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Good advice from Daysleepers.

It's very feasible to clip your own dog, either exclusively or alternating with groomer visits. That said, if your goal is to extend the length of time you can go between professional groomings...in my experience as a poodle owner, the factor that makes a professional grooming a pressing requirement isn't the length of his coat. Their coats don't grow excessively long all THAT fast. It's tangles and/or getting dirty or otherwise funky. The single best thing you can do to allow yourself more time between pro groomings is daily brushing, with a slicker brush then with a comb, making sure you get all the way down to the skin. Most poodle crosses are even more prone to matting than regular poodles due to the combo of kinky hair AND some undercoat (purebred poodles don't have undercoat) so this is even more pressing with a doodle dog. The dog may not look matted from a visual check or a quick pat, but can have matts close to the skin, especially in the locations Daysleepers identified. You can use a dog-safe detangling spray to make it easier and less painful for the dog.

The other challenge is just that a poodle/doodle coat works pretty much like a swiffer. If there is debris to pick up, they'll pick it up. Doesn't help if yours is a piggy like mine that likes mudpuddles and rollling in stinky things. Assiduous brushing/combing will get rid of a lot of miscellaneous debris, at least.
 
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