Untangling Rose's ear fringe

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  1. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Before I cut it all off, I thought I'd ask. I came home today and Rose's left ear fringe is tangled up pretty much entirely into one big mat. Is there anything I can do to try to untangle it? I would hate to have to cut it all off because there would be almost nothing left.
     
  2. CharlieDog

    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    If she'll sit still for it, conditioner will help. There's also something with a different name for untangling horses manes and tails that might help.

    Olive oil or vegetable oil might help as well.
     
  3. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Hopefully the groomers we have on here will pop in! I can try texting ours, lol. If you haven't already, I'd put de-tangler on it and start to work a little at a time with a slicker and a metal comb. ETA: Macky once matted her pretty spaniel ears so badly with tiny burrs that I really thought I was going to have the cut the hair, but little by little I got it out this way, and her ear hair was spared.

    I'm sure there are other tricks that groomers can share!
     
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    How is she with letting you mess with it?

    With Yoshi if I take a brush and hold as close as I can to the ear and try to brush it out. It usually lumps and brushes out. Sometimes I have to cut it but if I do it like this it just looks a little thinner instead of looking like I cut it all off.

    If it's really pulling though I'll cut a tiny bit and see if it loosens it up.
     
  5. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I have not tried to mess with it yet but she's usually ok with it being messed with. I hate to make Rose cry, it's pathetic. She's the toughest though of the dogs.

    I think she must've been scratching at her ear a while today.
     
  6. CharlieDog

    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    Also, try to start with the widest toothed comb that you have and work your way down to finer teeth. You probably already know that.
     
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    I just went through SIX mats in Kastle's tail, one was massive. I used a LOT of Cowboy Magic, a LOT. It really helped to get it out. I also like paddle brushes for softer hair, and that's what I used when he was young, now I use an undercoat rake and hold the mat as close to the skin as I can while I brush it. Sometimes I can work through it with my fingers to make it easier to brush.
     
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    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    Cowboy Magic. It's a lifesaver.
     
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    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    Cowboy Magic is totally the thing I was talking about for horses. It really really does work. Even on an Appy mare who dreadlocks her tail every time before show season.
     
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    The Stuff For Dogs and a mat breaker. It's my go to for owners who bring in matted dogs and don't want them short. Wonder how she managed to get it matted like that???
     
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    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Mat breaker is what saved Rosey's (limited) fringe more times than I'd like to admit.
     
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    This is the other stuff that was recommended to me, but I couldn't find it. What's a mat breaker?
     
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    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    It's a comb, with curved, sharp edges, that cuts away at the mats while you comb. Rather than cutting off all the hair.
     
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    Can you link me to a decent one with a decent price? I may order...my BC gets matted a bit too
     
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    I use corn flou,on the knot and then,break it,with my fingers or the tooth of a rolling comb.
     
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    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    I'm going to third or fourth Cowboy Magic detangler. That's what we use on dogs at work and I've used it numerous times on Bamm when he gets a little matted. I also use cowboy magic shampoo and conditioner on Bamm. Just love that stuff all around and it makes him super soft.
     
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    I've heard using cornflour works as well
     
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    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    I'm definitely not a pro about them, but this is the one I have. It worked fine for Rosey? (Part BC)

    http://www.amazon.com/Salon-Essentials-Matt-Breaker-blades/dp/B0056V9RKM/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1374017639&sr=1-1&keywords=Le+Salon+Essentials+dog+Mat+Breaker


    If I could find mine, I'd just ship it to you since I have no use for it, but I have no clue where it went!
     
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    So far no good. I only have one comb and it's not working well trying to untangle things. I have half a mind to just cut the fringe off.
     
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    You need a slicker brush and some.Stuff or Solution or Cowboy Magic. I use all 3. You also need a mat splitter.
     

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