|Barked: Wed Jul 12, '06 9:23pm PST |
|If maggie's five months old, she might be going through her coat change from puppy coat to big-dog coat. With briards, when the coat change comes people say it's like the dog mats up if you just look at 'em sideways. And never go to sleep and say "I'll get that mat in the morning." because by morning it will have tripled in size. X-D
best detangler I know of is called "the stuff" and can be bought either concentrated or diluted. it's a lot like show sheen in "feel".
Also, make sure you're not just surface brushing. It might be time to break out the old linecombing technique to make sure you're getting all the way down to the skin. One of the best descriptions of linebrushing was found on a beardie website. Linebrushing is the backbone of successfully grooming a Beardie. Using your brush, make a part either horizontally across the dog or vertically down the dog. Use the part as the base for linebrushing. Ensure the brush penetrates down to the skin and brush the hair up or to the side, away from the part. Mist the coat with water or water with conditioner as you go. Divide the dog into sections (head, neck and chest, shoulders, side, rear, tummy, legs) and completely brush that section before moving on. I start at the head and move to the rear. (from: http://bccc.pair.com/grooming.htm)
The biggest problem groomers see is people who do, indeed, brush their dogs every day but forget the important part of making sure you're combing all the way to the skin. As your puppy's coat matures, this is going to become more and more important. 'Cos one good comb-out will be worth ten million surface brushing sessions and will cut your grooming time down lots.
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