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 Type||Brush Type||Replacement Brush Type|
|Very Short Hair||Rubber Curry Brush||Bristle Brush|
|Short Hair||Rubber Curry Brush||Shedding Tool|
|Short/Thick Hair||Undercoat Rake||Shedding Tool|
|Straight Hair||Pin Brush||Dematting Tool|
|Medium Hair||Slicker Brush||Undercoat Rake|
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.
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.
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