Grooming your ALD
Non- Shedding does not mean Low Maintenance
The Multigenerational Australian Labradoodle's coat requires regular upkeep and maintenance to keep it looking and feeling spectacular. The ALD coat requires regular brushing (30 min, 3-5/week) and regular full grooming (every 5-7 weeks). Failing to be consistent will result in pain and hardship for you and your pup. Your 30 minutes of relaxed brushing and bonding will turn into 1.5 hrs full of stress and frustration. If matting sets in, your groomer will be forced to completely shave your pooch.
Below you will find some tips, tricks, resources and products that will set you up for success and keep your purdy poochy pupper looking positively perfect.
When brushing your ALD, you absolutely must make sure the coat is completely brushed out, down to the skin. Line Brushing is the best technique you can use to accomplish this goal. Your dogs coat type, activity level, and environment will determine how often you will need to brush him.
Always make sure your dog's coat is dry before brushing. Wet hair will break easier and matt tighter. A high velocity dryer is a great investment. Not only will it cut down on drying time, but fluffs and loosens the hair which makes brushing significantly easier.
When you begin Line Brushing, keep a couple of things in mind. 1) Work bottom to top and back to front. In other words, work from the toes to the hips and the tail to the head. 2) Pat and lift, do not drag the Slicker Brush across your dog's skin. Let the brush do the work. Place the brush on the coat and lift away at a 45 degree angle.
Begin by using your weak hand or a Greyhound Comb to lift a section of fur. Lift the fur in the opposite direction from which it grows. Typically, this will be tail to head, belly to spine, feet to hips. When you lift away this hair, hold it against the body. This will create a line below your comb or hand. You will now address the hair below this line. Pat the Slicker Brush on the section of fur below the line and then lift it away from the body, at a 45 degree angle away from your line. You do not need to pull hard, let the brush do the work. On your first pat/lift, it will sound like velcro being separated. Repeat the pat/lift on the same section of fur until the brush lifts off smoothly, without making a sound. Work systematically from one side to the other, at the same level. Then move your comb up a few inches, make another line and continue working at this level.
Once you have finished an area, check your work with the Greyhound Comb. You should be able to work the comb from the skin to the tip of the fur, without meeting resistance. If you find a tangle or a tight spot, you can use the line brushing technique with the comb, or go back to the Slicker Brush until the comb will pull through smoothly.