|depending on how bad the mats are they may be able to be brushed/combed out. Ryleigh gets small ones behind her ears too and I keep her in a puppy cut. But just a little brushing and the mats come right out. Dont feel bad about cutting the hair short, it always grows back. And depending on where you live, Im in hot Texas, the puppy may feel better with a shorter cooler do. |
Ive been clipping Ryleigh myself. I use a 1/2 blade protector on my clipppers. Gives her a cool but still furry haircut. Easy to bathe and brush as well.
|Don't worry... hair grows back -- and quickly!!|
Shave any areas that are matted -it's kinder on your puppy. If they are widespread, just go ahead and have him clipped short all over.
Besides it may not ALL be neglect, he MAY be going through coat transition.
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|Thanks his coat is going through transition but I was always hoping I could keep on top of it. I just love and care for him so much even more so now my marriage is over as he never let's me down.|
|UGH! Dahlia has a line of terrible mats on the edging of her ear and it is hard for me to tell where the ear ends and that pink ear flap begins..... I am afraid to use a scissor that I will cut her. They are a long hard clump. Her coat is starting to change and she is just about 6 months old. She has been swimming and playing in the hose a lot, so I think that is causing her more mats bec/ she is wet all of the time! The rest of her body is fine and I brush her a lot. I guess I have her head in a headlock so much when I am brushing her that I have neglected that edging on her ears. |
|When trimming ears I always lay my fingers flat along the ear edge, granted with mats to you to investigate first. Then I trim outside my fingers. So the ears have my finger width distance from the edge. Never guess!! If you aren't sure, don't cut. Ear cuts are a BIT** to stop bleeding. |
About 9 months puppies begin to change into their adult clothes. The soft fuzzies are getting tangled in the increasing coarse coat coming out. Unless you are super dedicated, it might be best to have her trimmed down.
Even in the future, those friction spots: behind the ears, where legs met body, etc might need to be kept trimmed back and let the longer coat hide the evidence. Tummies and inner legs can also be kept shorter for convenince.
|With puppies their hair matts up a lot, so what I finally did was have the groomer shave Violet's belly so it made it easier for me to keep the rest of her hair up. You could never tell her belly was shaved.|
With puppies their hair matts up a lot, so what I finally did was have the groomer shave Violet's belly so it made it easier for me to keep the rest of her hair up. You could never tell her belly was shaved.
I do this too, for the reasons stated and to keep her cooler in the summer. (laying on the cool hard wood floors is much nicer~ ) I also have her arm pits shaved, since, in my opinion, this area is almost impossible to dematt for an amateur like me!
The rest of the body is very 'handleable' for me. So it always feels like Heart is a wellgroomed sheepie...
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