Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care


by Dorothy Ritenour
(Dundee, MI)

I thought I was diligent about brushing my beautiful Aussie... I discovered large matts under her fur on her hind end on both sides - you know the area. Should I try to brush out the matts (yikes!) or should I cut them out?

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Re: Matting

I brush my mini Aussie every day... but never... you know... "there" I'll be interested to hear input from others.

Mini Aussie
by: Kathy

I have a 1 year old Mini Aussie (he's beautiful). They tell me that if you cut the hair of the Aussie it never grows back the same... I've never tried it but I will take their word for it. You could take the dog to "the beauty parlor"...

I Cut Them Out
by: Kathy

Those mats are sneaky - I was surprised how many we hiding deep in my girl's fur. I just snip them out - with the amount of fur these dogs have, particularly in the 'pants' area, it's not noticeable.

Trying to brush them out would be painful IMO.



Re: Matting
by: kym

I brush my aussies on a pretty regular basis but sometimes, it just happens. I use 2 different products that work EXTREMLY well. The first is called Showsheen. It is a product (spray) for horses and it can be picked up at most feed stores, tack stores or of course ordered online. It works fabulous for not only getting mats out but preventing them from happening in the first place. It also helps keep the coat clean. YAY! The second product that is even better is called Cowboy Magic. It too is an AMAZING product (in a gel form) that will get ANY matt out of ANY coat. I swear by it. It too can be purchased at any feed, tack store or online. I can almost guarantee you won't have to pull out another matt again! And they are both completely safe for dogs!

by: Nonnie

Your baby is beautiful!!!

We have two Aussies. My daughter is a groomer and she takes very good care of them and of our teacup poodle and our Maltese.

I am sure you know about the Aussies double-coat. We use an undercoat rake about every 2-3 months to get the dead undercoat out. Sometimes we use the Furminator. They get brushed every week. She trims the "skirt" area in the back because otherwise, it gets icky. We try to check for mats behind their ears every few days. We use a metal comb for that area.

I am anxious to try the products Kym listed in her post.

Good luck!!

cut the matts
by: Aussielovr

Even if you brush regularly, it's easy to miss some small matts. I would definitely cut them out so you won't hurt your dog trying to untangle them, especially if they are large. It is not true that the fur grows in differently once it is cut! I regularly trim the fur on my dog's back legs and it continually grows back the same way.

I comb my Mini Aussie every day.
by: KB Enquist

I walk my Aussi every day at the park. The area we live in is really bad as far as deer tick. I personally caught Lyme disease just from working in the yard. I use a regular finetooth comb that I purchased at Kmart. I worry sometimes about the fact that she seems to lose some undercoat every day. I'm hoping that isn't bad for her. But she has a beautiful coat. And we never have matting behind the ears or the backside. Nor do we have any tics when I'm done with her. I found this thread looking to see if it was possible if I am combing her too much. I am hoping that's not the case. Because I would suggest to anyone to make sure they comb their dog after being out in any deer populated area. But that is just my take on it. That is one beautiful baby you have there.

Could it be the collar?
by: Dave Weise

Our mini Aussie has matts behind her ears too, and she has a flat 1.25 inch wide collar, is that the best for this breed?

Matted Butt Fluffs
by: Auriya

My mini aussie Nym has been growing mats in her butt fluff. I just ordered the Cowboy Magic and the Showsheen as suggested above. I try to groom through them but they get SO thick. Poor baby girl pulls bits of fur out and snarfles her hind area so hard she gets upset. I can not wait for the two day shipping for these products!!!!!! I am super excited to get to give her some relief. I am going to pick up some Mane and Tail conditioner today so that I can bathe her and give her a deep conditioning before we do the de tangling.
Thank you all for the posts on this topic. I have been struggling with these mats for ages. ?
I also want to say that you can shave an Aussie and the hair grows back JUST FINE. we had a heat wave last summer and Nym was getting sick from the heat so we shaved her down, a full on puppy cut. She looked adorable. Her hair grew back identical, cow licks and all. She is just as ragamuffiny as ever!

Cowboy Magic works!
by: Toronto Aussie

Not sure when this was originally posted, but found it yesterday (Oct 2016). Our Aussie has had horrible matting in his private area "down there". He's quite good at letting me groom him on his back, behind the ears and chest area but wouldn't for underneath areas.

Yesterday looking back at puppy photos, I was reminded at what our Aussie looked like when rolled over on his back without matts which prompted another google search that landed me on this page.

Desperate to find a solution (other than shaving) after years of the problem worsening and worsening, I saw the comment about Cowboy Magic. I went to their website to see if I could get it in Canada and found a local store that sold it.

Although it's called detangler, our Aussie didn't have tangles but large dreads/matts :-(

I had tried detanglers, conditioners, various combs, brushes, tools and googled for tips before with some success for smaller matts but these seemed hopeless.

Last night, within a couple of hours (on and off of adding Cowboy Magic gel and combing - and taking breaks), when our Aussie rolled over he wasn't showing us huge matts but fluffy fur. I couldn't believe it.

Thank you to Kym for mentioning the two products. I was so worried about the matting hurting our Aussie and am happy he will no longer have matts as we will continue to use the product to help make grooming easier on him and us.

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