Brushing your dog should start at a young age, once a week to once a day depending on the type of hair. It should be a moment of sharing and pleasure for both dog and man, and regular brushing will help to avoid this moment generating stress.
If brushing contributes to keeping a clean house, it has many other advantages that we will detail. For brushing to be effective, you need to use the right tools, which we will review. Finally, we’ll look at how to use these tools correctly to successfully brush your dog.
The importance of brushing your dog
Although most dog owners brush regularly, they often don’t realize the importance of brushing. However, the benefits are numerous:
- first of all, removing dead hair helps keep the house clean;
- it preserves the beauty of the dog by eliminating dust and knots, and by shining the hair;
- More importantly, regular brushing maintains the dog’s overall health: by airing and dusting the coat, the skin is allowed to breathe;
- it’s the time to observe the dog’s health (a dry or brittle coat can be a symptom of disease), and to detect possible skin problems or parasitism;
- brushing is also a source of well-being for the dog, who appreciates these privileged moments of massages and caresses;
- Finally, these sessions strengthen the bond between the dog and his owner, in a moment of relaxation and pleasure.
Choosing the right tools to brush your dog
The tools for a good brushing depend on the nature and the length of the hair:
- for short hair, we use a brush or a massage glove with rubber spikes, to remove the dead hair and stimulate the skin at the same time;
- for short hair, a metal comb or a raking comb is preferred to remove most of the dead hair, and a brush with spikes to aerate the hair and massage the skin;
- for hard hair, a trimmer can be used to remove/cut the hair (exposure grooming);
- for medium and long hair, a metal comb can be used to remove knots, a pimpled comb can be used to remove dead hair, and finally a pimpled brush can be used to aerate the skin;
- for all types of hair, we finish the session with a soft brush to shine the coat.
There are also detangling tools (combs with rotating teeth, trimmers with long sharp blades) for very tangled fur.
Finally, a furminator can be used on all types of fur, a special comb that has the advantage of removing more undercoat than any other comb or brush on the market. It is particularly recommended for breeds with a lot of undercoat.
What are the steps to follow for a good brushing?
For short-haired dogs, maintenance is very simple. Brushing the coat once or twice a week removes dead hair and aerates and stimulates the skin. We finish with a soft brush (synthetic or boar) in the direction of the hair to shine and remove the residues of brushing.
For short-haired dogs, brushing every other day is best. Start by brushing back and forth to remove dead hair and dandruff, then shine in the direction of the coat.
Finally, for medium and long hairs, daily brushing is necessary. We start by untangling in the direction of the hair with an adapted comb. No knots should remain. Then we aerate and stimulate the skin with a wire brush with spikes (always in the direction of hair growth) and we finish by polishing. In the case of a breed with a very abundant undercoat, you can use the metal currycomb to brush back the hair at the time of the moult, then go back in the direction of the hair before using the soft brush.
What you should remember
- Brushing helps keep your dog beautiful and well-groomed while contributing to the good health of his skin. It also strengthens the bond between you;
- There are a variety of tools available for all types of hair. Choosing the right tools is essential to good fur care;
- techniques and frequency vary according to the length and nature of the hair. The longer and silkier it is, the more maintenance and specialized tools it requires.
In any case, brushing is a complement to grooming, which you should do three to four times a year. And don’t forget: a well-groomed dog is a dog that you enjoy interacting with, which in turn makes you happier…