Anyone who has a dog knows that matted hair is simply a fact of life, especially if you own a long-haired breed. Preventing matted hair is very easy. One of the things you need is a regular grooming routine. But even a good grooming routine may not be enough in some cases. Nonetheless, we will show you a few steps you can take to deal with this issue.
What Causes Matted Dog Hair?
Matted dog hair is caused by several reasons. The kind of matt your dog has will largely depend on its breed, behavior, hair type, and the grooming routine it gets. However, mats will be common in areas where there’s a lot of friction. We are talking about areas such as under the ears, under the collar, armpits, and on the lower legs. In some cases, mats can be caused by shedding. Shedding is not the most exciting period for the dog owner. It’s very common to find loads of dog hair all over your furniture or floor as a result.
How To Fix Matted Hair
Fixing matted hair is something that can be done at home, but if the severity is high, it may be nice to get help from a professional dog groomer. Severe tangles require specialized tools and techniques to deal with, and you can only find those at a professional salon.
Here are a few other steps that can help you with this.
Get The Right Tools
Dealing with matted dog hair requires a few essential tools. You will need a shedding brush, a comb, and most importantly a dog grooming clipper. The clipper, in particular, is very important because it can also be used to cut excess hair more evenly. Other dematting tools to remember include a mat rake and a mat splitter. Also, don’t forget to get a high-quality detangler spray specifically designed for pets as well as a dog shampoo and some conditioner.
Find The Tangles
The second step is to start brushing your dogs until you find the tangles. Start with the most likely areas including under the pet’s collar, around the belly, on the legs, ears, and the tail.
Spray With Detangler
Once you have located the matted hair, it’s time to spread the detangler all over it. Make sure the solution has penetrated through the matt as effectively as possible.
Use Your Fingers
When the detangler is fully applied on the mats, start working on the tangled hair with your fingers. Some people use a brush straight away, although this is not recommended. Using your fingers to untangle the hair may take time, but it’s essential in making sure your pooch is as comfortable as possible. If the matt is too severe and your fingers don’t work, you can use a mat rake. This is a special grooming tool that comes with sharp spines. Make sure you use it carefully so as not to scratch your dog. A matt splitter may also be handy if you are dealing with an extremely severe matt.
Brush Your Dog
Once you have worked on the mats, it’s time to start brushing your dog. It may be a good idea to spray it with a detangler again before you start brushing. Brush a few hairs of the tangle at a time and be as gentle as you can. Try to separate the matted hair with every stroke of the brush. Brushing must be done on the direction that the hair grows. If the hair is still entangled even after brushing, spray more of the detangler solution and try again. This might take time, but you shouldn’t rush it.
Give Your Pooch A Bath
The final step is to give your pooch a nice bath. The bath should be done only when all the tangled up hair has been untangled. This is because water can make existing mats worse, so make sure all the hair is straightened up before you take the pooch for a dip. Use your regular dog shampoo for this as well as the conditioner. The conditioner, in particular, will be vital in preventing the redevelopment of new mats as the pooch is drying up.