Essential Tips for Perfect Coats & Happy Pups
Ideally, you want to keep your g’oodle regularly trimmed and maintained all year round. Not just one big groom before and after summer - this will result in the 'hairless chicken' look we have mentioned before. A regular trim all over combined with weekly brushing sessions will keep those matts at bay. Poodle coats grow at the same slow rate and thickness all year round, and the hair (instead of dropping out) gets caught in the coat which causes, you guessed it… knots!
Now, we’re getting into the good stuff! Many owners have bought their curly fry friend because they are sold as low maintenance? Right! Wrong! If you’re reading this, it is probably because you have first hand experienced this yourself!
Now, your cavoodle coat may differ from your aussiedoodle coat, which will differ from your schnoodle coat (which may be straighter or fleecier, or wirey), so always have a chat with your groomer about how to best maintain the coat and the grooming required. We chatted to an expert in the field, Natalie, who has been working in the grooming industry for close to 15 years, about the benefits of regular grooming. “Getting your dog groomed every 6-8 weeks helps ventilate their coat, helps it grow healthy and strong, and takes away old and damaged hair.”
When you're heading in to get your dog's regular groom, be honest with the groomer about whether there are matts or not (and if you’re brushing!) If the groomer knows what to expect they will know how to approach the groom and what your pooch needs, making for a better groom and a more comfortable doggo!
Want more info? Check out our 1:1 chat with a groomer!
So I bought an oodle, why do I need grooming?
Getting your dog groomed every 6-8 weeks helps ventilate their coat, helps it grow healthy and strong, and takes away old and damaged hair. Grooming also ensures that your dog’s skin can breathe and keeps down the level of grease in their coat. Much like humans, too much grease can block pores and cause irritation and all sorts of skin problems.
I love my dog long with a CUTE teddy bear look, how do I achieve this if I have to get it clipped?
A teddy bear trim is usually described as a rounded, fluffy shape to the top of the head or entire face. This varies in style and length to suit the dog’s size, head shape and coat. To achieve this, you’ll need to brush their coat frequently, at least two to three times a week otherwise their coat may become tangled, making it extra difficult to groom or achieve the look next time you’re in. Make sure you bathe your dog on a monthly basis so that their fur is shiny. If you want your pup to always look freshly groomed, plan to give it a groom every 4 weeks. If you don’t mind a bit of a grown-out look, then every 6-8 weeks will also be sufficient.
How often should I brush my curly coated dog and why is this important?
Brushing your dog's coat every couple of days can have many benefits for your dog’s wellbeing. Brushing can have a specific purpose, such as removing matts or knots from the coat or helping your dog shed it's seasonal coat. Regular brushing relaxes a dog who’s used to it, and it becomes a special time that you can both share.
You're the pro, what brush do you recommend for curly coated dogs?
A slicker brush is best suited for curly coats to get down to the skin. Also running a greyhound comb over them can really take care of their coat properly and help to prevent matting or knots, pair this with a detangling spray.
Oodles are non-shedding? Right? Wrong? Please explain!
The hair of the coat of a labradoodle for example sheds in varying degrees. It is usually seen in early generation dogs such as the first cross of a labrador and poodle, F1b, and F2b. These are not an allergy-friendly coat. This can be said about all oodles and their generations.