It is not uncommon for dog parents to come to us unhappy because a previous groomer gave their dog a haircut that they did not want. This is preventable. If you are bathing your dog at home, it is imperative that you brush your dog out before and after their bath. Highly matted areas normally include under the arms (where the harness hits), around the ears and also the rear end.
Common ways to manage matting between baths:
- be sure to brush your dog’s hair daily (this will not only help manage matting, but also help with the stimulation of hair growth and distribution of natural oils)
- make sure your puppy is getting their nutrition- We always recommend a diet of at least 50% wet food. Trader Joes wet dog food is an economical choice. If you are local in NYC, we recommend Ram’s Dog Food. Just as with humans, skin and coat condition can be a reflection of internal health.
- use a doggy leave in conditioner every other day (or as needed). Wherever the matting generally occurs.
- do not leave the harness on around the clock. Instead only use it on walks.
- Keep your dog’s hair shorter! This will also reduce the tendency for matting.
This article was written by Cynthia Okimoto at New York Dog Nanny.