Re: Long coat grooming and mats...need help
I use a metal rake, a pin brush and a metal comb. You can pick these up most anywhere. The rake works well to seperate the coat and the undercoat if your dog has one. Kinda like a detangler. The pin brush is great at removing loose hair and sometimes will detangle a mat that has just begun. The comb is great for behind the ears, mine has two teeth sizes, half is normal and the other half is closer spaced.
Mud is a huge problem, especially in Spring and Fall here where I live. I hose his legs off and belly but that isn't an option in winter. Mud when dry brushes right out with a regular brush. My brush of choice is a human hair brush, the oval kind with the rubber piece under the bristles. (They make these for dogs and cats too) but I find the human kind has more choices for sizes and is less expensive.
If you spray on some detangler for kids, on a mat that isn't realy tight it will allow you to comb it out. Creme Rinse also works for this but then needs to be rinsed out.
If you have the time, daily or every other day light grooming helps to keep the fur nice. This helps to avoid mats all together. For really bad, tight mats I just cut them out with a sissors or use a clipper. (Actually use my DH's beard trimmer-gosh hope he doesn't read this) It is small and does the job better then my animal clippers in tight spots.
Hope some of this is helpful.
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