What is the best method on blow drying for a show coat ? how do you keep hair from knotting up or matting?
Thanks Aidan i will check that out I will probably buy it sense you said it works great.Be careful when getting those matts out, i imagine on a show coat you don't want to break the coat at all!
If it ever gets too bad to get out by combing/brushing I buy a product called cowboy magic at dog shows about once a year (and i try to make it last) i think a small tube of it is about $15 or so but it doesnt take much to get out a tangle!
I've never tried their shampoo/conditioner but I imagine it would work pretty well, i might have to order some one of these days.
Poodles don't shed but like any dog they do get dead hair and that is probably what you see coming out when you brush him. If you don't brush it out it can get matted in with the healthy hair.
Vegas adult coat started coming in around 7/8 months and I just shaved him down at the time. With a full coat on a growing standard with adult coat coming in under the puppy coat it can get matted up overnight from what i've seen.
I remember at my old job grooming and brushing out a beautiful white standard poodle in damn near full coat and he had adult coat coming in the owner brought him back in a week later asking if I would brush her dog out anyway the dog ended up being shaved pretty short all over. I'm sure with hours of work the coat could have been saved but he wasn't a show dog so I suggested shaving.
I would say while the adult coat is coming in brush more often then usual and don't worry about seeing some hair come out, it's normal!
I have seen a poodle that actually did shed and the coat was awful but this dog was shedding like a golden or shepherd. I'm pretty sure as long as you have to brush or comb to get the dead hair out you're okay.