16 Sep

How Often Should You Groom Your Doodle? – The Ultimate Guide

Doodles such as Labradoodles, Bernedoodle, and Goldendoodles need to be on a grooming schedule. Keeping your best friend looking and feeling their best, regular grooming is essential. In this guide, we’ll explore the ideal grooming schedule for your doodle, taking into account their unique coat types and individual needs.

Understanding Doodle Coat Types:

Doodles typically have three main coat types: wavy, curly, and straight. Each coat type requires different grooming frequencies and techniques.

  1. Wavy Coat:
    • Wavy-coated doodles have a loose, slightly curled coat.
    • Grooming Frequency: Every 6-8 weeks.
    • Brushing: Brush at least 2-3 times a week to prevent matting.
    • Bathing: Every 6-8 weeks or as needed.
    • Haircuts: Every 6-8 weeks, depending on your preference for coat length.
  2. Curly Coat:
    • Curly-coated doodles have tight, spiral curls.
    • Grooming Frequency: Every 4-6 weeks.
    • Brushing: Brush 4-5 times a week to prevent matting.
    • Bathing: Every 4-6 weeks or as needed.
    • Haircuts: Every 4-6 weeks to maintain the desired length.
  3. Straight Coat:
    • Straight-coated doodles have a sleek, non-curled coat.
    • Grooming Frequency: Every 8-12 weeks.
    • Brushing: Brush at least once a week to reduce shedding.
    • Bathing: Every 6-8 weeks or as needed.
    • Haircuts: Every 6-8 weeks or as desired for aesthetic purposes.

General Grooming Tips:

  1. Regular Brushing: Regardless of coat type, frequent brushing helps prevent matting, reduces shedding, and keeps the coat clean and healthy.
  2. Bathing: Don’t overdo it. Bathing too often can strip the coat of natural oils. Use a dog-specific shampoo and conditioner when necessary.
  3. Ear Cleaning: Check and clean your doodle’s ears regularly to prevent infections, especially if they have floppy ears.
  4. Nail Trimming: Trim your dog’s nails every 4-6 weeks or as needed to prevent discomfort and potential injuries.
  5. Professional Grooming: Consider professional grooming for haircuts and trims and to get advice on hair maintenance and how frequently your dog should be getting groomed.
  6. Skin and Coat Health: Pay attention to your doodle’s skin and coat condition. Dryness, itching, or hot spots may require special attention.
  7. Dental Care: Don’t forget dental hygiene. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly to prevent dental issues. Bones and Chews can help with dental health, but we highly recommend regular teeth brushing!


Grooming your doodle is an important aspect of responsible dog ownership. The ideal grooming frequency varies based on your dog’s coat type and individual needs. Regular brushing, bathing, and other grooming practices are essential to ensure your doodle stays healthy, comfortable, and looking their best. Consulting with a professional dog groomer can provide personalized guidance on the best grooming routine for your beloved doodle.