How to Brush Tangled Dog Hair

15 - 45 Minutes
1 Week


Brushing your dog's tangled hair can be quite frustrating for both you and your dog. If your dog has wiry fur it is probably tangled quite often. If you're dealing with a dog who has long fur and hasn't been groomed on a regular basis, these tangles can be quite painful, pulling the fur from his skin and causing sensitivity and discomfort. 

When you are ready to tackle these tangles in your dog's fur, be sure you have all the right tools on hand and lots of rewards to prepare your dog and make it as quick and easy as possible. There are lots of tools you can use to eliminate tangles and prevent future tangles from occurring. Some of these tools might include a slicker brush or a FURminator, which are made specifically to detangle and help de-shed. Eliminating your dog’s heavy undercoat and excess fur will also improve his coat, keeping tangles at bay.

Dog's Perspective

If your dog has tangled fur, he might be a bit nervous to have you brush him in those areas. Large mats are heavy and pull on small sections of your dog's skin. The skin around tangles and knots can be sensitive from the weight of the knot. Just be gentle and take your strokes slow as you're working the tangles out, so you're not pulling and tugging at his skin. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Take tangle brushing slow and easy.
  • Tangles that are tight against your dog’s skin cause tender areas on the skin.
  • Some tangles need to be cut out with scissors, but try to work through them with a brush to avoid loss of fur or bald spots.
  • If possible, always try to hold the tangles in your hand while brushing through.
  • Pinching the fur near the root will keep the fur from pulling on the skin as your brush through the tangles.
  • Remember, brushing your dog on a regular basis will decrease the number of tangles you have to deal with at each grooming session.
  •  If you have a long-haired dog, you may be able to lift the tangles up and off of your dog's skin to pull them out gently.
  •  Be sure to use the right tools to remove tangles from your dog's matted hair. A slicker brush or a FURminator are good for removing mats, knots, and tangles. A rake brush is also a decent tangle remover.
  • Some tangles in your dog's fur, especially if you have a long-haired dog, are loose fur that has shed and become tangled within the coat while other tangles are all a result of existing fur knotting together.
  •  Your dog may have an outer coat and an undercoat. Be sure to use a de-shedding tool to remove as much of the undercoat as you can every time you brush your dog.


Your pup may have long and luscious locks, but Rapunzel he is not. Care for the tangles in his fur with daily brushing and the right grooming tools. Even if his fur is shorter, rid him of those tangles, which cause heavy mats and discomfort.

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