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8th January 2007, 09:06 PM
Ok...everytime I see a picture of a show CKCS in the ring, their ear har is always so perfectly straight...We have a kinda formal party to go to...I kinda want King to look like a show dog...Does anyone know their secret??

8th January 2007, 09:13 PM
Blow dryer and a brush. You have to deal with the hair while it is wet and just like a hairdresser-- style it with the blowdryer heat. It doesn't last-lol. At least not with my guys.

8th January 2007, 09:46 PM
I have a grooming question too......

How do you stop the fur from tangling at the back of their ears??
<where the ears & head join>

I usually end up cutting that bit out...but Mary Alice won't stay still enough!

8th January 2007, 09:46 PM
Yup, that's what I do with Maxx when he's having a 'posh do' too :thmbsup:

Good luck Aaron :thmbsup:

8th January 2007, 09:53 PM
I've seen those hair tong/straightener things used too. :)

Way to avoid matts behind ears -- regularly grooming of that area. That's the only way. If you cut out the matts down to the base then the hair just matts as it regrows. So this should always be an area of special attention a couple times a week. I find blenheims have finer hair that tends to matt more easily.

I use a small cat pin brush only about 2 inches across, and a matt cutter if need or scissors to cut the matt in two lengthwise. I've never been able to get the hang of combs though some people like them.

8th January 2007, 10:08 PM
Thanks Karlin.

Would it be ok to use a "humans" detangler spray??

You're certainly right about the matts growing back in....bigger and better!! :x

Joanne M
8th January 2007, 11:10 PM
King I almost started a grooming thread myself.

I agree with the others, blow dry immediately after washing. I also find combing Tucker's ears daily, helps to keep them straighter. Keep his ears dry.

My question: What can I do for the hair between Tucker's shoulders? It's shorter than the rest of his coat, and it's always sticking up. Combing it down doesn't help, and even right after he's groomed it's like this.

9th January 2007, 12:20 AM
I use infusium 23 leave in treatment. It works well on the ears. Trick I learned with the horses. Then I work the mats out with a comb. I usually don't have to cut any hair at all.

Missy took many days to get all of her mats out but we used the same process.

Cathy Moon
9th January 2007, 02:33 AM
I use this hair dryer with the 'air flare' attachment on their ears. It blows and dries the hair straight, and it stays very straight until they get wet again:
The same dryer makes their body hair lay straight, if you can perfect your technique. I'm still working on it! I have a close-fitting coat that I put on them when they're nearly dry, similar to this one:

Don't look at my avatar photo though, that was from before I bought the special blowdrier!

9th January 2007, 03:42 AM
Cathy funny thing is I have both the dryer and the coat...I mean his ears are straight for about maybe 30 mins to 1 hr.. Then the start to tangle, well what am I gonna do...thanx for the info though guys

Cathy Moon
9th January 2007, 04:05 AM
Hmmm, are you getting his ears completely dry? Also, I have a shampoo that I don't have to use a conditioner with, so their ears don't get 'stringy'. I got it from the vet - will post it tomorrow.

9th January 2007, 05:15 AM
Yup I make sure he's completely dry before I let him go play...I do use a conditioner on him espically his ears because they tend to get static...mayb I shouldn't use the conditioner??

9th January 2007, 08:23 AM
Thanks Karlin.

Would it be ok to use a "humans" detangler spray??

You're certainly right about the matts growing back in....bigger and better!! :x

You can only use human detangler spray if its ok for infants or toddlers, anything stronger then that isn't at a suitable ph level for dogs.
I used (in australia) Johnsons baby/toddler leave in conditioner in conjunction with regular brushing. This spray doesn't even seem to upset dogs with very sensitive skin.

9th January 2007, 03:10 PM
I used to have a terrible time with Riley's hair matting behind the ears and on his back leg feathers, sometimes on his chest too. Now i use PetSilk detangling spray on him and it keeps the hair from matting considerably. I still have to comb him regularly, but now the hair doesn't seem to bind together like it did. I am really pleased with the detangler. I also use PetSilk conditioning shampoo and rinse. These have made a big difference in his matting hair issues.

9th January 2007, 04:52 PM
Thanks folks.....I shall look for PetSilk or use a kiddies detangler. :) :flwr:

Cathy Moon
10th January 2007, 12:14 PM
The shampoo I got from the vet is Vet Solutions Aloe and Oatmeal shampoo. It is soap free, but it lathers up well and cleans without removing their natural skin oils. Don't need a conditioner, either. I just washed them this weekend, and we have no static. :)