As a pet lover, there is nothing worse than causing pain for our dogs when we try to remove those painful mats in their fur.
When we got out Goldendoodle, we knew we would have to deal with more frequent grooming, but it gets even more extreme when your doodle is a water dog like ours.
She just loves the water, but her fur doesn’t like the water because it causes a lot of matting and thus a lot of work for us to keep her fur looking good.
Suggestions From Our Breeder and Groomer
At their recommendation, I purchased a bottle of Cowboy Magic on Amazon and gave it a try. They suggested using a metal grooming
I purchased both and got to work trying to remove the mats.
Did Cowboy Magic Detangler Work?
I tried a little bit of Cowboy Magic and I tried a ton of Cowboy Magic. I’ll just say this stuff is slippery. If you ever get a ring stuck on your finger, give Cowboy Magic a try to get it off. LOL
While it did work to eventually loosen up the mats, Lexie, my Doodle would cry out in pain as I diligently worked to remove all of the mats in her fur.
In fairness, Lexie is a bit of a wimp, but still…
Nobody wants to willingly cause pain for our loving doodles and I am no different.
For this reason, I simply had to find a better way to remove mats without causing pain for my Goldendoodle. It was horrible knowing that with each
If you have ever tried to remove a mat and caused your dog great pain, this article is for you.
If you want to make removing mats a less painful experience for your doodle, then keep reading because I am going to outline for you exactly what I do now to remove mats from fur with the least amount of pain and discomfort.
This process works so well that Lexie will just lay on my lap now as I remover any mats that she gets! It’s amazing and it is a DIY solution too.
3 Brushes To Remove and Prevent Matted Fur
Okay, we need to talk dog brushes.
I have a full write up on these brushes that you can read [Article Link], but I’m going to skip over the detail and just tell you the 3 brushes, combs, rakes that you need to buy.
Just buy them! You and your Goldendoodle can thank me later.
- The Wet
brush. Hands down the best brushfor daily fur maintenance is a wet brush. You may already have one at home. I stole one from my daughters and tried in on Lexie. It was amazing. I brushed out her entire body and never had a single complaint. She let me brusheverywhere and she patiently sat there and let me work. [Amazon Link] dematting rake/ comb. This alone is a life changer when you need to quickly and painlessly remove a mat from your dog’s fur. I’m sure other brands work, but this one is cheap and it is the one I use. Many times this alone will remove a mat. [Amazon Link]
comb. In my opinion, this combis completely optional. With this said, everybody says you have to have one. My groomer, the breeder, all the message boards, but I have to admit, I never use the metal combexcept with the DIY detangler spray I am about to tell you about! If you want to get one just to fit it, great. If not, don’t worry about it. [Amazon Link]
Let’s get into the good stuff. The special sauce, the magic elixir, the super-secret recipe passed down for generations… okay, not really, but this stuff really does work well.
Detangler Spray You Can Make At Home: And It Works!
If you are like me, you have tried a lot of products that you think might work, really they “should” work, but in the end they are just okay.
When it comes to removing mats from my Goldendoodles fur, this describes a lot of the things I have tried including, coconut oil, aloe vera gel, olive oil, Cowboy Magic and detangler sprays from the drug store.
My guess is, you might have even tried a product like this…
Am I right?
We certainly tried it. We used it on our kids and it did the job okay, but neither of our human daughters had the tangles like our four-legged daughter.
For this reason, we need something strong. Something that would work its way down deep into those mats and allow us to remove them without causing a lot of pain.
So here is the formula you need to make your own DIY Detangler Spray at home.
How Do You Make A Homemade Detangler For Your Dog?
The Best Detangler Spray You Can Make At Home
Here’s Your Shopping List:
- A Spray Bottle. I got mine at the dollar store, but you can get them at Walmart or other retailers. Get something that looks like this – [Amazon Link].
- Conditioner. Garner Fructis – Sleek & Shine Fortifying Conditioner. You can select another conditioner, but this is what works so it’s what I am sticking with for now. It says it is designed for hard to straighten hair. Feel free to experiment. [Amazon Link]
- Moroccan Oil. I stick with the Garner Fructis – Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment. This stuff really makes a difference, so make sure you use the formula as I give it to you. [Amazon Link]
Here’s The Mixture / Formula For Matted Dog Fur Repair:
- 4 Parts Water
- 1 Part Conditioner
- 1 Tbsp (tablespoon) Moroccan Oil
How To Make and Apply The Detangler Spray
It really is simple to make. Three ingredients are all it takes. If I can do it, I know you can do it too.
With the spray bottle you purchased, squeeze in the amount of conditioner you want to use, then squeeze in the oil, and finally, fill the rest of the bottle with water.
Give it a good shake and a swirl and you are good to go.
To apply it, I like to spray it on the fur and work it in with my fingers.
Then I start brushing with the Wet
Then, I will apply a few sprays directly on top of more severe mats and let it soak in really well.
I give it another go with the wet
Then, I will grab the Metal
Once I have freed it up, I will come back with the metal
Every now and then a mat is just too big to get out without causing too much pain. In those rare cases, I simply cut it out.
Thankfully, once I started using this DIY detangler spray, the need to cut out mats has really decreased.
Use It On Your Kids Too!
On a side note, this detangler spray works great for kids and adults too.
I had to make up 2 or 3 bottles to keep around the house because my daughters would get a hold of it and it would always be gone when I wanted to
This is now my families go-to detangler spray. I use it for our doodle and my two daughters use it on their hair too. It really works great.
Armed with the these three brushes and your new DIY detangler spray, you should be ready to tackle any mat your fur baby can create.
I hope this was helpful. If so, please feel free to share it with other Doodle lovers and let’s make grooming our pups as painless as possible.