collaborative post // If you’ve ever had a dog, you know that brushing them regularly is one of the most important things you can do for their fur. But what kind of dog grooming brush should you use? What’s the difference between a pin brush and a slicker brush? And how often should you brush your dog? If you’re not sure, don’t worry — we’ve got answers!
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The Right Brush
First of all, you need the right kind of brush for your dog. You’ll want to find one that’s small enough for them to hold in their mouth, but not so small that they can’t reach the back teeth. If you have children (or other pets), make sure to choose a brush that’s specifically designed for dogs. It’ll be easier for them to hold and maneuver around their mouth.
How often should you brush your dog
The short answer is: as often as he needs it. But here’s the long answer: A good rule of thumb is to brush your dog once every week or two. If you can’t remember when you last brushed your dog, that’s a sign that it might be time for another brushing session!
It’s also important to make brushing time part of your daily routine. So set aside 10 minutes every day after breakfast or dinner to brush your dog’s teeth. This way, they’ll associate brushing with something pleasant and yummy: food! You don’t even need toothpaste — just some water will work just fine.
The Right Brushing Techniques
If your dog has very thick fur or a lot of tangles, start brushing from the outside in (i.e., starting at the legs and moving up), then work your way inward toward the middle of his body. However, if he has very thin fur or sensitive skin, start from the inside out (i.e., starting at his chest and working downward). Again, this will help prevent him from getting overwhelmed by all the fur on his backside!
Ultimately, dog grooming should be fun, and it will be easier if your dog gets used to being brushed consistently. But don’t punish bad behavior or it will only get worse. Make sure you brush your pup every time he or she needs to go outside, and after going outside as well. And with luck, you’ll both grow to enjoy the practice.
Author Bio: Emma Anderson has been involved with dog grooming for the past 15 years and now wants to share her experience and knowledge with others.