We will explain different types of coats and what supplies you will need for an overall grooming session at home.
Doodles are NOT a wash and dry dog. They have hair like you have. Even you brush your hair every day. But even with you brushing and combing at home, your puppy will still need a regular grooming every 6-8 weeks. This is to get them used to the groomer and the groomer will do things you don't do. Bath, dry, and of course, trim sanitary areas. Both of their private areas will need to be kept short to prevent poo being stuck or having smelly urine stains.
No matter what a groomer, your friend and family will say, your doodle will definitely need regular grooming care. You should start sending your puppy, once fully vaccinated, to a groomer for small things like clipping nails, a bath, a blowout, sanitary groom, just small things. Puppies do not need a huge cut at this point.
As it grows, it will need regular grooming care every 6-8 weeks in addition to being brushed three times a week.
It just takes a simple comb and brush to ensure there's no mats in your dog. You need to first comb the coat to find any mats. If you do find one, brush it out. If it's too tangled, use Cowboy Magic or Corn Starch. You have to do it at least three times a week. You also have to clip the nails and clean ears if needed.
If you have not been grooming at home, you probably have a very matted puppy. This is incredibly painful for your puppy. The entire coat on the puppy can become one piece of mat. I wish I was kidding. I am not. It will tear the puppy's skin, causing bruising and infections. This is what you want to prevent at all cost.
If your puppy's coat becomes entirely matted, it would mean that your groomer will have to shave all of it off to reduce the pain. It's way too painful for a groomer to try to brush through all of the mat. Shaving down is more humane and less painful for the dog.
This is the reality of owning a Doodle.
Coco has a beautiful curly coat. The Wool coat is most similar to a Poodle's coat. It can be in soft curls or tight curls. This coat will require regular grooming and combing. This coat is low to no shedding.
Teddy has a gorgeous fleece coat. The fleece coat can be soft spiraling curls or long and wavy. This coat will require regular grooming and brushing. This coat is low to medium shedding.
Alice has an IC Coat aka Improper Coat. This means that genetically she received a coat that is more similar to the Labrador opposed to the Poodle. You can see it's mostly smooth on her face and body. This coat can be medium to high shedding. But it's very low maintenance when it comes to grooming.
This is to help you find mats in the coat.
This is one of the best grooming brushes to help detangle mats for doodles. The Big G or Big K are strongly recommended.
If a mat is being tough to detangle, Cowboy Magic can help you detangle it.
You of course will need a nail clippers to keep their nails short.
If you accidentally cut the nail too short and it bleeds, this will help stem the bleed.
If your dog's ears needs cleaning, this is the best ear cleaning solution to use.
If your dog's ears tend to be wet or damp, this will keep it dry to prevent ear infections.
This is my favorite puppy shampoo.
After baths, or being in the rain, or having snowballs stuck to your dog's fur, this will help dry the wet off. You cannot leave your dog damp which will create mats.