Who doesn’t want his/her favorite pet to look fabulous every day? What do you think is necessary to make your dog looking beautiful and healthy?
Apart from feeding him healthy, you must take care of its proper everyday grooming. And when we are talking about grooming, the first thing that comes to mind is brushing your dog daily.
Brushing regularly stimulates its skin. At the same time, it also prevents some common skin problems like dog dandruff. Now before you go the proper way how to brush your dog, you must choose the right type of dog brush.
Choosing the right type
Dog brush types differ regarding its size and the type of fur it has. Knowing the breed of your dog is the primary requirement. Of course, the brush you’ll use for a Poodle, won’t be the same one you’ll use for a German Shepherd.
In addition to this, quality dog brush is another point to consider. Remember, brushing activates your dog’s natural oils. This again lubricates and also massages its skin. And this is largely controlled by a good quality brush.
Below, are the description of four commonly used dog brush types.
Fine short wires, curated together on a flat surface, are suitable for medium to long hair dog. You can also use them on dogs those have curly hair for removing mats. It’s suitable for a wide range of breeds.
For example, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, St. Bernard and Spaniels. A variety of slicker brushes are available in the market. Whichever you pick, just make sure that it’s of the correct size and has a flexible handle.
Last but not the least, do it gently when you are brushing your dog with a slicker brush. Excess pressure on the tightly spaced wire can cause discomfort to your pet.
Rakes are often in a shape of a razor as they are mainly designed for removing tangles. They can penetrate into the thick coat and remove dead undercoats near to its skin. For doing so, you must exert a minimal pressure.
As the above section indicates, they are mainly preferable for thick coated dogs. During shedding season, some breeds develop dead undercoats. Especially, Malamutes, Shepherds, and Chow Chows. Debris can also be trapped in the thick layer easily.
While looking for a rake, check whichever contains pins that match your dog’s hair length. If too long, it can irritate your dog’s skin. Again, too short can miss the inner layer of the dog’s coat.
Pin brushes look like the hair comb we normally use for combing our hair. These commonly oval shaped brushes contain a set of loosely arranged flexible wires. Of course, pinned on the top.
Although these are widely used, often found to be least useful. Of course, they collect the loose hair from the undercoat of your dog and make it well brushed. But they don’t do any noteworthy benefit to your dog.
They best perform as grooming finishers.
These are popular among owners having smooth-coated short hair dogs. These dogs shed frequently. So the loosens hair are easily caught by the cluster of closely-packed bristles.
Suitable for- Pugs, Jack Russell Terriers, Italian Greyhounds and Boston Terriers.
- Flea Combs: This fine-toothed comb removes fleas and loose hair that was not picked up while brushing. These are mainly for the flea problem. If you see any coarse black pepper like thing on your dog’s fur, then be sure there are flea debris. Using flea combs is a recommendation for such situation.
- Rubber Curry Brush: It best prevents flacking that causes itchiness to the dogs. Itchiness can lead to scratching and following to this, hot spot. Brushing your dog with this will give your dog a massage-like feel. It also helps to release oils that keep the skin healthy. It’ll also give a shiny beautiful look.
These are additional dog brush types and for the final touch up. Once you have completed the main session, now it’s time to finish up the brushing with the final strokes.
- Short-hair Glove: After you finish brushing with a bristle brush, it’s better to apply a rubberized brusher as a finishing. Placing it over your hand, move it through the body to pick any remaining loose hair. This end rubbing will give your short hair dog a really glossy look. The best way to rub with this is to start from the back of the head and finish at the base of the tail. Always Stroke from head to tail and never the opposite direction that is against the grain. It’s wise to rub your dog outside the home. And to avoid troubling neighbors, do this type of rubbing on a windless day.
- Long-hair Finishing Brush: It’s useful after you finish brushing and combing your long hair dog. This is the pin brush we mentioned above.
There’s no need to brush layer by layer as you have already done it. Rather stroke it gently at the surface of the coat to pick any more loose hair. As I mentioned one above, stroke it from head to tail and also the top of the feet. It’s enough for not to see any loose hair on your furniture and clothing.
A knot-free stroking lets your dog know that the session is about to over.
We can conclude that for grooming your pet in the best way, brushing is all you have to do properly. And choosing the proper tools that best suits your dog is the key task to accomplish.
A wrongly selected brush can be hazardous for both your dog’s skin and health. If your pet is showing any sign of discomfort, immediately stop and recheck the brush. If it sits happily on your lap while brushing, then probably it’s enjoying the experience.
With the rightly chosen dog brush types, brushing will be more than an everyday chore.