Dogs are truly unique and fascinating creatures. Not only do they make great companions, but they can be trained to tackle a wide range of specific tasks. For instance, some dogs are smart enough with the right properties to sniff out drugs or bombs. Some dogs are smart can sniff out cancers and tumors while others can assist blind people. In addition to this, you can take two entirely different breeds and create one unique breed with its own special properties. Take the Goldendoodle, for example. A truly beautiful dog that is created by combining the poodle and the golden retriever. Combine the two and you get the best of both worlds. You get the temperament along with the physical characteristics of both dogs.
That being said, one of the best characteristics that you’ll be able to take advantage of with this breed is the coat. A beautiful, curly coat that is similar to that of the poodle, but coupled with a much finer texture like the golden retriever. It is something truly special, but caring for this type of coat certainly isn’t easy. It not only requires unique and proper shampooing, but it requires the right techniques and methods.
Choosing The Right Shampoo
The first step of caring for your new breed’s coat is going to start with choosing the right shampoo for Goldendoodles. Unfortunately, this will not be an easy task, but luckily, there are tons of guides and information online that will help you choose the right shampoo. Ideally, you’ll want to choose one that is super-sensitive. Due to the unique properties of the breed’s coat, most owners end up going with human shampoo. No-tears baby shampoo is gentle enough for the dog’s skin, but can also protect the eyes from irritation. Another great option is the two-in-one shampoo and conditioners. These types usually make it much easier to combs through the dog’s hair when the bath is over. Typically, Goldendoodles need to be bathed and shampooed once a month, unless there is cause for it before.
Washing The Face
You learned earlier that a baby shampoo makes a shampoo for the Goldendoodle. This is because the breed’s eyes are overly sensitive to harsh chemicals. Thus, making washing the face extremely important. During the bathing process, you’ll want to ensure that no suds whatsoever come into contact with the dog’s eyes. Some owners will avoid shampooing the face entirely while others will wash it down with just a damp washcloth. Some will even use no-tears baby shampoo in the specific areas of the eyes, nose, and mouth. Whatever the situation, a toothbrush also comes in handy, as it’ll allow you to target and easily lather specific areas.
Washing The Body
When you are shampooing the body of the, it’ll be pertinent to start at the neck and work your way down to the tail. Once again, work your way up and down the dog while trying to avoid contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth. Be sure to use sites like We Love Doodles to help when choosing a shampoo to avoid such complications. A fine-toothed comb is a handy device that some owners like to take advantage of to remove knots and tangles. Not only this, but a good, proper comb can help with removing unseen debris that might be caught in the coat. Take special care to get the entire body of the dog. You’ll want to cover the undercarriage, the legs, the tail, and the back until the dog is fully clean.
Rinsing is just as important as the shampooing of your Goldendoodle. It’s extremely important for the health of the coat and skin as well as the overall appearance. Shampoo that is left in the dog’s fur can result in dry and irritated skin as well as an unruly appearance. This is why it is usually imperative to rinse the coat and skin multiple times after the bathing and shampooing process. Utilizing a long hose that allows you to easily tackle all areas of the dog’s body while still avoiding the face and other sensitive areas will come in more than handy. It also helps to rinse from the back and work your forward, which will help reduce the chances of getting shampoo in the dog’s eyes or other sensitive areas.