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Great two story home in Sw Airdire. This one has a fully developed basment and is move in ready. Three full bedrooms and 3.5 washrooms allow plenty of room for the family. Located across from a real nice park and walking paths.
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06 December, 2010

Many people assume that grooming a Goldendoodle would be difficult or time consuming work. No so, my friend. This article will provide detailed information on how to groom your doodle, if you already own one or are thinking about purchasing one. Goldendoodles have alot of fine hair and in reality, the coat is not as thick as one might think. The Goldendoodle dog also sheds entirely different than any other dog. Yes! I said they DO shed. However, they are low allergen dogs who shed very little and when they do shed, they shed in phases. Much more about the Goldendoodle dog can be located on our “Goldendoodle World” website.

There are many different ways you can groom your Goldendoodle. As a puppy, most do not need but a slicker brush ran through the coat once a day. Maybe a bath, once a month, unless your puppy has gotten him or herself into a messy situation. Young puppies only need to be trimmed around the anal area, the front and back paws and in front of the eyes. Clipping the coat in front of the eyes prevents the growing hairs from turning inward and causing a corneal abrasion on the eye itself. Unlike the Poodle, a Goldendoodle should never be shaved down completely to the skin. The reason for this is because the Goldendoodle has very fine hairs that appear to be thick and its coat actually protects him or her in the heat as well as in the cold. If you are going to have your Goldendoodle shaved down, we recommend leaving at least 1 1/2″ – 2″ of the coat out from the skin.

Unless your Goldendoodle has extensive Poodle within its DNA genetic make-up, the doodle coat is never as thick as a purebred Poodle. As your Goldendoodle becomes a teenager, you will have noticed he or she has gone through many coat changes and phases. This is why only scissoring to even up the hair and remove any straggly hairs may be the only necessary “grooming” at this age. The Goldendoodle’s coat will thicken and become shaggier as your doodle nears its first birthday. We recommend using a slicker brush during the Goldendoodle’s coat phases and changes because the slicker brush has different lengths of bristles inside of the brush and the bristles will remove any dead hairs or lingering “baby” hairs. It will also help your Goldendoodle’s coat from matting. Leaving an upside down “V” shape about the face is the most popular trim for a Goldendoodle.

While there are many fine canine shampoos on the market, I never recommend using them because many canine shampoo products have harsh chemicals that can cause dry skin with the Goldendoodle. I always use either baby shampoo or Pantene that has a conditioner inside of the shampoo. Non-tearing shampoos work out fine for your Goldendoodle dog as well. Lets discuss the matter of bathing and then we will discuss trimming. When bathing your Goldendoodle, using either a large utility type tub or your own tub is recommended. This is dependent upon the size of your Goldendoodle. If he or she is too large to lift, you can even use your shower. With my own dogs, I will sometimes put them in the tub with myself or the shower and I never have to worry about getting wet! Any time you bath your Goldendoodle, you want to make sure that you do not use any soap or shampoo on the face or near the eyes. I am sure that you know what it is like to have soap or shampoo in your eyes and its the same feeling for your lovely dog!

I always use a wet washcloth to clean the face, that is just wet with water. To clean the ears, I recommend a “spritzer” bottle that is one part white vinegar and one part hydrogen peroxide. This helps clean your Goldendoodle’s ears and also helps them smell better. Never use Q-tips! A Q-tip can cause damage to the ear canal. You can use cotton balls or a thin washcloth and use your finger or pinky to clean inside the ear as far as you can reach. Depending upon whether or not your Goldendoodle has hairs growing inside of the ear, you may feel more comfortable having your vet clean its ears.

Grooming is one of the biggest expenses in owning a Poodle hybrid. If you can afford it and don’t have the time or knowledge on grooming your Goldendoodle or don’t want dog hair in your bathtub or shower, have them groomed by a professional groomer. It’s very important to Pick your groomer as carefully as you would pick your own hairdresser. There are many lazy groomers who use anesthesia or other sedatives on dogs when they groom and this is highly inappropriate as well as dangerous! If a groomer has a problem with you watching them work on your dog or waiting while they work on your dog, I’d find another groomer. Unfortunately, many canine deaths have been linked to lazy groomers or those who are not experienced. Grooming your Goldendoodle is not as hard as one might think. It usually takes the coat approx. 2 hours to completely dry, depending upon the thickness of the actual coat. Even using a blow-dryer, your Goldendoodle’s coat will take two full hours of drying time.

When bathing your Goldendoodle, it’s important to work up a good lather from the back of the head on down. I always use a fine comb to go through the coat while I have the Goldendoodle all lathered up. This helps remove anything small debris that might be in the coat or little tangles that can occur while lathering. You have to remember that shampooing your Goldendoodle is a great time to bond with him or her. I always gently massage their legs, back, belly and neck as I lather the coat. This not only feels good to your Goldendoodle, but it helps him or her know that this is a pleasant experience and not one to be afraid of. Some Goldendoodles may not like being groomed at first, but over time, they do learn to accept it and like it. After working up a good lather, using a shower nozzle or sprayer will make it easier to rinse the coat. You’ll want to rinse your Goldendoodle’s coat several times to make sure you have removed all of the shampoo. Never rinse the shampoo towards your Goldendoodle’s face. Always towards the back.

When drying your Goldendoodle, you have to remember that the loud noise from the dryer may scare him or her. While holding your Goldendoodle, you may want to start with the slow speed and then increase the speed once your doodle gets use to the sound. I personally use a commercial dryer for my dogs but they can be very costly (0 and up). For family pets a good hand dryer will work just as well. If the weather is warm you can partly air dry them and just use the hand dryer to fluff and brush the coat out but NEVER, partly dry your Goldendoodle in the winter and then allow him or her to go ouside until your Goldendoodle’s coat is COMPLETELY dry! If you do use a commercial cage dryer make sure that your Goldendoodle does not get to hot especially if they are a senior dog. Some can can get heat prostration even from a dryer. When using dips, I always recommend partly drying the doodle’s coat and then allowing the coat to “air” dry. This prevents the dip from being blown off of the coat.

If you decide to groom your Goldendoodle in the winter, make sure that you pre-heat the room that your Goldendoodle is going to be bathed in as well as dry in. We all know how cold we feel AFTER getting out of the tub or shower. You don’t want your Goldendoodle to catch cold or shiver after his or her bath is complete. Assuming that you are using a blow dryer after your Goldendoodle’s bath, if you use the slicker brush while blow-drying, you will help remove any dead hairs inside of your Goldendoodle’s coat. The slicker brush will also help prevent your doodle’s coat from tangling. Never allow your Goldendoodle to go outside until he or she is completely dry, especially in the winter.

Bathing your Goldendoodle can either be a nightmare or a pleasant experience. I have a raised bathtub (it’s easier on my back) with a non-slip mat inside of the tub. This prevents my puppies from slipping and becoming injured during the process. It is necessary to have a long shower hose with good water pressure if at all possible. The biggest mistake most home groomers make is not getting out all the shampoo in the coat. This is why I recommend rinsing your Goldendoodle several times after a good lathering. Leaving soap in the hair will dry out and irritate your Goldendoodle’s skin; perhaps you have seen your Goldendoodle scratching even after you checked his or her coat for fleas. Speaking of fleas, regular shampoo will not kill fleas or their eggs. You must use a shampoo specifically for ticks and fleas or you can use “Equate”. This is a human “lice” shampoo that has pyrithins that will help kill fleas, ticks and lice that may get into your Goldendoodle’s coat. Make sure to Read the label on any flea and tick shampoo or preventative. Some canine flea and tick preventatives will kill only the fleas on the dog and some will kill the eggs and adult fleas as well as the ones that may jump on later. While you can certainly use a light cream rinse on your Goldendoodle’s coat, make sure to use it sparingly. Creme rinses can cause your Goldendoodle’s coat to lay “flat”. If you decide to towel dry your Goldendoodle, don’t rub the coat against the grain or this will encourage knots and tangles. Also do NOT towel dry your Goldendoodle if you use flea and tick dips. This will remove the dip and be a huge waste of money. Just squeeze the coat out with your hands if you have dipped him or her or if you have not used any dips, squeezing the coat with good absorbent towels will help, should you want to “airdry” your Goldendoodle. I do recommend NOT bathing your Goldendoodle but once a month unless he or she really requires a bath. Bathing more than this can cause your Goldendoodle to have dry skin.

Cleaning the ears of your Goldendoodle is very important, each and every time he or she is groomed. Some Goldendoodles tend to

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