Dog dematting is a very important task in grooming. Hairs stuck together and shaggy hairs do not only provide the dogs an ill-kempt appearance, but they are also the hiding place for different parasites, and it may be also the hotbed of diseases. In the case of dematting, the purpose is to fully free the fur from tangles, the dense undercoat should be dematted, and the dead hairs should be removed. In this article, we show you why it is happening and what can you do against mats. Also, we reveal the most powerful tool to get rid of tangles.
The importance of dog hair brushing
Brushing dog hair regularly is very important for many reasons. It helps to remove the excess dead hair from the coat. This way your dog will have a better look & feel, plus you don't have to clean your sofa from dog hair every time your pooch jumps on it. It is crucial to clean every mat and tangle in your dog's coat because these are the hotbed of germs and causing soreness and skin complaints. On the other hand, brushing helps blood circulation and to keep grease levels down. The build-up of grease in a dog’s coat can block pores and cause sebaceous cysts. Grooming gives you a great opportunity to examine your dog and look for fleas or ticks, blocked anal glands, or dirty ears. Also look at the condition of the eyes, and general overall condition. You have a chance to reveal cuts and other abnormality and you can take the necessary action and visit your VET.
Pet parents often ask: "Do mats hurt dogs?" Mats itself won’t hurt the dog but if they build-up excess dirt or insects inside they can irritate the skin and the skin underneath can become sore and sensitive.
How do you get matted hair off a dog without cutting it?
The solution is using a proper dematting tool. The dematting has to be always done in the direction the hairs are growing in such a manner that the hairs have to be brushed from their stems towards their ends. If we press down the skin and we use the entire surface of the dematting brush, the skin will not be damaged, and the operation will not cause any pain for the dog. We may use for dematting in addition to the dematting rake a traditional comb as well, for final control: to establish whether we worked well in the course of dematting and whether the comb slides smoothly or not. The dematting of the hairs has to be always done before bathing. This has a practical reason: if we bath shaggy hairs, not only the dirt, but even the remaining shampoo will stay within the tangles, therefore removal of the dirt will become even more difficult. While in the case of smooth-haired and short-haired dogs there is no need for a thorough dematting operation, it is sufficient to caress them with rubber gloves to remove the dead hairs, in the case of the stringy and wiry dogs the above-mentioned dematting tool may be needed, which is indispensable in the case of half-long and long-haired dogs. Important notice: it is forbidden to groom the braid-haired dogs with comb or brush. Their hair has to be “arranged” always by hand.
How do I stop my dog's hair from matting?
Mats are natural to forms in the fur, so it is kind of inevitable to happen. But if you regularly brush your dog you can keep matting under control and limit as much as possible. However, if your pup needs a proper dematting just follow these steps.
Dematting your dog with a dematting tool step by step:
- Prepare the appropriate environment to brush your dog. The dog must be calm and relaxed while you work with the tool. Move the dog to a place where you can comfortably reach it and easily walk around it.
- Examine the coat and look for mats and tangles. If the fur very matted, don't brush her whole body immediately. Find the base of the mat and see how tight it is from the skin. Break out the mat carefully and brush it out with the tool one by one. Always comb in the direction of hair growth.
- Start with the lower density teeth side of the brush for stubborn mats and tangles at the outer edge of the coat and work inward to break apart the mat.
- Finish with the higher density teeth side for faster results or thinning and deshedding.
- Try to avoid the tool coming into direct contact with the dog's skin and don't apply extreme pressure.
Introducing the RUBOLD Fur Perfection Dematting Tool
RUBOLD Fur Perfection is the best dog grooming tool for dematting and undercoat removal. Make fur beautiful and shiny in minutes without mats or tangles! For the first time, your dog will love brushing and everybody will be amazed by your loved pooch!
The Fur Perfection has two sides: one with 17 and one with 9 precision teeth. This special NO SCRATCH & NO PAIN™ design provides gentle and precise dematting and grooming for dogs with sensitive skin. The blades are rounded outside (so they don't scratch the skin unlike other pointed edge tools), but sharp inside, so every mats and tangle will be cleaned safe & easy. The extra-wide head ensures that you will finish fast with the best result.
How to use this grooming tool to get the best possible result?
It's always a good idea to bath your dog before grooming. This way you can remove every dirt from the coat, plus you can apply some moisture which will make the process a lot easier. Bathing is highly recommended for dogs with a thicker and heavier coat! Move your dog to a quiet place and start the grooming when your doggie is calm and relaxed. Start with the 9 teeth side for stubborn mats and tangles. When working with mats always start from the outside inwards gradually. Take the time to carefully break the mats apart. Brush out every mat and tangle one by one before brushing the full body. When the brush is full of hair, remove and collect the dead hair in a disposable bag. Finish the grooming with the 17 teeth side for faster results or thinning and deshedding.
Can you use hair conditioner on a dog?
Yes, it is a good idea to use some kind of spray or conditioner when doing your brushing. This will add some moisture to the coat and make the brush run easier and smoother. Remember: you don’t want to soak the fur just apply some moisture to make things easier.
My dog doesn't tolerate brushing. What should I do?
If your dog has no patience for brushing, split the job apart & dedicate a 10-minute grooming session every day. After a few days, you can finish the whole body.
On what dog breeds does the Fur Perfection work?
This tool is perfect for all breeds of dogs (and cats), especially on medium and long coats. Our customers are using their Fur Perfection currently on these breeds (not the full list):
German Wirehaired Pointer
King Charles Spaniel
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Old English Sheepdog
West Highland Terrier
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
+ Long-haired cats like Ragdoll cat
How often should I use the Fur Perfection on my dog?
Every dog has different grooming needs. If your dog is very active and plays a lot outside, chances are his/her coat can get matted very often. In this case, you can use it every day to remove tangles and prevent matting. Other breeds with different grooming needs and different lifestyles may require brushing once a week.
Where can I get this tool?
We have a special offer for you to get this tool on our site. Click here to get your Dog Dematting Tool!