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    Hi everybody, anyone out there have a goldie? I have a four year old male, Moses, he has a very thick and long coat. It's beautiful but it is driving me nuts. He just gets so matted up. I have to brush him every day. His tail gets matted, every day. He hates his tail being brushed. I know it is sensitive so I am really gentle but it still ends up in a bit of a wresting match. If I miss a day, I have to cut the matts out with scissors. I would really appreciate any tips. Sue

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    I don't know how Golden Retriever owners cope.

    One of my friends at our local park uses a sort of rake thingy similar to a furminator to strip out her GR's coat.

    I use a rubber curry comb, which also does a great job and it feels a bit like fingers or horse lips so my (late) super sensitve horse and super sensitive dogs that I know tend not to object to it being used on them. A few dogs think it makes a good tug toy, and it is fun for a dog to rip up but they're really not that durable.

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    I have four long coated dogs and I do groom a lot, but it sounds like you need some "no tangle" or "cowboy magic" or any of the detanglers. Because the dogs coat should not knot so quickly. Tessa is a border cross Golden and she has a black version of the Golden's coat. newfies have a thicker version. I use a lot of detangler when my rescue dogs are new to us. Also what you feed can have some effect on the coat. healthy from the inside often gives a soft flowy coat......Our Lukey had a shocking coat that matted/knotted easily. We have had him since March and we are finally getting a better coat.
    We give our dogs Vit E, Cold fish oil and sardines for a better coat from the inside.......
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    Goldie, my golden retriever's coat has mild curls and medium long, unlike his friend, Bailey, who has flat coat which is easier to take care of. I have to brush him everyday. I also use furminator weekly (though he hates me using the furminator raking his coat). I find the coat smoother after a bath with appropriate shampoo. Of course, good nutrition contributes to healthy skin and coat. I put vitamins and minerals powder in his meal everyday. With the above mentioned care, I find I can JUST cope with his coat. I guess it is just the time and cost Golden Retrievers require from us.

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    Can you shave him?
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    Not much a golden retriever if the hall mark coat is being shaved. He may look like a yellow labrador. I have seen people shave golden retrievers's coat, but for different reasons - mainly due to skin problem of hot spots or keeping them cool in summer.

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    My dog is very curly, now I found the furminator caused my dogs coats to be rough. Like slpit ends in humans...I only use it twice a year when the big blow-out happens. Try some different brushes that do less damage. The carding comb/brushes cause less harm.
    I really prefer the mars and still only use it twice a year during blow-out season. I find for Tessa, combing and spraying her with a detangler makes her smoother.
    I have also gone to more expensive dog shampoos....I use less and have a better result
    I use from this place. It is expensive, but you use very little. One is actually a spray on shampoo, which I love. Also if you check out their site you will find grooming help specific to your breed.


    https://www.plushpuppy.com.au/home.php?cat=1


    It helped me a lot in the show-ring with my newfies initially and now we just keep them looking good, but not show ready
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    using a rubber curry comb

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    Thanks everyone for some really good advise. Moses has a really thick long semi curly coat. It is very beautiful but even his summer coat is very thick. I would not mind to shave him if I thought he would be happier but I read somewear that you should not shave a golden because of thier sensitive skin. He is on a good diet as he has skin allergies (very long story) and I use an all natural mild shampoo (usually oatmeal). It has been a long road to getting his skin and coat under control and I don't mind daily brushing but his tail has really got me frustrated. I have trimmed it down (much to my husband's horror) because I think the dog being comfortable is more important than looks but the darn thing just keeps matting. I think this must tell me that his coat is too dry. I am going to try the supplements and another detangle product. I love the idea of a spay on detangle. Mine is in a tube and goes on too thick and slimey. Never though of spay on. Good to hear everyones opinions. I have renewed hope. P.S. The fur on his tail is (was) very long and very straight and does not seem to have much of an undercoat.

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    If you do wash him, take the opportunity to fill his coat with diluted conditioner while he's still wet - I use 1 part conditioner to 9 parts water.

    Comb or rake it through (I have a rake comb with rotating teeth which is excellent, and a slicker brush will really work the conditioner in), leave it on for as long as you can without him getting cold.

    Lightly rinse. He will take longer to dry - taking him for a walk will help dry him off and keep him warm.

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