Why is matting bad for your dog?
If you are an owner of a cockapoo/labradoodle or any other poodle/doodle cross breed or if you’re considering buying/rehoming one then this information may come in useful. These combination coat types are one of the hardest to maintain and very prone to developing matting if they are not groomed regularly.
Matts are not just unsightly, they can also cause your dog pain and discomfort. Most matts first occur around the anus and groin area, in your dogs armpits and behind the ears and thighs. Apart from a few breeds of dogs whose hair naturally dreadlock, the majority of breeds are not supposed to matt and it should be prevented, especially if you do not like your dog’s coat to be clipped very short.
The skin underneath the matt can become red and inflamed, if left untreated, then nasty infections may occur which can lead to great pain for your dog as the skin cannot naturally heal itself due to the matting in place. Unfortunately, if your dog does develop bad matting then they may begin to smell repulsive, this can lead to parasites latching onto your dog and living on their skin. This situation will only get worse when your dog begins to bite or itch the affected area. This is why regular grooming is absolutely essential to maintaining a happy and healthy dog.
We recommend a minimum of 6 weeks for combination coats between full grooms.
What do I need to do to prevent matting?
The metal comb is the most important tool to have, if you can’t pass the comb through the coat without resistance then quite simply, you haven’t brushed enough. Below is a brief demonstration video and steps on how to maintain your dog’s coat daily.
Brush a small section of the coat at a time. Push the coat up with your hand to the line of the skin, pat the brush into the hair, and pull away from the dog’s body gently. Continue with this method of lifting, patting and gently stroking the brush through the coat a small section at a time. This method allows you to thoroughly brush the coat and find any tangles hidden under the top of the coat.
“My dog doesn’t like being brushed”
Get your dog used to the brushing process as early as possible. If you brush your dog daily it will prevent a lengthy brush at the end of the week which your dog may not like and you’re less likely to be tugging at knots this way too. Starting early means they should get used to the process and will simply think of it as a way of life rather than an experience they do not like and run away from.
If your dog seriously wont let you brush them, then its time to call your groomer for a ‘maintenance groom’ in between full grooms where the coat can be professionally bathed and blow dried, brushed and combed until its completely knot free. If you leave this too late and matting has occurred your groomers only option will be to clip your dog’s coat short. This is always a last resort as your groomer will not want to put your dog through any discomfort and using matt splitters in sensitive areas will cause your dog discomfort.
“Daily maintenance is the key to keep your dogs coat matt free”
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