The grooming of your Labradoodle should not be a huge ordeal. Here are a few golden rules…
Never shampoo your dog when the coat is filthy, unless you want to felt the coat. Instead hose the dog down and then put the dog in its crate and wait for the mud to dry and drop out.
Keep hair under the ear-flaps (against the cheek) short.
Watch for mats between the toes and trim them out so seeds don’t lodge there and then erode into the skin of the foot
Bathing: Australian Labradoodles do not require frequent bathing. If they get muddy they should be allowed to dry and then brushed to remove debris in their coats.
Brushing: The amount of brushing is dependant upon life style. If your labradoodle is mostly indoors you may only need to brush every couple of weeks. If your labradoodle spends a lot of time outdoors you may need to brush out weekly.
Brush to the skin, working from under the coat. Work from the feet up to the body and the tail to the head. Brush in the direction of the hair, but add small amounts of coat to each stroke. At approximately eight months old a puppy coat needs very regular brushing to strip out the puppy coat so it doesn’t tangle and get matted in the adult coat.
Eyes: Bath the eyes with clear water when needed to clean and clip away bothersome hair.
Ears: Clean ears regularly with an ear cleaner. Fill ear and gently massage to bring dirt to the surface. Use a cotton ball to wipe out cleaner and dirt. Clip hair from base of the ear. Need help to Pluck ears? Click Here!
Nails: Trim every six weeks
Sanitary areas: The hair under the tail and the belly should be shaved to prevent mattes and keep clean.