How to Prevent Dog Hair from Matting

Medium
20 - 30 Minutes
1 Day

Introduction

Missy and Moe are two young, Rough Collie littermates that belong to different families in the same farming neighborhood. Missy is always covered in thick mats that are uncomfortable and cause sores on her skin. Her family routinely has to pay to have the mats clipped off and her sores treated. Moe, on the other hand, has no mats!. He has long, flowing, soft fur in great condition and looks just like Lassie. 

What is the difference? Why is Missy a matted mess, and Moe a manicured diva? 

Moe’s owners take the time to prevent his lovely sable locks from matting! As a result, Moe looks great and feels great, with no moisture is getting trapped against his skin below the mats, and he has no skin sores or hot spots as a result. The neighbor kids love to pet Moe, but poor Missy is always a mess.

Dog's Perspective

A dog that has matted hair will be uncomfortable, may be itchy, could and have sores, yeast infections, bacterial infections, and debris trapped in or below their mats. A dog whose coat is well cared for will experience fewer health problems and be much healthier and happier. Regular brushing and treatment to prevent mats can be time-consuming, but if performed regularly and with patience, most dogs love the regular grooming and attention.

The Brush Daily Method

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Use the right tools and products
Make sure you have the right grooming tools for the job: rakes for long haired dogs, combs, slicker brushes, boar bristle brushes and pin brushes are all useful, but you will need to determine which brush and comb combination works best for your dog’s coat. Also, detangling spray is a useful grooming aide.
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Brush body
Pick out any obvious debris, burrs, sticks etc. with your fingers. Spray your dog with detangler and start brushing at your dog’s neck, working backwards. You can also use baking soda or cornstarch on your dog's coat before and during grooming to help lubricate hairs and allow them to slide more easily when brushing.
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Work down to skin
Part hair and get right down to the skin to remove debris and tangles from your dog’s coat. Work all over your dog’s body, including under the limbs and belly.
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Brush legs and face
Brush legs and face with a soft bristled brush
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Comb and cut
Use a comb to part and comb hair on the body, face and legs to remove all tangles. Cut out any knots you find with scissors held parallel to your dog’s body.
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The Bathe Regularly Method

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Determine products and frequency
Your dog can be bathed anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on his coat type and activity levels. Determine what bathing schedule is most effective for your dog to keep his coat in good condition, but not to over-bathe and create dry hair and skin. Dry hair will be just as apt to tangle and mat as dirty hair. Determine what detangler and dog shampoo is appropriate for your dog’s coat type and choose an approached dog conditioner.
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Brush thoroughly
Brush your dog prior to bathing and remove all debris and tangles.
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Shampoo
Wet your dog down from back of neck to hind end end. A handheld shower in a bathtub is ideal. Dilute and distribute detangling dog shampoo evenly throughout his coat, massage in evenly.
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Wash face
Wash face with a facecloth and keep soap and water out of ears, eyes and mouth.
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Conditon
Condition your dog with a dog-appropriate detangling conditioner and rinse or use leave in conditioner.
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Dry
Pat dry with a towel. Avoid rubbing, as this can cause tangles and mats. Thoroughly brush and blow dry your dog on a low heat setting. Avoid air drying as wet hair can tangle during a long drying process. If you need to air dry, brush coat down to the skin after your dog is dry.
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Caution & Considerations

  • When bathing, use a non-slip mat to prevent injury.

  • Use warm, but not hot, water for bathing.

  • Get advice from experts on what products and grooming tools are appropriate for your dog’s hair type.

  • Avoid pulling your dog’s hair and creating a negative association, which will make future grooming more difficult. Use patience and take breaks as often as necessary.

  • Keep grooming schedule up regularly to prevent tangles from forming, making grooming more uncomfortable for your dog.

  • A good diet and fish oil supplements will also improve your dog’s hair coat health and prevent mats.

  • Be careful when cutting knots out with scissors so as not to injure your dog, do not point scissor tips at your dog.

Conclusion

Regular brushing and bathing with the right products and the right tools will prevent your dog’s coat from matting. A matted coat is not only uncomfortable, but it can be time-consuming and expensive to remove mats and treat skin conditions that develop as result. It is well worth it to prevent these mats from forming in the first place. A dog with a sleek, mat and tangle-free coat is healthier, happier, cleaner, and much nicer to pet!  Remember, daily brushing and a regular bathing schedule will keep your dog looking and feeling like a diva.

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