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Hello everyone! Any recommendations for brushes for doodles? Max has wavy/shaggy coat, and I have been using a brush with metal bristles that have a ball on the end of each. ( Sorry dont know what the type is called). No matter how often or well I brush him he seems to get matted. We prefer to keep his coat longer but are forced to get him buzzed down. Any suggestions will be appreciated, thanks !

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Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on September 17, 2016 at 9:53am
Can you guys take pictures of the combs that work? I have a handful of metal grooming combs I have used with my Persian cats, but ended up using a metal comb I got at the dollar store on Fozzie. He would have ruined the good ones and bent the teeth. I can pretty easily get the pin brush through his body hair, but he has soooooo much long thick hair on his cheeks, and under his ears, it's starting to mat. It will be time to have his first official grooming cause I don't know how to trim him under his ears, and he hates me pulling on his hair there!
Comment by Rose on February 6, 2013 at 1:20am

Gonna tag this page for when I start having problems with Molly's coat.  I appreciate all the product information. 

Comment by Lois - Izzi on February 4, 2013 at 2:11pm

Because Izzi has a tight curl I find the best to use on her is a comb that I once used for horses main and tail...   hard plastic, small enough to grab the mats and large enough to allow the individual curl to bounce back into place.

By nature this winter Izzi has grown out with a tight undercoat, which is going to be an issue for a groomer.  The undercoat clots like cotton when bathed and I know she (groomer) is going to want to shave Izzi down to an inch or so...    I on the other hand like the shaggy dog look, but I know within the next month (Spring in Texas) it will be easier on Izzi to just agree to do so. 

Comment by Lynn, Daisy & Jax on February 2, 2013 at 12:27am

I just had the doodles trimmed and the groomer suggested a comb for Jax because of the mats. I just use a regular dog brush, but I think I might try a comb.. I'm like the rest, I don't want to hurt them.

Comment by Jennifer Lynn on February 1, 2013 at 9:25pm
Thank you for all the great suggestions! I have not tried a comb yet, will give it a try. I think I'm too much of an amateur to use the comb with the blades without causing injury. Will keep on working at it til I find what works. As of tomorrow Max will be a shaved down and a little chilly I'm sure :-)
Comment by Laura on February 1, 2013 at 8:22pm

Hi Dee, at Gracie's groomer"s she has an arm for the backside and a nose goes under the back legs of the dog and keeps them standing up. Not sure how to prevent the getting out of the head noose. hahaha! Doodles are determined to do what they want or don't want, hahaha!! Good Luck 

Comment by Dee, Indie & Winstone on February 1, 2013 at 8:00pm
Hi liz, I have a grooming table with arm but Indie wont stand, she just plonks her backside down & then gets her head out the noose & and lays down on the table. I then end up with a half groomed dog! Any tips on how to keep my 70lb monster standing would be appreciated. :)
Comment by Laura on February 1, 2013 at 7:52pm
Jennifer, Gracie's coat is curly and I actually tried every possible tool and found that though they all worked to a degree the metal long tooth comb works the best as long as I make sure and get right through her fur to her hide. I too love the longer shaggy look but Gracie's coat seems to reach a length about 8 weeks after her groom that no matter what I do it tangles and is hard to keep ahead of. So after a couple of embarrising "have to shave her down" at the groomer's we keep her coat shorter then I had initially wanted to! I hope Max"s wavy/shaggy coat can be more easily managed at the longer length you like! Good Luck!!
Comment by Liz and Buddy on February 1, 2013 at 7:43pm

I have one of those pin brushes with the balls and one without the little balls on the end. That one is very old and it works so much better than the one with the balls. I would like to find a new one as it is starting to fall apart. I also use a slicker brush with tines that are bent. It really does a super job on any mats and a steel comb too. I have been trimming his feet so they don't pick up as much mud or snow. He loves to be groomed and hops up on the grooming table whenever I get out the brushes.

Comment by Kate Kelly on February 1, 2013 at 5:33pm

I have been using just a regular dog brush on Bella.   However, we use a product called "Cowboy Magic".  A very small amount goes a long way to rid some of the matted fur.  The brush typically glides right through.  There is no smell and works great for those extra snowballs that accumulate on her pad and forearms.

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