Goldendoodles! We love them at WashPaw and most of all we love to make their fashionable, furry look even more fashionable (and furry)!

Grooming your Goldendoodle in Nashville can be a daunting task. Finding the right groomer that knows the standard is not easy. 

Goldendoodle grooming

 

Proper Goldendoodle Grooming

Doodles' demand specific guidelines and proper handling due to their active spirit and demanding coat style. Following the wrong path may end up your Goldendoodle with:

- a coat that just droops instead of "float"

- a disproportionate head look

- paws and legs that are not round and straight

This is because most Goldendoodle Nashville groomers follow either the "Golden" or the "Poodle" grooming standards. Why? Because it is easier and faster. Goldendoodles DO take time to groom.

 

Goldendoodle Nashville

A professional Goldendoodle groomer will:

  1. Ask you for what YOU consider the right look for your Goldendoodle.
  2. Consider the coat's temperament and condition before even grabbing the clippers.
  3. Use the right shampoo and conditioning formulas that retains the breed's natural hair balance.
  4. Respect the breed's look standards for their head, paws, and tail areas.
  5. Follow strict protocols when bathing and drying.

 

Grooming your Goldendoodle at WashPaw

Our Goldendoodle grooming Nashville package offers a comprehensive set of cut-and-style techniques and includes:

  • Full bath with 100% natural shampoos and conditioners
  • Fluff-out coat drying
  • Nail trimming
  • Ear flushing and cleaning
  • Toothbrushing and Breath Freshener

Be careful with groomers who are not trained in handling the demanding Goldendoodle coat.

At WashPaw Grooming we understand they demand patience and the right set of tools to achieve the best results. This is why we reserve the right amount of time to care for their look, which averages between 3 to 4 hours.

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AuthorTammy W
CategoriesGrooming Basics

Most pet parents believe that brightening (or "whitening", as it's commonly known) their pet's coat is hard and expensive. They have been sold into the misconception that achieving professional-grade results is reserved to grooming specialists and styling experts.

Whitening dog coat

As you know by now we love debunking myths. We believe that you can get your pet's coat a shade or two brighter by following some easy techniques and tweaking a couple of grooming habits.

The Wrong Way

Pet grooming salons, just like any other business, tend to follow the path of least resistance to increase sales and efficiency. And who is to blame them? After all, a business exists to create profits, right?

Well, the issue lies in that this path is characterized by aiming to reduce time in between grooming sessions as much as possible.

Thus it makes sense to use grooming shampoos and conditioners that achieve the best results in the least amount of time. But most of these grooming products are shock-full of chemicals and byproducts. Brighter coats plus reduced bathing and drying times is a great formula for a business but not for your pet's well-being.

Some grooming salons now offer bleaching baths and clarifying pastes but they must be avoided at all costs. Even though these may bring about great results in the short-term and are for the most part inexpensive, their potency will cause negative effects on your pet's skin and overall health.

The Natural Way 

There is a better way to brighten your pet's coat and that is the natural way. By following these 4 easy techniques you will achieve the same results without compromising your friend's health:

1. Wipe-off food and debris from around your pet's mouth and eyes daily using organic cleaning wipes. We recommend Organic Oscar.

Organic pet wipes


2. Bathe your pet using a natural shampoo every 4 to 6 weeks that includes a nature-derived ingredient like lavender.

Lavender dog shampoo


3. Ask your groomer if he/she offers a natural facial service. Blueberry facials are recommended if your pet's face is characterized by darker shades around the mouth and eyes.

Blueberry facial dogs


4. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog's water to  balance their body's PH levels. As always, please check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet's diet.

Apple cider vinegar dogs
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AuthorTammy W
CategoriesGrooming Basics

Skunks in Nashville are everywhere. And getting rid of skunk smell from your dog or cat that has been sprayed is not an easy task.  Oh, we know.  

It throws your whole day off, sending you in panic mode to prevent cross-contamination and spreading the smell throughout the house. And when you get down to wash your pet, you feel powerless at how the skunk-y smell clings to your pet’s fur no matter how many baths you run him/her through. It is a messy ordeal pet parents are at risk of experiencing all year long and we hear their frustrations every day.

deskunk grooming nashville

 

If you decide to skip our deskunking grooming package and need to remove skunk smell at home here are some great tips that will help you on this all-in mission.

Organic Deskunking: Plan A

A simple search online can yield hundreds of results with recipes to follow to deskunk your dog or cat. By far these 2 are the best organic ways to deskunk your pet we recommend you follow if you decide to treat your pet at home:

  1. TOMATO JUICE. Douse your pet in tomato juice and let it sit for no less than 7-10 minutes. We are not too fond of this method due to the risk of staining fur, but it does the job pretty well. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
     
  2. VINEGAR. Mix 2 parts of water with 1 part apple cider vinegar in a plastic bottle (preferably one that you can squeeze). Using gloves, wet coat and work one section at a time, starting with the skunk-sprayed area. The solution should sit for no less than 5 minutes to fully enjoy the deodorizing properties of vinegar. Rinse coat. You may need to repeat this process 2-3 times. No worries, the vinegar smell on your pet’s coat will vanish in 1 to 2 days.

The Other De Skunk Recipe: Plan B

Another favorite recipe to get rid of skunk smell on your dog or cat is the formula by Paul Krebaum, which appeared in the August 1995 edition of Popular Science magazine:

1 qt hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap

Mix until baking soda is dissolved. Wearing gloves, massage mixture on your pet’s coat, paying special attention to the fur all around the skunk-sprayed area. Rinse well and repeat if necessary.

*Handle with Care - Never store as it will explode if contained in a bottle. Wash fur immediately as peroxide may bleach (discolor) fur.

Stop the madness!

Remember, we also offer a low-cost De Skunk Grooming package that can help you get rid of the smell without the hassle or risk of cross-contamination. Our staff will professionally bathe and deodorize your pet to remove the smell from your pet’s coat.

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AuthorTammy W
CategoriesGrooming Basics