We had Cody shaved down for the summer and he is a pretty happy pooch and a cleaner one too. The lady we board him with did warn me about something though. She said that if you shave a large, hairy dog they will be more likely to have a heat stroke. I don't know if it's true or not (maybe someone can enlighten me) but I thought I should pass it on. Since they don't have sweat glands, dogs use their hair as insulation in the heat. Shaving them gives them no protection from the heat. I don't know what naturally short-haired dogs do. Anyway, just in case....make sure your shaved doodle gets lots of water, shade or indoor time in the summer.