Bernedoodle Grooming and Maintenance
Setting Up for Success
It is important to know the upkeep and commitment that goes into the everyday and monthly routine of Bernedoodle grooming and maintenance. After all, the more you know the easier the grooming and maintenance can be for both owner and puppy.
One of the positives of owning a Bernedoodle is little to no visible shedding, however, it is important to incorporate a good care routine to help maintain those lovely locks. I like to use a slicker wire brush to quickly go over our dogs every day. This doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds! I’ve found that an easy way to be sure that it gets done is to have a grooming basket next to the sofa or TV. A quick sweep of the entire dog including tummy and arm pits can take as little as 10 minutes. I also use a metal comb to follow the brushing to be sure and eliminate all those tiny ’pin’ mats. These little guys like to hide in ears, faces and between the toes. If you work at them when they are small, it’s a great way to eliminate problems before they crop up.
Because Bernedoodles have hair-like coats, it will continue to grow and eventually need a trim. Our dogs receive a grooming every 6-8 weeks, sometimes more depending on the season. Some owners choose to groom their pets themselves and with the proper tools and knowledge you can be very successful! Others choose to use a grooming service which can be more convenient. You can request grooming quotes ahead of time to be able to have the best idea for the extra expense. I highly recommend when you bring your puppy home, after all vaccines, to make a grooming appointment for your puppy and ask if you could watch the process. This should give you a better idea of what grooming may take and continue your puppy on the road to success for good grooming manners.
When bathing your bernedoodle the curly coat may tend to mat up with water. A simple towel drying might only add to the problem of larger matts developing. You can help prevent this by using a high-powered blow dryer simultaneously with a brush. Once your puppy is fully dry, proceed to brush out and remaining tangles with your slicker brush followed by metal comb. There are some excellent videos online about line brushing and coat maintenance. Overall, Bernedoodle grooming and maintenance doesn’t have to be hard or unpleasant for both owner and bernedoodle. The best habits start with positive reinforcement when the puppies are young. Regular brushing can be very relaxing and enjoyable by all, and the end result is a healthy, happy pet.