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    Default Rough Coarse Hair

    The hair on the top half of Taya's tail is very rough & coarse. It's horrible. Is there something I can use that will help make it smoother or is this just the way it is?

    I feel like I'm sounding extremely vain right now...

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    Probably not unfortunately.
    You can get a good conditioner to try and soften it a bit, but if she has course hair, then she has course hair.

    Is it fluffy underneath, then course over the top? What you can feel is probably guard hairs.

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    Some dogs like Border terriers need to have their coats "stripped" which means plucking out coarse hairs. Maybe that's something you could do?

    Or I wash my dog occasionally with johnson and johnson baby shampoo & conditioner 2in1 and it's lovely and soft.

    And sometimes the food the dog is eating - can affect the quality of coat. Though not sure if it would cause coarseness in one place and not all over.

    Also is she rubbing the area at all because that would make the coat rough.

    A friend's dog had taken to chomping around the tail area and his coat was rough there. Turned out the anal glands needed some emptying. Blech.
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    Often as coat gets older it can get dry and harsh. This is normally preceeding it moulting. You can use a stripping knife - which will strip off any dead hairs, or strip off dry ends (like trimming off our own split ends!). They are handy and don't hurt at all, they should look like this:



    They're inexpensive and very handy to have around.

    Or you can just try conditioner. For dry short coats Pantene Silky Smooth is very good. You can comb it through and leave in for a couple of minutes and get very nice results. Very gentle on skin too.

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    Pantene - it won't happen overnight Loren, but it WILL happen. Lol.

    Take Natty's advice and grab a stripping knife. It's easy and addictive.
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    Just be prepared for bald spots eek!

    Mum stripped a friends Griffon a while back and took a little too much out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Just be prepared for bald spots eek!

    Mum stripped a friends Griffon a while back and took a little too much out!
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    I give a teaspoon of flax seed grain to the pei with horse coats. Softens them right up.

    Mega oil (look on google) is another great option
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Pantene - it won't happen overnight Loren, but it WILL happen. Lol.



    Thanks for your replies guys

    The rest of her coat is really nice, it's just this one spot. I'll have a closer look but I don't think there are any softer hairs underneath.

    Might have to try the stripping knife. And the flax seed sounds good too.

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    Paw make a product called essential 6. You can only purchase from a vet (or on line)?? It is a little pippette that you squeeze onto the back of their neck once a fortnight. I wonder what the result would be if you were to squeeze directly onto the offending spot.
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