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May 08, 2019
Le Pet Care Fact #6 – Grooming Basics: Brushing
One of the pivotal aspects to owning a dog is to maintain their skin and coat. In order to achieve this, one must groom their pooch on a regular basis. The frequency of which depends on the length of the dog’s coat.
Brushing, for most dog breeds, forms an integral part of their grooming process and to maintain a healthy skin and coat. Tangled hair prevents the hair from breathing by restricting air flow between the follicles, this could lead to skin irritations or infections. Brushing therefore helps to remove tangled strands, any dirt or debris and removes dead hair.
So, when should one start brushing their pooch? Whether it’s a new puppy or a rescue pooch, the answer is the sooner the better. This also helps with the bonding process between your pooch and yourself. The sooner you start brushing the easier it will become for the pooch to adjust and get used to the brushing. Puppies can be brushed from 3 weeks of age; it helps to build their trust in you and their future groomers (if need be).
How often should dogs be brushed? Ideally long coated dogs should be brushed daily whereas short-coated dogs can be brushed every couple of days. Brushing can also be seasonally to help double-coated dogs shed their coat or to simply remove any knots from the coat if present. Dogs should especially be brushed before bathing, to remove any knots out first. If the coat is not brushed first, any knots will become tighter and harder to remove during the washing process.
So which brush to use for your pooch? This all depends on the pooches’ coat – whether its double, long or short coated, silky or wire haired. You must choose a brush to suit your dog’s size and breed. A puppy’s coat is softer, fluffier and shorter than most adult dogs so will need more of a sensitive brush. The biggest mistake dog owners make when brushing their dogs’ coat is, they only brush the top coat. This could allow the undercoat to matt, which is painful as the matts pull on the skin.
There are several types of brushes on the market:
So which brush works best for which coat type:
Some dogs may have different lengths or types of hair for their coat and may require the use of several different types of brushes to do the job fully. If you are still unsure about what bush to choose for your dog, pop in store for advice on our wide range of brushes or book an appointment with us and we will gladly take care of your dog’s brushing needs.
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