Brush a dog's hair

How important is brushing in dogs?

Brushing is an important act, first of all to detangle the hair of dogs and thus prevent the formation of knots, especially in breeds with long hair.

Brushing also allows you to check the condition of your dog's hair, analyze if ticks or fleas are present, and also maintain skin health by ventilating its skin.

It is a necessary maintenance to remove dead hair, it limits hair loss and allows you to keep a clean house. In addition, some dogs greatly appreciate these sessions, and this will also strengthen your bonds and your bond.

Brushing is therefore a fundamental task that should not be put aside.

What are the methods to brush your dog?

The methods to properly brush your dog depend mainly on the type of hair.

If your dog has short hair, its maintenance is quite simple. You just need to brush it against the grain between 1 and 2 times a week. This will help remove dead hair, and stimulate her skin. To loosen the brushing residue, you can run a soft brush in the direction of the hair.

For short-haired dogs, brushing every other day is recommended. Start with a step backwards to remove dead hair and dandruff, then buff in the direction of the grain.

For dogs with medium and long hair, daily and more tedious brushing is often necessary.

You will first need to detangle in the direction of the hair with a metal comb. This will remove all the knots. You can then use a wire brush with nubs to stimulate the skin and then shine with a soft brush.

If your dog has a large amount of undercoat, it is advisable to use a metal curry brush against the grain and then in the direction of the hair before using the soft brush.

Which brush to use to brush your dog?

The brushes to use depend on the size and coat of your dog.

For short hairs, it is advisable to use a brush or a massage glove with rubber nubs. This allows you to remove the dead hair from your dog, while stimulating his skin and without hurting him.

For short hairs, it is better to use a metal comb or a rake comb to remove the majority of dead hairs, as well as a spiked brush to ventilate the coat and massage the skin.

For coarse hair, it is possible to use a trimmer to depilate or trim the dog's hair. This technique is widely used as grooming for dogs participating in dog shows.

For medium and long hairs, maintenance is more tedious and requires more equipment. You will first need to equip yourself with a metal comb to remove the knots, you can then use a spiked curry comb to remove the dead hairs and a spiked brush to ventilate the skin.

In order to shine the hair, you can use a soft brush on all types of hair.

There are also tools for untangling the most tangled coats such as trimmers with long blades or combs with rotating teeth.

Finally, you can use on all types of coat the Furminator, a special comb that has the advantage of removing more undercoat than any other comb or brush on the market. It is a highly recommended comb for owners of dogs with a heavy coat.

How to get your dog used to being brushed?

To teach his dog to remain calm during brushing sessions, he has been used to it once he is 2 months old. Some dogs enjoy these moments and will let it go more easily than others.

If your dog has not been used to being brushed early on, it is still possible to teach him when he is an adult little by little.

You will need to do the same steps as with a puppy, but it will likely take more patience, especially if this is not a moment that he is enjoying.

To do this, you just need to brush your dog for a few seconds and if he lets himself go, you have to reward him with treats and caresses. You can then increase brushing time as you go along with rewarding it. If you feel that your dog is anxious at the sight of the brush, do not force him at the risk of scaring him even more. To solve this problem, you can call on a dog trainer who can show you the right things to do to reassure your dog.