Brushing your dog’s hair
Brushing a dog can be quite a challenge to some dog owners, especially when you own a long-haired breed. Most of us do not have the time or the interest in braiding, curling, poofing, styling, or designing our dog’s hair.
Regardless of your dog’s coat type, his hair needs to be brushed regularly. If you have a long- or medium-haired dog, the best way to maintain a clean and manageable coat is to keep it clipped, unless of course you enjoy styling your dog’s hair. Short-haired coats are easier to maintain and only needs to be brushed once or twice a week.
Types of brushes and combs
There are many types of brushes available for your dog’s grooming needs. For smooth coats, a regular rubber brush and bristle brush are often used to loosen and remove dirt and dead hair. For short coats, a pinhead brush gets rid of knots and mats, followed with a bristle brush to remove the dirt.
To brush a long-coated dog, start with a comb or a pinhead brush to detangle matted hair, then use a wide-toothed comb for the finishing touch. Dogs with silky-coats need to be combed or brushed using a pinhead brush, followed by a bristle brush to bring out the coat’s natural shine.
A nylon bristle works great for your short or medium-haired pet, and a slicker brush easily removes mats and dead hair, which is ideal for everyday brushing. A shedding comb removes loose hair, and a massage brush gives your pet extra pampering. A soft pin slicker is specially designed for dogs with fine, silky, and sensitive skin.
A long-coat comb works best for small or toy breeds. An oblong pin brush is used on fine or coarse coats with undercoats, while a regular pin brush comes with wire pins to help detangle mats. A flea comb has fine teeth and a plastic handle to remove fleas and their eggs from your dog’s coat. Finally, a dematting rake removes dead and loose hair from innermost layer of the dog’s coat while leaving the outer coat untouched.
What about odor prevention?
Some of the new advanced dog brushes like the Zilo-Pet brush have bristles made of stainless-steel alloy that claims to neutralize molecules that cause odors on your dog’s coat.