Your Labradoodle is a cherished member of your family, and he should be treated with loving care. Part of a dog’s regular care routine is grooming; a Labradoodle has a coat that needs regular cleaning, brushing, and maintenance to attain an ideal look and feel to his coat.
If you are not trained in the fine art of dog grooming, or if you lack the proper tools at home to get the job done right, perhaps it is best to leave the job to professionals who can deliver this care in safety and comfort. The following tips should be used to attain your dog’s healthiest coat:
1. Use the Right Tools
Professional dog groomers use a variety of tools to address different areas on your dog’s body. Simply grabbing and electric shaver or scissors is not going to get the job done effectively. Using tools specific to delicate areas like the hind legs, eyes, and snout will ensure that your dog is groomed safely and effectively.
2. Brush Regularly
Brushing and cleaning your dog’s coat should be a regular part of your daily routine. After being outside, your dog may have picked up plants, bugs, and mud that becomes stuck to his coat; examining your dog for these items and then cleaning appropriately will ensure that when it comes time to groom, it will be a more pleasant experience for everyone. Examine areas around the eyes, ears, and mouth to ensure that they are staying clean and infection free.
3. Bathe Your Dog Regularly
A clean dog is a healthy dog; regular baths with a shampoo designed to clean and nourish both coat and the under layers of skin will ensure that when it comes time to brush and groom, it is not a painful experience for your dog. It is more difficult for a clean coat to become matted; schedule twice weekly baths or as needed dunks in the tub for messier days of exploration and play.
4. Pay Attention to the Eyes
Hair does grow, be it on us or on your dog. Your Labradoodle likes to see well in order to interact with the world around him. Hair should be trimmed both above and below the eyes to a comfortable length that allows him to see without restriction. No growths of hair should be so close that you risk infection when dirt and other debris is carried by the coat. Wipe those eyes clean as needed to avoid excess matter forming an infection.
5. Watch Those Paws
Nails should be regularly clipped to avoid overgrowth and injury due to improper gait. In addition, the hair on the top of the paw should be trimmed in a nicely rounded shape that does not interfere with the pads of the feet. Keeping hair close to the skin will ensure that the feet stay as clean as possible and do not attract excess debris.
6. Trim Those Ears!
The hair on the ears should be kept nice and short; this will help to prevent infections caused by excess wax and bacteria buildup. Dogs with longer hair on the ears and the top of the head become more susceptible to matting, and this can cause a buildup of excess wax that can cause hearing difficulties for your dog. Hair that builds up inside the canal should also be addressed, and this type of work should only be done by a professional groomer to prevent injury to the ear canal. Regular inspection of the ears should be done to eliminate buildup, debris, and to reduce the possibility of infection.
7. Keep the Tail Short
Quite often, hair is left to grow on the underside of the tail, and area of the body which is prone to severe matting. Hair should be trimmed short and blended into the back of the dog to keep this area of the body clean and mat free.
8. When in Doubt, Visit a Professional!
Professional dog groomers have a variety of specialized tools and techniques to make sure that a grooming experience is safe and comfortable for your dog. If you do not feel comfortable handling your dog’s personal care on your own, consider making the investment of regular trips to the groomer to ensure your dog’s health. He deserves it!