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how long would u work on a matt to get it out ?

do u give up and cut it ?

anything i can put on it to help loosen it ?
 

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Bailey wont sit still long enough for me to take my time and take a matt out. My groomer told me to by thinning scissors and us that on matt and that has worked wonders for me. I use it once or twice on the matted area and then use my fingers to lightly seperate the hair it does the job for me.
 

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I still have some of the old Petsilk so I use this on a mat or a detangler lotion or Fur Butter. I never cut out a mat, always managed to get it out with a comb or small slicker brush.
 

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I love the Pure Paws Ultra Silk Spray for getting matts out. I've not met a mat on my malt that won't come out with that stuff.

I only cut a mat out when it's in a really sensitive area like on the inner thighs, armpits, or around the backs of the dogs legs. Pulling those hairs even a little really hurts.

Also wanted to say I have had NO mats since using the Pure Paws line. I get some snarls occasionally if skip combing for a day but they come out easily.
 

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Never had any I needed to clip out, but I hear that breaking it up by hand as much as possible first is helpful...much less daunting task, I mean.
 

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I use Nature's Specialties Quicker Slicker on mats to help loosen them. I try and get them out with my metal comb. If that doesn't work after a couple of minutes, I give up and cut it out -- to me it's not a big deal. Sometimes I will use my thinning shears to splice the mat which helps get it out (although obviously it does cut some of the hair).
 

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I think prevention is key. Matts are very uncomfortable for them. Good quality shampoos and daily brushing would prevent them or keeping your malt in a shorter coat is ideal. My malt gets groomed every 6 weeks and I bathe her weekly. She has a short puppy coat and she has no matts.
 

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Matts close to skin of ears

I don't know if it's from him scratching behind his ears....I'm thinking of taking him to the Vet this week to get his ears checked. Tomorrow I have a ton of appt's for me..maybe tuesday. I try to get them out with my fingers while he's sleepy and laying on the couch. After that I try Paul Mitchell detangling spray. They are so close to the skin! I don't know what to do. I bathe him once a week, put conditioner on him and rinse well and blow dry. Should I get him groomed...will they be able to get those out? I don't want them to chop his hair off over there...:blink:
 

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Hi there,

Lola is getting a ton of mats right now, and I have bathed her every week in Pure Paws since I got her, I think two issues are coat change and her harness. :( she is going for a lot more walks now, but even on her legs she is getting matted.

I bought the horse product recommended on here called Cowboy Magic, which is amazing. But to be perfectly honest I have been just cutting them out lately. I am very close to getting her cut down so I can enjoy taking her out without the ordeal of trying to brush her afterwards. She is getting stressed over it and so am I. She seems even less co-operative lately. I think she is getting fed up with it.
 

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When my malt was under 10 months of age she had matts on her legs, around her neck on her ears and I did not know why. Now I'm thinking that was when she was going through her coat transition. She has a very thick cottony coat. She's 19 months now and has no matts at all. I do not even brush her that often. I think the reason is because she has her adult coat now, I bathe her weekly and I really think the coconut oil that she gets has been very beneficial. Also I keep her coat short.
 

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When my malt was under 10 months of age she had matts on her legs, around her neck on her ears and I did not know why. Now I'm thinking that was when she was going through her coat transition. She has a very thick cottony coat. She's 19 months now and has no matts at all. I do not even brush her that often. I think the reason is because she has her adult coat now, I bathe her weekly and I really think the coconut oil that she gets has been very beneficial. Also I keep her coat short.
Well that's very encouraging....Rocky turns 9 months tomorrow...I'm hoping his coat gets thicker...it's so fine right now. How did you get the ones on her ears off? Did you cut them? I've tried giving him coconut oil and he doesn't like it. Maybe I'll try it again in his food. I am planning on getting him a puppy cut. I work so hard at grooming him every day I brush him all over and clean his face and bathe him once a week. I've never worked so hard on a dog, LOL. but he's worth it!:wub:
 

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When Bernie's hair is a certain length like about three inches long, right before we go back to the groomer for her puppy cut, the mats are really hard to fight even though she is bathed each week and gets brushed every day.

I definitely want to try some of this Pure Paws stuff and the dematting comb I got was really useful especially when preceded by a few minutes of finger-separating.

Honestly I don't know how a long haired style would work around here with as many matts as Berns gets.
 

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Well that's very encouraging....Rocky turns 9 months tomorrow...I'm hoping his coat gets thicker...it's so fine right now. How did you get the ones on her ears off? Did you cut them? I've tried giving him coconut oil and he doesn't like it. Maybe I'll try it again in his food. I am planning on getting him a puppy cut. I work so hard at grooming him every day I brush him all over and clean his face and bathe him once a week. I've never worked so hard on a dog, LOL. but he's worth it!:wub:
When she had matts on her ears I took her to the groomers. They just broke apart the matts with a scissor. I could NOT do it myself.
My malt no longer likes coconut oil so I am now giving her nordic naturals omega 369 fish oils.
I have found that when she is professionally groomed on a regular basis (6-7weeks) she does not matt. Tomorrow we have a grooming appointment and they'll just bathe and trim her because she has no matts. Also I almost forgot to mention ever since I started using EARTH BATH MANGO TANGO shampoo she has had the softest tangle free hair . I think Nikkismom uses Earthbath products too.
 

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Puppy cuts are fantastic to prevent matting.
Tobi matts up terribly, regardless of how much I brush him.
I had been keeping him cut regularly (every 5 wks) but last visit to the groomers they said to leave him for a bit longer. Lo and behold he is matted to heck again. Luckily he goes to them this saturday, but they have their work cut out for them :-/

I am returning to at the very least a cut every 6 wks.
 

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When she had matts on her ears I took her to the groomers. They just broke apart the matts with a scissor. I could NOT do it myself.
My malt no longer likes coconut oil so I am now giving her nordic naturals omega 369 fish oils.
I have found that when she is professionally groomed on a regular basis (6-7weeks) she does not matt. Tomorrow we have a grooming appointment and they'll just bathe and trim her because she has no matts. Also I almost forgot to mention ever since I started using EARTH BATH MANGO TANGO shampoo she has had the softest tangle free hair . I think Nikkismom uses Earthbath products too.
That's it...I was trying to save money, but now I'm going to get him to the groomer. I give up, LOL...I surrender!! :blink:To the groomer he goes! I am leaving out of town for ten days...I'm afraid of what he will look like when I get home... so I hope getting him groomed right before I leave he will do okay with the matting. Where did you order the Earth Bath from? Thanks!
 

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Puppy cuts are fantastic to prevent matting.
Tobi matts up terribly, regardless of how much I brush him.
I had been keeping him cut regularly (every 5 wks) but last visit to the groomers they said to leave him for a bit longer. Lo and behold he is matted to heck again. Luckily he goes to them this saturday, but they have their work cut out for them :-/

I am returning to at the very least a cut every 6 wks.
Seems like this is the answer at least till they get older? Rocky's hair is about four inches I think. How short do you get it?
 

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When Bernie's hair is a certain length like about three inches long, right before we go back to the groomer for her puppy cut, the mats are really hard to fight even though she is bathed each week and gets brushed every day.

I definitely want to try some of this Pure Paws stuff and the dematting comb I got was really useful especially when preceded by a few minutes of finger-separating.

Honestly I don't know how a long haired style would work around here with as many matts as Berns gets.
I don't know how they do it either....it's hard work isn't it? I had no clue, hee hee...good thing, or I wouldn't have gotten my baby boy.
 

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Hi there,

Lola is getting a ton of mats right now, and I have bathed her every week in Pure Paws since I got her, I think two issues are coat change and her harness. :( she is going for a lot more walks now, but even on her legs she is getting matted.

I bought the horse product recommended on here called Cowboy Magic, which is amazing. But to be perfectly honest I have been just cutting them out lately. I am very close to getting her cut down so I can enjoy taking her out without the ordeal of trying to brush her afterwards. She is getting stressed over it and so am I. She seems even less co-operative lately. I think she is getting fed up with it.
I heard silk against the dogs fur prevents matts...what are we supposed to do, get silk harnesses now? Rocky puts up with me when he's sleepy. I have a better chance to get those nasty little matts out then. Cowboy magic...is that for shine?
 
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