Grooming your Australian Labradoodle

Austra­lian Labra­do­odle puppy coat is very easy to groom – it is eno­ugh to brush the coat every now and then. Howe­ver when the coat goes thro­ugh the phase of chan­ging to an adult coat it requ­ires more atten­tion then.

Artic­les that I use during nor­mal gro­oming pro­ce­dure:
1. Sha­ver
2. Slic­ker brush
3. Matt remo­ver
4. Scis­sors
5. Thinners

Accessories

Acces­so­ries

Head – you give the had round shape. Beard must be cut the way so it is short and round. Cut the bang so it does not cover eyes of your dog. Hair aro­und the muz­zle sho­uld be shor­ten and it sho­uld give the muz­zle round shape.

Shaping beard

Sha­ping beard

Shaping beard

Sha­ping beard

Cutting Bangs

Cut­ting Bangs

Eyes — the hair on the muz­zle shall be cut the way so it does not go into your dogs eyes. You have to remem­ber to take care after it as the dirty hair going into the eye could cause eye infec­tions.

Hair on the muzzle

Hair on the muzzle

Done

Done

Done

Done

Ears – sho­uld be cle­aned. Hair sho­uld be sha­ved on the throat — from one ear to ano­ther. This way we ensure air float.

Clean and shaved ear

Clean and sha­ved ear

Shaved throat

Sha­ved throat

Gro­ins – the hair could get mats in this area because when the dog moves, legs rub aga­inst down part of a belly and the chest. You could shor­ten the hair in the gro­ins to the 1–2 cm length.

Paws – no hair sho­uld grow over the paws. The hair must be shor­ten and sho­uld end where the paw ends. Hair gro­wing in the pads sho­uld be cut out (with the round baby scis­sors) This way no mud, dirt or snow gets inside them

Cutting the paw hair

Cut­ting the paw hair

Cutting the paw hair

Cut­ting the paw hair

Cutting the paw hair

Cut­ting the paw hair

hair in between

hair in between

properly cut

pro­perly cut

How to brush the dog.
Use a slic­ker brush — it was desi­gned for poodles and does a very good job! It is con­struc­ted on the soft pad which bends while you brush your dog — so you will not hurt him. You have to remem­ber that you sho­uld start from the bot­tom – not from the spine. You start from the bot­tom taking only a lit­tle bit of the hair at a time and then you take more and more – this way you are sure that all the hair have been bru­shed (even the ones that are at the bot­tom) If you start from the spine it will not be possi­ble to get into the bot­tom hair.

slicker brush

slic­ker brush

Start from the bottom

Start from the bottom

move up

move up

If there is a small matt. You can easily remove it using matt bre­aker. But if there is a big­ger mat then it requ­ires some more pro­fes­sio­nal job to do. Never ever wash the dog with mats as you will make them impos­si­ble to be removed.

After bru­shing your dog you can use de-matting spray. It refre­shes the coat and cau­ses less mat­ting. It also makes the hair to get it curls back.

Anti-mating spray

Anti-mating spray

While bathing or dry­ing your dog out do not use the circ­lar move­ments as you will tan­gle the hair.

All puppy buy­ers will be equ­ip­ped with short videos regar­ding pro­per bru­shing and de-mating. The videos are under con­struc­tion now and will be ready shortly.

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Elzbieta Gajew­ska
Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Bre­eder in Poland
First Pro­fes­sio­nal Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Ken­nel in Poland