Goldendoodles are a hybrid dog breed created by combining a Poodle and a Golden Retriever. The resulting breed mixes the temperamental and physical characteristics of both types of dogs. Among these characteristics is a coat with the curly appearance of a Poodle but a finer texture like that of the Golden Retriever (see Reference 1). Caring for the dog’s unique hair requires a proper shampooing method to ensure clean and healthy coat.
While there are many types of dog shampoos available, the sensitivity of a Goldendoodle's skin to the chemicals in these shampoos often require the use of human shampoo products. A no-tears baby shampoo is gentle enough on the dog’s skin while also protecting the eyes from irritation. Two-in-one shampoo and conditioner combinations are another option that also makes it easier to comb through the dog’s coat when bath time is over. Unless the dog’s coat has become soiled, Goldendoodles should only be bathed once a month.
It is important to avoid getting shampoo in the Goldendoodle’s eyes during the bathing process. To ensure no suds come in contact with the eyes, owners can forgo shampoo on the face in favor of a moistened washcloth to wipe away any dirt.You can also use an applicator bottle to apply no-tears baby shampoo in small amounts to the areas around the eyes, ears, mouth and nose. A toothbrush helps to create lather in specific areas which are then rinsed thoroughly with water.
When shampooing the body of a Goldendoodle, the shampoo should be applied directly to the coat from neck to tail. When working up lather it is important to move down the dog’s body to avoid getting shampoo in the dog’s eyes. During the shampooing process, a fine-toothed comb can be used to remove knots and tangles. In addition, the comb helps remove debris that can be caught in the dog’s coat. The entire body, including the undercarriage, legs, tail and back should be shampooed to ensure the dog is fully clean.
Rinsing properly is important to the health of a Goldendoodle’s coat and skin. When shampoo is left in the dog’s fur it results in dry and irritated skin. Goldendoodles must be rinsed several times with a long shower hose that allows owners and groomers to remove all traces of shampoo from the dog’s body. To avoid the possibility of shampoo getting in the dog’s eyes, they should be rinsed from front to back.