GROOMING WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT bathing your doodle!
First of all, bathing too frequently can lead to dry skin. You can bathe every 3-4 weeks, longer, or more frequently if you choose a good mild shampoo. How to choose a shampoo: "Doodles are like big teddy bears, and they require a high-quality shampoo to penetrate their thick coat. Beneath all of those luscious curls tends to be sensitive skin, so your doodle will need a dog shampoo that is gentle on the skin. Doodles can have different textures of fur – fleece-like, curly or wavy. You will need a shampoo based on what type of fur your doodle has. You’ll want to purchase a shampoo with effective moisturizing to lock in your dog’s natural oils."
Tips on introducing your puppy to the bath! "One of the best ways to start teaching your dog good behavior in the bath is to begin when they’re a puppy. As soon as they get into the tub, you should offer them a treat. The tub can be a scary place for a dog. The material of the tub can make it slippery for them.
For dogs who are leery about water, the idea of slipping around into the water isn’t a great time. You can solve this problem by placing a rubber mat on the bottom of the tub. This gives your dog something to grip onto and can make them more confident in the water. If you’re looking for a quick solution, you can lay a bath towel on the bottom of the tub. Once wet, it will stick to the tub and give them a comfortable place to stand." Keep baths short in the beginning. You want to make sure the experience is positive, and that you don't push them past the point they are comfortable. You can start with just a few inches of water in the tub to get their paws wet. Use treats and toys, and lots of praise make sure water is warm, not cold or too hot
How to bathe your doodle! Make sure you brush your doodle before you bathe them. Wetting them down with an unbrushed coat can lead to knots tightening into mats that are more difficult to get out. Because doodle coats are part poodle coat, they're resistant to water. Make sure you properly soak your doodle down to the skin. Start with the body, and leave the face/head for last. Shampoo that foams up will give you the deepest clean and the most coverage. Adding water to your shampoo can help foam it up more. You'll want a nice thick lather! Massage the shampoo through the hair and down to the skin When you've finished shampooing the body, rinse thoroughly! Their hair is thick, so you'll want to do a good job rinsing to make sure you get all the shampoo out. Left in shampoo can cause itchy skin and leave hair with residue. Once you've finished the body, do the head/face. The reason you do this last is so there's not as long of a time span the ears stay wet. Keeping the ears dry helps prevent ear infections! Make sure to dry your doodle, as leaving them can create knots, mats, and hot spots. You can either towel dry, or use a blow dryer. If you do use a blow dryer make sure it is not too hot! Holding a hot dryer too close can burn and dry out their skin! Whichever way you choose to dry, make sure you brush your doodle out so the hair doesn't tangle
You can also add a de-matt/de-tangler hair product! There are several options that are organic and silicone free that helps keep your dogs hair shiny, strong, and smelling great! Make sure the product is SILICONE FREE as silicone can build up in their coat (this makes it harder to wash out and changes the texture of their coat)