Doodles are wonderful family pets, from their non-shedding qualities to their super computer brain power - they're a joy to have around when taught good habits and behaviors. Doodles get all of the best traits out of both of their counterparts. Poodles give them the intelligence, drive and even stubborn qualities as well as the curly coat. While the other half gives them their love of ball-fetching, a drive to herd or hunt, and a happy-go-lucky attitude.
Doodles come in all shapes and sizes from Mini to Giant and have a variety of coat types.
Sizing according to our standards are as follows:
Mini - usually 15 to 25 lbs
Standard - 25-60 lbs.
Giant - 65-100 lbs.
Understanding that these sizes are the norm for all types of doodles will aide in what type of doodle to find for your home, and what to expect when it comes to pricing and maintenance of your dood.
One thing all doodles have in common is their double coat, unlike their shedding counterparts a doodle's undercoat does not come out naturally but has to be brushed out by their human or a groomer! Most of the time a doodle may not look matted due to the top coat being nice and fluffy, but in fact the undercoat is where matting starts.
Ensuring that your dog is combed and not just brushed-over is extremely important with a doodle.
Their non-shedding quality is wonderful but in turn it creates a very high-maintenance coat that requires daily brushing or grooming every 4-8 weeks depending on the level of maintenance you want.
Having your doodle professionally brushed out is always a great thing!
Doodles are High-energy dogs who require daily walks and brain exercises to appease their incredible intelligence. Since they are a mixture of Poodle and either a hunting/retrieving dog or a herding dog, they require jobs to do or they will become bored and destroy things. They are stubborn and learn quickly, therefore require a stern Alpha human to lead them in the right direction. Doodles may be cute, but can get out of hand very quickly if they know they can get away with anything they want to do!
Ensuring that your doodle has the proper training and allowing your dog to have structure in the home will set them up for success for the entirety of their lives.
We at OG do training in-home if you ever have any questions!
Our Groomers use a variety of brushes to get a Doodle's coat to look fabulous, all of these are necessary to ensure no matting occurs in your dog's coat:
coarse coat comb
de-shedding rake (helps pull the undercoat out)
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The Puppy phase for a doodle is going to be the most important part of their grooming life. Getting your pup used to grooming as soon as you bring them home is vital.
Positive reinforcement at home while touching your puppies' paws, face, booty, and ears is always recommended, we call this "touch homework". Purchasing brushes, doing the touch homework and acclimating them to the feeling of being brushed will aide your groomer to give them a successful first time puppy trim.
Puppies should be taken to their groomer as soon as they receive their last round of puppy shots in order to set them up for a lifetime of grooming.
Once it is time for their first trim they will be introduced to the world of grooming! The smells, sounds, feels and people will all be new, so they will be in-taking a ton of information while they are with their groomer. This allows us to desensitize and train your dog to be ready for grooming! Your pup will be tired once they get home, so don't be too surprised if they just want to nap afterwards.
Puppies should be brought in every 4 weeks after their first time trim to ensure they will not forget what they have learned, prevent them from becoming matted, and for us to be able to train their coat to be beautiful and ready for that first "big girl/big boy" haircut.