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I have a F1B goldendoodle (just turned 1) with a curly coat. We get him groomed (fairly short) every 7-9 weeks. We are trying to make a more concerted effort to brush him at least every other day at home.THIS is the dog brush we use (the wire side) but I really struggle to pull it through his coat, as it always snags on his curls and even pulls some fur out. This happens even if we brush every other day, starting right after he is freshly groomed. I feel like this is not normal, and possibly even painful. Does anyone else have a really curly coated doodle? What brush do you use?
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I think the cross you have is a doodle back crossed to a Poodle? If so, then you will probably need to treat his coat like a Poodle coat. Line brush with either the pin brush or a long-tined slicker brush, then follow up with a comb to make sure any tangles are gone. At a year old, he is likely going through coat change, losing puppy fuzz and getting coarser adult hair. The two different types can tangle, making it harder to keep brushed and comed.

If you search "line brushing" on Youtube, you should get several video examples. A lot of Poodle people like the Chris Christiansen (sp?) slicker brushes, but they are pricey. I have a long-timed slicker that I got from Chewy that seems to work pretty well.
The link you posted does not go to a brush.

I have a friend who is a dog groomer. She says she really dislikes grooming "Doodles" as their coats are simply awful to deal with. They are neither poodle coats nor are they like the second breed the poodle was mixed with. Her complaint is the coats tangle and knot even with regular grooming.

I might try a human hair brush with relatively stiff bristles and see if that works.
I have a poodle and a Lagotto (a breed with a very thick, curly, double coat similar to many doodles).

I'm not a fan of the kind of brush you linked. The pin side often doesn't get deep enough into the coat to work out mats, and the soft brush side is nearly useless for curly-coated dogs (probably nice for smooth coated dogs, eg. Doberman, Whippet, Staffordshire Terrier, etc. though!). My preferred tools are a greyhound comb (a metal comb with wider teeth on one side and narrow teeth on the other) and a slicker brush that's long enough to get all the way through the coat (you don't want to be scraping the skin with the slicker, but it should still be able to get deep in the coat).

If your pup is changing coats from puppy to adult, and/or has a double coat (a coarser outer layer and a soft, downy under layer), it's pretty normal to be seeing a decent amount of hair come out! This is usually mostly dead hair that's shed or about to shed on its own, but gets stuck in the curly outer coat so can't come loose without brushing. It's a good thing to get it out, because if it stays it just gets tangled and causes nasty, painful matting, as well as traps heat. That's not to say you should be yanking it out hard - if it's ready to come out, it'll do so with firm but gentle brushing or combing. If you're really yanking there's probably a mat or tangle involving healthy, firmly attached hair that needs a different approach to avoid causing pain. Many poodle people do shave their young dogs down during coat change, unless they're planning on showing, because the upkeep is so difficult - it might be worth paying for more frequent grooming until this transition is over (around 18 months for poodles, might be different for your boy because he has golden mixed in).

For a really felted mat, often the best approach is to cut it out entirely. I like to use a pair of little, blunt-tipped grooming scissors for that, because I can slide them between the skin and the mat without risking stabbing the dog. Mats do happen with longer, curly fur no matter how careful you are, especially around the ears, armpits, groin, base of tail, and around where a collar or harness lays, so check those areas regularly and extra carefully. For tangles, work from the outside in, gently combing or brushing out the ends of the fur, then working back towards the roots. A good detangling spray is a huge help with this, and you can also pick up a leave-in conditioner to use between grooms if you need to.
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I did see your brush through the link. This is not helpful for a doodle. You are going to need a slicker brush and a metal comb, to work through any smaller knots. If the brush and comb will not go all the way through his fur, it’s going to get matted. It should be just like your hair- able to brush and comb without getting caught. Even ask the groomer to show you exactly how to brush. Good luck to you!
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