Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Northern California
Re: What am I doing wrong? (long coat and hair matts
I agree, try not washing him so much. Mine get covered in mud as well, I let it dry and it comes right off. I should add that I'm not te type that worries about having dirt in the house (some people do and I respect that, for me its part of my life). I have three Long Coats and they all are different. It sounds like Ranger is much like my little Eli. I use a comb much like Lauri suggested and you do have to get all the way to the skin.
I seperate the hair and work in small sections-it takes about two hours to complete Eli's weekly deep grooming. This is on top of the daily grooming I do. The trick is to go over each area many times before you move on...you'll be amazed when you think your done you will still find little hairs that matt. This is especially true in the area around his hips, back end and be sure to check his bottom (under his tail). Since it does take so long and I'm sure its not always comfortable I make sure he's in a comfortable position and that I have treats to give him from time to time.
If something looks bad or is in a tender spot (his belly or between his legs) I don't hesitate to use the clippers.
Shiloh, 8.5 year old LCGSD
Shoshona, 7.5 year old LCGSD
Eli, 5 year old LCGSD
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