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DIY Dog Grooming | Preventing Matted Dog Hair

DIY Dog Grooming | Preventing Matted Dog Hair
Lia kindly offered to help out on the MyOodle Forum sometime back, answering questions about grooming so I contacted her to see if she was interesting in giving us some tips on grooming. Over to you Lia.
 

Grooming your dog

My name is Lia and I've been grooming for about 7/8 years now and I'm in the middle of taking my city & guilds level 3 dog grooming diploma and so far have passed with distinctions :)
 
Poodle cross' starting becoming popular about 2/3 years ago when the magic of a non moulting dogs seemed great. But one problem the amount of grooming and care for their coat which is needed, I've heard so many customers tell me time and time again my 'breeder' told me they don't need brushing because they don't moult. False! They need brushing every day to prevent 'matting'. Oodle's need a good groom regularly as they need their skin to breath, and make their natural oils to have nice healthy skin if they don't they will develop skin problems.

Matting!

Matting is where the dust, dirt, and yes dead coat which they do get start to roll together to cause a knot then if left it will turn into a matt which in most cases can only be removed by clipping underneath the matt.

Preventing Matted Dog Hair

To prevent matting on your doodle my best advice is:
 
1) Spend that extra 5 minutes a day you have sitting in front the the TV brushing through your oodle all over, behind the ears, collar area, face, armpits, tummy, groin, legs, hocks etc.... Use a wide tooth comb start from tip to root.
2) Book in regular with your groomer I advise for a fast growing oodle coat every 6-8weeks. This will keep on top of their coat and at the length you like.
3) If you struggle to brush your dog ask your groomer for advice on brushing, they will be more than happy to help if it means preventing your dog from matting.
4) Book in an in between visit.  Groomers use a high powered blaster which removes all that dust, dirt and knots after a good shampoo.
5) When washing your oodle at home don't rub the coat pat & squish the coat, rubbing will cause it to knot.
6) When you go away on your travels make sure the person looking after your dog knows how to brush them or book them in for a groom before you go away so you know the coat is free from knots and matts.
 
 
It's all sounds like a lot and sometimes it is! But do these things and get into a routine and your oodle will be the talk of town :)
 
They are just like children they need a lot of care and attention! Remember you would not brush your hair for 6/8 weeks so please don't do the same to your dog.
 
Here's a few oodles I groom :)  
 
 
 
Lia is available via the MyOodle Forum to answer any grooming related questions so post away.
 

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Comments 5

 
Guest - piranha banana on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 05:40

All very good advice. Thankfully I do not have fur that can cause matting, but my older brother weasel does.

THanks - WOOF!

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All very good advice. Thankfully I do not have fur that can cause matting, but my older brother weasel does. THanks - WOOF!
Guest - MyDogLikes on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 16:53

Great tips! Our goldens are prone to mats if not brushed regularly!

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Great tips! Our goldens are prone to mats if not brushed regularly!
Guest - Talent Hounds on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:36

Great tips!

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Great tips!
Guest - Cathy Bennett on Thursday, 17 July 2014 01:55

She hit all the major points - I can relate. With a poodle mix you've got to keep up with the grooming. I don't mind - we're all used to it! Great post, thanks

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She hit all the major points - I can relate. With a poodle mix you've got to keep up with the grooming. I don't mind - we're all used to it! Great post, thanks
Guest - Gordon Thomas on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 01:47

Cute dogs. Looks like they were very happy and comfortable. Yes, because they were cared well by there owners. Very stressing free to see them like that :)

Great tips also. Very impressive. If these steps will be followed by the pet owners I'm sure they're pets will be happy. Keep it up guys!

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Cute dogs. Looks like they were very happy and comfortable. Yes, because they were cared well by there owners. Very stressing free to see them like that :) Great tips also. Very impressive. If these steps will be followed by the pet owners I'm sure they're pets will be happy. Keep it up guys!

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