Hi Amanda, it's nice to hear that the amazing Griffin is just a havanese afterall--LOL--
I will let others here give you advice on how to soften hubby-- as I recall there were quite a few with very, good elaborate schemes. I like out- it was my hubby's idea to get number 2--- I can give you ammunition though-- you are right -- you are already committed to one that doesn't change with two- although everything does cost twice as much (but you don't have to tel DH that)
The Matting and the biting I do have some suggestions-- Jasper would Matt if you blinked. of course a short puppy cut is the easiest-- and the good thing is, after the initial shock wears off, Griffin will look like a puppy again and in two weeks he will look even cuter. I never shaved Jasper but had them cut him down to 1/2 to an 1" and a little longer on the legs and face.
But if you want to try and avoid a drastic cut-- here is what worked for us--
1) a comb with rotating teeth- here is the one we use.
2) a spray detangler- I really like Nova Pearls Conditioning mist- I use it after I bath them- and also spray it on before I brush them in between shampoos-- I have tried fancier ones like Eqyss and ice on ice- but this works the best for us -- but ever dog is different
For the nipping- in addition- to the NO bite that I am sure you are doing and giving Griffin a toy to chew instead-- try putting butter on your hands and when he nips say kiss-- and praise when he does-- it works really fast. Cash was nippy and that's what his breader suggested.
Good Luck!!! I believe you promised more pictures a while ago!!!!! I would love to see more of Griffin .