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You may have to cut the matts out if they are really big right now. For future you can use thinning shears and cut some of the thickness behind the ears to help prevent the matts, and just start brushing behind the ears, and places like the hips and tail on a regular basis.

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I use a dematting comb on Wake's ears and butt BEFORE the mats get too big. He has very "sticky" fur and humidity does a job on it.
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Brooks seems to have fur that doesn't mat very easily (he doesn't go swimming, so maybe that would be a contributor?).
However, even though he doesn't need much brushing, that fur behind the ears is the place I tend to brush more than other places as it sure looks like it would be more inclined to get ratty looking.
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I prevent them by blow drying behind ears after swims with shop vac.
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when Bridger has had bad matts behind ears, DH used moustache trimmer on electric razor.....worked great, no bald spot. Another vote for Cowboy Magic Detangler to prevent them.
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We use the mat ripper CStrong posted, but prevention is obviously the goal. To that end, I go behind the ears with a grooming rake after swims and at least weekly during non-swimming season. A little Cowboy Magic helps prevent them, and a little can help when you're using the ripper.
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when Bridger has had bad matts behind ears, DH used moustache trimmer on electric razor.....worked great, no bald spot. Another vote for Cowboy Magic Detangler to prevent them.
that's great! I don't have a mustache trimmer but that's cute.

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Cookie is prone to that too. To prevent the mats, I use Cowboy Magic detangler and shine. I squirt out about a dime size amount and rub it in behind the ears. Then I carefully use my steel greyhound comb to work it in. Cowboy magic is sold at tack shops or online. It is expensive, but lasts a long time.

If you do have to cut the mats, be really careful as the skin behind the hears is very elastic and easy to cut by mistake.
That fluffy hair behind the ears mats easily, it seems no matter how often or carefully I brush there I always seems to feel mats. The Cowboy Magic and a steel comb works great.

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