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!
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 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 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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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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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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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!