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Old 01-23-2013, 11:23 AM   #21
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personally I stay FAR away from anything with the word "zapper" in it! lol

these dogs have such delicate coats that if you ahve been using a de-matting tool (which I also don't feel is right for havs) I'm sure the coat is very damaged. You might be better off shaving her down and starting over.
The harness could surely matt her, how often are you combing her?? If you are thouroughly combing her out each evening after taking the harness off she should be past most of blowing coat...
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Thanks, I am definitely not thoroughly combing her out every evening. I also probably need to relook at my combing technique. I think the dematter may have 'roughed up' her hair in spots so that they quickly remat. I am not ready to shave her. That happened once and was traumatic for her and for her clients at work. I will rededicate myself to combing with cornstarch, and or Ice on Ice, and just do the best I can. Hopefully the damaged hair will grow out over time, and maybe I'll give her a little haircut to help it along. Any other combing tips would be welcome.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:15 PM   #23
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p.s. I am still curious to hear about the mat zapper (despite the scary name and price tag), and/or maybe how to use the slicker brush for removing tangles.
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the large majority of us do NOT use any type of matt brush or whatever, we also do NOT use slickers. There are a few people that use a SPECIFIC type of slicker brush during blowing coat, but it is not an 'everyday' grooming tool recommended to use on a havanese coat. If you want to grow your hav out, you have to commit to COMBING (not brushing/dematting) to the skin every.day. there is no 'quick fix' magic grooming tool.
The magic comes when you put the work in.
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the large majority of us do NOT use any type of matt brush or whatever, we also do NOT use slickers. There are a few people that use a SPECIFIC type of slicker brush during blowing coat, but it is not an 'everyday' grooming tool recommended to use on a havanese coat. If you want to grow your hav out, you have to commit to COMBING (not brushing/dematting) to the skin every.day. there is no 'quick fix' magic grooming tool.
The magic comes when you put the work in.
OK, thanks for the advice. I certainly don't want to give the impression that I haven't been spending many frustrating hours trying which is why I turned to this forum. I will focus on combing.
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oh yes, MANY of us have been there with the frustrating hours particularly during blowing coat. I was up to nearly 3 hrs a day at the height of blowing coat with my hav! It was insane! I know how frustrating it can be!!
I have found the commitment to combing her out every day along with the right tools make all the difference in the world!
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Thanks for the vote of confidence. I'll let you know how it goes!
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