Some dogs LOVE being brushed, and others run for the hills at the mere sight of a comb. So is brushing your dog regularly essential?
Brushing your dog is actually important for their health. Here’s our top ways a regular brush session benefits your dog.
Why does my dog need to be brushed?
To distribute natural oils through the coat and stimulate the skin. This keeps your pet’s skin happy and healthy and their coat lovely and shiny too.
To prevent matting. Long haired breeds in particular are prone to developing tangled matted clumps of hair. Once they are formed they will generally need to be cut out. Not only do they look terrible, they can also harbour bacteria or bugs, and are uncomfortable for your little mate.
To promote bonding between you and your pet. This is a time where you can be close and calm with your pooch.
To monitor your pet’s skin and hair. Regular inspection is the best form of early detection and treatment of common health issues such as fleas, ticks, skin cancers, hot spots and irritated scratches or bites.
Reduce allergens. Brushing removes loose hair and dead skin cells from the coat, which are a common source of allergies and asthma triggers in children and adults.
Convinced? Here’s a few tips on how to get the most from your brushing efforts:
How often? If your pet loves being brushed you can brush everyday! We would suggest brushing your pet at least once or twice a week to keep the coat in tip top condition.
Direction: In short to medium haired dogs, start by brushing against the natural hair growth direction (ie. From tail to head) to remove any foreign matter or loose fur. Then brush with the hair growth to smooth and finish. In long or curly haired dogs brush with the hair direction only.
Face, legs and tails generally don’t need to be brushed unless your dog has feathering. Regular washing or a damp wipe is generally enough to keep these areas smooth. If your dog does have feathering on the legs or tail you can ask your groomer to keep the hair here short to reduce tangles and dirt.
Detangling Spray can be spritzed on before brushing to help remove knots more gently, and add shine to the finished coat.
A slicker brush with very fine metal pins is a good all-purpose brush that suits most breeds, and leaves a smooth glossy finish.
For longer or tangled hair, try a wide toothed comb to gently ease out the tangles before finishing with a brush.
Rubber brushes or gloves are excellent for removing excess hair and giving your pet a massage.
Self-Cleaning Brushes make life easier with a push button action that helps to quickly lift fur from the brush.
Matt rakes: Brushes or combs designed to cut the hair should only be used by experts, particularly around the delicate tummy area where matts tend to occur. If your dog develops matted fur, it’s safest to have a groomer cut away the fur for you!
Trimming Between Cuts: If your pet’s fur grows quickly around their eyes or mouth, paws or bottom, having a small set of clippers at home can help you to keep them clean and tidy between full grooming sessions. Cordless clippers are inexpensive and simple to use.
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About the Author: Lorren Godfrey – Lorren has the lucky job of developing new and innovative Rufus & Coco products that help pets look and feel great, and make life easier for pet owners!
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