I don't know about your doodle, but mine has the most ridiculously thick coat. It can only be maintained for a few months and then it only takes a day for matts to start that a matt buster can't get through. I end up having to shear him like a sheep every spring. Even the end of his tail which was left alone for a year and a half finally had to be cut short. Clippers get jammed if they aren't set to super short. Long tine poodle brushes & combs work for a while then almost can't get near his skin. I was looking into thinning shears and found this site while researching them. I was surprised that most of the talk is about getting a doodle, and how cute they are, and how the puppies are tearing the place apart, but eventually someone is going to have to groom one. I took him to a groomer and she had to shave him nearly to the skin, and I can't get him near the building anymore so took on the job myself. Anything better than shaving him is the result I've gotten, but I'd rather get better at it than just not having to shave him or hand cutting over a series of days (the pile of apricot fur makes me wonder about learning to make yarn).
Anyone? Hello? Is this thing on?