What happens to my doodle at the groomer?

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Have you ever wondered what does your doodle do at the groomer? What are the grooming steps he/she will experience?

I get that question all the time so felt like making a blog post about the details.

In case your doodle will get a full package, a haircut included, here are the steps he/she'll experience in at the Groomer Chick's salon. I picked to detail this package, because it covers most of the grooming needs of a doodle.

Pee Break

before going in the salon by the doggy owner or by the Groomer Chick.

Trimming the hair around the eyes

so your doggy can see the groomer and the groomer can see the doggy.

Paw hair removal

underneath the paws to enable the doggy to get a better grip on the grooming table and stand more comfortable on 4-3-2 legs while getting groomed.

Sanitary trim

Belly, butt area and genitals, inner thighs so pee won't stuck on hair, neither poop will get tangled or dried on it. It is much easier to detangle a dog without the super sensitive sanitary hair (often times matted) in the way, since we won't accidentally pull on those tricky spots with a brush or comb.

Detangling, brushing out or de-shedding.

It is important to get rid of all of the tangled hair, especially in case the doodle will get a longer trim (longer than 1/2 in). For shorter blades (less than 1/2 in length), it doesn't really matter. No need for detangling, the clipper blade will go through the hair most likely.

Pre-haircut

(The temporary but practical "Barking Cactus" hair style.) Doggies like the clipper more than getting a bath or a hair dryer, so in case we have less hair to deal with at those steps, the best and fastest for all of us so my doodle clients are getting a pre-haircut in case the desired length is significantly shorter than their present coat. :) Dealing with less hair in the tub and in front of the blow dryer makes life more fun for all participants. :)

Nail trimming and filing.

Nail filing can happen before the bath or after the bath. I usually od it after the bath, unless the doggy has super long nails and it is not comfortable to stand with those in the way. Nail filing is recommended after every nail trimming to make the sharp edges nice and smooth. It's important, since doggies can get itchy ears after ear hair removal and we don't want them to scratch themselves (face, skin, eyes, ears, whatever they reach...) with sharp nails. Filing is the best way to prevent injury to skin and on the eyes.

Ear cleaning

happens before the bath and definitely before nail trimming. (Some doggies with excessive ear hair have a tendency to shake their head for a few minutes/hours so it's best to get done with the nails first than with the ears to get a super still dog for nail trimming,)

Removing ear hair

is recommended for breeds who have lots of growing ear hair in the ear canal. In case they have some and it does not block the ear canal, it can be left intact. I do not use/suggest ear washes or alcohol as routine ear care. Only when the ear has lots of dirt or wax what is blocking or getting to block the ear canal. Otherwise, it is highly recommended to keep the natural flora and let it work. Don't fix what is not broken.

Pee break

hourly, as needed. For puppies, elderly, at least once in every hour. Adults, can go longer, but I always ask for potty break signs from the owners and keep a sharp eye out.

Bath

Lukewarm water, good soak, 1-2 rounds of shampoo -depends on how dirty the doggy is- and some conditioner to keep the hair shafts healthy and soft so brushes and combs will run in he hair easy and comfortably.

Towel drying

and letting the doggy roll and go wild with running around in the grooming area in case they want to. They satisfy their need to do something to get the water off of them so they'll be a lot calmer on the grooming table for drying.

Brushing out

the dog to get dried. Yep. With the right equipment, used properly after conditioner it won't pull the hair, but will let it get dry super fast and fluffy and will let the undercoat fly out better, too.

Hand blow drying

the dog. Using a brush while blow-drying makes it much faster and the doggy will become significantly fluffier and the hair will be beautifully straight to get a very precise and even trim. Cages, cage dryers are not recommended at any circumstances.

Final haircut.

Pee break after

so the doggy will be comfortable even in rush hour traffic on the way home. 

That's my take on the grooming steps.

Which ones came as a surprise? Which one did you know about?

Let me know in the comments!

Belly rubs to your doodle! :)

~Betty