Pet Grooming – Important Tips In Choosing The Best Dog Brush For Your Dog

Pet Grooming - The Best Slicker BrushWith regards to dog grooming, brushing your dog’s coat is considered one of the easiest things to do. That said however, many dog owners take this pretty simple task for granted. Dog owners who plan on taking their dogs to pet salons or professional groomers should also take the time to regularly perform this task if they can.

In order for dog owners to carry out this activity they will need to own a good quality and suitable dog brush to help make dog brushing fun and enjoyable for them and their dog. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes so the brush may differ depending on the breed that you have. Before you do pick out a brush make sure that you gain a proper understanding of what a certain brush does and the type of coat your dog has.

4 Main Types of Dog Brushes

There are 4 types of dog brushes that you can start of with when choosing a dog brush. Bear in mind to not only choose a dog brush because of its price, style but choose one based on its quality, function as well as the type of coat your dog posses.

Bristle Brushes – This brush is versatile and can be used for dogs with either short or long coats. That being said, the bristle brush works well when used with dogs that have short or smooth coats that shed often like the Boston terrier, Jack Russel, Pug, etc.

Bristle brushes vary depending on the space between their bristles. You can use shortly spaced brushes for dogs with shorter coat and widely spaced brushes for dogs with longer coat.

Rake Brushes – This brush is best used for dogs that have thick hair like Malamutes, German Shepherds, Chow Chows, etc. These types of breed are usually the ones who tend to develop dead undercoats as well as trap dirt and debris in the fur.

Rake brushes are shaped like a razor so pet owners should be careful not to put too much pressure when using this. When choosing a rake make sure that you choose one that corresponds to the length of your dog’s hair length.

Slicker Brushes – This type of brush is popularly known to remove mats and tangles easily from the dog’s coat. The slicker brush is commonly used for dogs with medium-long hair like the Yorkie, Golden Retriever, St Berndard, etc. When choosing a slicker brush make sure that it’s the correct size for your dog with a comfortable and flexible handle.

Like the rake brush be sure not to apply too much pressure when using it. There are certain slicker brushes in the market with tightly-spaced wires that can cause discomfort for your dogs.

Pin Brushes – Known as the least useful but the most commonly used brush. The pin brush looks similar to human brushes that are oval shaped with flexible wire bristles at the top. This brush can be used by different dog breeds but is best used to finish up after using the brushes mentioned above.

When choosing a pin brush always opt for the one with the rubber tips to avoid any discomfort for your dog.

Remember that brushing your dog is an important aspect of dog grooming. Not only will it keep your dog’s coat healthy and vibrant it’s also a great way for you to bond with your pets and check for any problems that they may have developed overtime.

Written by Caroline

Caroline

Caroline is an avid dog lover and writer who was always in the company of dogs growing up. Today, she owns 2 dogs and supports several rescue shelters and shares her dog experiences and knowledge whenever she can.

Comments

  1. My wife and I recently bought a dog for our daughters. I really appreciated this post because I’m clueless about dog grooming. I appreciated your advice about making sure you pick the right size brush according to the length of the dogs hair. Thanks for sharing these options!

  2. Hi Caroline. Its a great post. As, I have recently bought a jack russell pup for my daughter but I am very confused that how she we will be able to groom him. But, I will make sure that she will read all your advice’s so that she can get a lot of help in grooming him.

    Great job and thanks for sharing such informative blog. 🙂

  3. Justin Knox says:

    Thanks for the help. I just bought a dog for the first time, and I want to be sure to keep up with the necessary care and grooming. I had not realized that there are so many different kinds of brushes. I think I may at least need a bristle brush. Is it ever necessary to have multiple brushes for one dog?

  4. Caroline, thanks for explaining why it is so important to make sure you are using the right tools when grooming your dog. I also didn’t realize that you should be regularly brushing your dog, even if you are taking him/her to the groomer’s. I haven’t been very good at grooming my puppy lately, so I want to find a good groomer for her. I will also have to ask about what brush would be best for her fur.

  5. Johnny McCarron says:

    To be honest, I didn’t realize that there were so many options when it came to brushes for your dogs. However, now that I do know that there are differences, I think that I really need to give some thought for the one that I will use. At the end of the day, I guess I really just need to consider what kind of dog I have. Do you have any other tips about choosing the right brush for your dog?

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