Puppy Health

DIY Spa Day For Your Goldendoodle

Last updated on September 1, 2021

By Brenda Schlabach

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Giving your Goldendoodle his own DIY Spa Day is fun - and with the steps and tips below - easy to do! 


If you've been a Goldendoodle owner for any length of time, you're quite likely to be familiar with a dirty puppy.

You know how it is - Your dog comes indoors after a romp outside, and to your dismay, you discover that your fur baby is muddy, smelly, and totally oblivious to clean floors.

Now what? Nobody likes a grimy dog, or sloppy footprints on the rug!

Splish, Splash, Your Puppy Needs A Bath!

To help you get your puppy sparkling clean again, we have put together this step-by-step guide filled with our favorite tips on giving your Goldendoodle the at-home spa treatment he deserves.

Give Your Goldendoodle The Spa Day He Deserves (And Needs)

Its relatively easy and its fun! Follow our helpful DIY Spa Day guide below for an amazing spa day experience for both you and your Goldendoodle!

Step 1: Brush Your Goldendoodle

First things first. Before you grab the shampoo bottle, you need to get out the doggy brush, and give your puppy's coat a thorough de-tangling.

Unless your puppy is solidly caked with mud, it is always best to brush out your dogs coat before a bath.

With a few exceptions, Goldendoodles have curly, or wavy coats. Brushing thoroughly before you put him in the water, will remove tangles, mats, or debris such as leaves.

If you don't do this step, the water will only tighten the knots, and make them much worse.

Use The Proper Tools! 

Good quality brushes and body sprays, specifically designed for dogs, will make your DIY Spa Day so much easier. Listed below are two of our favorite must-haves when brushing our dogs.


This brush is designed to remove the toughest tangles, while being gentle on skin. User friendly with an easy-grip handle.  

brush for diy goldendoodle spa day

Body Mist 

This easy to use spray not only keeps your pet smelling amazing, but it is organic, helping to keep your puppy's fur soft and healthy.  

bath mist for diy goldendoodle spa day

More Goldendoodle Brushing Tips

  • When de-tangling, brush with the grain of the fur. Begin at the top of his head and work your way down from there, being as gentle as possible. Don't forget his belly and "armpits."
  • Keep a small scissors on hand when brushing. Sometimes trimming is the best way to remove stubborn knots that cannot be untangled.
  • Make things easier for you and your dog by making brush-time a fun experience! Puppies find it hard to sit still for long periods of time, so be patient, and give him a few breaks if needed. A chew toy can give him something to do. 
brushing goldendoodle

Step 2: Gather Your Supplies

Your furry friend is all brushed, now it's time to get out the supplies! Gather together everything you need, before you put your dog in the water. Here are our suggestions to make your DIY spa for your Goldendoodle a fun, relaxed experience:

  • A large tub of lukewarm water
  • Soft, absorbent towels 
  • Dog shampoo
  •  A washcloth to clean his face
  • Treats to reward good behavior

Top tip: When preparing the water, temperature can be tricky. Puppies have very sensitive skin, so be careful not to get it too hot. Making it a little less warm than what you might like, is probably about right.

DIY goldendoodle spa

Step 3: Bath time!

Top tip: Wash his face last. That way he won't have a wet face for the rest of the bath.

 It also help to prevent soap and water from getting into his ears & eyes.

  • Place your dog into the water, and give him time to get used to it if necessary. 
  • Just like a human spa day, creating a soothing environment can help your puppy learn to enjoy bath time.  
  • Keep it positive. Use lots of verbal praise, love, and treats. Don't be afraid to pamper him - it's Spa Day for your Goldendoodle after all!


After you've wet your Doodle's coat, begin shampooing. Work it into a lather, and get it into every inch of his body. It works best to start from the top, and work your way down. Pay special attention to his paws, which are often the dirtiest. Wash his face last using a soft washcloth. Avoid getting shampoo and water inside your puppy's eyes and ears.


The next step is rinsing. It is very important to get ALL of the shampoo out, because leaving it in can result in dry, irritated skin. It can take several passes to get it all out. Again this works best if you work from the top down, avoiding getting soap into your dogs eyes & ears.

Goldendoodle gets spa treatment


Now that your fur baby is spic & span again, it's time to dry him off.

Before towel drying, gently squeeze the excess water from his fur, using your hands. Then use a towel to wipe him down.

Work in the direction of his fur, so you don't create tangles. Let him have a moment to run and shake himself off.

Optional:  If you think your pup needs to dry a little more before he runs off, you can use a blow dryer on the lowest setting. 

Step 4: Brush Again

After your Goldendoodle's coat is completely dry, you should brush it again.

We suggest giving your dog some time time to rest or do something else that makes him happy. Usually they're ready for a good break.

After some time has passed, and your pup's fur has had time to thoroughly dry, use the brush to remove any remaining tangles.     

Goldendoodle spa day

Final Thoughts On A DIY Spa Day For your Goldendoodle

A common question from Doodle owners: How often is it necessary to bathe and brush my Goldendoodle?

There isn't really a hard and fast rule, because every dog is different, and it all depends on how much time he spends outdoors, and how clean you want to keep him. 


Even if your pooch isn't dirty, regular brushing and combing is an important part in keeping him healthy and happy.

Doodles are known for their non-shedding coats, but that fact doesn't make proper grooming any less important.

As a rule of thumb, brush your puppy at least once a week, more often depending how much he plays outdoors. This will keep his coat looking it's best, plus this gives you the opportunity to check for fleas & ticks, or other skin irritations.

Top tip: After you are all finished detangling, use your fingers or the brush to lightly and gently floof your puppy's fur against the grain. This will give your puppy a charming, teddy-bear look that is so iconic in Goldendoodle puppies!


Goldendoodles have sensitive skin. Bathing your puppy too often can result in dry skin.

A monthly bath is a good standard to go by in keeping his skin and coat healthy- but again, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending how dirty he gets.

For instance,  whether he takes a random notion to get the zoomies on a muddy day. 

We hope you enjoyed our steps and tips to give your Goldendoodle puppy DIY spa treatment that is as happy and stress-free as possible! 

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Brenda is an artist and photographer from a small town in southern Kentucky. She enjoys working as a designer and content creator for Troyer Websites Of Texas, a full-service digital marketing company.

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