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When to Use a Dog Brush or a Dog Comb

A dog brush is a must in your dog grooming equipment. The dog brush or comb should be used regularly, according to the hair length of your dog. Proper and regular grooming will result in a healthy, good looking coat.

The Benefits of Regular Brushing

Using a dog brush on a regular basis will remove loose hair, tangles and other things that might be stuck in your dog’s coat. By brushing you will spread the natural oils produced by the dog’s skin, giving a shiny-coat look.

Brushing for Short Haired Dogs

The short coated dogs will need gentle brushes with rounded and polished tips. These are also recommended for dogs with sensitive skin. Short haired dogs don’t need as much grooming as long haired dogs, but a 2 to 3 times per week brushing is recommended so as to spread the skin’s natural oils on the coat. A bristle brush can be used everyday to remove the dust or dirt.

Brushing for Medium Size Haired Canines

Medium size haired dogs will need medium sized brushes. A pin brush can clean the dirt in your dog’s coat and do a good job in spreading the natural oils. A groom brush is ideal for medium size haired canines and can be used during bath time. Brush your dog at least 3 times per week for a clean and healthy appearance.

Brushing for Long Haired Dogs

Long haired dogs will be happy with a slicker brush. This brush has gentle wire pins that will be able to get rid of all the things that are stuck in your dog’s coat. The pins should have variable stiffness—all depending on the thickness of your dog’s coat. A really thick coat needs the stiffest pins.

A slicker brush is also recommended for curly haired dogs. Curly haired dogs may be brushed with a pin brush which can easily separate and untangle the hair. Make sure the pins are polished.

Wiry haired dogs should be brushed with a porcupine brush.

The frequency of the brushing may be once a day, if you have the time and at least 5 times per week. A long coat can accumulate a lot of dirt, especially if your dog spends time outdoors.

Combs for Canine Coat

Combs may be used to groom your dog. There are numerous combs available: dematting combs, shedding combs or rakes. These break up the matting fur or to remove loose hair.

Remember to get a widely spaced comb for a long haired or a double coated dog.

However, combs may be dangerous as they have sharp teeth and may irritate your pet’s skin. You can combine using brushes on a daily basis and dematting combs for special needs.

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