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We asked 5 whoodle parents who do their own grooming what their secrets are

Some things in life are just hard to get your head around. Some feats seem so daunting that they defy possibility. Doing yoga on the moon. Long division. Grooming  your own whoodle!

Are you crazy? Are you nuts? I would have an easier time hosting a sit down, black tie dinner with a band of baboons than I would grooming my whoodle. So goes the saga of the vast majority of Whoodle owners who  struggle to find solid and consistent groomer for their whoodle.

For the uninitiated, Whoodles can be tricky to groom. It’s often too tricky for your average professional groomer. So how do at-home grooming whoodle owners do it? We polled 5 veteran whoodle owners/groomers and their answers were quite intriguing.

Janus – North Attelboro, MA

  • The first of your grooming attempts will be learning experiences. I started small and worked my way through all parts of my whoodle’s body. Try starting with easier parts such as the back and sides of your whoodle.
  • The tools you use are as important as how you use the tools. Here’s where you shouldn’t go cheap, I purchased a professional groomer’s kit off Amazon. While it was pricey, it was worth it. The clip attachments are versatile and different enough to give you a lot of options in terms of how short you want your whoodle’s fur to be.
  • The clipper itself is high powered and I’ve found that to work out better for me and Mitch. Lesser clippers require you to go back over areas multiple times to achieve your intended fur length. Not having to trim repeatedly over certain areas will make things go quicker and easier.

Jason & Erin – Cheyenne, WY

  • After 2 years of shuffling around our whoodle, Horace, between groomers we finally decided to take things into our own hands.
  • Our biggest challenge was keeping Horace still long enough for us to work the electric clippers through his fur. Our solution was to have one of us distract him while the other person works with the clippers and scissors.
  • Our best distraction technique was to feed Horace peanut butter with a spoon while the other person groomed him.
  • We spread out the grooming over 3 sessions so we wouldn’t give Horace so much peanut butter all at once.
  • We also opted for micro grooming sessions, this allowed us to hone our technique while keeping it as smooth as possible for Horace.
  • We’ve been grooming him for over a year and a half at home and after some trial and error we are now able to facilitate grooming sessions.

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Susan – Los Gatos, CA

  • Our whoodle Lyla is the sweetest thing in the world but she had a rough go of it with groomers for the past year. We had a wonderful groomer for the first year of Lyla’s life however she retired and we were left to try and find a replacement which did not go well.
  • We tried a few of the big-box pet stores but each time Lyla would come home it seemed as if she had a horrible experience and she would be mopey for a few days.
  • My husband found and bought a grooming kit from a garage sale and we thought we would give it a try ourselves.
  • We were surprised that it wasn’t as hard as we thought to shave down Lyla. Our results were so-so in the beginning but after a few tries we had a good system in place.
  • I would start at the bottom of Lyla’s feet and work my way up her body. Lyla was a very good girl.
  • The only area that Lyla has difficulty with is when we trim by her ears. If your whoodle has similar difficulties

Deloris – Austin, TX

  • Our mini whoodle named Harmony gets a fur cut about every 4-5 weeks. We have two other dogs (non whoodles) and they both go to Pet’s Mart for their grooming. One of our friends has a labradoodle that she grooms at home and she walked us through her process.
  • She came over and helped us for our first grooming attempt. Harmony was very cooperative and we were happy enough with the results that we would be able to forego Harmony having to go to Pets Mart with her brother and sister.
  • Because Harmony is a mini-whoodle we are able to get her groomed in about 10 – 15 minutes. We give her a shampoo and conditioner bath after we clip her fur which is kind of her reward because she absolutely loves getting in the water and splashing around. We clip and bathe her in a large utility sink we have in our laundry room.
  • One tip I would recommend is to not use water prior to cutting the fur, it’s much easier to clip when she is dry.
  • We don’t like to keep Harmony’s fur very short, we think her fluffy look really suits her. Compared to our other two dogs, Harmony is way easier to keep looking like a pretty little princess.

Courtney – Chicago, IL

  • We have been self grooming our whoodle, Shayne, for a little over a year. Previously we had tried 5 different local groomers and none of them really felt like a good fit. Our whoodle is very energetic and he is a lot to handle at 55+ pounds. Shayne has a lovely coat and in order to curtail mattes from forming, we give him a haircut about 5-6 times a year.
  • Our biggest initial obstacle was getting Shayne to be still enough to allow us to groom him. Because of this, two people are needed to groom him. My husband and I switch off between keeping him still and cutting his fur.
  • Shayne typically is antsy for the first few minutes but then settles in and behaves for the grooming session.
  • We quickly learned that Shayne was not a fan of the buzzing sound that our clippers made. The first few grooming sessions were real hard on him and we were near giving up the attempt.
  • After some thought and research, we opted to try and address the sound that Shayne hates. We first searched for a trimmer that is really quiet. We went through 2 sets of clippers, one promoted as being quieter than the other but neither of them were quite enough to not annoy Shayne.
  • We hit pay dirt when I ordered a pair of noise protecting ear covers. They fit over Shayne’s ears like a pair of headphones. He doesn’t mind wearing them and they made it much easier on us and him.
  • I would recommend that you give your whoodle lots of treats before and after a haircut which will allow he or she to associate grooming with positive things. Our go to treat is a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with peanut butter. Sometimes we add in some microwavable bacon to his ice cream which he really loves.
  • If you are going to try and groom your own whoodle. just be patient and gentle.
  • One added bonus of grooming at home is the money you will save. We were paying upwards of $90+ for a grooming session before we took on the task ourselves. We use those savings to buy more toys and treats for Shayne!

Do you have any grooming tips or tricks, please post them in the comment section as well as posting any questions you might have.
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Whoodle training tips

If you are lucky enough to have a Whoodle puppy, there are some things you should know as you work on puppy training. Firstly, training a Whoodle takes patience and dedication. Whoodles are very energetic dogs and instilling good behavior early in life is your best way of curating a wonderful, loving relationship with your Whoodle.
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For a lot of people, especially those who don’t have a lot of experience training a dog, training a Whoodle can be tough work. However once you have established basic training parameters, your Whoodle will quickly build upon their base behaviors. Whoodles are extremely smart dogs thanks in large part to the genetics that a Poodle breed brings to the table. Combining high intelligence and high energy makes training your Whoodle a necessity.

For many people, the best way to go about training your Whoodle is hiring a professional trainer. Having the knowledge and experience of a professional trainer will help you take on the task of training with greater efficiency and effectiveness.

When my family got our first Whoodle (Murphy), we opted to obtain the services of a professional dog trainer. My family has always had a dog and with that we had a lot of experience raising dogs. However, when it came to training Murphy we knew that our best bet was to have assistance from a trainer. In the end, we were extremely happy that we did.

Whoodle Training Tips:

  1. Gather a handful of dog training materials such as books, webinars. Online forums and much more. With a depth of informative publications you’ll be better suited for training success
  2. Start slow with training objectives that are small in scope. Doing so, will help you get off to an easier start. Beginning with easy r
  3. training objectives will set forth a positive start to the training process.
  4. Every breed of dog is the born with certain instincts that don’t make it easy on inexperienced trainers.
  5. Repetition and persistence is a vital way to keep positive momentum for the dog lessons.
  6. One on one training is ideal as opposed to trying to train multiple dogs at one time. Like all dogs, Whoodles can get easily distracted while in a learning with other dogs.
  7. Tools can help expedite training milestones. Having just a few simple tools in your training arsenal will pay off in spades-
  8. Tools to consider: multiple leashes of varrying sizes and strengths. For the first handful of months a short, strong leash is recommended.
  9. While walking on said leash, keep one hand gripping the top 3rd of the leash, then using your other hand to grip the leash loop or handle.
  10. While walking keep a strong enough hold onto your leash so your Whoodle is essentially walking right next to, prevent your pooch from taking off towards distractions they may come across your path.
  11. Develop a firm and assertive tone when giving your Whoodle instructions.
  12. Maintain strong eye contact with your whoodle when giving direct instructions or corrective directives.
  13. Socializing your Whoodle is one of the most important parts of Whoodle training. This calls for you to explore places where you can get your Whoodle comfortable with other dogs.
  14. Furthermore, you will want to socialize your Whoodle with diverse groups of fellow canines. Dog day care is a great way to get your Whoodle adjusted and comfortable with fellow dogs.
  15. Make sure you vet (pun intended) any dog day care/boarding operation.

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Fall season Is here, time to start growing out the Whoodle fur

One of the Whoodle’s greatest trademarks is the wide variety of fur that grows within the breed. Whoodle fur is known to be widely varied in terms of color and texture. Some Whoodles have longer, softer hair that resembles the Wheaten Terrier side of the DNA equation. Others exude more of the Poodle’s curly, course. Types of Whoodle Fur Another neat facet of Whoodles is their chameleon like ability to change their coat colors. In fact, many Whoodles can experience coat color changes up to 3-4 times a year. Additionally they are known to undergo drastic color changes in their first year. My Whoodle, Murphy was dark brown for about the first 9 months and now is mostly white. In my eyes this makes Whoodles more fun to have as compared to dog breeds that have but a single coat color.

Now that October is here and the weather begins to cool, it’s time to start thinking about growing out your Whoodle’s fur regardless of what type of fur that your Whoodle has. If you reside in places with wintry weather, I recommend spreading out grooming sessions in order to maximize your Whoodle’s comfort during the wavering seasons. Types of Whoodle Fur Curly

“If you reside in places with wintry weather, I recommend spreading out grooming sessions in order to maximize your Whoodle’s comfort during the wavering seasons.”)

In the summer, we like to keep our Murphy’s fur nice and trim. He often is more sluggish during the warm months when his coat is heavy and thick. In that light, I would say that Murphy the Whoodle is generally more of a winter dog. The guy sure loves playing and making havoc in piles of snow. He prances and dances until his whole body is besieged in snow. Much like how one would winterize their vehicle, you may want to winterize your Whoodle. Those with leaves to rake, make sure to leave them nice in big pile – there is a good chance your Whoodle will make a running jump and smashing into the pile.   Types of Whoodle Fur