One of the first important steps in caring for your doodle is to get them used to grooming at an early age. Regular brushing should be done when puppies are 3 to 4 months old to familiarize them with being handled, especially around their paws and back-end.
When brushing, make sure to get both the top coat and closer down to the skin, as that is where most matting occurs. Many owners will brush out the top and be surprised to find out that underneath their dog is actually matted. Vigorous brushing and a good slicker brush is recommended.
Matting causes your pet discomfort, as it pulls on the skin. Dogs actually have skin much thinner than a human's, so any mat bigger than a thumb will need attention. Zoomin Groomin does not practice de-matting, which can be painful for your pet. The best way and least stressful for your pet is to have the mats cut out professionally by a groomer, and to shave or trim the coat down. If you cannot run a comb through your dog's fur, then they are most likely matted.
The most common coat types for doodles are hair, wool, and fleece: