Mat behind the ear? Under the armpit? Let’s talk about mats.
Did you hear the horror story of the cute doodle who went in for a “light trim” only to return to the owner looking like a sheared sheep? Often this happens as a result of a “matted mess” because underneath that curly-q is tightly wound hair that takes more time than you want to pay for and certainly more discomfort than your dog wants.
Don’t let those luscious curls fool you. A weekly brushing is a must.
Mats appear anywhere there is friction. Usually this means under the collar, behind the ears, in the armpits, and on those back bloomers. Prevention is key when wanting to keep your dog’s coat long. By brushing on a regular basis, you break up the dead hair and untangle any starter mats.
Regular brushing sessions help you keep the coat you want. Severe mats can even cut the blood flow off in an area (at worst the pup can lose a tail!) and in the fall and winter time, mats mold!
Did you know that getting rid of mats is more complicated than just cutting them out? The worse they are, the more likely they are to have skin sucked up into the middle of the mat, making it dangerous to just cut it out so when mats get bad, leave them up to the groomer.
It is not only poodles, doodles, and curly-haired dogs at risk. German shepherds, Australian Shepherds, Huskies, and Collies all have double coats — making them just as prone.
We know that brushing can be a timely task, and we too love a curly, fluffy, and woolly dog. That is why we offer a $10 brush-out here at WNDP. Your dog will thank you! And if you want to keep up with that coat at home, ask your groomer for a brush recommendation! Different coats need different brushes, so your human hairbrush will not suffice.