Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
What is the difference between Cowboy Magic, Mane 'N Tail, and The Stuff? We just got back from a few days away and our dogs had a fun-filled time with their dog-sitter who took them out running on trails and swimming all three days. Today, before we returned, she gave them a shower. I am now contending with matted coats the likes of which I have never experienced. I need a product that I can spray on the bound up hair so that I stand a chance of dematting them without totally destroying their coats. Help me choose which product is better, please!
Hi Laurie! I groom my 3 and have a side grooming hobby/business. I actually have never used any of those 3 products, but I do have a friend that swears by The Stuff.
Honestly, if they are that matted I would take them to your groomer. For severely matted dogs I shampoo, condition, spray on detangler/leave-in conditioner (I like Chris Christensen Ice on Ice and Show Season's Detangler) , and dry with a high velocity dryer t(hat forces the matt out) while using special dematting tools. It's very time intensive! You can try doing it at home, but I think you might be better off having a pro do it. Your doodles have such lovely long coats...
I have used all three of those products. The one I would choose would probably be Horse Mane "N Tail. Spray a section and let it sit, then brush/comb. Spray another section...... Use the Cowboy Magic for specific mats, not the entire body. There is a Cowboy Magic shampoo. I haven't ever used it. If things are really bad - I go to my groomer. I love my groomer - she works with the coats to get the mats out rather than shaving. She does the things Lori said.
Charlotte is much worse than Wally. I spent a good amount of time working on her coat last night. I used corn starch (since I didn't have any of the other products at home) and worked it into the knotted areas. I then used my red Les Pooches Matt Zapper, cutting the worse matts down the middle with a scissors when necessary. It is a very tedious process, but thankfully, both of my dogs are quite cooperative about me brushing and combing them between visits to their groomer. I would like to find a safe spray-on product that will help the matts loosen up so that it is easier for me to untangle them.
Today I tried working some Zymox leave-in conditioning rinse into Charlotte's tangles and then combing the out carefully with Les Pooches matt zapper. It is time-consuming for sure, but it is doing the trick.
Glad that is working for you!