|Barked: Sat May 12, '12 9:57pm PST |
|I am a professional groomer. I always bathe dogs before their groom unless they are pelted and they need to be stripped. It is a myth that bathing makes mats tighten. Bathing and drying without doing a proper brushing and combing job makes mats tighten. Bathing, shampooing, conditioning (when needed), and gently line brushing while the coat is wet/damp preferably with some conditioner still in the coat (rinse after) works wonders for me. I also love The Coat Handler by Show Season to use as a maintenance spray (yes please never brush a dry coat) because of its lack of harmful silicone based ingredients like The Stuff.
I used to work in a shop where all the dogs were prepped and brushed before even going into the bathing/drying room. So much time wasted. I started to experiment (I was an independent contractor) and found through research as well as other long time groomer's experience, doing this is a big time waster. I only have to brush them once, do poodle feet/face once, over all the whole groom goes faster because I'm not wasting time going over what I did before the bath.
For the OP's question, a slicker brush and comb is best for matted fur if you are talking about general pet coat care. A pin brush won't cut it if the matting is more than minimal. I use a pin brush on Mario because his coat is so delicate, but if I tried to use the same brush on one of my shih tzu clients I would end up with bent pins. Les Pooch makes amazing slicker brushes if you are willing to spend the extra $$. They are worth it though.