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04-02-2014 10:43 PM
Cassidy's Mom I just use an undercoat rake on my coaties. I have one with two rows of short teeth that spin, and for a stubborn tangle in the ear floofs I just pinch it close to the skin with my fingertips while I pick at it with the rake. My dogs actually like being brushed there, and don't seem to mind if the pulling. If there were some tangles that I simply couldn't get out with the rake, I'd either snip them or use a matbreaker, but I'd rather cut their fur as little as absolutely necessary since I love the floofs!

Like Lilie, the butt poofs are a much bigger issue, I really need to stay on top of that area or I end up with stuff that I need to snip out.
04-02-2014 10:02 PM
onyx'girl I've also used cornstarch on my coatie....it works great and is cheap!
04-02-2014 09:58 PM
AngelaA6 I've used the cornstarch trick with my MIL's border collie. She gets matts in her ear floofies. I can normally brush out the smaller ones after I worked in the cornstarch and for some of the bigger ones if I can cut them out I do but she goes to the groomer every other month so I don't worry about the ones I'm not comfortable cutting out. They need to brush her daily but they don't
04-02-2014 09:00 PM
Freestep The cornstarch tip is actually a good one. With it, you can usually comb out the minor tangles and small knots. For dreadlocks, though, pulling them out may hurt. Sometimes you can split a dread lengthwise with a scissors or dematting tool, then comb it out, with less pain.

But it never hurts to sprinkle cornstarch liberally into the fur behind the ears, sort of massage it through, let the dog shake, then do your comb out. You can do this all over the whole dog if you have enough cornstarch and don't mind getting it all over the place.
04-02-2014 05:11 PM
huntergreen once you get the "dread locks" out, use thinning shears in that area to keep them from forming again.
04-02-2014 03:53 PM
middleofnowhere The late Barker Sisters were both long coats - with a predilection to matts-behind-the-ears. I have every tool known to this woman for dealing with those -- and the secret ingredient that makes it all easier. The amazing cornstarch cure! This works as a dry lubricant and if worked into the matts before working with a cutter, makes slipping them out pretty easy. It's cheap, it's effective and, unfortunately, I didn't discover it myself or I would go into business packaging this stuff up in smaller quantities with a fancy doggy label & selling it! Darn!
Anyway, work it into the matts. Cut the surface of the matts that are away from the skin with scissors (blunt tipped if you have bouncy dogs). Tease the matts away from the dog's skin. (Fingers, matt splitter, matt cutter, comb, brush - whatever is working). If you keep on top of this (like twice a week) it is very managable.
Try cornstarch. It works. It's cheap. It's readily available and you can use it in cooking too!!!
04-02-2014 03:15 PM
Freestep If you are very careful, you can cut out the dreadlocks with a pair of scissors. Please do not attempt this unless you are absolutely certain you know where the dreadlock ends and the skin begins.

There are dematting tools available, several different types. Probably the safest one is the "matbreaker". You can do a google search for it.

If you still aren't comfortable trying to do it yourself, take her to a professional groomer; they will know how to safely remove the mats.
04-02-2014 02:58 PM
Athena'sMom A good bath and extra conditioner on the ear floofies and butt puffs does the trick! A good blow out with a dryer takes care of all athena's tangles. A daily brush out with her slicker brush helps maintain her coat and reduce problems
04-02-2014 02:10 PM
Lilie I also coat my LH in Show Sheen after each bath. That helps keep the hair slick enough so his coat is easier to maintain.

I don't have as much problem with his ear floofies as I do his butt puffs!
04-02-2014 01:47 PM
Stosh Stosh is long-coated and has serious ear floofies that get matted and stuff gets hidden in there. Since I don't have any clippers I can't cut them out so I got a cool grooming tool. It has teeth that spin so they work through the mats. And I brush him with a slicker brush every day.
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