A regular brushing routine helps to remove excess hair from your dog’s coat and to distribute the natural oils in your dog’s fur and skin to ensure a healthy looking coat. Brushing also helps to prevent mats, which if left unchecked can become very painful and even damage your dog’s skin. Brushing frequency will depend on the type of coat your dog has and short coated dogs such as retrievers usually only need weekly brushing while longer haired dogs such as spaniels require a more frequent regimen.
There are a variety of brush types and other grooming tools available to suit any situation and we’ve listed some of the most common types below.
Bristle brushes can be used on most coat types, although the spacing, length, and stiffness of the bristles vary. As a general rule, longer and more widely space bristles are designed for long coats, while short, stiff, and close together bristles work best on short coats.
Wire-pin brushes are usually available with or without rubber-tipped ends. These brushes are an excellent choice for medium to long coats or for dogs with curly or woolly coats but can be used on most coat types.
Slicker brushes have very fine wire bristles that are especially effective in removing mats and tangles. They can be used on most coat types.
Rubber curry brushes, such as the Kong Zoom Groom, can be used to remove loose hair or dirt found in your dog’s coat. They are a quick and easy way to groom your dog and remove loose hair. Firm yet flexible rubber teeth feel like a soothing massage and they can add a sheet to shorter coats.
Shedding blades are designed to remove loose hair and leave your pet with a clean, healthy coat. They can be used with the handles together or separated and with the handles together you can cover small areas at a time while separating the handles allows you to quickly cover larger areas.
Shedding tools, such as the Safari Shed Magic, greatly reduce shedding for a healthy coat and home. They are multi-purpose tools designed to quickly remove loose hair, excess undercoat and stubborn mats or tangles. These tools are a great choice for medium and long coats because they easily reach the undercoat to remove dead hair without irritating the skin.
Combs can be effective grooming tools and are available in regular, shedding, and flea removal styles. Regular combs can be useful for dogs with long hair or undercoats as the teeth penetrate to the root of the hair. Shedding combs can be an excellent tool for breaking up and removing mats. Their special skip tooth design lifts out loose hair and the long teeth penetrate deep into the undercoat, while the short teeth collect the loose hair. The smooth rounded teeth are gentle to the skin. Flea combs can be used to control fleas and identify skin and coat problems. However, it is important to remove any tangles in the coat before using a flea coat.
Nail trimmers are an often overlooked, but very important, part of your dog’s grooming routine. It is important to your pet's well-being to keep the nails properly trimmed and there are a variety of nail trimmers available to help you do that. They range from small guillotine trimmers for small dogs to large bypass style trimmers more suited for larger breeds. Regardless of what type of trimmer you choose, it is also a good idea to have styptic powder on hand to stop any bleeding from accidentally cutting a nail too short.
There are several reasons to bathe your dog which include general hygiene, your dog rolling in something smelly, skin problems, allergies, or external parasites. Regardless of the reason for bathing your dog, it is important to choose an appropriate shampoo. You should never use a human shampoo on your dog as they have different pH levels and often include harsher detergents than shampoos formulated for pets. There are a number of shampoos available that are specifically formulated for dogs, or for both dogs and cats.
We carry a variety of shampoos, conditioners, and crème rinses ranging from dry shampoo for those times you just can’t wash your dog, to skunk odor remover, to Nootie shampoos and sprays that nourish your dog’s coat while making them smell incredible.