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What Is A "Mat" And How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

What Is A “Mat” And How Do I Get Rid Of Them?

A mat is basically a tangle of hair, often with undercoat, that has formed a knot tight enough to resist brushing and combing. Mats tend to form on dogs with thick, long, curly, or double coats in corners of the body and areas with longer hair, such as the base of legs, the anal area […]
Should I Get A Dog That Sheds Often?

Should I Get A Dog That Sheds Often?

There are various types of dog coats. Some are short, some are long, some are coarse or wiry, while others are silky. Some dogs shed heavily all year long and some shed seasonally with a moderate amount of shedding. The amount of shedding will determine the amount of hair you have lying around the house, […]
How to Groom a Long Coat

How to Groom a Long Coat

The long coated small breeds are characterized by a certain appealing full fluffiness, as opposed to the parted coat-breeds, which are characterized by long, smooth, flowing hair, which is more similar to long human hair. For this reason, keep this in mind when grooming long-coated small dogs: Think of the coat standing out from the […]
Grooming the Medium Coat

Grooming the Medium Coat

Another type of coat that is easy to groom is the medium coat. Many medium-coated dogs should remain entirely natural without trimming, clipping, or shaping. The medium coat does not tangle, mat, hold on to dirt, or require special attention other than regular brushing and the occasional bath. Long hair on the feet should be […]
3 Ways to Dry the Coat

3 Ways to Dry the Coat

There are three methods that can be applied to properly dry the coat, depending on the breed of dog you are working with. These are: The fluff-dry method, the cage drying method, and the towel-dry method. The first method and perhaps the most difficult to achieve is the fluff-dry method. A high-speed floor dryer is […]