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One thing to keep in mind that I didn’t really get is that it’s a process. I kept thinking he was done blowing coat and I’d relax about grooming and he’d become a mess so quickly! If you can comb at least 1-2 times a day, know it’s only temporary. If for some reason you can’t, at the very least quickly brush the places he mats the most as often as you can and keep him on the short side.
I can finally feel mine is starting to come out the other side, because I can feel the change in his coat, and he’s about 18 months old. Right now his feet and legs are a mess and dry feeling the way his back felt a while ago, so I don’t think he’s quite done yet. It’s still not as much work as when we started going through this because over time I’ve gotten faster and he’s better trained for grooming.
I don’t use a lot of prepackaged treats in general, but I almost always use them for grooming. I always cut up a few into a jar in case I run into a mat or something. I usually give him one at the beginning and then if I’m taking too long I’ll give him another, or if he has a small mat in a tricky spot I’ll give him one before I start to work on it.
If you haven’t bought a good comb yet, now’s the time to take the plunge. It’s completely worth it. A close second is the wood pin brush. My dog will lay in my lap to be brushed with the wood pin brush.