As professional groomers, our first responsibility is to your dog's health. It must never be about vanity or looks. And, in our view, dying a dog's hair is more tied to the latter.
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.
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.
A professional Goldendoodle groomer will:
- Ask you for what YOU consider the right look for your Goldendoodle.
- Consider the coat's temperament and condition before even grabbing the clippers.
- Use the right shampoo and conditioning formulas that retains the breed's natural hair balance.
- Respect the breed's look standards for their head, paws, and tail areas.
- 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.
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.
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.
2. Bathe your pet using a natural shampoo every 4 to 6 weeks that includes a nature-derived ingredient like lavender.
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.
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.
Learn more about our new Puppy Grooming packages, now available for our Nashville Brentwood grooming salon.