Beautify Your Beloved Pets with the Best Dog Brush
As we know only too well at Cleaner Paws is that a dog really is a man’s best friend. In terms of offering love, companionship and loyalty dogs really are hard to beat however they do expect something back in return, usually in the shape of their favorite dog treats and a little bit of pampering.
All dog lovers will agree that treating your furry best friend to a relaxing grooming session will earn you some extra attention. However, post-grooming maintenance is also an excellent way to spend some quality bonding time with your pet and something as easy as brushing your dog’s coat should be done regularly to keep your pet healthy and happy.
If you’re a new dog owner and not familiar with the benefits of brushing your dog’s coat regularly this guide will help you uncover the many positives associated with the practice as well as how to brush your dogs fur like an expert.
3 Benefits of Brushing Your Dog’s Coat Regularly
- Odorless Companion
A dog’s fur can pick up a lot of grime since the animal is exposed to various environments. Accumulated dirt combined with the dog’s sweat and saliva can cause bad odor or bacterial infection. Cleaning your pet’s hair daily for about 5-10 minutes can get rid of the unpleasant smell. Treat your furry friend to a thorough brushing at least once a week and combine this with a great smelling dog shampoo for great results.
- Healthy Skin and Fur
Brushing your dog’s coat with a high quality brush stimulates proper blood circulation and tones the muscles. Brushing can also help breakdown dead skin cells that can lead to irritation. Brush massaging is also recommended to strengthen the hair stands. Brushing also prevents the development of skin infection and inhabitation of parasites.
- Decreased Shedding
Dog grooming brushes are one of the best solutions to control molting. Domesticated dogs are more exposed to artificial lighting and spend more time indoors than they obviously would have in the wild. This causes unpredictable shedding because their fur cannot slough along with the seasons like wild dogs do. Regular brushing helps the canine remove lose hair so only a small amount of hair will be left for the dog to shake off.
Different Types of Dog Grooming Brushes
There are 3 main types of dog brushes for pet owners to choose from. These three types are known as:
- Bristle Brushes
- Wire-Pin Brushes
- Slicker Brushes
The table below looks at each type of brush, explaining the differences between the different types and which brushes suit varying dog breeds and coats.
|Brush Type||Fur Length and Type||Description||Sweeping Direction||Sample Breed|
Thick outer coat-soft inner fur
|This flat or bent type is used for removing knots and mat because of its thin wire quills.||With the grain||Terriers|
|Bristle Brush||All hair types.|
Longer hair needs bigger spaces between bristles.
|Compatible with all kinds of fur but may slightly vary according to the bristle spacing.||With the grain||Chihuahua|
|Wire Pin Brush||Wooly coat|
|Used either with or without rubber|
Delicate furry breeds
|Against the grain||Yorkshire terrier|
How do I Brush My Dog’s Hair?
If you’re new to the process of brushing and combing your dog’s hair, either as new dog owner or if your dog has only just become comfortable with the procedure than it is now time to learn out to brush your dog properly. Although this may sound like an easy task there are actually right and wrong ways to brush your dog and ensuring you get the basics down you can be confident your dog will enjoying being brushed as much as you enjoy having a happy and healthy pet around the home.
Here is our step by step guide for brushing your dogs fur:
Step 1 – First, let your dog stand steadily on a table and stroke its coat to check for wounds, pests, foreign objects stuck to the fur, mat hair and tangles.
Step 2 – Next, prepare your grooming tools and place them within arm’s reach. Identify the things to be done for your dog like teeth scraping, eye flushing, nail trimming and anal gland emptying. Groom the coat after the other concerns have been addressed. Although this step takes in to account more than just brushing your dogs coat, now is a great time to check for any nasty issues that may cause more problems if left unattended.
Step 3 – Short-haired dogs take less grooming time and can be brushed quickly. Brush gloves and stiff bristled brush are generally efficient for all short coats. Polish the fur by stroking it repeatedly. Long-haired dogs need more meticulous techniques. Stiff brushes with longer bristles are used to vigorously brush the dogs’ coat against the grain. Then, stroke the strands back in place.
Step 4 – Brush the hair strands around the ears gently because tugging will hurt the dog extremely. Untangle the remaining knots with your fingers. Tough mat hair needs a bit of conditioning so apply a dollop of the product on these and leave it on for 10 minutes. After the soak, gently brush the hair and wipe off any excess.
Step 5 – Finally, although optional, spray some pet cologne on your pet’s coat to ensure a long lasting shine and softness.
We hope the the 5 step guide will set dog owners on the right track for effectively brushing their pets coat. Once you find out exactly what your dog likes, and the positions and strokes they are most comfortable with you can than begin to tailor your routine to your individual pet. Finding the best dog brush for your pet will help massively with this process and picking a product that your dog is comfortable with will make your life a whole lot easier.
Five of the Best Dog Grooming Brushes
Now you have a good understanding of exactly how to brush your dogs coat it is now time to find the best product to carry out the process. With such an array of choice we have carried out extensive testing to put together a comparison of the 5 best dog brushes currently available. We have included a number of different types of dog brush so you can be sure to find the right choice for your dog not matter their breed or size.
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Best Dog Brush Reviews
The table above offer a quick overview of the the five products which we now review in depth below. The reviews cover a number of areas and for ease we have included a quick price overview and overall grade for each product to make your life even easier.
Price: $15.99 | Grade: A+
Busy pet owners need a brushing tool that’s convenient, sturdy and compact. The Hertzko Slicker Brush is designed to get rid of tough tangles and painful matted hair in a painless manner. The secret to its great performance is the finely curved bristles that “rake” the fur without damaging the skin beneath, this is excellent for new dog owners getting used to the process who may brush too closely to their pets skin, causing discomfort.
Brushing in this manner also promotes proper blood flow to enhance the growth of the strands, another major benefit of this dog brush. The Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush also has a specialized anti-slip grip that won’t strain your wrists despite long hours of brushing – trust us it becomes addicting! This product is applicable for both cats and dogs, making it a great choice for pet friendly households and means this product is recommended for pet parents with multiple companions.
Last but not least but this brush is also super easy to clean. With the simple push of the button at the base of the grip, the bristles retract back in to the brush meaning you can easily remove any left over hair.
Price: $14.99 | Grade: A
DakPets Pet Grooming Tool and Brush is suitable for pet lovers who own double-coated breeds. This multipurpose device is made with four inches of stainless steel wire comb to deeply penetrate thick fur and remove amassed grime in hard to reach places.
It also has a blade with safety cover that’s used for trimming, meaning for just $14.99 you are getting an excellent duel purpose product. These brushes come in small, medium and large sizes as well, meaning you can customize your purchase depending on the size of your dog. DakPets also offer a money back guarantee so customers are assured of their high-quality product, if not you can simple get your money back.
The combo device can reduce molting by up to 95% therefore keeping the family safe from allergy attacks, skin irritation, asthma and other respiratory problems. We found this to be one of the best dog brushes we tested and it was a very close call not to receive an A+ grading.
Price: $12.55 | Grade: A-
This combo brush is a combination of sleek and chic. The brush is made with blunt bristle tips that easily breakdown accumulated filth quickly and efficiently. The round tips act as massages that relax your dog while you brush, making the grooming process less traumatizing for your furry companion, and a whole lot easier for you as well.
The patented quills also stimulate the production of natural oils which add softness and sheen to the coat. The handle has ridges to provide good grip and smooth operation.
This grooming tool is particularly fit for large breeds because of the wide bristle spaces, but it is applicable to all breeds, but we do recommend it highly for larger dogs because of the design.
Price: $4.99 | Grade: A-
The Gainwell Pet Grooming Glove Brush is a grooming tool worn on the hand similar to mitten or a glove. This item is used to imitate the petting action of a human to a dog and can help your pet to feel more comfortable throughout the grooming process. Stroking is common reward for a pet’s good behavior thus the pet will equate grooming to a reward and be more cooperative.
The glove brush can be used in wet or dry conditions and is adjusted with a Velcro strap to fit all hand sizes. The Gainwell glove brush is highly recommended for short-haired breeds but is also applicable for other types of dogs and cats as well.
Coming in at under $5 this is an excellent product to try for your dog without breaking the bank and is well worth trialing alongside a more conventional dog brush to see what your pet prefers.
Price: $9.99 | Grade: A-
The TEAK 4” Dog Shedding Brush is an ergonomic model that gets rid of molting by 90%. It has a built-in hair ejector switch that efficiently removes damaged hair and dead skin without breaking the surface. The one-push clean action allows continued de-shedding and brushing without the need to wash and pick the hairs off.
The handgrip is composed of a special plastic called ABS that is environment-friendly. The tool has a four-inch stainless steel edge that comes with a cover to keep the cutter from getting dull.
Selecting a dog brush can depend on factors like dog breed, lifestyle, and budget but the final decision will always be subjective. Ultimately, the best dog brush must be something that is efficient and practical regardless of the price, brand and design
- If you’re looking for some inspiration, The Dodo has some great before and after comparisons!
Some Popular Questions Related to Brushing Your Dogs Coat
So far this guide has looked at the right way in which to brush your dogs coat and also the best brush products to use when carrying out the process. As a final word and to round up this guide nicely we thought it would be a good idea to answer a couple of questions we get asked regularly by dog owners when it comes to brushing their dogs.
We see this section as work in progress and will look to update it when we notice certain types of questions being asked regularly so please get in touch if you would like us to answer any questions you may have.
How Often do you Deshed a Dog?
If you have a dog that is going through a stage of severe shedding than we recommend brushing your dog at least 2 times a week for up to 30 minutes each sitting. This will ensure you deshed your dog thoroughly and clear any lingering fur that has become detached from your dogs coat. Brushing your dog this regularly will also mean you can take the opportunity to completely detangle your dog’s coat and leave them mat free.
How do I get Rid of My Dogs Loose Fur?
As well as brushing your dogs coat regularly, another great way to get rid of loose fur is to blow dry your dog. A great way to do this is with a specialist dog hair dryer which combined with brushing can leave your dog’s coat looking and feeling great.