Some dogs have coats that are higher maintenance and more vulnerable to matting. Any long hair dog can get matting, but certain breeds and coat types are more prone to matting, such as drop coats and coarse coats. The dematting process involves taking small sections of hair at a time and working to release the mats utilizing dematting tools and products and then brushing. You can make dematting easier for you and less painful for your dog by using the right products from Chris Christensen!For Dematting, we recommend: 1. Ice on Ice Detangling and Finishing Spray: Chris Christensen Ice on Ice Detangling and Finishing Spray adds elasticity and strength to the coat, repels dirt, dust, urine and other pollutants that can damage and break the coat. The water soluable formula can be added to the final rinse for a truly beautiful coat. For dematting, spray liberally on the matt. Work in product with your fingers and loosen the matt by pulling it apart with your fingers. Carefully brush/comb through until the matt is removed.2. Ice on Ice Ultra Dematting Spray: Chris Christensen Ice on Ice ULTRA Dematting Spray has twice the power of Ice on Ice for ultimate de-tangling! Even the most stubborn matts are no match for Ice on Ice Ultra. 3. 011 6" NTS Staggered Tooth Buttercomb: This Chris Christensen Buttercomb is designed to quickly and safely remove mats and tangles from your pet's coat. This heavyweight de-matting comb uses its own weight to glide through the coat without breakage. The stainless steel teeth and ultra-thick spine create a strong, long-lasting tool that is comfortable to use.
If the coat is oily and gleaming, it's time for a deep cleaning! If your dog tends to be a bit smelly or you are new to grooming your dog at home, start off with incorporating a gentle cleansing routine. Chris Christensen has plenty of products that will deep clean your dog's coat while remaining gentle on their skin. For regular baths, we recommend: 1. Day to Day Shampoo and Conditioner: Chris Christensen Day to Day Shampoo and Conditioner is a mild formula enriched with Vitamin E, Colloidal Oatmeal and natural botanical extracts to gently clean and restore the coat and skins natural moisture while adding body and sheen. The concentrated oatmeal in this shampoo makes it wonderful for pets with dry, itchy skin.2. Clean Start Clarifying Shampoo: Chris Christensen Clean Start Clarifying Shampoo gives the coat a fresh, healthy look with this enriched Pro-Vitamin formula that allows deep cleansing without stripping the coat of its essential oils. This shampoo prevents off-casts and problems that impede the coat's natural shine, health, and vitality.3. Spectrum Ten Shampoo and Conditioner: Spectrum Ten Shampoo gently cleanses without losing substance while result-driven emollients leave the coat with a silken look and feel. Spectrum Ten calms unruly hair while eliminating frizz, creating a beautiful soft flowing effect. For maximum results, Chris Christensen Systems recommends using with Spectrum Ten Conditioner.3 Steps to Bathing Your Dog1. Adjust your water temperature to a comfy setting.2. Place your dog in the tub and use the sprayer to wet them down. Be extra careful around your pet's head so you don't flood their eyes, nostrils, and ears.3. Once your dog is thoroughly wet, apply your Chris Christensen Clean Start, Day to Day, or other gentle cleansing shampoo. Start at your dog's head and work your way back through the tail. Next, soap underneath and remember to wash their legs and foot pads. Pro-Tip: Repeat the shampoo and rinsing process twice to ensure the coat is squeaky clean!
If your drop coated or coarse coated breed is lacking that extra oompf, you need to incorporate Chris Christensen's volumizing products into your grooming routine! Volumizing products will help achieve your desired texture and bring your dog's coat to the next level. For volumizing, we recommend:1. Thick 'n Thicker: The Thick 'n Thicker line adds astonishing volume to any coat type. This line of products replenishes protein and creates volume by implanting a high volume of low molecular weight proteins. Naturally volumize thin, skimpy coats while repairing and protecting coat hairs!2. Bottoms Up: Chris Christensen Bottoms Up Coat Lifter is a concentrated thickening and bodifying spray that lifts and separates while enhancing luster, volume and manageability. For optimal results, apply with Chris Christensen Kool Mister dryer attachment.3. V-Force: Chris Christensen V-Force Volume Blast Coat Styling Spray is designed to create instant volume by increasing the space between hair fibers. This miracle volumizer also absorbs excess oils that weigh down the coat, leaving lasting volume with no residue.
If your dog is suffering from chronic itchy and flaky skin, adding products that help protect and promote moisture will be beneficial to your dog's coat. While dry skin can impact all coat types, moisture is especially important for drop coated breeds that require a lot of moisture to keep the cuticle smooth and flat. Luckily Chris Christensen makes plenty of products to help add moisture to your dog's thirsty coat!For dry coats, we recommend: 1. Diamond Series Miracle Moisture Shampoo: Miracle Moisture Shampoo is a unique formula is designed to revitalize dull, lifeless coats with deep penetrating and healing moisture.2. Coat Link Dressing: Chris Christensen Coat Link Coat Dressing adds multi-dimensional shine and was developed especially for double coated and drop coated breeds. This coat dressing replenishes and completely transforms coats with 4 times more moisturizers. Coat Link produces a springy coat, deeper, richer colors, complete manageability of unruly coats and virtual freedom from frizz instantly.3. Quench: Leave-In Conditoning Spray: Chris Christensen Quench Leave-In conditioning spray creates a “moisture foundation” by infusing individual strands with natural conditioning ingredients vital to healthy skin and coat!