What Dog Brushes are Best for Matted Hair?

by Elton Dunn
    Groom your dog sitting or lying down, whichever he prefers.

    Groom your dog sitting or lying down, whichever he prefers.

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    While a dog groomer may have to tackle mega mats or mats that grow too close to your pup's skin, you can remove small mats with dog brushes. To fully tackle the mat, you'll need several different brushes that work best to loosen, then comb out the tangled hair.

    Bristle Brush

    While you won't get mats out with a bristle brush, you can work de-tangling agents into your pup's coat that make the removal process easier. Work from the underside of your pet's coat toward the top layer, brushing all of the hairs. To make this effective, use the right bristle brush for your pooch. Wiry-haired dogs need stiffer bristles than smooth-coated pups; long-haired dogs require longer bristles than short-haired dogs.

    Slicker Brush

    After you've prepped your pup with the bristle brush and detangling agent, switch to your slicker brush. This brush has wiry tines that bend slightly at the end. Holding the matted fur in one hand, work through the mat with the slicker brush to loosen the tangled hair. When the mat has come mostly loose, stop. Avoid using the slicker brush directly on your dog's coat.

    Pin Brush

    The pin brush, which has straight wire bristles and looks similar to a human hair brush, will loosen any final tangles remaining. Work through the matted areas with the pin brush until no traces of the mat remain. Use long, gentle strokes rather than short strokes. Pin brushes are particularly effective for wiry-haired, curly-haired and long-haired dogs.

    Metal Comb

    Once the mats have been removed fully, use a metal comb to brush and part your pup's fur, completing the grooming process. The comb cannot be used on the mat itself, because it can pull on the mats and be painful for your pup. However, it's a great tool to finish your grooming session and put very last hair back in its place.

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    A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.

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