From digging in the groundhog hole in the backyard to rolling in the neighbor’s flower garden, many dogs become very dirty on a day to day basis. Dogs love to play and be adventurous. While every dog enjoys getting into “situations,” they need a little help from their owner to keep their coat clean. Many dogs lick their coats or chew on a mat of their own fur to try to keep themselves clean; however, that might not meet the approval of their owner.
Grooming is essential to every dog. Every dog owner should know how to properly take care of their dog. Regular brushing will keep dirt out of a pet’s hair and keep the hair in good condition. Here are five tips on how to properly brush a dog’s hair:
1. Use a brush that fits a dog’s coat type.
The length and style of hair determines the type of brush to use on a dog. For longer haired dogs, use a curved wire slicker or pin brush. For medium or shorter haired dogs, use a regular wire slicker. For shorter or curly haired dogs, use a mitt or rubbery curry. Consult the brush packaging or ask a specialist for a specific brush to use on a dog’s coat.
2. Take as much time as needed.
Brushing out a coat can be time consuming. Be sure to concentrate on one section and one layer at a time to finish the entire coat. Many dog owners and professional groomers begin with the dog’s hindquarters and work their way up to the head and ears; they do this operating on the theory that if the dog cannot see what is happening, they will object less. Regardless of whether this particular methodology actually works, one thing is true: it is important to develop a brushing pattern and use it every time. Just like their people, dogs like predictability.
3. Spray on a coat conditioner.
Coat conditioners help loosen knots and tangles. If you spray a conditioner on your dog’s fur before brushing, this will help the process to go much smoother. Be sure to always brush a dog before bathing, since tangles become tighter and more difficult to remove when wet. Furthermore, comb the coat after brushing to remove any remaining tangles and knots.
4. Use quick, deep strokes.
Quick, deep strokes will help to remove knots quickly while sparing your dog excessive pain. Brush the hair in a downwards motion; this reduces yanking and discomfort to the dog. If there is a badly matted spot on the coat, clip it and let it grow out. This will reduce irritation to the dog and save the groomer hours of not-so-pleasurable detangling.
5. Praise and reward the dog.
Grooming may not be a dog’s favorite thing. However, be sure to reward them for their good behavior and cooperation. A simple treat or belly rub will be sufficient, as long as they know the groomer still cares for them after they fight to remove all the tangles.
Every dog needs to be groomed. Their days are filled with dirt and grime that can soak heavily into their coats.