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Grooming and Maintaining Doodle Dogs: Everything You Need to Know

Updated: May 14, 2023

Doodle dogs, such as the Goldendoodle, Bernedoodle, Whoodle, Labradoodle, Cavapoo, Maltipoo, Scoodle, Aussiedoodle, and Sheepadoodle, have become increasingly popular due to their lovable personalities. However, with their unique coats come unique grooming needs. In this post, we will discuss everything you need to know about grooming and maintaining your doodle dog.

Importance of Grooming Your Doodle

Grooming your doodle is not just about keeping their coat looking clean and tidy, but it is also essential for their overall health and well-being. Regular grooming sessions help distribute natural oils throughout their coat, preventing dryness and promoting healthy skin. It also helps prevent mats and tangles from forming, which can be painful for your furry friend.

Start as a Puppy

It is important to start grooming your doodle puppy from an early age to get them accustomed to the grooming process. Starting early will help them feel more comfortable during future grooming sessions, making it easier for you to groom them as they grow older. You can start by introducing your puppy to the grooming tools, such as brushes, combs, and clippers, and rewarding them with treats for good behavior.

Bathing and Brushing

Bathing and brushing your doodle is an essential part of doodle care since it keeps the coat clean and fee of matting. It is important to brush properly all the way down to the skin to prevent matting low in the coat.

Regular brushing is crucial to prevent mats and tangles from forming in your doodle's coat. Doodles with wavy or curly coats should be brushed at least once a week, while those with straight coats may require less frequent brushing. When brushing your doodle, start at the top of their head and work your way down, using a slicker brush or a comb. Be gentle and take your time to avoid pulling or hurting your furry friend. For more tips, see our FAQ for more information about brushing and matting prevention.

Fur Lab offers our Scrub Club Memberships catered to help doodle parents properly maintain their pup's coat. For a flat price, we will provide unlimited Bath and Brush sessions for your pet! See our Membership options for details!

Grooming Your Doodle

Professional grooming is recommended for doodles every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat and overall health. The cost of grooming a doodle may vary depending on the type of coat they have, its condition and the pup’s behavior, but it starts at $85 for small doodles here at Fur Lab (see our Pricing page for details). If you prefer to groom your doodle at home, make sure to invest in the necessary grooming tools such as clippers, scissors, and brushes.

Dealing with Mats and Tangles

Despite regular grooming, mats and tangles may still form in your doodle's coat. If this happens, it is important to address them as soon as possible to prevent further complications. Use a detangling spray or a mat splitter to gently remove the mats and tangles. If the mats are too severe, it may be necessary to seek professional help from a groomer or a veterinarian. See our FAQ section for more details on matting.


In conclusion, grooming and maintaining your doodle dog is an essential part of their overall health and well-being. Starting grooming sessions at an early age and maintaining them regularly will keep your furry friend looking and feeling their best. Remember to be gentle and patient, and reward your doodle for good behavior during grooming sessions. With proper grooming, your doodle will not only look great, but they will also be more comfortable and happy.

Additionally, it is important to note that grooming needs may vary depending on your doodle's coat type and lifestyle. For example, doodles that are more active may require more frequent grooming than those that are less active. It is important to keep an eye on your doodle's coat and adjust grooming sessions accordingly.

In summary, doodle dogs are wonderful companions, but they do require special grooming needs. By starting grooming sessions early, maintaining regular grooming sessions, and investing in the necessary grooming tools, you can keep your doodle looking and feeling their best. Remember to be gentle, patient, and always reward good behavior during grooming sessions. With these tips, you and your furry friend can enjoy a happy and healthy life together.

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