Dog Grooming at home for beginners

Best Dog Brushes for Everyday Grooming

Dog Grooming for Beginners with the right tools and equipment.

Grooming is not just about maintaining your dog’s level of cleanliness, and it is not just about keeping your dog good-looking. Grooming is about maintaining both your dog’s physical health as well as your pet’s appearance.

Hopefully, you begin training your dog in the grooming process while they are a puppy whether this is for brushing or bathing (another topic later). If you wait too long to begin your grooming sessions, your puppy may not be too willing to stand still later on, especially when it comes to ear cleaning and nail clipping.

I recommend using this way of introducing your dog (pup or older) into the brushing regime.

To guarantee the brushing experience is consistently agreeable and alleviating for your canine continue gradually, tapping them on the chest, shoulders, and sides, bit by bit progressing in the direction from the front to back in different areas of the body. When they become acclimated to the overall treatment of you touching them on various parts of the body, you can begin acquainting them with brushes,  and even other devices, such as combs, nail clippers, etc. Show them the object you’re using, let them smell it. Do a sample of one, two brushes and show them again. This is how you gain their trust, and in no time, the exercise becomes easier and quicker.

This early training session is especially important for long-haired dogs, which require longer cleaning sessions as compared to short-haired dogs. The picture above is my Golden Retriever Duke, and it takes more time to brush a long-haired dog while standing still and that is best accomplished when training a pup. That is not to say dogs with short, clipped fur does not require grooming also. Remember, most dogs shed and if you like to keep your home almost hair-free, a quick daily brushing is recommended (outside).

As far as dog grooming brushes go, one style does not fit all. Brushes for pets come in a variety of shapes and sizes. When you’re choosing your dog’s brush or brushes, start by considering your pet’s coat. There is a brush for short-haired dogs, dogs with long hair, and then we have dogs like a husky which has what is known as a double coat. While single-coated dogs have only one layer of fur, huskies have two: a top coat and an undercoat. So, depending on the type of dog(s) you have, you may need two brushes. Use a brush that is intended for the coat of your dog breed. For example, bristle brushes are preferred for short-haired breeds and sleeker types of brushes are preferred for long-haired breeds.

Through my own research, reviews, and experience, these types of brushes listed here should solve any questions you may have on what type of brush to use on your pet’s hair type.

Hair TypeBrush Type Replacement Brush Type
Very Short HairRubber Curry BrushBristle Brush
Short HairRubber Curry BrushShedding Tool
Short/Thick HairUndercoat RakeShedding Tool
Straight HairPin BrushDematting Tool
Medium HairSlicker BrushUndercoat Rake

Pin brush
A lot like the slicker brush below, this type of brush has wire pins that are tipped with plastic or rubber on the end. they’re made for longer, silkier coat types like Afghans, Irish Setters, Border Collies.

Slicker brush
This type of brush works with all coat types. It has a flat or curved head with rows of thin wire pins, which remove loose fur and help detangle.

The Shedding blade brush
This type of brush is just a horseshoe-shaped comb with small, harmless teeth as you can see the two I listed below. I use one on my Golden retriever because of the debris he picks up in the field. It’s simply a dual-sided dog shedding blade! The ridged stainless steel blade efficiently will remove loose hair. It’s easy to use: simply stroke from head to tail, drag it across flat, short, or combination coats to remove loose fur. I finish his brushing with a  bristle brush, listed above, which stimulates the skin and helps keep my dog’s coat shiny.

Here are four more brushes I can recommend and used for shedding and dematting.

Undercoat rake
This tool looks like a pin brush, but with fewer and longer pins. Its design is to get deep into double and heavy coats. This type of brush I would recommend for long-coated breeds such as a Bearded Collie or an English Sheepdog style of hair. These have a coarse coat with a softer undercoat and matt easily. Use a slicker brush or wide-toothed comb to remove mats and then an undercoat rake to penetrate through the coat to the skin and remove all the dead hair. I personally use the Maxpower grooming brush because of the double-sided advantage.  I start with the 9 teeth side for stubborn mats and tangles and then finish with 17 teeth side for thinning and deshedding.


updated June12, 2021


2 thoughts on “Best Dog Brushes for Everyday Grooming”

  1. I own a Golden Retriever, 15 months, and my girlfriend has a Husky, 2 years and our dogs go to the vet for everything. Washing, nail clipping and trimming the hair around their feet and ears. We talked one evening Valerie and I and we thought about doing all this ourselves because of the last 2 dog washings (both) we were not happy with them. Valerie has a friend who has been grooming her dogs for years and she knows you personally, (small world) so she gave Valerie the website address. She also said that she, Sharon, never saw such beautifully groomed dogs that were living on a ranch no-less. “Do what FT says and suggests, period. Pictures on the site do look amazing. Hope I’m not going overboard here.

    We read through your information and found the site unique compared to others we had looked at. The difference was that other sites were listing or promoting a multitude of products and we felt that real experience was missing.

    We’re a bit more confident now that we can do this. We purchased the shampoo and conditioner suggested, the nail clippers, the scissor combo set, but we are stuck a bit on the deshedding tools and brush(s). Now I see what you suggest above on the bristle brush and the round shedding blade. Can you tell us exactly which ones, please?

    From a common-sense decision, we compared our Wild Buffalo dog food to your suggested Hills Diet and we selected the one for adult dogs. There was a huge difference in ingredients and did my own research on dog foods and the numbers were really close even on the canned food as well. We chose to do a small one-time order and if they like, the option for a monthly delivery is a huge cost saver.

    Looking forward for your help with tools.
    Bill & Valerie Tx

    1. Hi Bill and Valerie,

      Thanks for writing and I believe once you get the knack of doing your own grooming and seeing the results you’ll both enjoy it. Remember, don’t do everything all at once. Oh, you’ll love the money you will save. Besides, you’ll see better benefits in your relationship with your dogs. There is a better bonding experience. It will really show with the Golden Retriever because he is still learning new things. Always keep training. It’s the best way to have a perfectly obedient and happy pet. You’ll be amazed at the compliments you will get.

      I personally use the Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush on my Golden Retriever and the Glendan Dog Slicker Brush on my Shepherds and Border Collie. When it comes to a real deep brushing to get to the undercoat the Hertzko is best. On a daily basis I use the Andis Premium Pet Grooming Tools Pin brush, These two tools should give you a good start

      You made a very good choice on the dog food and doing’ll love it. I do the same on all my foods ie; Dry, Canned, Greenies, and Milk-Bones.

      Anything else, glad to help.


      P.S. Sharon and I have been friends for almost 10 years. A really cool gal.

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