Dematters can also slice open an area that is small, like a tail or even a leg on a small dog. Usually by the time a dematter is needed the dog is a shave down candidate. Better to either.tease out the tangle or shave it out.
The staggered comb is best for using on dogs with thick undercoat and topcoat, like long haired huskie, German shepherds, malamutes, Pomeranians, etc. It is meant to pull out the undercoat on double coated shedding dogs.
Thanks Missy! I will put this tool on my list. I bought CC gold series pin brush and I love it! Every pin! It is so much better than CC regular brush. I paid 50$for it two months ago and nowI need to save some money
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Dematters can also slice open an area that is small, like a tail or even a leg on a small dog. Better to either.tease out the tangle or shave it out.
I had no idea that was possible. Usually the matts I use it on are fairly far away from the skin so it's just a way to help separate it out a bit if the comb is taking too long. If it's close, to the skin I shave it. If it's far and too dense to work out, I cut it with blunt end scissors. I guess I go with comb, then dematter, then blunt end scissors, then shave in order of matt difficulty. The dematter is just a briefly until I can get it to tease-able with a comb.
We're just at the beginning stages of blowing coat w/Kallie. I've been able to work out the majority of her mats w/buttercome & cornstarch. Others that you can't see I've just cut out. I was just asking for the months of matting that we'll be facing. I'm steering clear of the "slicer".
I think it really depends on the dog. The worst of Kodi's blowing coat was about 2 months, between 10-12 months. Then he blew again (but not as bad) between 18-20 months, and I don't remember the age, but there was a VERY minor 3rd time where I noticed he was building up mats behind his ears if I didn't pay attention.
But even at it's worst, I was able to manage his coat by fully combing him out twice a day. The most important thing for me was making sure he stayed VERY clean (went down to baths every 4 days at its worst) and made suer he was COMPLETELY knot-free when he went to bed. If he slept on a small knot, he'd wake up with a large mat. So our second comb out was always last thing before bed!
The WORST grooming session we had was after I left him for 10 days (at the beginning of blowing coat) with a friend who is a great dog person, but doesn't know coated breeds. I came home to a mess that took me two hours to comb out, but he was mat-free at the end. I know of other people who put in 2 hours a couple of time a day and STILL find mats in between. Most of those opt for a puppy cut during coat-blowing, and grow them back out again after, if they want a long coat!
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Ughh I have the CC Staggered comb and I dematted Starla when she was blowing coat and it took forever to get all her chest hair to come back in. I think a slicker like the Les Pooches Mat Zapper is less damaging than that comb.
This is a duplicate post. I'm sorry if you are reading it twice. I wanted to repost here as this is a more current discussion...
Hi, We are desperate for some grooming success!
What's the technique with the mat zapper?
Rosie Tomato really hates grooming, but just grows mats seemingly within seconds of being detangled. She'll be 2 on Monday so I don't think it's more blowing coat.
I have been using a dematting tool (the rake goes to the side rather than forwards) since she was a few months. Could using this have done damage to her coat and cause more matting? Additionally, she is a working dog and has to wear her harness all day at work. I think this causes more knots under her arms too. Her coat is about 2" long except the tail.
I have tried Ice on Ice. The popular CC buttercomb does not get far through her coat. I was thinking I need a better pin brush and am ordering the CC 20mm Gold. It also looks like a wood pin brush might be helpful. Now I'm wondering about the Mat Zapper. This is becoming a pricey proposition!
Thanks so much for your help!