@ZipLine-- Actually, a stripping comb can help with mats. I highly recommend this pet tool if you have dog breed that has an undercoat for the winter. If you've never used a stripping comb on your pet before, there is probably a lot of dead hair under the top coat that hasn't shed completely. Mats are also common for this reason.
So using a stripping comb can get rid of the dead hair and the mats they are causing. But do read customer reviews of stripping combs before buying one. Make sure that it's effective but also gentle. You don't want a comb that causes your dog discomfort or pain in the process.