8 Steps to Untangle Matted Dog Hair


  1. Very good article with excellent advice. When brushing daily it is important to use a comb also to make sure that you are getting through the coat all the way to the skin. It is easy to brush over the top of the coat and allow Matts to form underneath.
    A comb is a very good tool to add to the list as it is a little easier on the skin.
    Also, if the dog is very active keeping the coat shorter is easier in everyone. For curly coats it may be necessary to se the groomer every 3 – 4 weeks.

  2. Maudie Sieberkrob says:

    Thank you for this information. I have always loved long haired dogs though uptake can be expensive and/or time consuming. We will be checking out your products. It is so traumatic for our Shih Tzu and us when he has been ‘shaved’…..he is embarrassed.

    • Dianne says:

      Dogs can’t be embarrassed. They do not have the range of emotions that humans do.

      • Ranjit says:

        My Lhasa Apso does get embarrassed when his hairs are trimmed close to his skin. If someone laughs at him after his hair gets trimmed he will bark and run and hide under the bed. For few days he will not venture out till he regains his confidence.

  3. Rebecca says:

    These are great suggestions. Thank you. If, despite all these, your pet DOES shed, I recommend a product called the Chom Chom roller. It works really well for removing pet hair on furniture and upholstery.

  4. Great post! Wish I could’ve seen this before I shaved my dog haha. Thanks for the info!

  5. poodle lover says:

    I struggle all the time with my pup’s hair getting tangled. Thanks so much for the great tips!

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  7. Marsha says:

    I have an 11 month old collie that looks great on the outside but has mats behind ears and tummy, and all through his mane. He has a huge full coat and his puppy hair just is so soft, it keeps matting bad. My groomer (which I use once a month) is not getting all the mats out and I am having a hard time also. Will try your product and hope it works!

    • Cowboy Magic Team says:

      Let us know how it works for you!

    • Makana Aloha says:

      I feel you. I have a Labradoodle 20 mos old. The groomer tried his best to remove all of it but he couldn’t. The matted are too close to the skin. I just bought it today. I, too, pray this would ease my pup!! I also hope this would not irritate his skin. He is sensitive to non-oatmeal products.

  8. Brigitte says:

    I would love to use your product, and was excited to find it at my local feed store, but my problem is that is has fragrance. It would be wonderful if you would offer your product fragrance free as an option. Many people are fragrance sensitive, and it is a major trigger for asthma sufferers. I find that most dogs don’t like fragrance either due to their heightened sense of smell. Offering a fragrance free option, would allow so many more people to benefit from your great product.

  9. Lauren Swan says:

    I had to disagree with this as so many products have strong fragrances. I think it is very light and pleasant.

  10. Dann Barbery says:

    My lhaza apso x shih tzu’s hair is always tangled. I had to give her a bath almost everyday just to have it fixed. Thanks for this informative post, now I know what to do.

    We offer the best dog wash adelaide

  11. Angela Matthews says:

    Because rosewater is anti bacterial, anti septic and anti inflammatory when used on the skin, would it be OK to leave on a dog with itchy skin or heat rash?

  12. Linda says:

    I wish someone would tell me the best tools for this. I have 2 little dogs that are always knotted up. One has had bad experiences where groomers left him bleeding so he is hysterical anytime you try to brush him. What dematting tools can I use that will not cut the dog. I am afraid of them, but the dogs won’t stand still long enough for me to get rid of the mats the long way. They end up climbing up on top of my head! There is a new tool called Get Rid of Knots. Is it safe? Is there anything that cuts through the fine fur knots what will not cut the dogs skin??

  13. Kathryn says:

    My Westie gets very knotted but shouldn’t have a shiny coat. Is there a product which detangles without producing shine?

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