Aug 09 , 2020
To be honest, I can't think of a more appropriate title for this literature but if you regularly brush your pet's hair, they will love you!
Here is how you start the loving:
Choose the correct brush. Depending on what size of dog you have, the texture of their hair, and the length of their coat, you must choose the appropriate brush. Whether it's a slicker, a rake, a bristle, or a pin, the correct brush would help you with the task.
- Slicker Brushes - They have fine, short wires close together on a flat surface. They are used on medium-to-long-haired or curly-haired dogs to remove mats. Be gentle when using a slicker brush as it may cause discomfort to dogs. Brushing against the hair grain will help the coat look fluffier.
- Rakes - It looks like a big shaving razor, the pins are tightly spaced. They should be used with minimal pressure. Rake is for dogs with thick coats. Choose the rake with the same length as your pet's hair. If it's too short, it will miss the inner layer of undercoat and it won't comb the shedded hair and debris away. If it's too long, it will be irritating for your furry family member.
- Bristle Brushes - Tightly packed and looks like a paddle brush, it is used on short-haired, smooth-coated dogs that shed frequently. It will remove loose hair and stimulate the skin.
- Pin Brushes - Not to be mistaken with the bristle brush, they are usually oval-shaped, with a loosely-arranged set of flexible wires with pins on top. Even if it is commonly used, it is the least useful. Though they pick up loose hair, they don't give much benefit for your pets.
Know when to brush your pet's hair. How often should you brush your pet's hair? 3 times a day? Twice a week? Once a month? Only when needed?
- Long haired dogs need to be brushed twice a week. Use a pin brush because its bristles grip the undercoat and remove loose hairs without causing pain. Start close to the skin and brush away from it and you can remove out any mats. Brushing also distributes the hair's natural oil, it will help make it shiny.
- Short-haired dogs don’t need frequent brushing. Of course you can still brush as often for that bonding time but their hair doesn’t mat and tangle easily. Brushing your pets hair would also help clean it and remove debris from the ground, as well as distribute the hair's natural oil.
Be gentle when brushing their hair. Carefully remove hair matting. And brush down and out to remove dirt and debris. Use this time to bond with your dog. It will help you keep then clean and shiny and your dogs will love you for it.