How basic coat care helps you to improve the well-being of your Labradoodle

24-09-2015

People who follow me are all too aware about the distinction I make between basic (coat) care and the trimming itself.

But what is this basic care, exactly, and how does it differ from trimming the coat?

A high maintenance dog (dog with corded/dense coat) should be groomed at least once every 8 weeks for optimal coat care.

It keeps the coat healthy and shiny, at a practical and easy to maintain length and it removes split ends that could lead to a dull, unhealthy appearance and tangles.

This is what I call trimming: shaping and modelling the coat.

But a good dog groomer does more:

A coat with tangles or felt can't be trimmed. The top of the comb attachment would get stuck or pull on the coat, a very unpleasant experience for the dog to say the least. Cutting through tangles with very sharp scissors might work to some degree, but your scissors would be goners and your hands will inevitably cramp up.

If you want to handle coat care optimally, you should then make sure that the coat is ready to be trimmed, by first giving it a thorough comb followed by some thinning and making it tangle-free. 

This is what I call pre-treating the coat, and you'll understand that this affects the well-being of your Doodle a great deal more than the trimming (modelling) itself.

Labradoodle grooming

Another thing that really impacts your darling's well-being is clipping your dog's paws, removing hair from around the eyes, the bum and the genitals, clipping the nails and last but surely not least: plucking the ears.

If you fail to do the above, your Doodle will have reason to complain: the nails will be too long and hurt when walking, hair will end up getting in the eyes and damage the retina, poo gets stuck in the coat, leaving your dog to drag his rear across the floor, urine and tangles around the groin will cause itching and dirty, sticky and smelly urine stains in the coat, and the ears will irritate or get infected in no time.

It should be obvious that not doing these things will really harm your Doodle's health.

But if you learn to do these things yourself, you can monitor your Doodle's well-being and literally take matters into your own hands.

There are countless opinions when it comes to plucking the ears, and I'll get back to it some other time, but let me just say that if you fail to remove the conditions in which bacteria and ear mite thrive, the short and especially long term health issues can be major.

I'm often asked what the difference is between the Basic Maintenance program and the Total Self Grooming program that I offer.

Well, it's easy: the Basic Maintenance program teaches you the basics of (coat) care, the necessities of making the coat trim-ready and taking ownership of your Doodle's well-being. The Total Grooming program teaches you how to professionally model the coat, at a practical length

and with a natural, fluffy mode, with the head reflecting your darling's personality the best it can.

If you begin to trim your Doodle yourself, it doesn't hurt to know what you're doing.

You don't just need the correct trimming skills, it mostly starts with understanding your dog and its coat needs.

After all, not every Doodle needs the same coat care or trimming techniques. It depends entirely on the bone and especially the coat structure.

If you want to know what level of care your Doodle requires, you need coat insight.

You get this by placing a magnifying glass on your dog's coat and really having a good look at it, whilst comparing it to other coats.

Labradoodle grooming

Are you deciding to trim your Doodle by yourself (which is extremely fun and offers you so much more than just the hefty cost savings)?

Then be sure to inform yourself about my early decision discount and check out my online self grooming programs HERE

Happy grooming!

Lots of Doodle love,

Wanda & Joy

Labradoodle groomer