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I really need some help.  I have a year old Goldendoodle, Finley.  He is the greatest dog ever!  We are having a problem with his hair and matting.  I brush him daily and he is goes to the groomer either every Saturday or every other Saturday.  It has gotten so bad that I had to have him shaved today.  He looks so funny, like a miniature clydesdale horse....(they left the hair on his feet).  We are starting from scratch now so I would like to prevent this from happening again.  Any suggestions?  My trainer said that it is the mixture of the 2 different textures of hair with the poodle and the golden.  Help!

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Comment by Lois - Izzi & Charlie on February 14, 2013 at 11:56pm

OPPS, Wrong names    it is Laurie, who has posted notes on grooming Nug & Puk.   SHe can be linked through the Main Page with today's posted pictures.  

Comment by Lois - Izzi & Charlie on February 14, 2013 at 3:24pm

I think the only personality who posts often addressing this issue is Jan - Lilly and Nessy.  She watches TV programs and keeps up the grooming nightly...    I cracked my nose a couple of weeks ago and neither dog has been combed in three weeks..  TX is going through the usual 70 degrees one day to and 40 the next so, you can imagine my 'shaggy' dogs are now a little to shaggy.   Saturday they are going to the groomer.  I'll post before and after pictures. 

I was using a spray on my "Maine and Tail" comb when necessary (D-Mat) -  any pet store will have that or some type of.  

Comment by Yvonne Jagt on March 7, 2011 at 11:01pm

I, too, had to start from scratch. I have a 17 month old goldendoodle. She, too, is a great dog, but the matting was driving me crazy..Brushing her almost on a daily basis didn't seem to stop the matting, especially under her armpits(not sure if dogs really have armpits..lol..) but you get the picture. My sister is a groomer, so we have been grooming her since she was 8 weeks old. I have her shaved at the beginning of the summer & also in the fall. At first I didn`t like it, but I am used to it and it is much cleaner. Some people like the long, shaggy look (I do too), but is just isn`t practicle. I like to keep it at about an inch or so.  Just thought I would share that.

Comment by Abby & Finley on February 9, 2011 at 6:22pm
I had just gotten out of my mouth that Finley looks like he's from Ethiopia now!  I'm hopeful that now that all the puppy hair is gone and if I continuously brush him while he is growing back that we won't have this problem again.  He is still very cute and you can't help but laugh when you look at him.  Although, instead of sleeping on the cool floor he now curls up in front of the heater on his bed.
Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on February 9, 2011 at 5:56pm

Have no solution, but wanted to give my support for your sanity !

I can agree with Ian, Lily & Nessy, though.  I have a cat that gets matts quite a bit.  I purchased a "hair de-tangler" at the pet store...didn't work.  Had to shave parts of her.

Don't feel bad about the shaved look.  My 2.5 yr old Ginger got shaved last summer...HAD to do it...and she looked like an Ethiopian starved puppy until we got used to the look.  It had grown out by fall, and she looks great for winter now.  We've had her for 8 months and haven't had any matting problems...but she is more "wavy" than "curly".

Comment by Michiko Yomogita on February 6, 2011 at 8:33pm

My idea is the same as Mr. Jan and Lily & Nessy.
I am doing the small-scale grooming & trimming school in Japan.

My speciality is poodle.
A poodle also carries out a coat change from around half a year after the birth.
Management up to 1 years old is very serious especially with a show dog, and troubles are suffered.
Do you know OMG?
I do private use of this product, in order to understand the hair of a mat.
This is a product of Australia.
It uses, when the hair of your dog twines.
It will surely brush easily by helping your work.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on February 6, 2011 at 1:42am
Finley is probably going through the coat change, it happens anywhere from about 7 months to a year and a half... It's a time of a lot of matting while the adult hairs grow in to replace the puppy coat. Getting him shaved was a good idea, and keeping it short for a few months (at least) will help keep the matts from forming. Personally, I'd trim the foot hair too, both for asthetic reasons, and to keep his feet from matting as well. Pay particular attention to between the toes (on top of, and below).

Once his adult coat is in completely, it should get a lot easier to maintain. It's just the transition period that is awful for matts.

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