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Linda
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Dexter had, I repeat had a mat! Found one near the back inner leg, sprayed some of that stuff directly onto the mat and worked out a lot of the mat with my fingers. This mat was probably a good 1 1/2 inches.

What I could not get out with my fingers, I worked a small slicker with soft bristles, then slowly worked the mat from the outer edges toward the center of the mat and manage to remove the mat WITHOUT cutting any hair.

I held the mat between my fingers, so I would not pull on the skin. Dexter was not thrilled about the entire process, but I was gentle. And he received a treat when finished.

What I did remove was a very tiny mat hanging onto a few threads of hair.

Hey! That is some good stuff! :clap2:
 

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Kimberly
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When you say "The Stuff", do you mean the grooming/conditioning spray called The Stuff?


If so, I hate to be a downer, but like Chris Christensen's Ice On Ice, it will seem very helpful the first few times, but it will quickly dry out the coat. It has a silicone ingredient, which seems to be the cause, so after using it wash the product out of the coat thoroughly and it shouldn't create any residual damage. I have a bunch of The Stuff here - spray and concentrate. I made that mistake early on in my grooming collection, but I didn't realize it until I'd been using it consistently for several months.
 

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Linda
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Thanks for the heads up! I am always on the look out for products that will help with coat condition and dematting. I kept reading how good "The Stuff" was when reading grooming forums, it must be the silicone that make the mats slide out.

So it sounds like if I want to use this product, use it before a good bath and conditioner. I do not plan on saturating Dexter with "The Stuff" only the small amount to ease mat removal. The product does say to use a small amount on the mat.

And just for informational purposes: The bottle does say to use it after baths. And we know, never to bathe a Hav that has mats because the mats will only be worse after bathing, so comb those mats out.

I knew about the "Ice on Ice" drying the coat.

Again, thanks for the heads up!

Oh! I did finally cave in and brought the CC #5 Comb.
 

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I have been reading and trying to learn about the coat and mats. I got my baby 2 months ago when she was 4 months old and no one told me that that beautiful silky coat would change to a thick curly cork-screws that is matting terribly. I brush every day sometime twice a day and to no avail. But this morning, I used Mane and Tail diluted by half and lightly sprayed on the mats. They just slid right out--no pain--just gone. Course by the time we got ready to go to the office for the day, she had the little cork-screws again; but no mats. Will her hair always have the corkscrews? and is that normal? She is a little doll and quite small a little under 6 pounds. Will post pictures when I figure out how.
 

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I have been reading and trying to learn about the coat and mats. I got my baby 2 months ago when she was 4 months old and no one told me that that beautiful silky coat would change to a thick curly cork-screws that is matting terribly. I brush every day sometime twice a day and to no avail. But this morning, I used Mane and Tail diluted by half and lightly sprayed on the mats. They just slid right out--no pain--just gone. Course by the time we got ready to go to the office for the day, she had the little cork-screws again; but no mats. Will her hair always have the corkscrews? and is that normal? She is a little doll and quite small a little under 6 pounds. Will post pictures when I figure out how.
 

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Kimberly
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Kim, I use a couple of different products depending on the dog and his/her coat, but Coat Handler is my primary grooming & conditioning product and I do use it on all my dogs. (I only use other products for special situations.)

Thanks for the heads up! I am always on the look out for products that will help with coat condition and dematting. I kept reading how good "The Stuff" was when reading grooming forums, it must be the silicone that make the mats slide out.
Oh yes, I know it is highly touted, just like Ice on Ice is. Both products appear to be miracle workers at first, but they do so much damage if they are left in the hair. The problem is that the problems aren't noticed right away. It seems to be a slow damaging problem.

Lucilledodd, I haven't had any Main and Tail around for a long time. Can you check the ingredients? Just make sure it doesn't have any kind of silicone product in it. The ingredient will end in -ethicone if it does. With a coat like your Hav's, make sure you condition well. You might want to search this forum for the word "float" and learn how to float her coat with some Coat Handler conditioner after a bath. If her hair is curly enough to make corkscrews, you're going to have a harder time keeping her mat-free when she starts blowing coat. I'd recommend a good conditioning and blow dry that coat with a comb instead of air drying it.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I don't know the ingredients--not posted on the label. It is Show-sheen brand. The breeder gave me a lot of useless info on puppy food and not shutting doors (supposedly the Hav can't stand to be shut out of sight) well I's not going to the bathroom with a dog, and only using stainless-steel bowls, etc. I have had dogs all my life and all that was worthless. My Havanese is a perfectly adjusted little angel baby that goes with me to work every day and I hope is alive when I go to the nursing home. But, nothing useful about the adult coat and like an idiot, I didn't realize that the 4-month old dog's coat would change. I just thought that it would grow longer. Boy have I been in for a surprise. I am afraid the is is going to be the cottony one. I wish I could see pictures of others that were not brushed so I would feel better. Thenks again
 

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Use The Stuff with caution if you have tile floors. It can turn them into an ice skating rink. Condition the coat well, it has silicone in it, which dries the fur out.
 

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That's great Linda, if you keep on the matts as soon as you see them that is the trick, or what I have found. I think it depends on the coat as well, Baloo has the silkier type with a few waves, but my friends Hav is kinky kurly (cork screw type) and can't keep her Hav in a full coat because she would have to brush him 4 or 5 times a day to keep the mats out. Baloo is now 1 year so I have been waiting for the dreaded Blowing Coat, but maybe he won't be so bad since I make sure to brush him every day and keep him clean (or I will keep hoping that :D)
 

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Thanks for the reply. I don't know the ingredients--not posted on the label. It is Show-sheen brand. The breeder gave me a lot of useless info on puppy food and not shutting doors (supposedly the Hav can't stand to be shut out of sight) well I's not going to the bathroom with a dog, and only using stainless-steel bowls, etc. I have had dogs all my life and all that was worthless. My Havanese is a perfectly adjusted little angel baby that goes with me to work every day and I hope is alive when I go to the nursing home. But, nothing useful about the adult coat and like an idiot, I didn't realize that the 4-month old dog's coat would change. I just thought that it would grow longer. Boy have I been in for a surprise. I am afraid the is is going to be the cottony one. I wish I could see pictures of others that were not brushed so I would feel better. Thenks again
Welcome to the Havanese Forum, Lucile! Take some time to search through the different areas/forums at our site here. There is a ton of info and advice for the help you need. Check out the 'puppy area' and of course the 'grooming' section for particulars about coat change, blowing coat, etc...

Hope that helps! :)
 
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