Types of Dog Brushes and their Uses | PetSmart

Sandra our resident groomer shows us the best practices for brushing long hair dogs
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With its closely packed bristles, it is an ideal brush to use on those with double coats or thick undercoats. Ideal for removing tangles and mats, this brush is the best option for long haired dogs.
There are a plethora of types of brushes available for your dog, and in long hair dogs a variety of tools may be needed.
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In addition to distributing natural oils and removing dead hair, grooming your pet will allow you to check for any abnormalities you may not normally notice on the skin of a long-haired dog including ticks, fleas, dry skin and infection. Using a slicker and bristle brush every day, according to PetMD, can help detect any issues from the beginning and will be more treatable at an early stage. Find combs, dog brushes, slickers, and de-shedding tools for short and long-haired dogs
Photo provided by FlickrApr 7, 2015 - The slicker brush is one of the most commonly used brushes for long-hair dogs
Photo provided by FlickrMay 20, 2017 - It offers the benefits of pin brush and bristle brush all in one package. A double sided brush is useful for medium to long haired dogs.
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2. Double Coat – A dog with a double coat will need a little more TLC than a smooth-coated dog. These dogs may have a short or long hair. You will need a slicker brush or pin brush for either length and a wide-toothed comb as well, for double-coated dogs with long hair. For short-haired double-coated dogs, use the brush to comb out the undercoat, brushing outward from the skin. Use the same brush to go over the topcoat, brushing with the lay of the coat. For long-haired double-coated dogs, take sections of the dog’s hair and separate it with your hand before brushing with the slicker brush. Brush outward from the skin to help remove loose hairs in the thick undercoat. After you have brushed the whole body, take the wide-toothed comb and place it deep within the coat, parallel to the skin. Comb outward to remove more loose undercoat. With either link you may find some mats that need addressing. Use a dime size amount of Cowboy Magic® and work the mat out with your fingers and the brush. Repeat brushing after bathing with and . (Examples: Rottweiler, Chow, Husky and Collie)Get instructions and tips on how to use slicker brushes for long haired dog grooming in this free pet grooming training video.

Expert: Elise McMahon
Bio: Elise McMahon has a Ph.D. in animal behavior and has been working with both domestic and wild dogs since the early 1990s.
Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso5. Long Coat – Don’t let the intimidation of grooming a long-haired dog overwhelm you. Whether you have a long-haired dog with a coarse coat or a silky coat, a grooming regimen that suits you and your dog will help their coat continue to look their best. A Long-haired dog with a coarse coat has a softer undercoat mixed in. You will need a slicker brush or pin brush and a smooth bristle brush. Longer hair is at a greater risk for matting so have on hand. Start by removing any mats that you find by placing a dime size of on the mat and working it out with your fingers and the brush. Next, using the pin brush, brush the coat out gently in the direction that it grows. Then, go over the entire coat again with a soft bristle brush. Bathe your dog with and afterwards. Long-haired silky-coated dogs, have no undercoat. But as with the long, coarse coat, the biggest challenge in grooming a long, silky coat, is dealing with the mats that often form in the fine hair. Use the to remove all mats and then brush the entire coat with the lay of the hair. After grooming, bathe the dog with Cowboy Magic® and follow with . Dry with a hair dryer, and brush the coat out. (Examples: Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese)For long-haired dogs, you will want to section out the hair, focusing your attention on each section rather than the entire dog at once. Brush the undercoat away from the dog, as this removes any loose hair – and helps with shedding.