Grooming your Whoodle can sound like a lot of work and time, but it’s not as bad once you break it down. Let us help you figure out how often to groom and bathe your Whoodle and the best way to achieve a beautiful, healthy Whoodle.
How Often Should I Trim my Whoodles Coat
To avoid too much shagginess and to make it easier to brush, Whoodles coats need trimming every 8 to 12 weeks. You can take your Whoodle to a professional grooming service or follow tutorials to cut it yourself.
If you take it into a professional, they will also usually trim their nails, clean their ears, and just the basics. Depending on where you take your friend, this can cost around $30 to $90.
If you plan to groom your Whoodle at home, here are a few tips to help the process go smoother. Bathing your Whoodle first and getting all the mats out will help it be more even, but using an oil-based shampoo will help keep their coat smooth and stop tangles from getting too bad.
Here are some basic supplies you will need
- Dog Shampoo & Conditioner
- Bath Scrubber/bath brush
- Hair Dryer
Even if you trim your whoodles coat yourself, it may be worth taking them in to see a professional every once in a while to ensure they are getting clean everywhere, as the professionals have been doing it a lot longer and more often.
Since a Whoodles’ coat is a little longer, you will need to brush them about 2-3 times a week; otherwise, their coat will get mats in and will be harder to brush.
When brushing your Whoodle, you will want to use a lot of treats the first few times. This will help them learn to like being brushed and groomed, and their groomer will have an easier time.
There are a lot of different brushes and combs to choose from, but these three brushes will ensure you have everything you need in every situation.
The metal comb is to get loose tangles, dirt, and hair out of your Whoodle’s coat.
The coral one with the bent bristles is perfect for Whoodles because it gets the tangles out of the undercoat and helps smooth the whole thing.
The brush with the straight bristles is for a more gentle brush, and dogs love this one!
How Often Should you Bathe your Whoodle
Bathing your Whoodle is an essential part of grooming your Whoodle. However, you want to ensure you don’t wash them too often as their skin is on the more sensitive side, which will dry out their skin. As long as you keep brushing your Whoodle, you will only need to bathe your Whoodle once a month.
(pro tip: use treats throughout the process to make it more enjoyable for your fur baby)
Before you bathe your Whoodle, you will need to brush their coat. This will help loosen any build-up and allow the shampoo and conditioner to get to every part of their coat and leave you with a clean, thorough wash.
One thing that will help make bath time easier is letting your Woodle release all of its energy. It helps them to calm down rather than having an excited jumpy friend in the water. Plus, this gives you time to ensure you have all the supplies you need like treats, shampoo, a towel, etc.
Shampooing your Whoodle
When you shampoo your Whoodle, it’s easier to split the job into two different parts. The head and the body. This way, you can use other shampoos that specialize in various aspects.
Use a bath brush to get an even deeper clean. This helps get the dirt out and any snarls you may have missed the first time.
(tip: When you wash the face, avoid putting soap directly on their eyes and instead use a washcloth to clean that area to avoid irritation.)
Rinsing your Whoodle
Once you get everything out of your Whoodles coat, rinse their fur a few times to ensure you don’t leave any soap behind. If you do accidentally miss some soap, this could cause the skin to dry up and irritate. So it’s essential to rinse more than one time.
Drying your Whoodle
Once your Whoodle is all clean, you can pat yourself on the back for doing the most challenging part. Now, let your dog shake off most of the water and then dry them off with a towel.
Then you have the option to either let their hair air dry, or dry it using a hair blow dryer. If your dog is going to go anywhere but inside the house, I suggest drying their hair as dirt outside clings to wet hair more than dry.
One of the easiest ways to see if your Whoodles hair is completely dry when blow drying is to know how the hair looks while you are drying it, if it has any jagged lines, it’s not dry yet, if it is like a circle (picture below), that is when you know that section is dry.
As long as you can keep up with your Whoodle’s beautiful coat and brush them often, you don’t need to bathe or trim them all the time, as brushing does much more than people realize. I hope this has helped you and your Whoodle to be able to live clean and free from hours of work. Check out our Available Puppies page if you are interested in a Whoodle.