I want to prepare his coat for home cutting with clippers.
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I agree ... but if it is badly matted, combing can be painful for the dog. You could then use the finger and thumb method to loosen the matting first. As a last resort you may have to cut through really tough matting with a scissors ...
If the mat isn't really close to the skin can a clippers be used to cut it, or do all the mats have to be gone before using a clippers? If so, a mat slicer is probably my best best.
Thanks for all the answers, I'm trying them all.
If the mat isn't really close to the skin you should try combing it out with a wide tooth mat comb. Yes..you really need to get rid of all the mats or your clippers are going to catch or snag..
Most mats hang from the skin slightly. Clipper blades (#15) will lay flat against the skin and slice a mat off approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch without burning skin. Also you can see as you are clipping whether the mat is to close to clip with a blade