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I have been very good with keeping up with Bogey's brushing and combing. However, as of lately now that he has his adult hair, it's been very difficult to keep up with.  When he was 6 months old, even though his hair was longer, it was easier to brush and comb.  Now as he approaches adulthood, his hair has gotten curlier and rougher.  Even when their's no knots or matting, a brush or comb doesn't go through it smoothly like it use too. I've tried a few different combs and it's definitely easier with a wider tooth, but not by much. Maybe there are other brushes and combs better for this?  I want to be able to keep up the maintenance between groomings, otherwise the groomer is gonna hate me and so will Bogey.  Not too mention, he doesn't take well to the brushing because his hair knots very easily and I'm sure its not pleasant.  Perhaps there is product out there to make it easier?  Any help or advice is appreciated.

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Comment by Lily And Amy on January 24, 2013 at 3:07pm

The Furminator Brush works good on Lily's coat.  

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on January 22, 2013 at 9:52pm
I uploaded a photo of my favorite grooming tools to share. I am hopeless at linking photos to a place other than My Photos, so that's where it is lol.
Most of my grooming supplies are from Ren's Pets Supply which is a Canadian company. The quality of their inventory is excellent and most professional groomers in Canada order online from them. I don't know if they ship outside Canada, but if you check the website you will see a great assortment of good quality tools.
Until the doodles, I have done all my own grooming. If a tool stands up to grooming my bouviers, it is a good tool. We broke a Furminator in very short order. Handle came right off. I think it is a good product for dogs that have a coat that is at least partially shedding. It doesn't seem to be designed to go through matted or clumped fleece or drag out an undercoat.
I have had several pairs of thinning shears. I love the ones I have from Ren's. Not too long, maybe about 4" long cutting edges. Rounded blunt tips. I think the price goes up as soon as you buy from a pet supply. Try somewhere that sells human hairdressing supplies. You just take firm hold of a mat so it doesn't pull and hurt, make several cuts into it, then take wide spaced comb and gradually work it out.
This comb, however, is the bomb! I must have broken or discarded 50 combs over the years, but this one is the best. All stainless steel, nice weight, one piece so handle doesn't come off or rotate. Large, smooth handle that let's you hold it firmly without blisters. Teeth are solid. Takes a beating and the teeth don't break off. I have a couple of different combs like this, but the wider space one is my favorite.
Now that I finally figured this out, I am lazy and take my boys to the groomer every 4 weeks for a spaw day! I still have my elderly bouvier girl who isn't up to going to the spaw, so I still do what grooming she can tolerate, and I try to keep the boys civilized between visits. But boys will be boys!!
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 22, 2013 at 7:28pm
Sorry should have checked all the auto corrects.
The furminator has a blade.
And combing them every other night
Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on January 22, 2013 at 7:26pm
It really is not bad if you line brush them (using a comb for a long coated dog) if you do it on a regular basis you don't need all that other stuff. The furminator is not meant to be a comb. It has a blad and cuts the Hair an can make it worse. Both of my Doodles have different coat types one curly one wavy. Just coming them at least every other night is all that is needed. It just takes time to get into the habit and when doing it on a regular basis it takes no time to comb them both out.
Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on January 22, 2013 at 4:39pm

Kathy, where did you purchase the thinning shears?  Any particular brand?

Comment by Dona Wallerius on January 22, 2013 at 3:49pm

Oh and I could not find the tool thaat alessandra suggested

Comment by Dona Wallerius on January 22, 2013 at 3:47pm

I bought the furminator for large long hair dogs and also a large rake comb. I find the comb works just a tad better.. but its not great. The furminator has a bit of a hard time getting through his thick rough curly coat. Why do I have the feeling this will never be easy lol

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on January 21, 2013 at 11:31pm
Elliott has a very curly coat. He is best buddies with his groomer Genny, who he sees every 4-5 weeks. Between his soft fleece and his cream colour, he is fairly high maintenance (worth every penny buddy, don't you worry!).
I have some tools I like for mats also. I have a small rake sort of tool, have to be a bit careful with the bladed edges, but it breaks up the mats nicely, and leaves very impressive wounds on my hands when it slips! I only cut myself, never Elliott, lol. I couldn't live without my small round tip scissors, great for around eyes and sensitive areas. I also find small thinning shears help to get through the mats and don't leave holes in the coat like clippers or scissors. Elliott has a soft fleece coat. Once it mats, it can't be coaxed or combed. These are my favourite tools to deal with it.
Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on January 21, 2013 at 10:31am

Much empathy here.  I am fighting a constant battle with her curly hair and there are places the comb just won't go through.  Dulcie's coat is still super soft, very curly at the roots and mats spring up over night.  I have used the furminator, but lately have just given up and cut the mats out with small scissors with duct tape on the ends to make them safer!  She hates the combing/brushing from me, but the groomer said she was an angel for 2 hours on the table!  Think I'm going to see if I can find Alessandra's recommended brush . . . .

Comment by Jo Bill on January 20, 2013 at 11:12pm

I took Gizmo's bells down so he wouldn't ring them in the middle of the night just to go "play".  So now he comes and stands by my chair (if I'm in the LR) and wimpers very quietly.  If I don't respond, he comes in front of me and puts a giant paw on my lap, gives me "The Look" and wimpers again.  It's sooo cute!

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