Dog Brushing Tips

Learn about the tools you need and how to use them.First lets discuss the tools of the trade and how to use them.

A good brush to use on your pet is almost always a “slicker brush”. The teeth are small wires designed to slide through the coat, detangling it with a minimum of fuss and muss.

Use your slicker brush in short firm strokes in the direction of the hair growth. Don’t try to brush against the grain, as it can be unpleasant for your pet. Make certain that you are brushing firmly enough to get through all the hair, especially if your pet has very thick fur. Don’t press in so hard that you scratch their skin though, especailly if the fur is thin.

Brushing a pet’s coat out thoroughly is very important, both to the health of their skin and their stunning good looks. After all, no one wants to spend life looking like they just rolled out of bed, right?

Make certain that your comb is a stainless steel comb with nice long teeth with rounded “points”. Plastic combs often snag hair and pull it, while cheaply made metal combs may have sharp bits.

Use the metal comb to check your pet’s coat for any tangles that you might have missed and to do a final combing after a good brushing. Take the comb down to the skin, so you are certain that you’ve brushed any tangles out completely. Remember that tangles will always get worse the longer they exist.

Really bad tangles can become matting, which is not just unsightly. Matted fur can stay damp and cause skin conditions and sores, leading to serious issues like infections! It can also be painful for the matted hair to pull at the pet’s skin and severe matting can even interfere in the skin’s circulation or the pet’s ability to move about normally. Luckily, preventing matted coats is simple and cheap. Just spend a little time brushing and combing, your pet AND your groomer will both thank you!