I have a five-month-old Labradoodle puppy with a fleece coat that doesn’t shed. He is booked in with the groomer every four weeks and I brush him daily with a slicker. However, when I brush his legs and paws, they are always badly knotted. Is there a better way to deal with this?

Stuart Simons advises…

Labradoodles go through quite a major coat change within their first year. A puppy coat is quite soft and downy and pretty easy to manage. An adult coat starts to generate guard hairs and becomes more mature in texture. It’s the change in coat that people generally struggle with. The problem is that the puppy coat and the adult coat start to clash and often results in knots and mats.

You are currently doing everything right. Unfortunately, there is no miracle product that can fix this problem. There are some de-matting sprays and tools available, but at the end of the day, it just takes a daily brush with a good-quality slicker brush and check through with a comb. Along with regular appointments with your professional groomer, that should keep those pesky mats at bay.

Top tip – if your dog’s hair gets wet, make sure you dry it with a hairdryer and brush. Don’t just rub with a towel, as this will add to your problems and help create knots and matting.

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