how to groom a labradoodle at home

A labradoodle can be one of the hardest dogs to groom. This is mainly due to the type of fur they have. However, if you’re looking to groom your labradoodle at home, we’re here to make sure you’re able to do it in the best way possible.

Benefits of Home Grooming

It may come as a surprise to most people, but many dog owners actually prefer dog grooming within the comfort of their own homes. There are a couple of reasons why this is the case. The main reasons are as follows:

Cheaper

Let’s be real. Dog grooming is not cheap. Especially if we’re talking about grooming a labradoodle, going to a professional groomer can be super pricey, and in this day and age, it’s usually preferable to groom at home to save yourself a ton of money.

Less Stressful

If your dog is anything like mine, you know how stressful it can be to make them go to the groomers. And while you’re actually there, they’d usually make a whole scene by whining about being there. To save yourself the stress of dealing with that, groom your dog at home.

Tools Needed for Labradoodle Grooming

Labradoodle grooming is nothing like grooming your average dog. This takes quite a bit of work, and you really need full dedication to complete it successfully. Here are the main tools that you’d need if you’re going to groom your labradoodle:

Dog Comb

The most basic dog grooming tool that you’d need at your disposal is a dog comb. We recommend getting a steel one since they’re the sturdiest and can last you quite a long time without breaking. A dog comb is going to come in hand to get rid of the mats and tangles.

Dog Clippers

Getting a good set of clippers is an essential part of labradoodle grooming since you’re going to be doing quite a lot of clipping here and there. You can even get clippers that were specifically made to cut labradoodle hair. These are essential in giving your dog a fresh look.

Detangle Spray

With a labradoodle, you’re almost bound to run into a lot of tangles and mats. This is why it’s almost essential to have a detangle spray on hand. This can make detangling those mats much easier. If you brush your labradoodle on a regular basis, this may not be necessary.

Dog Shampoo and Conditioner

You can’t have a grooming session without a dog shampoo and a dog conditioner! Most people assume that you get right into the clipping and styling with grooming, but you actually have to take your dog a bath first. This can go both ways, depending on what type of dog you have.

Dog Nail Grinder

Dogs need a manicure and pedicure sometimes, just like we do. This is why you need to get them a nail grinder that grinds down their nails till they’re nice and short. The noise may scare your dog, but it’s actually not painful, maybe just a bit uncomfortable.

Grooming Scissors 

In addition to having a pair of dog clippers, you will also need some regular grooming scissors. These are to trim the hair or fur on some of the more delicate or tricky areas like the face, paws, and ears. If you’re looking to get into labradoodle grooming, these are almost essential.

Grooming Table and Leash

Last but not least, you can’t have a grooming session without the grooming table and leash. A grooming table is essential to make sure your dog is at your height level so you can groom them without breaking your back. The leash is to make sure they don’t try to run away.

How to Groom your Labradoodle at Home

Now that we’ve understood why it is better to groom a labradoodle at home and what tools we need, it’s time to move on to how to actually groom them. We’re going to be breaking this section down with a bath time followed by grooming per body part.

Labradoodle Bath Time

  • Leash your labradoodle so they don’t run away and slip in the process and hurt themselves.
  • Use a shower head to get water into all their inner coats properly.
  • Shampoo them first and wash them out. Then condition them and wash them out.
  • Use a hair dryer to dry them properly. Make sure to get into all their coat layers.

Labradoodle Belly Grooming

  • Make your dog stand by using a saddle or just nudging them to stand up.
  • Use a #5 or #7 blade to trim their belly hair to keep them cool in the summers.
  • Don’t overdo it, as Labradoodles don’t have much hair on their bellies.

Labradoodle Leg Grooming

  • It is preferable to keep leg hair short to prevent them from getting dirty during walks.
  • Use the same #5 or #7 blade to make the leg hair match the length of the belly hair.
  • Start from the highest point in the leg and slowly make your way down to the paws.

Labradoodle Paw Grooming

  • A labradoodles paws are going to be the most matted and would need to be shaved
  • The best way to shave their paws is using the #1 blade and doing right into it
  • On occasion, your labradoodle is not okay with this; you may need to use scissors

Labradoodle Face Grooming

  • Most people prefer to keep their labradoodles facial hair on the longer side.
  • Using a #9 blade to begin with can give them the perfect length of hair.
  • Finish it off by using scissors to give everything a more clean and balanced look.

Labradoodle Tail Grooming

  • A labradoodle tail is usually the slowest to grow, so it’s best kept on the longer side.
  • You can use a clipper or razor and start from their bottom and make your way to the end.
  • Depending on how often your dog has a poop mess, this may not be a pleasant task.

Final Verdict

Well, there you have it. This is a detailed guide on how to groom your labradoodle at home. If you reach this far, you know that this is not an easy task by any means. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort, it can save you a lot of stress and money from going to the groomers.