Dog Grooming: Choosing the Right Brush for Your Dog
There are a plethora of types of brushes available for your dog, and in long hair dogs a variety of tools may be needed.
Long coated dogs, such as , Maltese and Lhasa Apsos have a dual coat of long, straight human like hair, with an undercoat of thick, cottony hair. These breeds do not tend to shed, but left long, the coat can very quickly become matted, and a magnet for dirt, foxtails, branches and all other types of outdoor material to become tangled within it. Daily brushing is required for these dogs, as well as regular trimming around the face and ears for health and hygiene. Clipping these types of dogs short is a popular alternative, and cuts down on grooming needs.
Once your dog is used to being groomed, and is mature enough to sit still for more than a few minutes at a time, brushing sessions can last up to 30 minutes. You should brush only for as long as it takes to remove any tangles, loose hair or dirt on your dog's body. For short-haired dogs, this may only take a couple of minutes. A long-haired dog might take 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness and condition of his coat. If it takes longer than 30 minutes, give yourself and your dog a break, and try again later in the day or the next day.
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Bristle Brush: These come in a wide variety of styles and can be used on any type of coat. Longer, widely-spaced bristles are better for dogs with longer coats, while shorter, tightly-packed bristles are made for short-haired dogs.Short hair on a dog’s forelegs usually doesn’t need to be brushed, but if your dog has long hair on the backs of the legs that runs from armpit to paw — you have to comb it out as has a tendency to tangle more so than the rest of your dog’s coat. Use a detangler solution or a mat splitter or mat comb as necessary.Dog Comb: Useful for combing out hair after detangling or to create that final, feathered look in long-haired dogs. There’s also a flea comb that has tightly spaced teeth to take care of flea problems.You can brush your dog either on the floor or a grooming table. Have him lay down or use a lead and collar for more control. If he squirms too much, place your knee on the leash close to the collar to hold him in place and keep your hands free.2. Double Coat – A dog with a double coat will need a little more TLC than a smooth-coated dog. These dogs may have a short or long hair. You will need a slicker brush or pin brush for either length and a wide-toothed comb as well, for double-coated dogs with long hair. For short-haired double-coated dogs, use the brush to comb out the undercoat, brushing outward from the skin. Use the same brush to go over the topcoat, brushing with the lay of the coat. For long-haired double-coated dogs, take sections of the dog’s hair and separate it with your hand before brushing with the slicker brush. Brush outward from the skin to help remove loose hairs in the thick undercoat. After you have brushed the whole body, take the wide-toothed comb and place it deep within the coat, parallel to the skin. Comb outward to remove more loose undercoat. With either link you may find some mats that need addressing. Use a dime size amount of Cowboy Magic® and work the mat out with your fingers and the brush. Repeat brushing after bathing with and . (Examples: Rottweiler, Chow, Husky and Collie)