How to Groom a Goldendoodle

by | Mar 24, 2023 | Blog Post, Goldendoodle | 0 comments

Hello, doodle lovers! At Poodles2Doodles, we absolutely adore our goldendoodles and want to make sure they always look and feel their best. That’s why we’ve put together this detailed guide to help you groom your goldendoodle at home. By following these easy steps, you’ll have your furry friend looking fabulous and feeling great. So, let’s dive in!

Equipment You’ll Need to Groom Your Goldendoodle at Home

Before we jump into the grooming process, it’s essential to gather all the necessary tools to make the experience as smooth as possible. Here’s a list of equipment you’ll need:

  • Dog shampoo and conditioner
  • A large towel
  • A grooming table or non-slip mat
  • A slicker brush
  • A comb with both wide and narrow teeth
  • A pair of grooming scissors or shears
  • A pair of thinning shears
  • Electric clippers with different blade sizes
  • Nail clippers or a nail grinder
  • Styptic powder or gel (for minor nail bleeding)
  • Ear cleaning solution and cotton balls
  • Dog toothpaste and a toothbrush


Steps on How to Groom a Goldendoodle at Home

Now that you’ve gathered your grooming tools, let’s get started on transforming your goldendoodle into a dazzling doodle!

Bathe Your Goldendoodle

First things first, let’s get your goldendoodle squeaky clean! Wet their coat with warm water, making sure to avoid the eyes and ears. Lather up with a high-quality dog shampoo, massaging it gently into the fur. Rinse thoroughly, and then apply a dog-friendly conditioner. This will help keep the coat smooth and manageable. Rinse again and use a large towel to gently remove excess water from their coat. Make sure to dry their ears to prevent any potential ear infections.

Brush Your Goldendoodle

Once your goldendoodle is dry, it’s time to brush! Start with a slicker brush, gently working through any tangles or mats. This is crucial, as goldendoodles are prone to matting. Don’t forget to brush behind the ears, under the legs, and around the belly. Follow up with the wide-toothed comb for larger tangles and the narrow-toothed comb for finer ones. Remember to be gentle and patient, as this process can be time-consuming.

Cut the Face     

Now that your goldendoodle’s coat is clean and tangle-free, it’s time to trim the facial fur. Use grooming scissors or shears to carefully trim around the eyes, ensuring your dog has clear visibility. You can also give your goldendoodle a cute “teddy bear” look by trimming the hair around their muzzle and cheeks to create a rounded appearance.

Clip and Trim the Ears

Next, let’s tackle those adorable floppy ears! Gently hold your goldendoodle’s ear and use the thinning shears to remove excess hair, being cautious not to nick the skin. Trim any long hairs around the edges of the ears with grooming scissors for a neat appearance. Finish by cleaning the ears with a dog-safe ear cleaning solution and cotton balls.

Cut the Back

For the back, use electric clippers with a blade size appropriate for your goldendoodle’s coat length. Start at the neck and work your way down the back and sides, moving in the direction of hair growth. Be sure to hold the skin taut to avoid any nicks or uneven cuts.

Trim the Legs, Feet, and Paws

Now, let’s move on to the legs, feet, and paws. Use grooming scissors to trim the hair on the legs, following the natural contours of the limbs. Be cautious around the joints, as these areas can be sensitive. Use thinning shears to blend any harsh lines, creating a more natural look.

For the feet, trim the hair between the paw pads using a small pair of grooming scissors or clippers. Make sure to remove any debris or matted fur that might have accumulated there. Then, shape the hair around the paws for a neat, rounded appearance.

While you’re working on the paws, don’t forget to trim your goldendoodle’s nails. Use a nail clipper or grinder to trim the nails, taking care not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail that contains blood vessels). If you accidentally nick the quick, use styptic powder or gel to stop the bleeding.

Clip the Belly, Bum, and Tail

To groom the belly and bum area, carefully use electric clippers or grooming scissors to trim the hair. Make sure to keep the skin taut and be extra cautious around sensitive areas, like the genitals and anus. 

When it comes to the tail, you can choose a style that suits your goldendoodle’s personality. Some owners prefer a fluffy, plume-like tail, while others opt for a more streamlined look. Trim the hair with grooming scissors or clippers, and use thinning shears to blend any harsh lines for a smooth, natural appearance.

One More Brush and You’re Finished!

After all that trimming and clipping, give your goldendoodle one final brush to remove any loose hairs and ensure their coat looks sleek and smooth. Stand back and admire your handiwork – you’ve just given your goldendoodle a fabulous at-home grooming!

By following these steps, you’ll keep your goldendoodle looking and feeling great between professional grooming appointments. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also strengthen the bond between you and your furry friend. Happy grooming, doodle lovers!

Use Word Association


Teaching your goldendoodle puppy a specific word or phrase associated with potty time can help reinforce the behavior you want. Choose a command, such as “go potty” or “do your business,” and use it consistently every time you take your puppy outside to eliminate. With repetition, your goldendoodle will learn to associate the command with the action, making potty training more effective.


Positive Reinforcement


Positive reinforcement is key to successful potty training. Whenever your goldendoodle puppy goes potty in the designated spot, reward them with praise, petting, or a small treat. This will help them understand that they’ve done something good and motivate them to continue the desired behavior.



Pick a Specific Potty Spot


Choose a specific spot in your yard or near your home where you’d like your goldendoodle puppy to go potty. Always take your puppy to this spot during potty breaks, and reward them when they successfully eliminate there. Over time, your puppy will learn to associate this spot with going potty and will be more likely to use it consistently.


Expect Messes and Clean Them Up Properly


Accidents are bound to happen during the potty training process, so it’s important to be prepared and patient. When an accident occurs, clean it up promptly with an enzymatic cleaner specifically designed for pet messes. This will help eliminate any lingering odors that might encourage your goldendoodle puppy to eliminate in the same spot again. Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners, as they can actually mimic the smell of urine and confuse your puppy.


Remember not to scold or punish your goldendoodle puppy for accidents, as this can create fear and anxiety, making potty training more difficult. Instead, focus on reinforcing positive behavior and setting your puppy up for success by sticking to a consistent schedule and closely monitoring them for signs that they need to go potty.



Start Your Goldendoodle Potty Training Today


Potty training your goldendoodle puppy takes time, patience, and consistency, but with these tips and a positive attitude, you’ll be well on your way to a fully potty-trained pup. Begin by establishing a consistent feeding schedule, keeping your puppy close by, and expecting lots of potty breaks. Use crate training, word association, and positive reinforcement to help your goldendoodle understand what you expect from them. Remember to pick a specific potty spot and be prepared to clean up any messes that occur along the way.


By following these steps, you’ll be setting your goldendoodle puppy up for potty training success and building a strong foundation for a happy, well-adjusted adult dog. So, start your goldendoodle potty training journey today and enjoy the many adventures ahead with your furry friend!