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Matted and knotted hair on your poodle?

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My miniature poodle Chloe is 6 months old. She has long straight hair that easily gets matted and knotted even though I try to brush her every couple of days. (She's not wild about brushing.) When I try to untangle the knots by hand, it hurts her and she jumps away from me. Do you have a technique for preventing matting of hair?


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Brushing a matted coat is painful for a dog and will make her hate being brushed. Brushing must be done every day at a minimum during their coat change to prevent mats. I would have her trimmed short by a groomer to remove the mats and let you start fresh. Then you can work on brushing with her once it is no longer painful.

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The kindest thing and best for your relationship with your pup concerning grooming is to do as Raindrops suggests. I would also add to ask the groomer to show you how to do really good line brushing so you can minimize future risk of mats. Hopefully they will help you. If you continue with this groomer it will make their work easier down the road, so they have some incentive to show you.

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You have been given some good advice here. It is an excellent idea to have a groomer cut her hair so you can start over. This is important for the dog's comfort and your relationship with her.

After the groomer has trimmed her, begin regular home combing/brushing. I use a slicker brush, then a greyhound comb to make sure I can reach clear to the skin without any mats or knots. I use a grooming spray I made up of a small squirt of conditioner diluted with a lot of water. In the past I've also used a spray called The Stuff.

It's important to know that there is no product or brush that is going to make mats and knots easily come apart with no distress for your dog. When you are going through coat change the number 1 easiest thing for your dog is to take the coat short. The second easiest for the dog is to brush EVERY DAY. During coat change there really is no other humane option with a poodle. This is why so many poodles are taken to the groomer every 4 weeks, and why groomers shave a dog down if the owner has not been able to stay on top of daily brushing during coat change. It does get a bit better after coat change is through, especially for those pet owners who choose to keep their dogs in easy to maintain clips.

The poodle coat is glorious. How much work it takes varies in direct proportion to how long it is.
This length was easy to comb. We were about to go camping just prior to this groom.
Dog Canidae Miniature Poodle Toy Poodle Dog breed

This dog (poodle mix) has a donut mustache, and needs his face groomed most days. For him it's just a few swipes of a comb on face, ears, topknot. Takes about a minute. If you want a fluffy face on your poodle then ask the groomer for that. I like the mustache style because it includes a shave under the eyes which helps me keep his face clean. He doesn't get tear stains, but a lighter colored poodles will tend to show staining without regular care (and sometimes even with regular care). This under eye shave makes face care easy for me.
Dog Canidae Mammal Dog breed Maltepoo

Best of luck on your grooming adventures! Remember to give good treats!
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