Polish Lowland Sheepdogs


Four of the most frequent questions I get about grooming a PON include:

  • 1. How often do you need to brush your PON?
  • 2. How do you brush your PON? What tools do I need?
  • 3. How often do they need a bath?
  • 4. And by far the most frequent question is, “How to get mats out ( ‘cause you know you’re gonna get some)?"

To be truthful, there isn’t really one correct answer to these questions. If you ask 10 different people, you will probably get 10 different answers. So, I can only answer the way I do things, what seems to work the best for me. And I am always open to trying new methods.

usually try to thoroughly brush out my PONs once a week and bathe monthly. However, I am always checking for mats every time I pet my PON and if I feel one, I brush it out immediately . How often you need to brush your PON varies, in part, on your lifestyle. Frequent outdoor activities with your PON can be harsher on a coat, and consequently you may to need brush you PON more frequently than those who are mostly inside dogs.

I always brush my puppies much more frequently, usually every other day, and for only a few minutes at a time. I want to get all my puppies used to being brushed all over, including their muzzle, legs and belly. I am always very gentle and offer lots of treats, making this a ‘fun’ play time. Around the age of 9 months or so, a puppy begins to lose the ‘puppy coat’, and the adult coat grows in. During this time, mats abound. Consequently, I usually need to brush my PON about every other day until the full adult coat is in.

To brush out my PONs, I use a soft pin brush, a more firm pin brush, a comb, and a small soft slicker, using a technique referred to as ‘line combing’, always getting to the skin, and brushing in the direction that the hair grows. While brushing I check the skin to make sure it is healthy, with no lesions, or dry and flaky. It’s also a good time to look for ticks and fleas.

Now for the hard part, 'How to get mats out'. First and foremost, for me, de-matting takes patience and gentleness. Below is a short video that shows the technique I use much better than I could explain it. Hope it helps.

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