How to Trim a Goldendoodle Face: Tips from a Wahl® ELITE Groomer

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Wahl® ELITE groomer, Suesan Watson and Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe.

How to Trim a Goldendoodle’s Face

What I learned from a master groomer

Too short? More off the sides? More off the top? As a dog mom, I enjoy trimming Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe’s hair. Our DIY Goldendoodle haircuts are a time for us to bond, to work as a team. But, when it comes to figuring out how to trim a Goldendoodle face, especially Chloe’s adorable yet floofy, fluffy mug…

I sit. I stay. I’m stumped.

But thanks to the Wahl® Animal team and to Suesan Watson, a Wahl® ELITE team member and Certified Master Groomer, I’m now more comfortable grooming Chloe. If you’re wondering how to trim a Goldendoodle’s face, you’ve come to the right place.

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Meeting the Wahl® team and getting an impromptu tutorial from a dog grooming expert

I had no idea that a surprise “mini course” on how to trim a Goldendoodle’s face would be part of our experience at the BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference. Generally, I groom Chloe myself without concern about taking too much off here or there, but for special occasions like this one (where Chloe and I would be meeting pet brands, pet bloggers, social media experts, and hundreds of other adorable dogs), I took Chloe to a groomer. Then, with our bags packed and our hearts filled with dog-loving excitement, we headed to downtown Kansas City.

backpack and Wahl Pet Shampoo beside red goldendoodle dog
Goldendoodle Chloe traveled to her first pet blogging conference in Kansas City. We packed all her essentials for the trip including Wahl® Four In One calming formula shampoo. We’ve used it since she was a puppy.

A hair trimming tutorial: What I learned about how to trim a Goldendoodle face

I had attended a pet blogging conference in the past and I knew that many brand sponsors shared products and tips. However, I was so surprised when, as we visited with the friendly team from Wahl® Animal, they offered to trim my doggo’s hair on the spot!

I’d been looking forward to meeting the Wahl® animal team. Wahl® products were part of our household. We’d used Wahl® shampoo since Chloe was a puppy and her human brother and dad use Wahl® brand beard trimmers.

Still…a little part of me was unsure about asking Chloe to hop up on a grooming table in the middle of a busy conference. How would this go? What would her trim look like? On the other hand, I was at a pet blogging conference! Where was my “say yes” attitude?  Why not live in the moment?

Seize the scissors, so to speak!

So, without another thought, Chloe jumped up on the grooming table and we took advantage of a “golden” opportunity. Suesan had such a calming presence, a pleasant demeanor, and a friendly smile. Immediately, I could see that Chloe was comfy under her care.

wahl pet groomer demonstrating how to trim a goldendoodle face on red goldendoodle dog

As Suesan was gently brushing Chloe’s fluffy mop of hair, she chatted about how to create the doodle look. I explained that trimming Chloe’s Goldendoodle face had always been my biggest hurdle. That’s when the light bulb came on and I asked Suesan for her guidance. She was so agreeable to help me out and share her tips on video.

What a golden moment. By the end, Chloe could sense how a-dood-able she looked. I’d learned how to trim a Goldendoodle’s face from a grooming pro, and we’d met the friendly team from Wahl® Animal. I didn’t think it could get better.

But there was a surprise ending to the story.

As we chatted with the Wahl® Animal team about the Wahl® brand’s four-generation history and products that are made in the USA, I asked where Suesan was a groomer. The words “Westminster Dog Show” stopped me in my tracks—like Chloe when she spies a squirrel.


Chloe had just been trimmed by a professional groomer who had groomed the lovely dogs who compete in the Westminster Dog Show! What a happy surprise! Chloe’s hair trim truly was a golden moment—the kind that comes along when you have a Goldendoodle dog with an adventurous spirit by your side.

I later learned that Suesan Watson is a third-generation pet stylist with a 40-year career in helping pets look their best. She’s a Certified Master Groomer, a Wahl® ELITE  (Experts Leading Innovation, Technology, and Education) team member, and yes, groomer of the year at the Westminster Dog Show! However, her accolades don’t stop there. For more about Suesan’s experience, check out

So how can you bond with your dog by learning to trim your doodle at home? Here is our how-to video. Or, you can read on for the cliff notes version.

Click the play button below to watch Suesan Watson demonstrate trimming a Goldendoodle’s face

How to trim a Goldendoodle face…

red goldendoodle dog being groomed and groomer pointing to the dog's eye to show how to trim a goldendoodle's face

1. Gently comb the hair on the top of the head forward. (Kudos to Chloe for standing patiently.)

2. Instead of trimming at the eye, go slightly above it. Leave the lash so that the Goldendoodle has some covering over the eye.

groomer showing how to trim a goldendoodle face by combing hair by ear

3. Gently fold back the ear. Comb up the side of the head.

4. Comb the hair in front of the ear back.

groomer showing how to trim a goldendoodle face and trimming by ear

5. Trim the ridge of hair in front of the ear so that the ear lays flat against the head. Also, this will serve as a landmark to help you round up to the top of the head. The goal is to create a rounded look. 

6. Comb up the side of the face and fluff.

groomer showing how to trim a goldendoodle face and trimming top of doodle head

7. Scissor trim starting at the bottom of the chin and go up to the top of the head.

8. Repeat on the other side of the head.

groomer showing how to trim a goldendoodle face and combing goldendoodle hair under chin

9. Create a circular look using the chin, both sides of the face, and the top of the head as guideposts. 

10. To trim under the chin, comb up the hair and fluff out.

groomer showing how to trim a goldendoodle dog face by trimming dog's chin

11.  Neaten up the chin and create a circular shape going around the head.


groomer showing how to trim a goldendoodle dog face and showing red goldendoodle's dog face after the hair was trimmed

12. Trim the corner of the eye to keep hair out while leaving the eyelashes, which are part of the doodle look.


TA-DA! The finished look…

A special thanks to Suesan for kindly sharing her expert tips with us during the BlogPaws conference. Finally, we’re so grateful to Wahl® Animal for being a conference sponsor and helping dog owners care for dogs in the happiest way possible.

My new mantra?  “Why say “haircut” when you can say “hair cute!” 

With her new “hair cute,” Chloe was ready for the evening red carpet event and awards banquet that capped off the BlogPaws conference and celebrated pets and the people who love them.

red goldendoodel dog and dog owner on the red carpet at blogpaws conference

The happy-go-doodle ending: Trimming Chloe’s Goldendoodle face

Now that I have practiced what I learned from our friends at Wahl® Animal, I have fewer “Sit. Stay. Stumped.” moments. I’m grateful that, through our “hair cutes,” Chloe and I share another bond, a chance to be a team.

Tips that I’ve learned from trimming Chloe’s Goldendoodle face:

I use round-tipped scissors since I’m more concerned about safety than precision. I don’t want to take any chance of hurting Chloe.

I give Chloe plenty of treats and praise.

I ask a family member for help as needed.

I continue to take Chloe to the groomer for special occasions and for sanitary trims, which I hope to learn soon!

At the end of her haircut, I tell Chloe how cute she looks, and we celebrate with a “high paw” or two.

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Do you groom your dog at home? We’d love to hear. Please comment below.

goldendoodle dog and groomer demonstrating how to trim a goldendoodle face

105 thoughts on “How to Trim a Goldendoodle Face: Tips from a Wahl® ELITE Groomer

  1. We don’t worry too much about grooming the creatures, but I know it can be something some pet owners wish they felt more confident in doing on their own! If we win, we’ll donate to our local animal shelter.

    1. Thank you for your comment! Yes, some of our tail wagglers need more grooming than others! It’s so kind of you to donate the prize to a local animal shelter if you win. Helping pets get adopted by looking and feeling their best is so important. You may have heard that Wahl shines a spotlight on pet adoption by donating a portion of each of the sales of their Dirty Dogs calendar to pet rescue and adoption centers across the U.S. Such good news for pets! Tail wags and take care!

  2. yes i groom my 2 gals. they are min. schnauzers. i dont strip them because i dont show them plus it is so time consuming and hard on the girls. i prefer to clip them myself because i dont do bordatella and most people dont clip them correctly.

    1. Awww…two miniature schnauzers. Double the fun! Thanks for your comment, Sandy!

  3. I take my chihuahua to the groomers once a month. He loves going.

    1. I’ll be he’s adorable! Thanks for your comment.Tail wags and take care!

  4. I bathe Mr. N and do his nails. I do a little bit of light trimming but haven’t ventured into a full cut yet!

    1. I’m impressed that you trim Mr. N’s nails! I’m learning more about nail trims and may even be blogging about our experience soon! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your comment. Mr. N is adorable!

  5. I love cutting my dog’s hair but his face is the hardest I need the table pictured in the demonstrations. Our dog was one I got by accidental phone call of a man trying to get rid of one of his male dogs. He is so smart and I’m thankful he ended up in our home. 🙂

    1. Awww…what a great story! We love hearing about moments like yours. We call them life’s “happy accidents!” It sounds like the two of you have a very special bond. Doodle kisses and tail wags! Jenise and Chloe

  6. I don’t have professional Wahl clipper like these but use the hair clippers for doing human hair. I do cut our dog’s hair with just running my fingers and lifting the hair up to cut it above my fingers. So this would be awesome to win it looks so very easy and both my dog and I would enjoy getting him to his smart looking self. Ok thanks for the giveaway.

    1. You’re very welcome! We are so happy to host the giveaway and that Wahl Animal generously donated the prize pack. It sounds like you and your dog make a great team!

  7. My one dog I have to brush at least 2x a week, occasionally I have to trim her.

    1. Yes, Chloe and I spend several evening together for grooming, too. In fact, if I’m not on time, she reminds me by standing and looking at me! Thanks so much for your comment.

  8. I don’t but we do take it to a groomer in town

    1. That’s great! It’s so handy to have a groomer nearby.

  9. I do groom my dog.

    1. That’s great! Grooming is another chance for dog owners to bond with their dogs.

  10. I don’t groom my own dog but would love to start doing that!

    1. It’s paw-ssible! With a little practice, you can do it! I hope Suesan’s demonstration and our blog post have inspired you to give it a try!

  11. I have not tried grooming my dog yet…hope to start doing so soon though.

  12. We like to clip/groom our Australian Shepherd at the beginning of summer to make her more comfortable in the Arkansas heat. Quality clippers like Wahl are a must.

    1. It’s great to hear that you love Wahl clippers, Jean!

  13. i get my dog groomed but would like to start doing more at home. I think I would trust myself with a bit of maintenance but still have to take him in for cuts!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Cassandra! I started giving Chloe trims much the same way you described in your comment. With all her floof, I decided that if I took a little more here and a little less there, it would still look be fine. Now, I’m so happy to give her a trim myself. She still goes to a groomer for special occasions, but trims and grooms right in our own home are now part of our routine. Tail wags and take care!

  14. We have an Old English Sheepdog and trim him down about once a month or so – he always needs it!

    1. Awww…Old English Sheepdogs are such cuties! I can imagine that trims would be part of your dog mom lifestyle! Tail wags and take care!

  15. I occasionally trim my dog but most of the hard core grooming I leave to our groomer.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Cindy!

  16. Yes, I do groom my dog and trim his hair myself. He gets anxiety really bad around men so it is hard to take him somewhere to have it done. He was a rescue and from what we understand, the guy who lived in the home was not exactly nice to him. Even after 4 years of big time trying to condition him with men, he will still go hide anytime a male is in my house, including my own husband.

    1. I can tell from your comment how much you love your dog and want him to have the happiest life possible. It’s wonderful that he has you to groom him, care for him, love on him, and help him through situations that are fear-inducing for him. Tail wags and take care.

  17. we don’t usually groom our springer spaniel just because our groomer does a great job on him

    1. Thank you for your comment, Cheryl! It sounds like you have a great pack–you, a beautiful springer spaniel, and your groomer!

  18. I get my little one groomed locally a couple times a year and do it myself tThe rest of the time. My dog is Gidget and she’s a Maltipoo. I would love to win this because my current trimmer is loud and Gidget hates the noise

    1. Hi, Sarah. Thanks for your comment. Gidget is such a cute name! The Wahl 5 in 1 dog clippers that I’m learning to use are very quiet. Maybe they will be just the solution for you, too!

  19. We have a maltipoo that we trim on occasions.

    1. Awww…maltipoos are such cuties! Thanks for your comment, Belinda!

  20. Yes, we attempt to groom my dogs at home but it’s definitely a chore!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Tandi! It sounds like you have more than one dog in your home! In my book, even attempting to groom more than one furry family member is an accomplishment! Doodle kisses and tail wags, Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and her sidekick, Jenise

  21. I trim his nails, clean his ears and wash his face….but baths are done at the groomer! 🙂 Thank you.

    1. You’re welcome! Thank you for your comment! I’m impressed that you trim your doggo’s nails! I was concerned about hitting the quick and hurting Chloe, but I’m learning! I hope you have many happy nail trims and face washings together with your furry pal. Tail wags and take care!

  22. Yes, I groom and trim all my dogs, (Border Collies and Aussies) for show and pet, and my cats too.

    1. Such a talent you have! I think grooming is an art and also a chance to bond with our furry pals, too. I wish you all the best in showing your beautiful dogs! Tail wags and take care!

      1. Thank you! And, yes, grooming is a great way to bond, even if you don’t know how to groom, just simply taking a few minutes to brush our pets is a great bonding experience!

      2. Thanks for your comment, Tammy! Yes, brushing is such a great way to bond with your dog and let him or her know how special she is!

  23. Chloe looks great! Doodles are one of my favorite dogs to groom!

    1. Awww…thanks! Chloe did so well with her impromput grooming in the middle of a busy conference. I think she picked up on Suesan’s pleasant, gentle nature. I’m happy to hear that doodles are a favorite of your to groom! Tail wags and take care! Jenise and Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe

  24. I groom dogs& love the Wahl products! I would love to win this package.

    1. That’s wonderful to hear! We’ve used Wahl products since Chloe was a puppy. We get so many comments on how soft her fur is! I think it’s thanks to the Wahl lavender shampoo!

  25. We’re getting our fist australian shepherd puppy on Sunday so I will need to trim her booty and feet!

    1. Congratulations on your new furry pal! Bringing a puppy home is such an exciting event! The Wahl clippers would be so handy for you! Also, we’ve used Wahl shampoo since Chloe was a puppy. We happened to find it while shopping at Target. It leaves her fur so soft. Tail wags and take care!

  26. We don’t groom or trim. He has very short fine hair.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Darlene!

  27. Thank you for for sharing this experience!! I have always been curious whether or not I could “touch up” my doodles. Also, many thanks to Chloe for being an amazing model!!

    1. Awww, thank you for your kind words about Chloe! She really was a good model for Suesan.I hope we’ve inspired you to give trims a try! Doodle kisses and tail wags!

  28. Great article 💕🐾

    1. Thank you!

  29. I bathe my babies, and trim them a little but the most of the grooming is done at the groomers. I think I could do it if I had the right equipment.

    1. I hope you give it a try! I started much the same way you describe in your comment. I was giving Chloe a bath, brushing, and doing a scissor trim in between grooming. Having the right tools for the job does set you up for success, for sure! Doodle kisses and tail wags! Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and her sidekick, Jenise

  30. I do trim up my 2 long haired Dachshunds. I have not tried yet to groom them.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Nicole! I’m sure it’s a joy to have two Dachshunds in your pack! Just thinking of your cuties makes me smile! Double the Dachshund cuteness!

  31. I groom at a grooming salon. I’d love to win these wonderful products.

    1. What a talent you have! Grooming and helping our furry pals look there best is such an art! Thank you!

  32. My husband trims both of our dogs in between groomings. The Wahl 5 in 1 Clipper would be so nice to use on our dogs’ thick fur. Thanks for the opportunity!

    1. It sounds like caring for your dogs is a family endeavor! The Wahl 5 in 1 Clipper would be a great addition to your toolkit! Happy trimming!

  33. We currently take our dog to the dog salon for grooming because I have yet to find a great clipper set! Thanks for all the information!

    1. Hi, Jenny! I’m happy to hear that you found the tutorials helpful. I’ve certainly been impressed with the quality of the Wahl clippers. Maybe they are the answer you’ve been looking for!

  34. We groom our dog on a regular basis

    1. Thanks for your comment, Richard!

  35. Hi! Nope I don’t groom my dog, but I could now!

    1. Yes, having the right tools for the job makes a huge difference! The Wahl clipper and blade set is such good quality. Plus, the dog grooming case is a great place to safely store everything and take it along with you too. Good luck, Missy!

  36. We groom our two Chinese cresteds at home.. They’re pretty easy most of the time lol

    1. Your comment made me smile! Thank you!

  37. No we take Curly to a groomer but it is so expensive.

    1. Hello, Rose! Curly is such a cute name for your dog! Thank you for your comment.

  38. I’m dying to get a Wahl trimmer so I can do Phoebe’s hair myself. Dog grooming gets SO expensive, Phoebe goes every 3 or 4 months. If I don’t win your contest, perhaps Santa will bring me one this year…!🐶
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    1. Hi Cathy! Thanks so much for your comment! I’m sure that with the right tools for the job, like the Wahl trimmer and blade set, you would enjoy trimming Phoebe’s hair. Good luck! And, if you don’t win the giveaway, maybe Santa reads blog comments and will see yours! 🙂 Tail wags & take care, Happy-Go-Doodle

  39. I always groom my dogs fur, I just wish she’d let me do her nails, too.

    1. Hi, Cindy! I’m so happy that you mentioned dog nail trimming. Your timing couldn’t be better! Trimming Chloe’s nails was something that I wanted to do, too. But, when I tried it a few years ago, Chloe pulled her paw away and I gave up. I was afraid of hurting her. So I’ve been taking her to the groomer and vet for nail trims since then. However, recently I found a great resource for nail trimming and I’m very close to being able to share it on the blog. I hope you’ll stop back by. I’ll be announcing the news very soon. Tail wags and take care! Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and her mom

  40. Yes we trim our dog in the spring

    1. Thanks for your comment, Kathy! We’re happy you stopped by to visit!

  41. We have 4 which we groom at home. and trim their hair. They are our babies and all rescues. They tend to be a little nervous at times so doing it at homes makes them feel so much more comfortable as they look to me as their mom who they trust.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Laurie! That’s such a great point! For dogs who get anxious or even car sick, at-home grooming means that they can be in an environment where they are comfortable and secure. I can tell from your comment that each of your fur babies has a special place in your heart. Tail wags and take care! Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and her mom, Jenise

  42. I have taught myself how to groom my poodle and although its a lot of work, its so rewarding. Wahl tools are top notch in my opinion!

    1. Well said, Mandy! I couldn’t agree with you more on both fronts! I’ve been so impressed with the Wahl products that we use in my home. I applaud you for teaching yourself how to groom your poodle. It really is rewarding to care for our dogs. Doodle kisses, Happy-Go-Doodle and Jenise

  43. My best friend does it for me.

    1. What a great friend! Thanks for your comment, Jamie!

  44. I trim my collie. She needs a good trim in the summer when it is hot.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Danalee! Collies are such gorgeous dogs! I’m happy to hear that you enjoy trimming her! Tail wags and take care, Happy-Go-Doodle and Jenise

  45. Hi Chloe! Your tutorial pictures are wonderfully helpful. Plus you are a cutie-patutie! Bernie and Lizzie go to a spaw where we love every groomer. I brush them, but I’ve never tried trimming them at home. Not sure if I’d want to try doing a full groom, but knowing how to touch up areas and keep hair out of their eyes would be good. Thanks for all the information!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Irene! Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I are so glad that you found our step-by-step photos and video helpful! Suesan Watson has such a talent for for grooming and for teaching others. Visiting with the Wahl Animal team and meeting Suesan was a great learning experience and I’m glad that others can benefit from it too. Grooming is such an art. Like you, we are so appreciative of our groomer. For us, it’s a bit like having the best of both worlds: being able to bond by grooming Chloe at home and taking her to the groomer too. Doodle kisses to Bernie and Lizzie!

  46. I do groom and trim our fur baby, Sheba. The Wahl products sure would come in handy for me!

    1. I’m happy to hear that you groom and trim, Sheba. Thanks for your comment and good luck!

  47. I clip my dogs toe nails but that’s it so far.

    1. Clipping a dog’s toenails is no small “feet!” 😉 Thanks for your comment, Julieh!

  48. We take our dog to be groomed professionally and they clip his nails too.

    1. It’s great to hear that you have a grooming professional as part of your dog’s well care team. Thanks for your comment!

  49. We trim and groom them ourselves.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment! We’re happy you stopped by to read our article!

  50. I sometime trim my dog’s hair, but I have a professional do most of the grooming.

    1. Thanks for your comment! It’s great to have a professional groomer as part of your dog’s team!

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