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Dog fur always seems to get everywhere — on your clothes, on the furniture, in your coffee, even little fur tumbleweeds that float across the floor.
Keeping your dog brushed will help you minimize the layer of fur over everything and promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.
But what kind of dog brush should you keep handy? This all depends on your dog"s coat type. Read on for tips on how to pick the most effective brush for your dog.
Benefits of Brushing Your Dog"s CoatRegular brushing keeps your dog cooler. Dogs with undercoats need to avoid any fur impacted against the skin to allow airflow and stay cool.Regular brushing builds the bond between you and your dog.Regular brushing helps you spot anything unusual, such as parasites, lumps, or sores.Regular brushing keeps your dog’s skin and coat healthy. Brushing helps to distribute your dog’s natural oils throughout their coat, keeping their fur nice and shiny.Brushing helps cut down on your dog’s shedding. Better the fur on the brush than on your micro suede couch!
How Often Should You Brush Your Dog’s Coat?
While maintaining your dog’s coat health can seem daunting, it’s important that you make sure you’re brushing it correctly based on your dog’s fur type, and that you’re brushing it regularly. I recommend brushing your dog’s coat at least every couple of days, even for short-coated dogs.
If you have a dog with a higher maintenance coat, such as a poodle, poodle mix (these coats can be especially prone to matting), or a double-coated dog (e.g., Akita, Husky, Sheltie, Great Pyrenees), brushing daily is best. If you keep up on brushing, you’ll only need to do it for a few minutes each day to keep their coat in tip-top shape.
If you have a breed that requires regular clipping and you’d like to keep their coat length long, you will need to stay on top of brushing. Otherwise, they will have matting when they go in for their grooming appointment and most likely will need to be clipped to the length of the coat left under the mat (which is most often pretty short and close to the skin). If maintaining a regular brushing schedule at home is too difficult, you can schedule simple brush out appointments with many groomers, or just a bath, blow-dry, and brush out service in between full grooming appointments.
After Swimming or Getting Wet
It’s a good idea to brush and thoroughly dry your dog"s coat after any swimming to prevent mats (and painful "Hot Spots"). A super absorbent dog shammy towel is great to keep on hand if you don"t plan on blowing them dry after a swim. Take a minute or two to brush out leg and foot fur if they get wet running around the yard or after a walk in the rain — this will help prevent painful matting on their legs and feet.
Before and After a Bath
Brushing out your dog"s coat before bath makes your job easier. Removing any loose fur with a brush first means you"ll have less of it in your tub drain. It also means that your shampoo and conditioner will be able to penetrate your dog"s coat more easily, resulting in a cleaner dog and healthier skin! (See the Pro Tip below about another pre-bath Blow Out technique.)
Take the time to blow dry, and brush out your dog after a bath as well, to remove any fur that was loosened during the bath and prevent matting from forming as their coat dries.
During Shedding Season
If you have a dog with an undercoat (e.g., Labrador Retriever, Corgi, Husky), you’ll notice that there are certain times of the year when they blow their coat. This is when their fur is changing between winter and summer coats. Full-on molting time! Brushing them every day for at least 15 minutes during their coat blow will help speed up the process, keep them comfortable, and stop the furballs from falling out all around your home.
Best Dog Grooming Tools and Techniques for Your Dog’s Coat Type
So now that you’re starting on a regular brushing regimen, it’s time to stock up on tools that will make it easier. The types of brushes you’ll need depend on your dog’s coat type and whether you’re “brushing for business” or “brushing for pleasure.”
Smooth-Coated BreedsBoxers, Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, Pugs, Vizslas, Dobermans, Great Danes, Greyhounds, etc.
The rubber brushes work wonders during a bath to create a nice, rich shampoo lather that penetrates the coat to your dog"s skin. The soft rubber tips also stimulate your dog"s skin as you massage.
After the bath, or between baths, the rubber brush does the best for de-shedding when your dog"s coat is completely dry. Brush in a circular motion or in reverse over your dog"s coat to loosen the fur. You can then wipe them down with a grooming mitt, going in the same direction as your dog"s coat, or use a bristle brush to remove the loose fur and dirt.
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My personal favorite is the Furbliss Brush, which doubles as a handy fur remover for furniture, clothing, or car interiors when using the back side. It"s also easy to clean — just rinse with water, or toss in the dishwasher or washing machine. Another popular option is the Kong Zoom Groom, which has sturdy rubber knobs that are great for massage.Pro Tip: You can use the Furbliss Brush to remove dog hair on furniture, area rugs, car seats, and more. In this video it"s being used on the fleece underside of a Preventive Vet dog"s rain jacket. Works like a charm!