We recommend that your new puppy is introduced to grooming in the first few weeks of welcoming your puppy. We have already started doing some brushing, combing and nail training in the weeks they have been with us. Please continue to ensure your puppy is comfortable being groomed moving forward. We will show you how to brush and comb your puppy when you come to pick them up. Brushing weekly at the very least is highly recommended if you want to avoid matts and a full shave at the groomer.
Nail clippers: While your pup is little human ones are suitable, only snip the small hook off the ends, this is best done once a week to help your pup grow accustomed to regular paw handling. When they’re bigger we recommend: Millers Forge Red Handle Nail Clippers
Regular professional grooming is required and highly recommended. Labradoodles are usually groomed in a teddy bear clip with a nice short round ear. Once your puppy is fully vaccinated, we recommend booking in your puppy for a puppy tidy up at your groomer. This includes a bath and blowdry, nails and sanitary areas clipped. It is important to book regular grooming appointments with your puppy to get them used to the groomers.
Initially when brushing your puppy, the aim is to just get them used to the brush. This means short 5 minute sessions of brush, reward, brush, reward. It helps to have your puppy on a higher surface. Placing a yoga or non slip mat on a table or chair will prevent your puppy from moving around too much. Once your dog is used to the brush, be sure to brush the coat down to the roots. A common mistake when brushing is only brushing the surface of the coat. This can lead to matting at the roots of the coat.
Here is a link to a demonstration of line brushing - line brushing ensures your brush right down to the roots
When bathing your puppy/dog, be careful not to get water into their ears. This can lead to ear infections. If you get water into their ears, gently wipe out the ear canal with a cotton ball
Signs of an ear infection include scratching at the ear, an unpleasant odour from the ear, redness and brown discharge
If you notice these signs, please make an appointment with your vet