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Choose the Right Brush for your dog

Updated: Apr 6

Brushing your dog's coat is good for many reasons. Such as getting rid of mats and tangles, as well as making your pets coat shine. By unlocking you pets naturals oils.

Also to remember that pets use different brushes depending on their hair type. Some have thicker or thinner hair and you wouldn't want to use a detangler on a dog with short hair. For instance you don't want to use the same brush for a Poodle and German Shepard. Their hair is completely different.

If your pet is experiencing discomfort you are most likely using the wrong brush. On the other hand if your pet is happy to be in your lap and groomed you are doing something right.

Alright lets get into what types of brushes to use for certain dogs so your pet can enjoy grooming time.

1. Slicker Brushes

Slicker Brushes have fine, short wired tips on a flat surface. They are used on medium to-long-haired or curly-haired dogs to remove mats. Their are many different slicker- brushes on the market, but choose one with a flexible handle to make it easier to groom your dog.

Slicker Brushes are used for many dog breeds including, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, and St. Bernards Longer-haired dogs are more likely to develop mats which will need to be removed.

2. Rakes

Rakes are designed to detangle the mats of the dog's thick coat It's shaped like a razor with usually two rows with pins close together. Like razors the rakes are to be used with minimal pressure.

Rakes should be used on thick haired dogs such as German Shepherds, Malamutes, and Chow Chows.

Also try to use rakes that are roughly the length of the dog's hair. Choosing to use a rake that is to short could aggravate the undercoat and on the other hand choosing a rake to long could irritate the dog's skin.

3. Bristle Brushes

Bristle brushes are used on short haired, smooth coated dogs that shed frequently. The bristles collects the hair and stimulates the dog's skin. Bristle Brushes can be used on dogs such as Pugs, Italian Greyhounds, Jack Russell Terriers, and Boston Terriers.

4. Pin Brushes

Pin Borushes look similar to human brushes with the oval shape. Compared to the previous brushes above the pin brush is the least effective.

It will collect hair so that it not be on the furniture or a fine touch up to a freshly groomed dog. But other than that you should invest in one of the previous brushes above.

A flea comb is a great add on to stop the fleas that cause irritation and itching. These combs can be used on all dogs. Also if you're unsure what brush to use ask your local veterinarian or dog care specialist.