How to Brush Your Dog
No aspect of home dog grooming requires as much devotion as brushing. Regular brushing keeps your pet’s hair clean and tangle-free, while keeping your dog's skin healthy by stimulating blood flow, removing dead hair and distributing natural oils.
What you need:
- Bristle brush or a quality 2-in-1 comb for short coats
- Slicker brush for dense coats, long silky coats, wavy or curly coats
Brushing Your Dog Step-by-Step
Depending on your the breed of your dog and your dog's coat, the best type of pet grooming brush to use can vary. However, Wahl has a variety of pet brushes to get the job done.
Use a Wahl bristle brush or slicker brush to comb through your dog's fur.
Gently brush your dog's coat from front to back. For best results, brush all the way down to the skin.
How often should you brush your dog?
It varies from breed to breed and dog to dog but there are general rules of thumb. If he has a smooth, short coat, it should be at least once per week with a bristle brush or a quality 2-in-1 comb. The bristle brush can also be used on dogs with “double coats” (a soft undercoat and weather-resistant outer coat), such as Collies and Huskies. If he has a short, dense coat, brush several times a week with a wire slicker brush. If your dog has a long or silky coat, daily brushing is recommended with a steel pin brush or slicker brush. If he has a wavy or curly coat, use a fine, curved-wire slicker brush several times per week (daily, if time permits). Wahl has all of the pet grooming products you’ll need.
What to use
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More Dog Grooming Tips
Calm Your Dog Before Grooming
Take dog for a short walk to calm them down and burn off extra energy. Take a few minutes to pet the dog to make sure he is not overly stressed or scared.
Brushing Regularly to Remove Tangles or Matting
Thoroughly brush and/or comb to remove tangles and mats.
Make Sure to Thoroughly Brush Your Dog's Coat
Clip as close to the body as desired, leaving at least a half-inch or more in order to maintain enough protection from the elements.