Brushing Tips For Grooming Your Dog

Picture of dog deshedding

Brushing your dog can sometimes appear to be a simple task, but there are a a number of factors to think about when brushing your dogs. There are lots  brushes to choose from and it can be difficult to choose which brush is best for your dog. Dogs have different fur lengths and types. Some dog breeds have single coats while others have double coats, these are the types of dogs that should never be clipped. The most important part of brusing your dog is to ensure its a positive and enjoyable experience for them as early as you can from puppy. Its also a good idea to brush your dog away from the sofa or otehr common areas your dog is used to playtime etc, this ensures your dog understands the difference between playtime and brush time. This will make the task easier for you and can also be a bonding experience. It's good to give your dog treats to make them feel the rewards of brushing and makie it a positive experiance for them.

Although some dog breeds require brushing more than others, all dog breed benefit from their fur being brushed out every once in a while.

Brushing your dog can removes dandruff, dead fur plus any hidden dirt to keep their coat clean and healthy. This also has another benefit which is that it spreads the natural oils in the dog's coat so that his fur has a healthy shine to it. While brushing you can check over your dog and look at thier skin and feel for any lumps or any other abnormalities which otherwise you would not see.

If your dog has long fur it is highly important you brush regualrly because this fur will tangle and become matted. If a go gets matted it will cause the fur to pull on their skin which can even be really painful for your dog. Matted fur is good places for bacteria to grow which can cause skin irritation and skin allergies plus they prevent the air and moisture from getting to their skin.

It is always good to get your dog to stay still and keep relaxed for brushing. You may want to use treats to help get your dog used to the brushing process. Take it steady stay firm but don't push the dog or they will not enjoy or tolerate being brushed instead of enjoying it. You will be better taking your dog to another part of the house for them understand brush time instead of playtime.

It is recommended that you brush the dirt from your dog after a wet and muddy walk to ensure the dirt does not get stuck and to ensure their fur does not matt up when wet as it dries. When brushing always brush with the coat don't brush against the dog's fur growth as this can be uncomfortable your dog.

For short coat dogs you just need to brush from the top of the dog down.

Long coat dogs can take a more time and will need to be brushed more often than short coats. The longer thier fur the more fequent they will need to be brushed. Some breeds with tight curls such as Bichon Frise, poodles and some doodles with longer hair may need daily brushing otherwise they will get matted and sometimes it can be too matted to save thier long coat. A professional dog groomer will not be able to save a matted dogs coat due to the dogs welfare it is not fair to dematt a dog if severly matted. For long coats you will need to separate the coat into sections and brush each section individually all the way down to their skin not just the top surface as mats will start forming underneath where you won't see them. Always be careful not to hurt your dog when brusing. Once you have brushed their hair use your comb to go through your dogs hair again in sections. If your comb wont go through use a dematting brush gently but do not use force.

Wire Coat dogs require some special grooming. For these, they need the dead hair removed from their coat either by hand or with the use of a stripping knife. It is normally best to leave this to the professionals as you need to make sure you don't hurt your dog or damage thier undercoat.

Choosing the right brush or comb

For short haired dogs with double coat a furminator. For long haired dogs, a slicker brush which is a brush with pins will be necessary along with a comb as will need to ensure your dog is knot free. We highly recommend the Simpsons slicker brushes as these are used by many professional groomers.

Simpsons Green Slicker

Simpsons Green Slicker for general brushing

Simpsons Purple Slicker

Simpsons Purple Slicker for deshedding long fur

Simpsons Red Slicker

Simpsons Red Slicker for removing matts 

Simpsons Blue Slicker

Simpsons Blue Slicker for brusing doodles

Dog Grooming Comb to check for knots and remove dead fur

Furminator for removing dead hair on short hair double coats

Rake for removing dead coat

 

 

To summerise 

 

The amount of brushing required depends on the dog. Dogs with short coats will normally need less grooming than long coats. Wire coats can sometimes need even more grooming than long coats. Its always worth getting into a routine as grooming your dog is worth while. Every dog no matter their coat length or type will benefit from being brushed. If you don’t want to do it yourself then you can always take your dog to your dog groomer but usually it is easy enough for you to do it at home plus that saves you having to pay for another grooming session. Just be sure to teach your dog to enjoy the grooming session or it will become a chore for you and stressful for you both. Just keep these simple tips and mind when brushing your dog.