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Old 11-16-2009, 09:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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To preserve hair and deal with mats (besides brushing daily) what tools do you use to rid the coat of mats without shaving?
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A good ol comb and slicker brush. ^^ Though for dogs for show and whatnot, I'm sure they use some sort of product. =/ No idea if they do or what it is though. At work I use a mat cutting comb, but it cuts the mats out, so if you're growing coat it's best to keep the hair in condition before mats even start.
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A good ol comb and slicker brush. ^^ Though for dogs for show and whatnot, I'm sure they use some sort of product. =/ No idea if they do or what it is though. At work I use a mat cutting comb, but it cuts the mats out, so if you're growing coat it's best to keep the hair in condition before mats even start.
HA we have eternally dogs chewing on each other even though we are growing coat we have mats to deal with We bath once a week and use the chris christnesen slicker as well as a comb and plush puppy OMG
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I had the chance to use this All systems 1 comb the perfect poodle comb



It works so GOOD I am going to buy one soon. I think we have a greyhound comb but this AS1 comb is the bomb. There are other brands with a similar comb so I will see how much they are.

I also use a rat tail comb to work a mat out if I can.
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Yeah I have large greyhound comb but not the All Systems. I'm going to have to look into that.
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if it's just a single knot, I'll tease it out with a comb, loosen it with a slicker, and often do it all in the bath while conditioner is soaking in it...

If it's actually matted, I shave it off.
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The trick is to not let matts form in the first place since the act of getting it out automatically means coat loss.

What has been told to me (not that I ever listen):

Bath once a week.
Dry the dog completely.... any curl is a chance for hair to bond.
Rinse shampoo completely. Any residue makes the the coat matt.
Use a conditioner that does not leave a residue.
Line-brush using a dryer (cool) so that you part the hair down to the skin.
Band and wrap the hair on head and back of neck.
Change bands at least every 3 days.
Only pet a Poodle in one direction!

I have been told that if you eat every hair in your brush, you will learn to brush correctly. I only ever use a pin brush on my dog's head and neck. I find that the slicker brush breaks the ends of the hair.

Once webbing or matts form, you can not just rip through them or you will lose coat. I pull the webbing apart with my fingers and try to brush it out, starting at the top of the hair and working towards the base. Grooming sprays can help and I really want to buy one called "The Stuff". Too much silicon makes the coat dry.
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I have The Stuff in my shopping cart at ThePetOnline and it's actually the cheapest I've seen it.
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What sort of pin brush do you use cbrand? I hear the ones with the bobbles at the end of the teeth break hair, but I'm having troubles finding ones without it. I found one at a dollar store, but MAN does it make hair go staticy.
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What sort of pin brush do you use cbrand? I hear the ones with the bobbles at the end of the teeth break hair, but I'm having troubles finding ones without it. I found one at a dollar store, but MAN does it make hair go staticy.
All Systems #1 You want a pin brush with no balls and one that has relatively flexable pins that bend a bit.
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