Grooming a Goldendoodle When Matted

Grooming out fur mats takes time and patience.

Grooming out fur mats takes time and patience.

For the most part, grooming the mats from a goldendoodle is the same as grooming any other dog. However, there is a technique that is fairly exclusive to the poodle, goldendoodle and other poodle-mix dogs.

Goodlendoodle Technique

Start by dividing the mat into smaller sections. Slide the plastic hook end of the letter opener between the mat and the skin. Gently cut the mat into sections by pulling the opener away from the skin. Do not cut into the mat with scissors or try to cut the mat from the outside toward the skin. If you can't slide the plastic hook of the letter opener between the mat and the skin, go to a professional groomer or veterinarian.

Cut the ends of the sliced mat off with a pair of shears.

Bathe the goldendoodle. Make sure that you do not rub the shampoo and conditioner into the dog, instead squeeze the soap through the fur. Make sure you squeeze shampoo and conditioner all the way through the matted pieces.

Rinse the dog and squeeze excess water out of the fur with a towel. Again, do not rub the dog.

Work the mat from the cut end gently with the comb.

Standard Technique

Divide the mat into smaller pieces using the letter opener.

Use the metal comb to pick at the mat. Hold the mat firmly so that it doesn’t pull your dog’s skin.

Massage the mat with a detangling product. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product exactly.

Work the mat from different angles until you get all the way to the skin.

Items you will need

  • Plastic letter opener with a hook and blade
  • Shears
  • Metal comb
  • Detangler


  • Be very patient, working out a fur mat takes time.

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