Grooming Your Dog – Part Two

dog grooming tips pt2Grooming is an inevitable aspect of life with a dog. In this post, we look at the best tools for brushing, deshedding, and helping your dog look their best.

So Many Brushes….

Choosing the right brush is important and depends on the type of coat your dog has.

 

Slicker Brush

This brush has fine wire bristles that are slightly curved and is perfect for removing mats, tangles, and excess undercoat hair. These brushes can be used on any type of coat and are available in variety of sizes.

Bristle Brush

These brushes are similar to the types used by humans and are perfect for dogs with short or wiry coats (e.g. terriers). They should be used on dry hair only.

Pin Brush

Like the name implies, this brush has rubber tipped “pins” that are great for detangling long haired dogs or those with “wooly” coats.

Shedding Blade

This tool has little “teeth” that help to grab dead hair and is perfect for reducing the amount of hair your dog sheds. It will also help cut down on the number of mats your dog develops.

Undercoat Rake

Do you have a double coated dog? If so, this is the tool for you. Just like a rake for ┬áleaves, this has a set of metal tines to get down into the undercoat and pull out the loose hairs. It’s also a great tool for preventing mats.

 

How often do I need to brush my dog?

Short coated dogs can be brushed once a week while dogs with longer or double coats should be brushed thoroughly several times a week.

 

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