Matted March

Matted March

Many dogs come in to the grooming salon in one big tangle in March after a long winter.  That’s why the Pawsh groomers (and many others) call it “Matted March.”

It’s hard to maintain a long coat on a dog, and it’s exponentially more difficult to retain those beautiful locks when they are being compressed by sweaters and coats, and covered in slush and snow for 2-3 months.

Miracle Coat Slicker Brush Dog
The slicker brush is a must have for regular brushing of long-haired dogs. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

If your dog has mats, you need to remove them.  Sometimes they are minor enough that they can be brushed out.  If the mat is too tight, your dog will need to be shaved.  Your groomer can help you decide whether your dogs’ mats can be brushed out or if your dog will need to be shaved.  Attempting to brush out mats that are too tight can cause brush burn – so if your groomer advises against brushing out the mats, listen to them.  It is in your dog’s best interest.

An owner should never attempt to cut mats out of a dog’s coat.  It can be very dangerous for a non-professional to cut or shave out mats.  Shaving a dog under tight mats requires patience, skill and the proper tools.

Use a steel comb to check your work. The goal is to be able to brush hair from the skin out without snags (7 or 10 inch) CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Even under a skilled groomer’s care, irritation or redness can occur from shaving out mats.  Sometimes the redness can be the result of what was building up over time, or a result of the skin finally being released from the tension the matted hair caused. 

The only way to prevent heavy mats is to brush your dog frequently – usually this means DAILY.  In this post we provide links to proper tools for home brushing and de-matting along with a video tutorials of proper techniques.  Please be advised that these de-matting techniques should only be utilized if the mat is not too tight.  Again, trying to brush out a mat that is too tight can cause brush burn or possibly injuries to the dog’s skin.


Artero Matt-X

  • Non-greasy, anti-static formula
  • Helps with tangles & leaves the coat silky smooth
  • Can be used as a brushing spray

Isle of Dogs No. 63 Detangle Conditioning Mist

No. 63 Detangling Conditioning Mist lubricates the hair so tangles and mats can be separated and removed painlessly. No. 63 also stays on the coat to prevent additional matting and tangles, yet will not produce any sticky build up.


Skout’s Honor Probiotic Detangler Spray

Hydrates and softens for a more brushable, tangle-free coat.

Infused with a live, colony-forming probiotic kefir culture to bring out your pet’s natural beauty. Suitable for all skin types and conditions, including excessive shedding, itching, dryness, irritation and odor.


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