Doodle Grooming Guidelines
Video Credit: Billie Jo Horvath Grooming
Tips to Keep a Lush Coat
– Bathing your dog at home
– Allowing your dog to swim or immerse itself in water
– Harnesses that cover areas of the coat for prolonged periods
– Allow your dog to go “naked” at home (no collars or harnesses that can rub and causing matting along the neck and chest)
– Brush daily at the skin surface (see brushing guide below!)
– Dry your dog if they become wet and brush out. Do not allow your dog to air dry!
– Ensure you’re using the right equipment
A Few Words on Matting…
As groomers, we play a small part in maintaining your dog’s coat. Between appointments, it is up to you to brush and maintain the coat so we can achieve the look you are hoping for. Curly hair is generally thick and knots up (matts) extremely easily, especially when wet. When matts become hardened and at the skin surface, over time, it will trap bacteria, cause skin irritation, and infection, and force us to shave your dog to remove them safely If we are able to remove the matt by de-matting (a process of delicately separating the knotted hair), it will leave uneven spots on the coat and possibly even bald spots.
Brushing to Avoid Matting
– Be sure you are using the right equipment first. A slicker brush with metal pins appropriate to the size of your dog for brushing, a dematting brush for getting in knots, and a comb are the essentials. You may also want to invest in a good conditioning spray to help you work through the coat. All of these are available for purchase in our Spaw, or here are a few products on Amazon we like: slicker, dematting brush, comb
– Layered brushing is a relatively simple method that guarantees your dog is matt-free. This involves picking up and holding the hair at the top of the coat and brushing what is underneath (the base coat at the skin surface) first. Using a slicker brush, brush everything below your hand. When that area is brushed out, check your work for matting with a comb; if you find a tangle, switch back to your slicker and work the tangle out, or use a dematting comb to carefully slide into the knot and remove, then comb again. Then, slide your hand up slightly to release more hair and repeat until the area is completely brushed and combed through.
– Check and brush high friction areas more frequently. These are the ears, tail, chest, neck, legs, feet, armpits, and where a harness would sit if your dog wears one.
If you’re having trouble keeping up with at home maintenance, our groomers would be be happy to get you on a schedule for a brush-out at ALC every week to two weeks to keep a longer style. This does not involve bathing or any extras and will cost considerably less than a full groom, especially if the coat is kept in good condition on a regular schedule.
For ALL curly-haired dogs, we recommend scheduling a full grooming with body haircut every six weeks, with a brush out every week to two weeks. If you are brushing consistently at home, you can substitute brush outs at the Spaw with a mini grooming (which includes cleanup around the eye area and paws) or a bath and brush out at the three-week mark.
We love fluffy pups and want to help you get a look you love! Any questions, do not hesitate.
The ALC Spaw staff