Whether you have a long-haired Afghan or a short-haired Labrador, brushing your dog's fur is an essential part of owning a pooch. Done well, it can be a fun bonding experience for you and your pet that ensures they look their best. However, you don't want to make a mistake - few dogs enjoy having clumps of fur pulled out!
Luckily, brushing a dog's fur is just a matter of knowing your stuff and getting enough practice. Here are a few tips for budding groomers!
Know your brushes
You rarely want to start grooming your dog with a standard bristle brush. With longer-haired breeds, you will end up getting it tangled in their fur, while short-haired breeds will not benefit from it as much without a preliminary brush with another tool.
Long-haired pets will benefit from a slicker brush. This large, gently curved brush has lots of fine, short wires packed closely on the surface. it is perfect for gently teasing out any tangles or matted fur before you go over it with a bristle brush.
Meanwhile, short-haired breeds often will benefit from a rubber curry brush. This is essentially just a pad with short bumps instead of bristles. It can be used on dogs with very short hair to smooth out their coats, and it will even feel like a massage to them!
The first thing to remember is to always brush your dog's fur in the direction their hair grows. If you brush the wrong way, it can end up tugging and plucking out your pooch's fur, which they won't enjoy!
While you're gently brushing your dog, you should make sure to check for ticks and fleas. If you notice either, it might be a good idea to contact your vet and see if they can do anything for your pooch.
Finally, don't forget the feet and tail! Many dog groomers miss these bits out, but they are just as important as your pooch's head and body. Once you've brushed your pet all over once or twice, you will see that this is an easy job that you and your dog can enjoy.
Written by: Hannah Dyball