In order to adequately groom your dog and get the best results, you need a good dog brush. Grooming your dog is not only good for his health and wellbeing, but also allows you to strengthen your bond and spend quality time together. Consistent grooming keeps your dog’s coat clean, healthy and shiny, cuts down on shedding and gives you ample opportunity to check that your dog is not suffering from any cuts, bumps or bruising, among other things. In order to groom your pet properly, you need a proper dog brush. Fortunately, there is a dog brush for every dog.
Types of dog brushes
Bristle brush– There is a wide variety of styles A bristle brush can be used on any type of coat; on short-haired dogs for everyday grooming and removal of surface dust, and on long-haired dogs, to finish the coat and bring out its natural shine. For long-haired dogs, it is better to buy a bristle dog brush with long, widely-spaced bristles, whereas short-haired dogs do better with bristle brushes that have short, tightly-packed bristles.
Wire Pin brush– This is usually an oval shaped brush with metal pins set in a flexible rubber base. A metal pin bush is best used for medium to long coats. It is the best dog brush for untangling and dematting coats, and is perfect for curly or wavy-haired dogs. However, you must ensure that the pins have rounded ends, or coatings, so as not to scratch and hurt your dog while grooming him.
Slicker brush– Slicker brushes have stiff wire pins, attached to a flat base and bent at an angle. They are ideal for detangling and dematting long and curly coats and also to smoothen your dog’s coat after using a bristle or wire pin brush. To brush using a slicker brush, you should part the coat and brush in short strokes from the skin outwards. The thicker your dog’s coat, the stiffer the pins of your slicker brush should be.
Undercoat Rake– This is necessary for dogs that have double-coats, such as the Siberian Husky. This tool gets rid of shed hair from your pet’s undercoat.
Porcupine brush– This brush features a combination of short and long bristles, that is best used for removing loose hair and dirt from medium to long coats. As well, it is great for every-day use on dogs that have wiry coats.
Zoom Groom brush– This dog brush has large, firm rubber teeth. It is ideal for both long and short-haired dogs. The Zoom Groom brush is waterproof so it can be used during a bath. It can be used on wet or dry coats, and is amazingly easy to clean. The Zoom Groom brush is gentle and has a massaging effect on your dog’s skin.
How to brush your dog-general rules
Have your dog lie down either on the floor or on a grooming table. For more control you may need to collar and leash him. Immobilize him with a knee on the leash to prevent excessive squirming.
Start at the head, and one side at a time, brush against the direction of hair growth in small sections. Part the hair to the roots to make sure you do not overlook matting and tangling. When you have brushed from head to tail, work your way back from tail to head but this time brush in the direction of hair growth.
How regularly you must groom your dog depends on the length and quality of his coat. Short-haired dogs may need brushing as rarely as once a week. On the other hand, long-haired dogs, especially if the hair is curly, may need daily brushing.