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Does anyone NOT walk their dogs because of matting?

Gorgeous weather today so took the dogs for a walk. A 20-minute walk ended up in a 40-minute comb-out session (just in the harness area). I have to use a harness because I have 2 dogs hitched on a coupler and one is a puller. I even made my own with a silk backing to reduce matting. Not much help. They have a fenced-in back yard where they get plenty of RLH and exercise. These walks are anything but pleasureable with all the grooming required afterward. So continue walks & puppy cuts or limit walks and not feel guilty they are not getting enough exercise. Anyone share this dilemma?

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Maybe this will help you.

My dogs live for their walks. I truly think they wait all day for their walk. They light up like children when I pack them up in the car. I was keeping Scudder in coat to show him. There were many reasons why I stopped showing him, but one big reason was he couldn't be a puppy in that long coat! I take them on 3 mile off leash hikes and he would pick up twigs, leaves, dirt, burrs, etc on him. It would take me at least an hour to get all the matts out. I love showing, but even more that that, I love my dogs and he was unhappy. He stopped showing and all my guys are in puppycuts.

Maybe you can compromise and find a place where you can do off leash hikes with them. My guys learned as puppy to stay with me on walks and they don't stray. I only do this in areas I know well where there's no traffic. Our favorite spot os an 88 acre nature preserve. If you look hard, you will be amazed at what you can come up with. Good luck!!





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I know it sounds like a trivial question. This is just post-walk combing out, not the combing out I do every night to remove all the snarls, matts, sticks, grass and leaves and everything else I comb out of their coats every night allowing them to be dogs.

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Oh, I hear you

That was post walk Scudder comb out too. It was maddening. You are a trooper not to have taken the scissors to them yet! My guys get 1 inch long and off it goes!!





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We went on a walk in town yesterday and Gryff's feet and legs were BLACK. It was a nightmare cleaning him up and that was just walking on the sidewalk. These dogs are definitely a grooming nightmare. Good thing they're cute.

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I don't think it's a trivial question at all, and it's one I wonder about with Kodi. I LOVE his full coat, but if I had to make him give up walks in order to keep the coat, the coat would have to go. I bought him as a performance dog, not for the conformation ring. And seeing his joy when he's out and about, I couldn't take that away from him.

Fortunately, we were able to get him walking on a reasonably loose lead at a pretty young age, so I can easily walk him on a rolled leather collar, and don't need to use a harness. (I also only have only one dog, so I don't have the "dynamic duo" to deal with<g>) Even sitting still in his car harness he has some minor mats that need to be removed every time he's in the car, so I can't imagine what he'd look like after an hour of pulling on a leash!!!

But I as just on the phone with his breeder today for tips on getting through blowing coat. I REALLY want to keep him long, but I also want him to be able to enjoy being a real dog!


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These dogs are definitely a grooming nightmare. Good thing they're cute.
Isn't that the truth. I see a puppy cut in the very near future. Guess I just want it all. Happy, well-exercised pups in a full coat. Something has to go, besides my patience. Seems like everything fun we do requires major grooming after...which is far from fun for me and especially them.

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My problem really started when I went on vacation and had to trust someone else to groom them. Bella came back so matted and she was in a puppycut! It took hours to get all the matting out. After that, I decided to keep them short and they get even shorter when I go on vacation.

I would love to let them grow out, but it's way too much on me. Plus., they look younger





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I've started using the martingale collars that I've always done their training in. It's definitely cut down on the mats. Cody has always been a puller but things have actually gotten better since we've been using the collar instead of a harness.

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Taylor's breeder (Maltese) made him a matingale collar with a silk lining that I don't use for walks because it does't have a ring to hook to the coupler. For kicks and grins I may try to make one and try it with my puller.

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