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I had posted few days ago about Odeo's mats. We had him at our house keeper's place for 2.5 weeks while we were out on vacation and he ended up with huge mats all over - belly, armpits, hind legs and even tail. With some much needed motivation from the forum members and after a full bag of treats Odeo is now mat free. I did have to shave on his belly but it doesn't make him look any different.

The positive aspect of the whole process was that Odeo now is much more tolerant to grooming. I worked on him an hour everyday for 3 days. By the third day he just came up to my lap and put his head on my lap and actually fell asleep while I was working on his mats on his butt area. He sure was relieved that is was done and has been very happy to have a clean coat.

I haven't gotten around to take new pictures of him...I will post some soon. He got some "cute puppy" comments in the park yesterday.
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Good job! Keep it up so the mats don't come back. Actually, now would be a very good time to bathe him to set the coat. With static in the coat from all the brushing and a build up of natural oils, the mats can reform. A shampoo will strip the coat of any gunk and the conditioner make the hair supple, a blow dry will stretch out and straighten each hair and visually confirm there are no more mats. Then of course after that you take pictures and post them here!
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Great job! See, I told you patience & more patience would get you thru these mats! Certainly gave me good reason to never skip a grooming day.

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I brush Chester for 'bout three minutes every day - not much of a big deal. Just don't leave his coat unbrushed and keep up the good work!

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Yep, that's how much I spend as well about 3-5 min a day. But when he is with a sitter for 3 weeks and playing with 2 big dogs... It got out of control... Now he is back to his normal self and had a good bath as well. Now we prepare for neuter on Friday!!

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great job!!

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Mats are not fun to deal with. I find that if I catch them before they go to bed, they're sleepy and much more tolerant toward a good brushing/combing out.

Beth, Pixie Puff and MiG too
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what stuff did you use to work on the mats?
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