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A Girl Walks into a BlogPaws Conference: True Story

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A girl walks into a conference…

Sounds like a set-up in need of a punchline?

Better than a one-liner, it’s the beginning of a true story about how life can change course in the blink of an eye. And it’s also the introduction to a pet-loving story between a girl and her dog.  (A dog who unknowingly inspires the girl to live in the moment, catch all the fun she can, and push forward because you never know what new adventures lie ahead.)

Want to know more? Here’s a peek behind the curtain:

Meet a couple of real characters…

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Chloe–a fluffy muppet of a goldendoodle dog with a nose for adventure and an ongoing obsession with a yellow tennis ball.

Jenise–Chloe’s dog mom and sidekick whose favorite adventures are any that include her muppet pup. She fully supports her kiddoodle’s obsession for yellow tennis balls. The two share endless games of fetch.

Take a peek at the back story…

A whole new world (and a pet-loving adventure) begins after Jenise is laid off from her 27-year career as an innovator and strategist at Hallmark Cards. In the blink of an eye, her world is rocked. But with Chloe by her side and through the support of her family, she decides it’s time to reinvent herself–and to put her energy into a business of her own. Through freelancing and consulting, she begins to rebuild.

As she works, Chloe patiently waits by her side until it’s time for a break­–a game of fetch or two or three or four. It’s during those moments of companionship, that a new adventure ignites…and the two become the hands and paws behind the vision for Happy-Go-Doodle, a blog and brand founded in sharing as much joy with others as Chloe shares with everyone she meets.

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Think. Think. Swirl. Repeat…

“Wordpress and keyword strategies and how to grow an email list…and what’s affiliate marketing, anyway?” Self-doubt swirls around in the girl’s head like a goldendoodle doing zoomies in the first winter snow.

Red goldendoodle dog, Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe, chasing her tail in the snow with her floppy dog ears flying

Chloe’s happy-go-lucky attitude helps Jenise press on–along with her discovery of another joy: a social learning community called BlogPaws.

Aha! BlogPaws!

Through a Google search, BlogPaws pops up at the top of the search results. Like a dog sniffing out a treat hidden under the couch cushion, the girl joins BlogPaws–a premier social media company, a gem of a pet-loving community, a wealth of social media/blogging education, and a gold mine of new connections with pet-loving people, pet brands, and a friendly BlogPaws staff. And all of this culminates in a yearly pet blogging and social media conference.

With some coaxing from her family, she attends the BlogPaws 2017 conference in Myrtle Beach.

Which brings us to back to…

A girl walks into a conference…and discovers a pet-loving life journey…

From the moment she steps off the plane in Myrtle Beach, the connections with cool people begin. Through conversations with bloggers, brands, influencers, and speakers, the girl’s (and Chloe’s) new future begins to unfold.

A girl walks into a conference…and walks out with her suitcase packed full of swag (a.k.a. yummy treats from brand sponsors that’ll make a dog say “bow-WOW”) and her own heart filled with memories, friendships, connections…

…and even more love for pets and the people who love them.

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The Happy-Go-Doodle ending?

Well, this story is still in the works as the girl and her dog set off on more blogging adventures together. But the next chapter will be written at the 2018 BlogPaws conference in April!

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What will BlogPaws do for you? 

We hope our BlogPaws story offers a little inspiration to you and insight into what the BlogPaws conference is all about. Wherever you are in your life journey or in your pet-loving adventures, BlogPaws could be the spark that ignites something new for you too! We hope you’ll join us at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in our hometown of Kansas City, Missouri!


Also, we couldn’t be happier or more excited to let you know that we’ll be serving as BlogPaws 2018 conference ambassadors! (Ok. I’m the official ambassador, but Chloe will be my partner and ambassa-doodle!) It’s an honor and privilege to be part of the ambassador team along with these amazing pet bloggers and influencers:

You can read the BlogPaws 2018 Ambassador bios here.

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Being an ambassador is a chance for me to pay it forward–to share the kind of hospitality that I received last year from the 2017 conference ambassadors, bloggers, brands, BlogPaws staff, and so many other pet-lovers at the conference. (Read more 2017 happy conference memories here.)

Additionally, as the BlogPaws Speaker Ambassador, I’m excited to help share news about the great line-up of sessions and to help the speakers feel welcomed to the BlogPaws community and conference!

Five Tail-Wagging Things to Know About the BlogPaws 2018 Conference

1. Who’s invited? Everyone!

Friends have asked me whether the BlogPaws conference is right for them. My response? “Yes!” Chloe’s response?  “Abso-doodle-ly!”  I asked BlogPaws Campaign Manager Bernard Lima-Chevez who should attend the 2018 BlogPaws Conference. I loved his response:

“The BlogPaws conference is for everyone. Maybe you’re curious to see what a pet-friendly conference is all about. Maybe you have an Instagram account and you would like to do more with it. Or maybe you’re a serious blogger or social media influencer who’s ready to take your business to the next level. Wherever you are on your journey, we have something for you.”

– Bernard Lima-Chavez

2. When is the BlogPaws 2018 Conference? Where is it? 

Mark your calendar, get registered, and start humming  “Kansas City, Kansas City here I come…”

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3. What makes BlogPaws unique?

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I think of it this way …

“Animals and people have a great bond. Together we can change each other’s lives. #BlogPaws is the spark.” -Happy-Go-Doodle #ad #bloggerlife Click To Tweet

Plus, this year marks BlogPaws’ 10th conference anniversary! It will be an epic celebration of ten years of loving pets and bringing people together! It will be a special celebration that’s bound to become a happy memory for a lifetime!

4. How do I register?  

It’s easy. You can register here and then look forward to all the new adventures that are about to begin for you! Once you register, BlogPaws  will make sure you have all the information you need–and as an attendee, you’ll get to hear all the latest news first!

Register here 

(Note: This code is only valid on Network, Blogger, and Small Business Rate. All others pay full price.)

Don’t wait or hesitate! There are a limited number of tickets and we don’t want you to miss out.

5. How can I learn more?

Find out more about the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, MO right here!

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Ready to write a new chapter in your pet-loving story?  Then the 2018 BlogPaws conference is right for you!

We hope you’ll catch all the BlogPaws conference happiness along with us!

Doodle kisses and tail wags!

– Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and Jenise

Have you attended a BlogPaws conference? How has BlogPaws positively impacted your life? We’d love to hear! Please comment below!

Do you have questions about this year’s BlogPaws conference? Please comment below. We’ll do our best to answer your questions or to direct you to someone who can!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogPaws. The opinions and text are all mine.

2018 BlogPaws Conference Educational Sessions: The Ultimate Guide

The 2018 BlogPaws Conference Sessions and Speakers will Blog You Away
Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe’s blown away by all the pros who will be leading the 2018 BlogPaws conference sessions.

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The Ultimate Guide to the 2018 BlogPaws Educational Sessions

As BlogPaws Speaker Ambassador and Ambassa-doodle, Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I are excited to be your guides and share everything we know about the BlogPaws conference educational sessions which are a highlight of the 2018 BlogPaws Conference.

For us, being Ambassadors is like being tour guides and friendly neighbors rolled into one! We’re here to share a warm welcome from Kansas City–the home of the 2018 BlogPaws conference! (You can read our BlogPaws ambassador true story here.) Also, we’re here to help guide you through the BlogPaws educational sessions so that you can get the most out of the BlogPaws conference experience.

As with any adventure or journey, it’s fun to get prepped before you arrive. That’s where we come in!  With that in mind, let’s embark on an ultimate tour of all things related to the BlogPaws conference sessions and speakers.

First of all, meet your guides!

Dog mom and Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe are your guides helping your on your BlogPaws conference adventures
Dog Mom Jenise and Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe are ready to guide your through the bow-wow worthy BlogPaws educational sessions at the 10th Anniversary BlogPaws conference!

An Overview of the BlogPaws Conference Educational Sessions Landscape

Our first goal on our ultimate tour of the BlogPaws conference sessions is to share a wide-angle view of the “educational landscape.” What types of workshops sessions are available at the conference? What subjects will you be learning? Here’s a high-level overview of the types of information that the 2018 BlogPaws conference speakers will be sharing!


BlogPaws conference offers social media educational opportunitiesFor Chloe and me, navigating through social media without BlogPaws would be like trying to play a game of fetch in the dark. Sure, Chloe can nose out the ball, but it’s a lot more efficient and fun in the sun! BlogPaws shines a light on the social media landscape with educational sessions led by professionals. At this year’s conference, you can attend sessions about Instagram, Pinterest,  Facebook, podcasting, and more.


BlogPaws conference offers social media business and monetization educational courses and moreThere are many ways that you can monetize your blog–from publishing to sponsored posts to affiliate marketing and more. Plus, there are important business skills that come along with being a blogger, micro-influencer, or pet industry expert. At the BlogPaws 2018 conference, you’ll be able to attend sessions on copyright, brand sponsorships, pet career entrepreneurship, and affiliate marketing–just to name a few!


BlogPaws conference sessions offer social media, businesss, monetization, blogging how-tosSEO? Keywords? Blogging goals? There’s so much going on behind the scenes of a blog, but you don’t have to travel the blogging road alone. With session topics such as developing blogging goals, understanding trends in SEO, and blogging with purpose, the speakers help clear the path to blogging success.

                                                                        #4 CREATIVE EXPERTISE

BlogPaws Conference Sessions Offer Social Media, Business, Monetization, Blogging, and Creative How-Tos

A big part of being a blogger, an influencer, or an entrepreneur in the pet industry, is understanding how to tell YOUR story to YOUR audience in a way that they’ll love– one that’s authentic and engaging. You need the creative tools to make your story come to life. Additionally, managing your time and your resources is an important piece of the creative pie. The BlogPaws conference is a place where you can hone those skills and get expert help from the pros!

Table Topics, One-on-One Sessions, and More: Touring the Types of Sessions Offered During the Conference

Now that you have a broad view of the content, you may be wondering about the format of the educational sessions. Are they all the same? Does everyone attend all the sessions? Our next stop on our ultimate tour of the BlogPaws conference sessions is an overview of presentation formats offered at this pet-friendly, three-day event.

  • Table Topics: These are casual, lunch-and-learn style sessions where a presenter shares information about a specific topic over lunch with up to 10 conference guests. There are a limited number of spaces available at the Table Topic Talks, so it’s important to sign up early!
  • One-on-Ones: Yes, the name says it all! These are individual sessions with conference speakers. This is your chance to ask questions and get input that’s specific to your blog or your business! It’s a great value! However, these sessions are extremely popular and fill up fast! Be quick as a retriever chasing a fetch toy!
  • Breakout sessions: With so much to share, BlogPaws offers multiple sessions during the same time period. Each break out session is led by the presenter in a format of their choosing. It could be a workshop, q & a style, or a presentation.
  • Keynotes: There are two keynote speaker sessions. These are a highlight of the conference! The 2018 keynote speakers have not been announced yet, so make sure you’re following BlogPaws on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for these announcements. (Or, if you’ve already signed up for the conference, watch your email inbox for information.)

Are you ready to know more about the conference sessions and speakers?

Here are important tips on HOW to get the most out of the BlogPaws conference sessions!

As your ambassadors, we highly recommend that, if you have not already registered for the conference, do so now. There are many advantages to registering. Once you’ve signed up, you can:

  • receive weekly emails from BlogPaws with the latest conference news and updates
  • create your conference profile as part of the conference registration
  • plan and build your personalized conference schedule on
  • connect with other attendees who have registered
  • check out the speaker profiles on
  • add the app to your phone so that you have your schedule at your fingertips while attending the conference.

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe’s Tip: You can sign up for the conference right here

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe with tour guide flag in front of the World War 1 Memorial in Kansas City Missouri

Your tour of the sessions and speakers wouldn’t be complete without an easy way to register for the BlogPaws 2018 conference right here:

BlogPaws 2018 Conference: Register Now   

Now that we’ve shared the educational session landscape and how you can sign up for the BlogPaws conference, let’s meet the pros who will be leading the BlogPaws 2018 conference sessions.

Who are the people presenting at  the 2018 BlogPaws conference?

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I took a little trip over to (which is your place to plan your conference schedule, read the speaker bios, learn about the sessions, etc.), and we checked out the speaker’s bios and the session overviews. Rather than tell you about the sessions and individual speakers, we decided to show you by creating word clouds from the speakers’ bios and the session overviews. We thought it would be a fun way to share who the presenters are and what educational topics are popping up!  Here’s what we learned…

BlogPaws 2018 Conference Word Cloud from Session Overviews
This word cloud was created from the BlogPaws conference speakers’ presentation overviews. Look what popping up!
Word cloud of text from the BlogPaws Conference Speaker bios
Curious about who the BlogPaws Conference speakers are? This word cloud was created from the BlogPaws 2018 speakers’ bios! Looks like a pet-loving, digitally savvy group!

Get to Know Before You Go!

Want to know specific information about the speakers and the presentation topics? BlogPaws makes it easy. You can…

READ more about each of the BlogPaws speakers here!  Also, there is a weekly BlogPaws speaker series blog post that spotlights individual speakers on

WATCH Facebook Lives where BlogPaws team members chat with this year’s speakers. They are available by going to the BlogPaws Facebook page. It’s a great way to get to know the speakers before you go!

FOLLOW the speakers on Twitter using the BlogPaws Twitter list.

BlogPaws Conference Tips from Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe!

As your guides, we wanted to share a few tips that we learned at our first conference last year. Chloe's happy to share BlogPaws conference tips

  • TIP #1: You won’t be in the dog house if you decide to switch your schedule and attend a different session than you’d planned. Everyone’s friendly and wants you to be able to make the most of your experience!
  • TIP #2: Choose the sessions you want to attend based on your blogging or influencer goals!
  • TIP #3: The BlogPaws community shares notes! If you’re not able to attend a session, ask someone to swap notes with you. Also, BlogPaws (and many of the speakers) make presentation slides available following the conference. Quite possibly, you will have access to ALL the conference sessions even though it’s physically impossible to attend each one! BowWOW!

Last of all, on our all-things-sessions-and-speakers tour, we’d like end with some thoughts from other attendees about why the BlogPaws sessions have been game-changers for them. We reached out to the BlogPaws community through Facebook and Instagram comments and  here’s what they had to say…

Why are the BlogPaws Conferenece Sessions meaningful? Seven quotes from bloggers and influencers

How Have the BlogPaws Conference Educational Sessions Helped You?

“Our Google Analytics are up 200% in page views for the month of February compared to last year’s February and we are sure that it is largely in part due to the knowledge we gained at our two BlogPaws conferences we were lucky enough to attend! –  ChiPets

“Networking and meeting the people you already feel you have met via social.” – Jodi Perkins Clock, Ask Jodi

“I enjoy the opportunity to engage with speakers in a way I likely cannot do remotely. Being able to ask questions and gain insight based on their reply is valuable for me, but I’m sure it’s valuable for other participants. If one person in the audience asks a question, there’s a good chance many others are thinking the same and simply don’t know or feel comfortable articulating them. Additionally, being able to partner the presenter with their visual tools helps to illustrate points for people regardless of their learning style!” – Bryn Nowell, A Dog Walks into a Bar 

Every note I made I still use two years later. It’s gold dust.” – Marjorie Dawson, Dash Kitten
“At the workshops and by connecting with other bloggers and influencers, I learned HOW bloggers and influencers were making money.”  – Cathy Armato, Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
“(It’s) so much easier to focus and really learn about topics like SEO or Branding or Instagram or Facebook in an interactive live setting with good visual examples, case studies, questions, and responses. It can also be really inspiring to see a good presentation and trigger all sorts of great ideas.  – Susan Nation, Talents Hounds
“If on the fence, fall toward BlogPaws, every time!” – Elizabeth Keene, Chronicles of Cardigan


Finally, thank you for joining us on our ultimate BlogPaws 2018 conference sessions and speakers tour! We hope you’re as excited as we are to embark on all this learning under one…WOOF! 

We’ll see you at the BlogPaws 2018 10th Anniversary Conference:

  • April 18 – 20, 2018
  • The Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center Hotel
  • Kansas City, MO


Be part of an all-new immersive experience!

Check out all the BlogPaws conference adventures

While we shared an “all things educational” perspective on the conference in this post, there’s so much more about the BlogPaws conference to explore!
This year there will be an all-new experiential area that will take the conference to a whole new level.(Sounds like a great photo op too!) It will include a kitchen where experts will be whipping up treats for people and pets, patio, office, living room…and prizes too.
Plus, you’ll meet pet brand sponsors, walk the red carpet, attend the BlogPaws Social Media and Pet Blogging awards ceremony, and connect with others who are passionate about pets! Want to know more? Check out all the latest news and information on the BlogPaws 2018 10th Anniversary Conference in Kansas City, MO right here!  Or register now
Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe's Everything Guide to the BlogPaws 2018 Conference Sessions & Speakers
For more updates, check out my companion post: BlogPaws 2018: The Best Pet-Loving Celebration Yet.

Do you have any questions about this year’s BlogPaws conference sessions?

Please comment below. We’ll do our best to answer your questions or to direct you to someone who can!

See you soon at BlogPaws 2018 Conference
Tail wags and take care from your BlogPaws 2018 Conference Speaker Ambassadors!
Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and Jenise

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogPaws. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Welcome to Happy-Go-Doodle!

A Goldendoodle dog blogging about happiness and positivity

Ready for a little instant happiness? Smiles start now!

Welcome to Happy-Go-Doodle a lifestyle brand and dog blog dedicated to sharing cute Goldendoodle stuff, plenty of dog smiles, and a lotta dog love. If you’d like an instant smile, start here!

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Celebrate special days, dog-friendly birthdays, and holidays…

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WHAAAAT?!? Double the Happy-Go-Doodle Dog Fun!



Red goldendoodle god with surprised look and word "WHAAAAT" by dog's mouthMom’s heading to the BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media conference without me! Can this be true?

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What is this? She’s bringing another dog who looks just like me?

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Hmmmm…I’m always happy to meet new friends!


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It’s my bobblehead twin! Do you think we look alike?

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Here’s why…

I’m always saying “YAY” to new adventures! So…

Happy-Go-Doodle, a red goldendoodle dog, sitting with a matching dog bobblehead in the green grass with type "twinning and grinning"

…my dpg bobblehead twin will be going on this adventure, so I can travel along…in a “mini me” way!

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Mom and my mini-me dog bobblehead will be sharing their journey with me through Instagram and Twitter. If you’d like to follow along, stop by…

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When they get back, we’ll share more tales from the BlogPaws conference trail here!

Doodle kisses and tail wags,
Happy-Go-Doodle, Chloe

Curious about dog blogging? Learn more here…

A Girl Walks Into a BlogPaws Conference: True Story

BlogPaws Conference 2018: Celebrate With Us

BlogPaws Conference 2018: The Ultimate Guide

OVERJOYED! Happy-Go-Doodle is a Best New Pet Blog Finalist









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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.

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I will receive product in exchange for this post. We only share information that we are excited about and feel good about. We don't share info that is not relevant to our readers.

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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Red goldendoodle dog with Wahl dog grooming products including a trimmer and grooming apron and dog grooming supply kit
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goldendoodle dog and groomer demonstrating how to trim a goldendoodle face