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  • Writer's pictureRozlynn Rogers

Show me some Skin! The importance of combing your Australian Labradoodle

Our Sweet Tea Australian Labradoodles are beloved for their adorable faces, playful personalities, and of course, their luxurious coats. But maintaining that signature silkiness requires more than just a quick brush-through. Proper combing is essential for keeping your ALD's coat healthy, tangle-free, and looking its best. In this blog post, we'll explore the art of combing an Australian Labradoodle's coat, including the technique of line combing and the importance of combing down to the skin.


Understanding Line Combing:

Line combing is a grooming technique that involves combing small sections of your Labradoodle's coat from root to tip, ensuring that every inch is thoroughly detangled and free of mats. This method allows you to identify and address any knots or tangles before they become more significant issues. To line comb effectively, start at the base of the coat and work your way down in straight, even strokes, using a quality grooming comb designed for your dog's hair type.


Combing Down to the Skin:

While surface brushing may make your Australian Labradoodles's coat look neat on the outside, true grooming excellence lies in combing down to the skin. This means ensuring that your comb reaches all the way through the coat, right down to the skin. This is very important to us here at Sweet Tea, so we pack a metal comb in each of our go home bags. Combing to the skin helps to remove dead hair, dirt, and debris, while also stimulating the skin and promoting healthy circulation. It's especially important for ALDs, whose thick, curly to wavy fleece coats can easily trap dirt and moisture close to the skin if not properly groomed.





Tips for Proper Combing:

  1. Use the Right Tools: Invest in high-quality grooming tools, including a stainless steel comb with wide and narrow teeth, as well as a slicker brush for fluffing and finishing. We provide you with a stainless steel comb. There are many slicker brushes on the market, we suggest investing in one which is a bit more expensive as they tend to last longer.

  2. Establish a Routine: Regular grooming sessions are essential for keeping your ALD's coat in top condition. Aim for at least once a week, or more frequently if your dog's coat is prone to matting.

  3. Be Gentle: Some ALDs have sensitive skin, so always approach grooming with a gentle touch. Take your time and work methodically through the coat to avoid causing discomfort or irritation.

  4. Pay Attention to Problem Areas: Focus on areas where mats and tangles are most likely to occur, such as behind the ears, under the legs, and around the tail as well as places where a harness or collar touch. These areas may require extra attention during grooming sessions.

  5. Dead Fur: While combing, your comb should start to collect dead fur. There will be more if your ALD has not been combed routinely or if the length of the coat is longer.



Conclusion:

Properly combing an Australian Labradoodle's coat is not just about aesthetics – it's a vital aspect of their overall health and well-being. Line combing and combing down to the skin are techniques that help maintain the integrity of the coat, prevent mats and tangles, and promote healthy skin and circulation. By incorporating these grooming practices into your routine and using the right tools and techniques, you can ensure that your Labradoodle's coat remains soft, shiny, and show-stoppingly beautiful.

So, let's show those Labradoodles some love and give them the attention they deserve – starting with a thorough combing session that truly gets to the skin!

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