Simple Steps to Removing Mats

by Joyce Johanson

Mats become a fact of life for Lhasas and their owners. Of course, you can avoid the entire mat issue by keeping your Lhasa clipped down completely, but chances are that you bought a Lhasa because you wanted a long-coated dog. If that's the case, you'll need some pointers for removing mats and retaining coat.

Regular grooming keeps mats to a minimum and reduces the chances of a mat becoming solidly "packed." If the mat isn't solidly packed, removal is easier. Here's what you do:

If the mat you're removing is large and packed solid, your task is more difficult but not impossible. In such a case,
Don't cut the mat out unless you want a big hole in your dog's coat and only cut through the mat as a last resort, if it is so solidly packed that you have no other choice.

The best way to control mats is just not to let them happen. But, anyone who's had a Lhasa can tell you that's not possible unless you brush the dog constantly. Constant brushing is neither feasible nor desirable. I know someone who has such a "mat phobia" that she spends hours brushing her dogs each day. The problem is that her grooming technique isn't all that wonderful, and her constant brushing has done more harm than good to the coats.

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