He is a Coton du Tulear. Whoever decided that creating a breed of dog with this coat texture was a good idea is no friend of mine. Bounty is a dandy little guy, but that hair! He gets groomed every two weeks and is brushed at home, yet he is always tangled. The tangles vary in degree, from a few minor snags to fist sized clumps of horror all over. What's a groomer to do?
After years of experimenting, this is what I have come up. It works so well I don't bang my head on the wall when I see that Bounty is on the calendar.
- I bathe the dog with Best Shot Ultra Max shampoo. Twice. The coat is easier to de-tangle when it is perfectly clean.
- If the tangles are not too severe, I use Show Seasons Results Rinse after that bath.
- If the tangles are horrible, I use Best Shot conditioner.
- I rinse well, and wrap the dog in a thirsty towel. Once that towel is damp, I wrap in a dry towel.
- Any tangles are gently rubbed with Eqyss Survivor.
- I spritz the rest of the coat with Best Shot Ultra Vitalizing Mist.
- With my high velocity driver on low, I gently and carefully dry the coat completely. Using the dryer on a higher speed can cause the long coat to whip around and create more tangles.
- Once the coat is dry, I line brush with a slicker brush, removing every mat with the brush. I follow this with a medium tooth comb to make sure I didn't miss anything. Then I follow that with a fine tooth comb.
Following this procedure I can get this dog clean, dry and perfectly brushed in one hour. I know for a fact that if I were not using detangling products I could not achieve these results as quickly, as well, or without significant coat damage. Remember, damaged coats become matted more easily, and make future grooms increasingly difficult.
I hear groomers complain about the cost of specialty products, and I do not understand it. The time saved and excellent results achieved make investing in products designed to achieve certain results more than worth while.