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Snarls and matts and mud, oh MY!

First, many thanks to Maddie's mom for the suggestion about Coat Handler grooming products...I placed an order this morning! There was alot of good info available about healthy products!

I'm hoping, though, that some of you could share some of your grooming "secrets", specifically about de-matting and de-snarling.

Molly's coat is thick and wavy, and though I comb her first thing in the morning, then brush her down each time she comes in from outside, and then really do a good comb at night, she still manages to snarl on her belly, her beard and mustache (THAT is the worst!), and at the tips of her ears.

She plays REAL hard outside, her favorite activity being seeking out the ONLY spot of mud ANYWHERE within three miles, hopping and rolling in it, and then looking SO surprised when she comes to the door with MUD dripping from her beard! With such a low-to-the-ground belly, it's not a surprise that when she comes inside, she is covered in what we call "happy mud" (EVEN when she's worn a coat!!).

So...how do you guys handle your kids who LOVE rough and tumble play? ANY suggestions will be gratefully accepted!

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Maureen,

Yeah, not so easy to keep them clean eh?? hehehe
Well right now everything is covered in snow.. but in the Summer we taught Beamer to NOT go into the muddy flower beds by just saying no everytime he would try.
He knows he is only allowed on the grass. When he sees a rabbit or squirrel he obviously forgets everything we told him, but for the most part he keeps off the mud!

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Ryan--

Beamer's coat is beautiful...he looks so silky!

Does the snow create matts?
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Hi Maureen,

I don't think the snow creates matts really. But the winter coats and other clothes seem to I think on the bellys and arm pit areas. Beamer is really good about not getting many matts, so I'm unsure. We only brush him very infrequently -- maybe once a week at most. Maybe that will change when he blows coat, whenever that is..

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Wow I need to brush Bogart every single day. He'll go to bed all brushed out and wake up with matts. His coat is very thick and soft. Totally different hair than Brando.
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Milo is one big matt for the past couple of months. It could drive me crazy. His coat, which was once beautiful and very silky is disgusting now more often than not. I'm really hoping this too shall pass. It doesn't matter how often I comb or brush him, or how often he gets a bath, I feel like he needs one every day. Ugh!

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Keeping Lily & Logan short has helped keep them somewhat matt free, but since I have been trying to let Lexi go long it has been a battle. I have gotten to a point that if I cannot get the mat out - I try and get it down to the smallest I can, and then I cut it out. I guess eventually I will have to cut her hair if she ends up with bare spots, but so far so good. I did buy that coat handlers conditioner & use it on them with distilled water & I really think it makes a difference. I also use the Avocodo spray for bad mats.

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Poor Milo... lol.. Good thing he is so cute..

Daniel-- your guys get more matts probably because they are so rough with each other.. biting hair and stuff... Beamer does not get much dog action like that so his coat stays pretty clean and matt free...

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Maureen- If you haven't already, shave Molly's belly. Maddie has a shaved belly and armpits. Boy does that help with the matting, plus, you don't see it. I actually like seeing her pink belly when she's on her back, and the chest hair and side hair is full and you don't see anything when she's standing. The best secret for us is the distilled water mixed with the conditioner and also used for the final rinse. It really makes her coat soft as silk and cuts down on the matting.

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Maureen- If you haven't already, shave Molly's belly. Maddie has a shaved belly and armpits. Boy does that help with the matting, plus, you don't see it. I actually like seeing her pink belly when she's on her back, and the chest hair and side hair is full and you don't see anything when she's standing. The best secret for us is the distilled water mixed with the conditioner and also used for the final rinse. It really makes her coat soft as silk and cuts down on the matting.

After reading this (and Laurie's post above), I guess I feel...NORMAL!

I really thought it was just me!

I do cut whatever matts I can't get out (I got this really cool detangler comb at PetSmart, but when it's obvious that Molly is feeling uncomfortable, I just clip as close as I can.)...Sometimes it means my hub holding her so she can't move...I don't want to risk snipping her. I think the idea of the belly and armpit shave is really sensible...did you do it yourself or did a groomer?

We just got back from a real good 2-mile jaunt...it's cold and windy here, but Molly and I were both bundled up...her hair was blowing in the wind, and sure enough, we got back and I had to de-tangle her (and me, too, actually...)

Thanks so much for the good tips...AND for the validation! I was worried I was a Havanese Dummy-mom! Maureen
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