Since having out litter of Saint Berdoodle puppies, I’ve groomed them twice. I started grooming our dogs a couple years ago. At the time, we had five dogs. And I just couldn’t stand the thought of paying over $400 to get all of them groomed when needed. So, I bought grooming equipment and figured it out.
Let me begin by saying that I’ve figured out that typically your dog will be better at the groomer than it will be for you. Our puppies act crazy when we groom them! I get that they are puppies and still learning. But wow… we groomed all three today, and it was a hot mess! They whine, jump around, put their front paws on our shoulders, lift their legs continuously, pull constantly… my back is feeling it currently.
I’m hoping the more we groom them, the better they will behave. The first time we groomed them, we used the longest comb to keep their beautiful coat fluffy. Recently, however, they’ve taken to rolling in the rain and mud, which has gotten to be quite the hassle. So today, we cut their coat fairly short, but left their faces fluffy. It’s definitely a different look, but still oh so cute.
As I’ve perused the Saint Berdoodle groups on Facebook, I’ve found different people prefer various groom types for their Saint Berdoodles. Some prefer them long, which requires frequent brushing to avoid mats. Some prefer to keep their coats shorter. Climate also tends to make a difference. It hotter climates, shorter coats may be better. In colder climates, longer coats may be preferred.
Whatever groom style you choose, start early. The earlier you start getting your dog into the habit of going to the groomer, the better and easier it will be on both of you, and on the groomer. Frequently handling your dog’s paws may also help when it comes to fear of nail trims. Just massage those paws while you’re snuggling together.