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I (retired dog groomer) agree with PNWAlan, don’t fill the tub. Dilute your shampoo in a large squirt bottle with a lot of water. Wet the dog with a sprayer nozzle with the lay of the coat, then saturate with the diluted shampoo. Minimal “scrubbing”, just gently massage the shampoo through the coat. Rinse well, again with the lay of the coat and gently. Repeat with conditioner and/or a diluted vinegar and water rinse. A vinegar rinse will get out any soap residue which can contribute to matting.
Towel dry by patting and squeezing - no rubbing. If you want to try a leave in conditioner, put it on the dog now, while still damp.
When you blow dry, use a pin or slicker to brush while the dryer separates the hairs for you. Try to direct the dryer in a way that the hair gently blows in one direction, while you brush, then when that section is dry move to the next. Having the dryer on a stand is extremely helpful in this regard. For a dog that mats easily, I recommend thoroughly drying in this manner so you wind up with a dog that is perfectly “finished” when done - completely dematted and silky smooth. This is the best time to scissor for a a nice even look, as well.
Last edited by cishepard; 08-12-2019 at 04:34 PM.