How to Use Mat Breaker for Dogs

by Amy Hunter
    Long-haired dogs are susceptible to mats, even with regular grooming.

    Long-haired dogs are susceptible to mats, even with regular grooming.

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    Mats are challenging to remove. Bathing the dog will only tighten the knots, and cutting them out is difficult because they are so close to the skin. A mat breaker is a tool designed to cut out mats without cutting skin (yours or the dog's). It takes a little practice to use one, and you must still perform regular grooming.

    Step 1

    Spray your dog with a detangling spray to soften the coat and make it easier for knots to slip out.

    Step 2

    Comb your dog as well as you possibly can, getting out any small mats and tangles with a comb or by separating them with your fingers.

    Step 3

    Position the mat breaker in the middle of the mat, pointing away from your dog's skin. Pull the mat toward you, slicing it apart. Make several slices in each mat.

    Step 4

    Pick the loose ends of the hair you have cut out of the mat. You may need to use the mat breaker again to remove the entire mat. Remember to always cut away from your dog's skin.

    Step 5

    Brush or comb through your dog's coat to make sure you have removed all the tangles and loose hair from your pet.

    Items You Will Need

    • Detangler spray
    • Comb
    • Mat breaker
    • Pin or slicker brush

    Photo Credits

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    About the Author

    Amy Hunter has been a writer since 1998. She writes about health and lifestyle issues and enjoys writing about hiking, camping, trail running and other outdoor activities. Her work has appeared in "Sacramento Parent," ASPCA's "Animal Watch" and other print and online publications. She is the author of "The History of Mexico" and "Tony Gonzalez: Superstar of Pro Football," aimed at young-adult readers.

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