Dog Grooming Matted Hair: 8 Ways to Untangle
Here are tips from the experts on how to handle dog grooming matted hair.
- Keep him dry. Once your dog's matted hair gets wet, it makes it that much harder to untangle. So keep him out of the water, or even wet grass, until after he's been detangled.
- Divide and conquer. Divide the mat in half with your fingers. Then divide the halves into quarters, the quarters into eighths and so on until all the clumps are gone.
- Use a dog brush. Begin at the tips of the hair and gradually work down to the skin, brushing out small amounts of hair at a time. Then brush the length of the hair.
- Sprinkle on cornstarch. It helps glide the hair right out of stubborn mats.
- Spray on a detangler. Pet stores sell sprays, like the Drs. Foster and Smith Grooming Mist Grooming Mist Plus (16 oz.) made specifically for releasing tangles and mats. Simply spray on a wet or dry coat to decrease brushing time significantly.
- Take it in stages. If your dog has an exceptionally difficult mat or several mats, work on it for 10 minutes at a time. You want to make grooming as pleasant an experience as possible. Give your dog extra love and a treat. Come back to the mat a few hours later.
- Use a dematting comb. Special combs, like the Dematting Comb by MiracleCorp breaks the mat into more manageable sections without loosing much of the coat. This is the secret weapon of professional groomers.
- Clip it. Use a scissors to cut the mat in half. It will make it easier to work out with your fingers and a brush. Sometimes it's just easier to cut the entire mat out. Even the best groomers resort to a short haircut solution.
Once your dog is mat-free, here are 3 ways to keep it that way:
- Use a weekly conditioner. Regularly using a conditioner will keep your dog's coat smooth and healthy.
- Keep your pet's coat short. This is the easiest way to prevent future mats.
- Give him a daily brushing. Be sure to brush out every layer of the coat down to the skin. Use a Dematting Comb for mats, a large Wire Pin Brush for the body, and a Slicker Brush for the feet, head, ears, and lower legs.
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