Grooming

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An AMAZING characteristic of the Australian Labradoodle is that they have a soft, teddy-bear-like non-shedding coat. No more hair all over your clothes, couches, and house! That said, because they do not shed, they do require regular grooming to keep their coats healthy and pretty. The coat and nails of an Australian Labradoodle require consistent maintenance and monthly grooming for them to look and feel their best. While these grooming requirements might seem daunting, the more understanding of what the Australian Labradoodle needs, the better you’ll be able to care for them.

We recommend that owners find a groomer in their area that is comfortable and confident with grooming Labradoodles. That said, your Australian Labradoodles will require regular grooming between grooming appointments. Please check out this basic grooming video below for an Australian Labradoodle provided by the Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA). We recommend that owners find a groomer in their area that is comfortable and confident with grooming Labradoodles.

Steps to Grooming Your ALD

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Nails 


Keeping your Labradoodle’s nails in check can be a daunting task, but it is absolutely necessary. You must trim your dog’s nails on a regular basis, usually once or twice a month. Don’t forget the dew claws on the inner side of the front paws! They are easily forgotten but must be trimmed like every other nail. If you do not trim them, your dog is much more likely to snag them on something and tear them. A torn dew claw is a very painful thing for your dog and often results in a trip to the vet. The frequency with which you trim your dog’s nails will vary depending on its lifestyle and activity level. If you are not comfortable trimming or feel unprepared to do so, have a groomer or vet show you how.

Eyes


Take these three simple steps to prevent eye infections in your dog. Regular cleaning and care are a must.

  1. Keep hair trimmed away from your dog’s eyes using blunt-tipped scissors. Hair that rubs against the eye can introduce bacteria, leading to infection.

  2. Keep your dog’s eyes clean by using an eye-wash or pads designed to wipe away debris and gunk.

  3. Check your dog’s eyes regularly, and schedule an appointment with your vet if you detect any irregularities.

 

Teeth

We are *kinda* really obsessed with oral & teeth care around here... I guess that's what you get when your husband is a dentist!

Just like a human, your dog absolutely requires good dental care. Oral care is a frequently overlooked aspect to a dogs health care routine. Fortunately, preventing oral disease is easy by brushing your dog’s teeth regularly. Also, we have been using the product Plaque Off powder and have seen great results.

 

Learn more about your dog's oral health below:
 

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth

 

Overall Dental Care