Regardless of their fur type all dogs require grooming. Every coat has different needs for brushing, but can be generalized into 4 major categories. Brushing isn’t only aesthetically pleasing; it keeps your dog comfortable, stimulates positive blood flow, and can be a wonderful bonding activity. Here’s a few brushes I’ve had success with for different coats!
Short Smooth Coat (Black Labrador, Doberman, Pit Bull):
Tools: Rubber Tipped Bristle Brush
Gently brush from front to back, being sure to brush the fur close to the skin as well.
Medium, Dense, Wavy, Combination Coats: (Flat Coated Retriever, Husky)
Frequency: 3 Times per Week
Tools: Slicker Brush, Two-Sided Bristle Brush, Baby Oil
Use the slicker brush to carefully remove knots and tangles, massaging baby oil into any particularly tough ones. Then use the bristle brush against the grain to remove any dead hair, and follow up by brushing with the grain.
** During shedding season you may also want to go over a double coat with a shedding blade to remove even more un-wanted dead fur. They can be bough at Walmart for as little as $8.49.
Long Silky Hair: (Afghan hounds)
Tools: Slicker Brush, Wide Spaced Double-Sided Bristle Brush (longer hair = wider spaced bristles), Baby Oil
Use slicker brush to first gentle remove tangles. You can massage any particularly tough knots or tangles between your fingers with baby oil. When you need to use a brush to remove a tangle grasp the hair closest to your dog’s skin before brushing it to avoid pulling the skin. Once the tangles are out brush your dog’s hair with the bristle brush. Don’t forget many dogs with long silky coats often have a lot of fur on their feet, so don’t forget to brush those toes!
Curly Hair: (poodle)
Frequency: Twice per Week
Tools: Rubber Tipped Wire Pin Brush, Slicker Brush, Baby Oil
Use a slicker brush to remove any knots, being sure to use baby oil on any particularly tough once. Brush the coat from front to back using your wire pin brush. Be sure to be extra careful on any areas with long fur, these areas are more likely to have deep hidden knots!