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.
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.