How to use detangling spray for dogs

Dogs with long, thick or wiry coats look fabulous. But their show-worthy fluff can be tricky to look after. To make their fur shiny and knot-free, a detangler is a must-have item.
Dog being groomed

Our pets deserve a pamper as much as we do. Whether it’s a trip to the doggy salon or a makeover at home, grooming can make your dog even more adorable, but it’s not just about looks.

When your pup has a magnificent coat, it needs regular upkeep to keep knots at bay. If your four-legged friend is already in a mess, here’s our tips and tricks on how to fix it with detangling spray.

How to use detangling spray for dogs

1. Gather supplies

First up, you need to arm yourself with a decent detangling spray. If you’ve already got one, grab it along with a brush that works for your dog’s coat. You can find sprays and brushes, designed for different breeds and needs, with just a quick search online. Luckily for you, we’re just about to release the perfect product for tackling tangling. Sign up to our newsletter and we’ll let you know when this great new product is released.

2. Choose a safe spot

Some four-legged friends find grooming stressful. Pick a place both you and the dog feel comfy, whether that’s the sofa, on the floor or in their bed. If you need them at eye-level, like at the vets, you can even use the kitchen table. Make sure you can securely hold the dog, keeping them still, without distressing them.

3. Spray away

Spray the detangler directly onto the dog’s fur. For a simple smooth and tidy up, lightly mist the product all over. If you know there are stubborn mats, focus your efforts there. You can gently massage the product in (without causing more tangles) to kick-start the conditioning.

4. Start detangling

Once the coat is damp, use your fingers to gently work through the knots. Tease strands apart slowly, bit by bit, without pulling on the fur. Untangling a matted coat takes patience. You don’t want to damage the hair, hurt your precious pup or put them off grooming for life. Once you’ve made progress, you can try the brush. If you’ve detangled well, it should slide through with less friction. If you find it’s getting stuck, you can respray and use your fingers again.

Is it better to detangle dog hair wet or dry?

A good detangler should work on wet or dry hair. If your dog needs a wash, as well as de-matting, pop them in the bath and shampoo first. If it’s just the knots you need to target, you can start straight away. It depends on what works for you and the best way to make your furry friend more at ease.

How does dog detangler work?

Most doggy detanglers work by gently conditioning the hair. This softens the strands or curls, loosens knots and makes it easier to brush through. If the hair is smoother and easier to comb, the less pressure you have to apply, which should make the pampering process much more pleasant.

What causes dog matting?

Mats happen when loose hairs twist around other strands, creating clumps. These stubborn knots are more likely to appear in areas of friction like behind your dog’s ears, in their armpits or under the collar. When your pooch runs through the garden or a field – dirt, debris and sticky substances can get caught in their fur and cause tangles. If your pet’s coat is long, thick or prone to knotting, you need to keep up with regular grooming to stop them forming.

Is it ok to cut matted fur?

Dogs are notoriously wiggly and often don’t like being groomed. It’s not a good idea to cut out matted hair yourself because if they suddenly move or jerk, you could cause injury. If you can’t remove it with brushing or detangling, you need to visit your vet or groomer who can safely clip them out. They may have to give them a totally new hairdo to fix it.

What are the dangers of matting?

If not treated, mats cause excess moisture build-up in your dog’s coat as they cut off air flow to the fur. This can affect their temperature regulation, cause wounds and create an environment where infections can develop. Even mild mats are uncomfortable. They irritate the skin and make them itch. Large mats give a place for bacteria, parasites and bugs to hide. In severe cases, they stop blood flow which may need extensive treatment.

What are enzymes?

Don’t be fooled to think that because enzymes are natural they are less effective than chemical cleaners. Enzymes are nature’s very own powerful cleaning tools. Making them the go to choice for pet owners who do not want to spray harmful chemicals around their pets and their home.

Simply put, enzymes are all around us performing millions of important tasks in our bodies and in nature every single day. They are a type of protein that act like a biological catalyst to speed up the break down of organic compounds.

Similarly to how saliva, (which contains enzymes), initiates the digestion process by breaking down food in our mouths, cleaning enzymes use the same ‘enzymatic digestion’ to effectively break down and eradicate the organic proteins present in urine, faeces, vomit, drool, dirt, food, and more.

This process not only makes cleaning easier but also prevents the growth of bad bacteria – the root cause of those unpleasant odours – in the air, on surfaces, and within the fibres of your soft furnishings.

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