This is a common question we are asked when customers stop by the shop. So we, at Green Dog Grooming, wanted to give you a few tips on how to prevent this. The most important tip though is to be as gentle as possible – the de-matting process can be painful for your dog. If your dogs coat is too matted to brush, then you may want to consider having him/her shaved.
Just imagine what it would be like if your hair was all twisted up in a giant knot and how that would feel to have brushed out, ouch! Be gentle, gentle, gentle. Next steps would be:
- Groom your dog often. Brush your dog’s coat at least once a week. If you have a long-haired breed, you’ll need to do this almost every day to prevent matting. It’s also a good idea to brush your dog after going for walks as many unknown items can get caught in his/her coat.
- Brush your dog’s coat thoroughly. When you do groom your dog, make sure that you brush the entire coat. Work methodically and brush one section of the coat at a time.
- Remove small knots carefully. If the knot is small enough, you should be able to tease it apart by gently working through it. Take care to work parallel to the skin. Don’t pull away from it. Instead, use your fingers to gently work the knot away. If the mattes are to much then please come see us.
For more stubborn knots you may want to bring your dog in so we can cut them out or possibly shave and style the dogs coat. Hair grows back so sometimes shaving may be the best option as some mattes can become very hard to manage. Also, matted hair can be very painful to a dog and can event prevent their movement. We will work with you to find a solution that is best for your pup.
Hopefully the above tips will help your pup stay matte free!