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6/30/2010 Brushing Tools for Each Coat Type

Brushing is a great bonding point for you and your dog that can be accomplished while you sit down to watch TV or listen to music. You will need the appropriate brush and/or comb for your dogís coat type and, a towel for your lap, and a trash bag or container to catch the hair. Gather all of the items you will need and then after you have given your dog her body assessment and massage, start brushing.

You should make a point to ensure that you have the proper brush and comb for your petís particular coat type. If you have a short or smooth coated breed such as a Bulldog, Beagle or Great Dane, you will need a short soft bristle brush and a rubber curry to remove loose hair and massage her skin. Be sure to groom these dogs with care because the skin of the smooth coated dogs should be handled gently.

If your dog is in the medium-coated breed category such as a Retriever, Shepherd or Terrier, use a bristle brush and a metal comb. Bristle brushes are available in several sizes and bristle types. For the short hair dogs, you need shorter dense bristles and longer hair will require the longer more widely spaced bristles. In addition, if your dog has long hair on her legs and tail you, will need a wire-pin brush. These are similar to bristle, but are wire and are available with or without rubber-tips.

If your dog is in the long hair breeds such as Poodle or Bischon, you will need a slicker bush. Slicker brushes have short bent wire bristles that are more widely used for a variety of tasks from blowing a curly coat straight to removing mats. The long hair breeds that have fine hair such as the Yorkies and Maltese will need a softer rubber-pin brush and a soft slicker for their delicate coat and skin as well as a metal comb to check for tangles.

When using any of the brushes watch out to not brush burn the skin. All of these grooming tips not only bond you with your dog, but also are a great preventative measure to avoid costly grooming bills.

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