very clearly that you don't want him shaved ever. I trust you are staying on top of brushing him to keep him de-matted because that is the only circumstance that justifies shaving (to not hurt their skin if too closely matted). 

As for the itching, I am giving Pedro the coconut oil to top his kong filled with kibble every morning (so about 1 tbsp every day) and he loves it and seems to help with the itchiness and also has made his coat so much softer. I gave him the honey for a while but he stopped liking it. He's become a bit of a picky eater! I feed him Petcurean Now grain-free for large breeds and I am now adding home cooked chicken thighs, brocoli, peas, sweet potatoes, apples, cranberries -something different every day and he's devouring his dinner... before, not so much. My Pedro is 8 years old, 72-75lbs, really lean and tall... He is very handsome and very, very loved. 

Enjoy Hudson, he is absolutely precious!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 13, 2016 at 9:40am

Oh yes,  watch the treats you give.  I give real meats or homemade.  I found that Picco is allergic to pigs ears and that it's not all that uncommon - I'm sure it's the additives/processing.

Comment by Laura , Marley and Oliver on January 13, 2016 at 9:33am
FYI: We only feed them grain free treats too ! Hope you find a groomer, just make sure you stress, that you want his top left long ! Good luck !
Comment by Anita Gilbert on January 13, 2016 at 8:58am

I can't believe all the the helpful responses I have received.  I will definitely use oatmeal based shampoo and make sure the groomer uses it too (once I find one).  I have left messages with two thus far and no response.  I am definitely going to switch dog foods, but wait a couple of months since I just switched from Chicken Soup for puppies dry food to Chicken Soup for puppies large breed dog food.  Will look into the honey.  We do have someone that sells it locally.  As for doodle cuts, there are so many to choose from and I know I don't want it short.  I love his unruly tuft on top!  

Comment by Laura , Marley and Oliver on January 13, 2016 at 12:15am
Oh I forgot. To look for pics on different cuts, just google "pictures of Goldendoodles haircuts" that might help. :)
Comment by Laura , Marley and Oliver on January 13, 2016 at 12:11am
We give Marley a tsp of honey ( it must be pure unprocessed honey obtained within a 50 mile radius of where you live) with both of his feedings, he is almost 2 1/2. Also his food is grain free (Taste of the Wild) and I use Oatmeal shampoo. Oliver is 4 months, he has not shown signs of itching or anything, so is gets Taste of the Wild Puppy, grain free and bathed with Oatmeal shampoo. If he does, I will start giving him the honey. Good luck ! Hudson is adorable ! Enjoy !
Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 12, 2016 at 10:47am

I fed Eagle Pack (for large breeds) as a puppy and early adult years till I moved. It isn't available in this area so I switched to Earthborn Holistic Grain Free (after trying others).   I switched when he was about a year old.  I never really counted how often he goes poo (I just watch consistency) but when I clean up I swear that the neighbors are throwing theirs in our yard!

Comment by Anita Gilbert on January 11, 2016 at 6:18pm

Thank you ALL for your wonderful comments.  Will look into trying all suggestions.  Also just wondering about the food you use for your dog, when you switched from puppy food to adult food and if you remember him many time a day going poo?  Hudson goes 4 times a day and wee about 5 times a day.  As for the puppy food - I am currently using Chicken Soup for Puppies Large Breed.  I think it received a 4 on the Dogadvisor site.


Anita and Hudson

Comment by Debbie & Trixie on January 11, 2016 at 5:44pm

What spectacular good looks!  :)

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