A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DOG BRUSHES FOR BEGINNERS

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DOG BRUSHES FOR BEGINNERS

Dogs are pretty fastidious when it comes to keeping themselves clean. And more often than not, they do end up with a decent job of grooming and keeping their coats clean. But that doesn’t mean that we needn’t lend a helping hand. After all, dogs are severely limited by their anatomy: all they have are their mouths and paws to do the job. Giving them a proper brush down every once in awhile can help a great deal with fur related issues, especially on breeds with thicker and longer coats.

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Advantages of Regular Brushing

The benefits of brushing depend a lot on the breed of your pooch. Those with shorter coats, like Chihuahuas, Labradors and Dachshunds do not require any frequent grooming at all. Shorter haired dogs tend to shed relatively little hair, and there is a minimal possibility of any matting and tangling. But for owners of longer and wiry haired breeds like many terriers, collies, and spaniels, it is a whole different story altogether. These dogs tend to shed a lot, and their fur can get horribly matted and tangled. Regular brushing, at least once a week as a bare minimum, is essential.

Choosing the Right Type of Brush

Brushes can be classified based on their design and suitability for specific types of fur thus:

  • Generic Bristle Brushes: these are common dog brushes of varying bristle lengths and spacing. Depending on their design, they can be used on different coat types. As a general rule of thumb, longer haired breeds require brushes with longer and more widely spaced bristles. Also, use softer bristles for smoother coats and stiffer bristles for dogs with coarser coats.
  • Wire Pin Brushes: these are special purpose brushes to be used on breeds with curly and wooly coats. Owners of such breeds with medium and long fur should buy these brushes. They are available with and without rubber tipped ends.
  • Slicker Brushes: for those hapless owners of dogs with hair prone to excessive mats and tangles, these finely wired brushes are just the right ticket.

Proper Brushing Techniques

 Regardless of the kind of fur or dog breed, owners need to be gentle and patient when brushing. Exercise extra caution when dealing with thick tangled fur. If you do it properly, brushing will be a pleasurable experience for your furry friend as well. If they show any signs of discomfort or pain, that is the cue for you to stop. You DO NOT want to spook them and make them hate it. Good luck with your weekly brushing sessions then!

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Techniques of Different Coat Types

For breeds like Collies and Pomeranians, who have double coats, brush with the grain on the outer fur and against the grain on the softer undercoat. Similarly, dogs with a thin and delicate coat need to be brushed with strokes with and against the grain.

For all other breeds remember to brush only with strokes that flow with the grain of their furs. Never brush against the grain. For longer fur, it is better to use an extra slicker brush just to deal with the tangles.

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