Last Updated on October 19, 2022 by ellen
Wondering how to groom a labradoodle? Labradoodles are a mix between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle. They have beautiful curly coats that need to be trimmed regularly.
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You love your labradoodle, but you hate the grooming process as much as he hates it! It’s time to learn how to groom this dog breed yourself so you can save money on professional grooming services.
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How to Groom a Labradoodle
I’ve created an easy-to-follow guide for all of those who want to learn how to groom their own labrador doodle at home. All you need are simple tools like scissors and clippers. With these step-by-step instructions, anyone can master this skill in no time!
I’ve had several dog owners ask me how to properly groom Labradoodles. There are hundreds of questions on various forums about how to clip hair, especially under the belly and between the legs.
I’ll concentrate here on what you need to prepare before actually grooming your doodle at home. A list of tools needed and a standard 4-step process for grooming your labradoodle is also included.
What tools do I need to groom a Labradoodle?
Before you can even begin to think about how to groom a dog, you must first have the right equipment. You will need specific types of clippers that are best suited for certain tasks. Clippers designed specifically for dogs are best. This tool cuts more quickly than human clippers so you can finish the job faster.
The tools I recommend include:
- Clippers & Blades – choose the appropriate size for your dog’s coat. Clippers usually come in sizes of 000, 0, 1, or 3/4. The thicker the hair, the higher the number should be. If you have a large Labradoodle consider, using clippers with larger blades. A #3 or #4 blade is recommended for this breed. Check these out.
- Stainless Steel Scissors – these scissors are perfect for cutting thick or matted hair. When your dog’s fur is matted it can be very hard to cut through with clippers. These scissors are designed to cut through thick hair quickly and smoothly.
- Slicker Brush – this brush is perfect for removing tangles from your doodle’s coat. A slicker brush also helps distribute natural oils throughout the coat giving it a glossy look.
- Pin Brush – this type of brush is used to smooth out your labradoodle’s fur. It separates individual hairs and removes tangles.
- Metal Comb – this comb is perfect for grooming your labradoodle’s facial hair. It can also be used to remove any stubborn mats that are in the coat.
Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to learn how to groom your labradoodle at home!
How To Groom A Labradoodle at Home
Step 1 -Brush Your Dog Before grooming your dog, you must first brush his fur to remove any tangles or mats. First, take the slicker brush and work it slowly through the fur. If your doodle has longer hair, you can also use a metal comb to remove tangles at this stage.
How to groom a Labradoodle face
Step 2 – Use Clippers To Trim Hair After brushing your doodle’s fur thoroughly, it’s time to move on to the clippers. Begin by using the #000 clippers to trim the fur around your dog’s eyes and mouth. Be careful not to cut into his skin, as the blades on these clippers are extremely sharp.
Once you have finished with the clippers, comb through your Doodle’s hair again with a metal brush. In order to get a perfect look, you will need to remove any hair that is sticking out.
Step 3 – Use Scissors To Cut Fur Then take the stainless steel scissors and gradually cut his fur shorter. You will use these scissors to remove all of the hair around your dog’s ears, legs, tail, feet, chest, stomach, and underarms. Be very careful not to cut into his skin with the scissors.
Step 4 – Use The Pin Brush To Finish Once you have finished using the scissors, take your pin brush and smooth out your doodle’s fur. Start by brushing along his head and face first, followed by his back and body. After this, use your metal comb to straighten out any fur around his ears or on the top of his head. If your doodle has fur that sticks up, you should use the pin brush to fluff it out.
Now that you know how to groom a Labradoodle what is next? Start grooming your doodle regularly and getting ready for those neighborhood walks!
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Ellen runs a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont. She has experience with a variety of small animals, dogs and cats. She has also cared for ducks, chickens and rabbits. Combined, she has over 20 years of experience in pet care and pet sitting.