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Trimming your dogs claws (toenails) | Northwest Australian Labradoodles

April 10, 2011

Trimming your dogs claws may be a little intimidiating, but it is necessary.  Most dogs don’t like to get their claws trimmed.  If you start at a early age then it will become second nature to your dog. 

There are two types of clippers, guillotine style & scissor style.  Some say that the guillotine style is easier to use, but I prefer to use the scissor style which you can find at

For step by step instructions visit the WSU College of Veterinay Medicine website

Place your dog on a table, have them lay down



May 5, 2010

In this final installment of How to clip your Labradoodle we are going to cover how to clip the paws and trim the legs.

How to Trim The Legs:

Step 1 – Start at the top of the leg cutting with your scissors, blending (layering) from the body toward the paw.  Hold the coat between your index and middle finger out from the leg approximately 2 inches.  Cut with scissors.  Work your way around all sides of the leg.

Step 2 – Follow Step 1 on all four legs. 

How to Trim the Paws:

Step 1The top of the paw – Trim the coat on the paw with scissors, following along the toe nails as shown in the picture below.  Complete this step on all 4 paws.


Step 2 – The bottom of the Paw – Hold the paw in your hand pad side up.  With your clippers Size 10 blade clip between the toes.  Be gentle this is a sensitive area and the vibrations from the clippers can tickle.  While clipping between the toes make sure not to clip the skin (webbing) between the toes.  Clipping between the toes will ensure that your doodle does not get mats in this sensitive area which can hurt to brush out.

If you are not comfortable clipping between the toes just clip the coat so it is not in the way of the pads touching the ground.  This way the pads can get good traction while walking or running. 

By completing this step and both of the previous steps your doodle should be looking absolutely stunning.  As with anything give yourself a few tries to perfect these steps.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me


April 16, 2010

In this installment of How to clip your Labradoodle we are going to cover how to clip the head.

How to Clip The Head:

Step 1 – Start under the ears with the Size 10F Blade.  Lift the ear, starting at the bottom of the exterior of the ear canal.  Follow down the neck where the ear covers the neck in a ‘V’ pattern as shown in the picture below.

Step 2Ears – Hold the ear between index and middle fingers at the tip of the ear.  Place the top of your fingers directly below the tip of the ear.  With Scissors trim the length of the coat straight across under the bottom your fingers, making sure not to cut the ear tissue or your fingers.   Then trim down both sides of the ear as shown in the picture below.  Complete Step 2 on the other ear.

Step 3 – Top of the head and Bangs – Holding the coat at the top of the head between your index and middle fingers trim at the desired length with Scissors.  I usually trim it to about 2-3 inches long.  Follow around the top of the head, as seen in the picture below, blending into the hair on the ears; creating a rounded appearance.  Hold the bangs (hair above the eyes) between your index and middle finger out above the eyes toward the nose.  Cut with Scissors to be able to see the eyes. 

Step 4 – Trim between the eyes with Scissors as shown in step 3.  If your labradoodle doesn’t mind the clippers near its eyes clip the bridge between the eyes with the Size 7F blade, blending into the bangs.  Also trim by the inside corner of the eye, this may be done with the Size 7F blade also.  As shown in Step 3.  I prefer to use the clippers, it gives my labradoodles face a cleaner look and the clip lasts longer than trimming with scissors. 

Step 5 –  Trim the beard straight across with Scissors as shown in the picture in step 3.  This should be trimmed at the same length all the way back to the neck.

Following these steps the head of your Labradoodle is finished.  Check back for Part 3 of How to Clip your Labradoodle.


April 12, 2010

Clipping your labradoodle whether you do the work yourself or have it done can be a challenge.  Finding a groomer that doesn’t give your labradoodle a poodle clip has been a big challenge for most labradoodle owners.  One key thing if you are taking your labradoodle to the groomers is to take pictures with you of what you would like your labradoodle to look like.

Well this blog is about how to clip your labradoodle yourself, so let me get back on track.  First, please don’t feel overwhelmed it is easier than it seems.  With a little upfront investment in supplies, learning how to clip your labradoodle yourself can save your family a lot of money in the long run.  In no time you will be a pro in the art of labradoodle clipping. 

Products needed:

  • Stable Table or Grooming Table
  • A good set of Clippers – I use the Oster Turbo A5 Two-Speed Clipper.  A cool feature that this clipper has is that you can change the blades.
  • Clipper Blades – Size 3F, 5F, 7F & 10 – These sizes will do the job without needing to use the comb attachments (which don’t really work with the labradoodle coats anyway).  When purchasing blades keep in mind that the Ceramic blades are not able to be sharpened.
  • Clipper Blade Cleaner
  • Clipper Blade Cool Spray
  • Scissors
  • Slicker Brush
  • Metal Comb

All of these items can be purchased from your local pet supply or any online retailer.

How to Clip The Body:

Step 1 – Start at the base of the skull where it meets the neck with the Size 3F Blade.  Follow down the spine to the head of the tail as shown in the picture below.

Step 2 – Clip the Neck, Chest and rest of the body with the Size 3F Blade as shown in the picture below.  Stop at the top of the thigh on the back legs and above the elbow on the front legs. 

Step 3 – Clip the Belly with the Size 7F from the breast bone about the mid point of the front legs. Follow the teats to under the back legs.  Be sure not to clip where you will be able to see this area from a side view.

Step 4 – Clip under the tail with the Size 5F from the anus downward to between the back legs. Blend into the backside of the rump and thigh to square the backside when viewing from the side.

Following these steps the body of your Labradoodle is finished.  Check back for Part 2 of How to Clip your Labradoodle.

Tips on Bathing Your Labradoodle

March 25, 2010

Products to have on hand:

  • Brushes and Comb
  • Soap-free Shampoo
  • Hand-held Sprayer or large cup for rinsing
  • Towels
  • Ear Cleaning Solution
  • Cotton Balls
  • Nail Clippers
  • Blow Dryer
  • Conditioning Spray

  • An Australian Labradoodle only needs to be bathed if they are dirty.  A good brushing every week will ensure that your doodles coat stays nice and mat free.  It is very important to brush your doodle completely before bathing or any mats your doodle has will turned solid and unable to brush through.

    Thoroughly wet the body and legs of your doodle.  Lather your doodle with a soap free shampoo.  Using soap will dry out the skin of your doodle.  Rinse shampoo completely.  Then do the same on the face and neck, be sure not to get shampoo in the eyes or water in the ears.  It may help to put cotton balls in the ear canal to prevent drowning the ear with water.  It is important to rinse the shampoo completely as any leftover shampoo may dry out your doodles skin.

    After drying your doodle with a towel clean its ears with an ear cleaning solution that you purchase from the vet.  The solutions that you purchase from the vet clean the ear canal better and they dry the ear canal without irritating it.  At this time your doodles nails are softened by the water and are easier to trim if needed.

    To dry your doodle you can either use your blow dryer on low to medium temperature heat or place your doodle in its crate with a fan blowing on it.  Using a blow dryer takes a long time and is inefficient.

    After drying your doodle brush well, mist a little bit of water or Conditioning spray and pat down the undercoat.  This will help restore the waves/curls and prevent knots.