How to Groom Your Toy Poodle When Matted

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Regular grooming can keep your poodle looking splendid, and her coat mat-free.
Regular grooming can keep your poodle looking splendid, and her coat mat-free. (Image: gsagi/iStock/Getty Images)

Proper grooming doesn't only keep your poodle looking great, it's equally beneficial to her coat, skin and overall good health. A severely matted poodle is not a happy dog; tangled hair and resulting mats can pull on your dog's skin, which can lead to skin irritation, pain and discomfort. Detangling and removing the mats is the first step to restoring good coat health; persistence in good grooming can prevent future matting.

Things You'll Need

  • Detangler
  • Comb
  • Scissors with round tip
  • Seam ripper
  • Treats

Consider purchasing a special detangling comb or rake to assist in the process of detangling.

Spray the detanger onto the areas around your poodle's mats, and then brush away any loose hair that may become entangled in existing mats. Continue grooming by spraying the matted areas on your poodle's coat with the detangler, working from the root to the ends of the hair. Work the detangler into the mats with your fingers.

Leave the detangling product on your dog's coat until she is nearly dry.

Separate the mats, if possible, with your fingers so that you're working with very small sections of hair. Brush the mats first to loosen them before combing or raking. Speak to your dog in a calm voice, stroke her fur and provide treats so that she sees this activity as something positive. If her mats are excessive or she becomes frightened, consider stopping the process and resuming the mat removal at a later time. Never yell at your dog or scold her during this process.

Comb out the small sections of hair to remove the detangled mats. Begin at the end of the hair working toward the roots, taking care not to pull the hair excessively or cause pain.

Clip stubborn mats with the round tip scissors, but only if the mats aren't at skin level. Use the seam ripper to separate stubborn mats, facing the tip of the seam ripper away from your dog's skin. Do not attempt to cut mats around your dog's eyes or ears. Leave that to the professional.

Brush or comb your poodle thoroughly once all mats have been removed.

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