What To Expect With Your First Doodle Puppy

by | Mar 29, 2019 | Doodle | 0 comments

What To Expect With Your First Doodle Puppy

Maybe the family has been begging you for years, maybe you just want to feel safer in your home, or perhaps you might just want some extra company. Whatever the reason, bringing home your first doodle puppy is a responsibility you’re better off prepared for. Whether it’s a Mini Goldendoodle or a Standard Sheepadoodle, doodles haven’t been around for as long as other traditional breeds so it isn’t easy knowing what to expect. It’s important to note that “Doodle” is a broad term meaning any breed mixed with a poodle. Beyond that, not all breeds are alike; each come with their pros and cons and no two are the same. However, poodles have very strong genes so there are a few things doodles generally have in common.

Be Ready To Play

Don’t get a doodle if you’re going to be jealous of them having a better smile than you. Doodles have exceptionally bright personalities and they love standing out.  It won’t be long till you realize that your puppy is a complete goofball and will have you smiling and laughing. This however might pose a challenge for certain owners. Playtime with their owners isn’t just something doodles enjoy, it’s something they require. Most doodles are going to need plenty of activity and some might find it hard to keep up. Make sure you are taking your puppy on plenty of walks and getting them outdoors as much as possible. Healthy dogs need exercise and that becomes your responsibility when you adopt one. This quality makes them great for large families with small, energetic children.

Training Will Be Relatively Easy

Poodles are the second smartest dog breed and these genes usually carry over making doodles quite intelligent. Because of this, training doodles can be easier when compared to other breeds. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean you will have to put less work in; doodles will be responsive to your attempts at training, but you will still need to put in the work.

Some Puppy Training Tips

Try putting your puppy on a consistent schedule. This might be tough depending on how busy you are, but your doodle will make it worth it in the end. Walking and training them at the same times everyday will help your doodle learn quickly due to the consistency. And make sure you reward them! Doodles love praise and treats, so use them to your advantage. If you put in the work, so will your puppy.

Don’t Worry About Fur on the Furniture

Since poodles are non-shedding, doodles are generally hypoallergenic. Understand that hypoallergenic doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have an allergic reaction, just that they shed less, making it less likely for you to have an allergic reaction. Aside from being easy on those with allergies, hypoallergenic dogs are great if you prefer keeping your house clean. Dog fur can be hard to take care of! With doodles, you won’t have to clean their fur but you will have to get it cut every 4-6 weeks. Doodles tend to have wavy or curly hair which can tangle and knot if you don’t give it proper care. Make brushing/combing a priority, doing it everyday if possible. Start any hair care routines early and keep them consistent so your puppy gets used to the sensation and routine. The benefit to all the hassle is that your doodle will have a gorgeous fluffy coat.

Breeders Set the Expectation

With doodles becoming more and more popular in the last few years, unethical breeders have sprung up treating the trend as a cash grab. Do your research on the breeder you are purchasing your puppy from, and make sure to ask the right questions. A good breeder should be willing to give you information on all of the puppies medical information as well as it’s pedigree. Look into the living condition of the puppies as well. Puppies should be exposed to people and other animals while they are still with the breeder. So much of what to expect will depend on how your doodle was raised in the first few formative weeks of their life. Doing your research is imperative!

We hope you love your new doodle as much as we love ours!

well-behaved bernedoodle

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!