Top 5 Grooming Brushes For Dogs

Managing your dog’s beautiful fur coat is the key to preventing painful mats and making sure they look their best! I personally have a beagle who I swear sheds a whole other dog every single day, so I know how important it is to find a tool that keeps her coat tangle free, soft and smooth. I wouldn’t want all of that shed fur to get tangled up in her new fur; that would just cause her pain. However, when that does happen, I know that a comb designed to taking apart mats in her fur will work wonders! I also know that using a soft rubber brush will keep her short coat smooth by penetrating deep into the layers of her fur to bring loose hair to the surface.

With so many different styles of brushes for different types of dogs, it gets a little over whelming in the pet store to find the right tools(s) for your dog, so I’ve gone ahead and done a lot of hard work for you (you’re welcome!). Check out these five types of grooming brushes, each one with its specific purpose, and hit the pet store for your new companion!

Bristle Brushes

Bristle Brush for Dogs

For those of you who have a short haired dog with a smooth coat (Beagles, Chihuahuas, greyhounds, pugs, etc.), a bristle brush is going to be your best choice. Bristle brushes contain several small, loose bristles that stimulate the skin and remove lose fur from several layers down. This type of brush is also ideal for dogs that shed frequently.

Consider using a bristle brush as a first run through over your dog’s fur to remove that loose fur and then follow it up with one of the other brushes in this list for a deeper brushing.

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Slicker Brushes


Slicker brushes are best for dogs with medium to long hair (golden retrievers, St. Bernards) or dogs that have curlier hair such as poodles. The multitude of short wires that make up a slicker brush is ideal for detangling mats in your dog’s fur, which is why long haired dogs and curly haired dogs require this type of brush. Make sure to press gently when using this brush; the hard wires can be painful if you brush too hard or too fast.

When choosing a slicker brush for your dog, make sure you choose the right size; the smaller the dog, the smaller the brush you need. You should also consider using a brush with a flexible handle because it will be easier for you to grip to avoid slipping and hurting your little…or big…furry friend!

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Pin Brushes

Dog Brushes

Pin brushes resemble the type of brushes that we use on our own hair. They are most often shaped like an oval and contain small metal “pins” that have round tips for comfort. The wires are flexible and usually coated with a thin layer of rubber. The good thing about this type of brush is that it can be used on any dog, but it is not meant to be used as the primary tool for grooming. Since there is little for the shedding fur to grab on to, a lot of it gets left behind, which defeats the purpose of grooming your dog!

This type of brush is best used as a finisher and not as the base tool, but it is still great to have around for quick brushing before company arrives or to finish an extensive grooming session!

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Dog Brushes

Made specifically for thick haired dogs, rakes have a long handle and a wide base with two rows of metal pins. These tools are designed to get deep into your dog’s undercoat, lifting all the dead fur from underneath to detangle and prevent future mats from forming. When using this brush, it is important that you press gently as the pins on this brush are rough and can cause your dog pain if not used properly.

Make sure the length of the pins is close to the length of your dog’s fur, or you will completely miss your dog’s undercoat, which is the whole point of using this tool.

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Flea Comb


This is a bonus tool that all dog owners should have in their household. A flea comb has dozens of very thin, wire pins that are tightly packed. Some combs contain a single row, others contain two. The purpose of a flea comb, of course, is to find and remove fleas and any other small bugs from your dog’s fur.

You should use a flea comb after a regular brushing to avoid pulling at mats in your dog’s fur. Take the time to slowly comb through the hair once/week, or more if you have an active outdoor dog and make sure to press gently since these pins are particularly hard and rough, but effective in removing those pesky bugs.

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Dog Grooming Made Easy

Keeping your dog’s coat free of mats and shedding fur will not only make you happy with how your furry friend looks, but will also make him or her happy with how they feel! Make sure that you examine your dog’s fur to determine the type or types of brushes you will need to maintain your dog’s coat in between grooming appointments at the salon, keeping in mind that every dog is a little bit different than the next, even if it’s of the same breed. If you are still a little lost or overwhelmed, you can always take your dog over to the vet or pet store and get their opinion!

How to Properly Use a Soy Milk Maker Machine

Using a soy milk maker tends to be very easy. A microprocessor and sensors control the entire process. Once the power cord has been plugged in, and the soybeans and water have been added into the maker, the “Start” button can be pressed.

Since the dry soybeans need to be measured, often these soy machines also come with a measuring cup. Moreover, along with an Owner’s Manual, at times a recipe book is also included.

The Process

  1. Making enough soy milk requires soybeans measuring between 80 and 100 grams. The beans should be rinsed and soaked anywhere between 6 and 10 hours, or preferably they should be left to soak overnight. Once soaked overnight or between 6 and 10 hours, the soybeans should be soaked again using clean water, after which they can be added to the soy machine.
  2. The cylinder of a soy milk maker usually has water level marks. Clean water should be poured into the cylinder between those marks. The head of the soy milk maker can be positioned onto the cylinder.
  3. Finally, the power cord should be plugged into a power socket, and then the button of the desired function can be pressed.

Once the button is pressed, the soy milk maker will automatically cycle through the default making process. First, the water will be heated, then the soybeans will get ground up, then the ground up soybeans will be filtered, and finally, the soy milk will be brought to the boiling point a few times.  It usually takes approximately 30 minutes to make the milk. Once the soy milk has been prepared and is ready to be consumed, the machine starts beeping.

Most soymilk makers tend to have a temperature sensor. So, the temperature is accurately controlled, and before the soybeans are ground up, the water gets heated up to a precise 170º F. Soy milk may taste more like soybeans if the water is not properly heated to this temperature.

When using a soy milk machine that has a temperature sensor, the water does not have to be preheated. The time it takes the machine to prepare the milk can be reduced if hot water is used.

Is It Necessary To Soak The Soybeans When Using A Soy Milk Maker?

Not only can a much greater amount of soy milk be obtained by using soaked soybeans, the quality, and taste is also enhanced and improved. When soybeans are soaked, the water gets absorbed into the beans and soy milk is naturally produced.

Once the beans have been soaked between 6 and 10 hours, or even overnight, they become swollen up with soy milk and twice as large. At this point, the best use for such soaked up soybeans is to extract the milk from them.

On the other hand, using dry soybeans with the water that is added reduces both the amount and the quality of the soy milk that is prepared by the machine. The milk that is ready is the equivalent of adding water to pre-ground soy flour. Furthermore, the machine is likely to consume much more power when grinding dry beans. Consequently, more heat will be produced during the process, and the valuable nutrients that make soy milk so healthy will be eliminated.


The bottom line is that making the best soy milk will not necessarily be possible with the quickest recipe. Overall, it is worth it and not a waste of time to allow the soybeans to soak overnight or at least between 6 and 10 hours. The more swollen up the soybeans become, the better.

Bonus – Make Tofu With The Soy Milk

A majority of the process of making tofu is preparing the soy milk. Once ready, the milk will simply have to be coagulated. To do this, a small quantity of Calcium Sulfate or Magnesium Chloride will have to be added to the milk, and it will have to be gently stirred.

It should take anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes for the soy milk to get coagulated, at which point the curds and whey will get separated. The cards are the tofu.

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