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I was wondering if anyone used any kind of detangler to brush out their goldens tail feathers. Magoo aren't really knotted but the hair is ust tough to comb through. I don't want to yank out a bunch of hair with the comb. Do you use anything in their hair to make the feathers a little more manageable? TIA!
 

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My vet said it was okay to use the stuff you spray on kids' hair - No More Tears, maybe? Max has really thick butt fluff, it's very hard to get through.
 

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No answers from me but I have the same problem with Oakly's tail and butt feathers. Caue has a different coat and has never had a mat.
 

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Detangler & Shine by Cowboy Magic. Works great! I also find that a tsp of extra virgin coconut oil in each meal does wonders to keep the coat less prone to tangling.
 

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Detangler & Shine by Cowboy Magic. Works great! I also find that a tsp of extra virgin coconut oil in each meal does wonders to keep the coat less prone to tangling.
I will have to hunt down some of that detangler. Maybe that is why Caue's coat doesn't get so many mats is because he has eaten so many stick of butter. :p:
 

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I tried cowboy magic and didn't like it at all! Maybe my goldens are hairier than yours, but it made them greasy and the smell was overwhelmingly floral - maybe on a horse it smells better? Blagh! I used show sheen on my horses ages ago - good product, works well on dogs, careful of the surfaces you use it on (makes hardwood slippery!).

I love love love love (emphasis) the Chris Christenson Ice on Ice product - I buy the concentrate - I use it weekly most of the year and bi-weekly to keep them untangled during swim season...

I second the oil adding though, we do cold-pressed coconut oil and salmon oil caplets, both are digestible and well tolerated.

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The other thing is grooming - I have my guys up on the table at least twice a week for an all-over grooming: brushing, teeth, nails and trims. It also allows me to get my hands on them often. It usually takes me about 15 minutes per dog - but if I miss a groom or two it'll take me an hour to get them fixed up...and NONE of us want to be grooming for an hour....
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I use Ice on Ice too. It has even gotten the sticky sap from fir trees out of Jonah's tail feathers. I also use Cowboy Magic Green Spot Remover and spray the tummy and legs after a walk on our dirt road lane if it has rained. It will help with the mud that has been kicked up on our walk. The Cowboy Magic shampoo, I use on my own hair not my dog's.
 

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I tried cowboy magic and didn't like it at all! Maybe my goldens are hairier than yours, but it made them greasy and the smell was overwhelmingly floral - maybe on a horse it smells better? Blagh! I used show sheen on my horses ages ago - good product, works well on dogs, careful of the surfaces you use it on (makes hardwood slippery!).

I love love love love (emphasis) the Chris Christenson Ice on Ice product - I buy the concentrate - I use it weekly most of the year and bi-weekly to keep them untangled during swim season...

I second the oil adding though, we do cold-pressed coconut oil and salmon oil caplets, both are digestible and well tolerated.

Erica
Hmmmm... interesting. The thing I LIKE about CBM is that it soaks in and doesn't make Quiz appear greasy. He has very little undercoat; he's really not that hairy. Wonder if that's the difference? I also use very little on him. A little goes a long way.

I bought the Ice on Ice and I like that too, but THAT product has literally knocked me on my butt from slipping on the kitchen floor that apparently took some over-spray! GAH!

Isn't the coconut oil great? LOVE IT.
 

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Can someone please link to a place where coconut oil can be purchased online? I didn't know if I should look at a pet store or a human store. I would like to read more about it and see what the ingredients are or if it's just pure oil.

On a related note, is it safe/healthy to feed a dog EVOO? I don't know that I would since it costs an arm and a leg, but I'm just curious. Thanks!
 

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You can find the coconut oil at a health food store. I get mine at General Nutrition Centers (GNC). It's cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil.

I don't know about EVOO.
 

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Perfect - thanks, Steph!
 

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Oh crap. I just realized the store I go to happens to be Vitamine Shoppe, not GNC. I'm sure GNC would have it too.
 

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Can someone please link to a place where coconut oil can be purchased online? I didn't know if I should look at a pet store or a human store. I would like to read more about it and see what the ingredients are or if it's just pure oil.

On a related note, is it safe/healthy to feed a dog EVOO? I don't know that I would since it costs an arm and a leg, but I'm just curious. Thanks!
You want the human stuff - coconut oil. Make sure its the cold pressed virgin kind. My local vitamin world carries it too - but I buy from Pam and Tanya:
http://www.siriusinvermont.com/

As an aside - coconut oil rocks on toast instead of butter...yummm...

EVOO is safe for dogs, but I'm not sure why you'd want to add it. If for coat/skin you'll get a bigger bang from Omegas like salmon oil. If it's to add some calories you'd get a bigger bang from coconut oil.

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My only answer is brush every single day. I've never had a dog with a mat that wasn't a rescue I just pulled from someone else, so the daily brushing and combing works!
 

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I've used infusion leave in conditioner before. It worked well. I've also used biolage leave in conditioner. I used to use whatever my daughter got tired of. She was a finicky teen and would spend 20 bucks on a salon product and then tire of it. They all worked well and did not leave an oily residue. I haven't needed to use something on Ike yet. His coat is not as long and full as Sam's was...yet.
 
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