In this post, you’ll learn how to groom your Sheepadoodle. These grooming tips can be applied to many different doodle dogs. As their hair and coat-type is quite similar, you’ll be able to use many of the same tools for a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle. Keep reading to find out more!
Grooming your Sheepadoodle or mini Sheepadoodle at home is a great bonding experience. You may choose to groom your Sheepadoodle for a variety of reasons. We decided to groom our Sheepadoodle because the cost of grooming was starting to add up!
While the cost of the grooming tools at first might seem pricey, it quickly pays for itself. Over one year, we spent roughly $1,500 on grooming alone which we have now cut back on significantly.
Why Should Your Groom Your Sheepadoodle at Home?
There are many reasons why someone might want to groom their Sheepadoodle at home. Some dogs don’t like going to the groomer, and it causes much stress and anxiety for them. Others might want more control over what their dog looks like after a groom. And some might want to save a bit of extra money.
Whatever your reason is for grooming your doodle yourself, I’m going to be showing you all the tools we use for our Sheepadoodle grooming so you can begin your at-home-groom routine today!
Tools Needed for Sheepadoodle Grooming
These are the tools that we use for our Sheepadoodle grooming.
There is a minimum of four types of brushes that you need to groom your Sheepadoodle. These brushes should be used weekly (if not daily) to tame tangles, knots and avoid mats:
- Pin brush: for removing tangles and knots
- Comb: for removing any tangles that the pin brush missed (the pin brush works great, but won’t work down to the base of the skin. The comb is excellent for that, especially when your Sheepadoodle’s hair is longer)
- Slicker brush: for removing loose undercoat hair, getting rid of mats, debris and tangles (and fluffing up the hair)
- Dematting brush: for removing any mats
In terms of actual grooming, there are a few products I highly recommend:
- Wahl Clippers: these work very well. We’ve used them for several years to groom our Sheepadoodle
- Scissors: These come in two different sizes and have rounded tips to avoid accidentally poking your Sheepies
- Nail clippers: On the rare time our dog lets us, we trim her nails (but usually we take her to the pros for this)
Steps for Grooming Your Sheepadoodle
1. Brush/Comb your Sheepadoodle and Remove Any Mats
Mats are incredibly painful for our furry-friends. While frequent brushing should keep them at bay, sometimes they sneak up on us. The most frequent spot you may find mats on your Sheepadoodle are:
- behind the ears
- on the ears (if the hair is kept long)
As you groom your Sheepadoodle and get more familiar with their specific coat type, you’ll begin to notice which spots mat more frequently than others. For us, our Sheepadoodle is prone to matting behind her ears and on her ears.
Here are some things to keep in mind about mats:
- never bath your dog before removing tangles, knots and mats. Water makes mats tighter
- never try to cut out matted dog hair. The mat can be very close to the skin and you might accidentally cut your dog’s skin in the process
- mats trap bacteria and are painful. Try your best to avoid them on your pooch
If you feel your dog is severely matted, it’s best to call a professional groomer and get help.
Now, if your dog has manageable mats that you feel you can work through on your own, you can do so in a couple of different ways.
Cornstarch is a grooming secret that can help work out mats. Sprinkle some cornstarch on the mat and gently work it in with your fingers. Then, take your slicker brush and gently start brushing through the mat.
Use a Dematting Brush
A dematting brush is a bladed brush that can cut through stubborn mats and knots. You need to take care when using one of these on your dog as the blades are sharp and can slice through skin. We recommend the Safari dematting brush as the thumb rest helps you remember how to hold it properly so you don’t accidentally misuse it (and hurt your dog).
Once you have brushed, combed, and removed mats from your Sheepadoodle, you are ready to move onto the next step. It’s essential to make sure there are no knots or tangles before moving on.
2. Bath Your Sheepadoodle
It’s a good idea to bath before beginning any cutting or shaving because dirt and debris will dull your blades. Before bathing, you must make sure all knots, tangles, and mats are removed or else they will become worse afterward.
If your Sheepadoodle has a white beard that you’d like to keep white, Cowboy Magic Pet Shampoo is a must! This whitening shampoo will help keep your dog’s beard beautiful and white.
Don’t forget about cleaning the inside of your Sheepadoodle’s ears! We use an ear cleaner that we picked up from our local pet shop. Our vet advised us personally not to pluck our Sheepadoodle’s ears as her hair type does not require plucking. She does not mat and the hair inside her ears doesn’t grow thick. Some Sheepadoodle’s will require plucking of the ear hair. I suggest speaking with a vet or a groomer to see which category yours falls into.
3. Dry Your Sheepadoodle Fully
After the bath, it’s time to dry your Sheepadoodle. As the Sheepadoodle has thick hair, using a regular blowdrier will take hours to dry completely.
There are two blow driers I recommend getting from Amazon!
This one has been recommended to me by a professional groomer who occasionally grooms his Sheepadoodle at home.
The other one is the Shelandy Pet Hair Dryer
Both are heatless, high-pressure driers made for drying dogs. With the Sheepadoodles’ thick coat, a drier such the ones above will help you achieve that at-home grooming look in a snap.
If you are looking for a stand dryer instead (which can free up both hands) take a look at this list of the best stand dryers for dog grooming.
4. Shave and Cut
Now that your Sheepadoodle is clean and free from mats and tangles, you can begin to shave!
We love our Wahl Clippers and have been using them with no problems for the last three years on our Sheepadoodle. They are cordless, which makes grooming even easier. She gets professionally groomed once or twice a year, but otherwise, we do her grooming ourselves. Don’t skip over this section as there are some very important notes.
In terms of grooming, we have trained our Sheepadoodle to lay down when it’s time to groom. We are very lucky that she doesn’t mind to be groomed and will fall asleep as we shave her.
Others might not be so lucky, so it’s very important that you have patience and only groom if your dog remains calm. Do not let grooming turn into something that causes anxiety for your dog.
If your dog doesn’t lay or stand still, a grooming table is a perfect solution (and is the cost of roughly one visit to the groomers, so it pays for itself after a few months)!
We use clippers on our Sheepadoodle’s body, legs, belly, for her sanitary cut, and between her paw pads. For excellent grooming tutorials, check out My Favorite Groomer on Youtube.
We then use Scissors for more delicate work, such as trimming her mouth, trimming around her eyes, trimming her paws, her tail and taking a little bit of length off her ears.
You also may want to consider getting thinning scissors to cut around the nose and the muzzle. Thinning scissors aren’t necessary, but are something that we decided to invest in about a year after grooming our doodle ourselves. They help eliminate blunt edges create from the scissors around the face.
Here are some tips for Sheepadoodle grooming:
- don’t forget between the paw pads. This area can mat and needs to be cut.
- your Sheepadoodle needs a sanitary cut (around their genitals and anal area). If you aren’t comfortable doing this area, seek out a groomer’s help.
- clean the inside of the ears and speak with a professional if you are unsure whether or not your Sheepadoodle needs the hair removed from their ear canals.
Some of these areas take lots of time and practice to get right. The sanitary cut, in particular, can be a bit tricky for someone new to grooming their dog, especially if their dog doesn’t sit still.
Trimming around the face is also another part of the Sheepadoodle grooming process that can be challenging!
If there are any parts of the Sheepadoodle grooming process that you aren’t quite comfortable doing on your own, you can always send your Sheepadoodle to a professional groomer to get help with those specific areas.
For example, our Sheepadoodle will not let us trim her nails. She will let us do everything else, but the moment I bring out the nail clippers, she’s gone. Rather than try and do this at home, we take her into our groomer.
So for any parts of the Sheepadoodle grooming process that you can’t perform on your own, your groomer will be there to help!
Maintenance Between Grooms
You can easily prolong the time between grooming sessions by daily/weekly brushing. One product we can’t live without is our MudBuster. The MudBuster makes cleaning dirty paws a breeze and keeps your Sheepadoodle from tacking in dirt into your home.
The inside of the MudBuster uses silicone bristles to gently remove debris and dirt from their paws and lower legs.
Before getting this handy contraption, we would need to put our Sheepadoodle in the bath and wash her paws nearly every time she came in from a rainy-day-play. During rainy and wet seasons, this is a lifesaver!
Sheepadoodle Grooming Ideas
Now that you know what tools you need to groom your Sheepadoodle, let’s look at some incredibly gorgeous doods for grooming inspiration! Here are some pictures of Sheepadoodle haircuts to help you find what style suits your pooch best.
The shaved look is low maintenance and perfect for a summer cut!
Teddy Bear Cut
The teddy bear cut is quite challenging to do at home. If you want your Sheepadoodle to have a teddy bear cut on the regular, you’ll likely want to visit a pro for this.
The shaggy Sheepadoodle cut is easy for beginners as it is easy to hide mistakes! It’s “imperfectly perfect”. The shaggy look is so adordable. Just look at some of these pups to see for yourself.
As you can see, there are lots of different ways to groom your Sheepadoodle. And don’t forget to go follow the above pups on Instagram for more cuteness!
In Conclusion: Sheepadoodle Grooming at Home
Grooming your Sheepadoodle at home is a great bonding activity! With practice, you’ll be able to groom your dog from the comfort of your own home. Don’t be discouraged if your dog doesn’t look as good from your groom as they do from the groomers. Grooming takes a lot of practice!
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About the Author:
Dana is a Sheepadoodle owner and expat in Germany. While living in Europe, Dana and her husband always make sure that when they go on road trips, their pup Kaya gets to come along. Dana loves to highlight dog-friendly places you can travel to with your pooch so that your entire family can have fun together!