What happens if you bathe your poodle every 3 to 4 weeks but you never brush before or after bathing? What are the long term issues and consequences?
So the mats develop and get more dense even though the dog gets bathed regularly every 3 to 4 weeks?Yep. The hair mats. As the mats get tighter they pull on the hair, which isn't comfortable for the dog. Eventually the mats get so dense they turn into felt. At that point they hold moisture and fungus against the skin, possibly leading to skin irritation and infections.
Once mats get established it's really kinder to the dog to shave down and start over.
Yes, exactly. It's because of the type of coat a poodle has. Poodles have curly hair that grows continuously. A wild type dog coat would be straight and would stop growing when it reached an inch or two. The wild type dog would also blow its coat seasonally. Poodles don't have these natural coat maintenance mechanisms, so we need to step in with regular bushing and trimming.So the mats develop and get more dense even though the dog gets bathed regularly every 3 to 4 weeks?