Whether you're having trouble managing the pet hair on your furniture and clothing, or if your pooch is full of knots after riding in the convertible, brushing your dog regularly is an essential part of maintaining a healthy coat.
However, it's important to adapt your brushing tools and technique to your dog's breed. You can imagine you don’t brush a Poodle the same way you brush a Pitbull...
Here are 3 tips to help your canine find new shine and softness.
1. Brush with the right technique
First, make sure your companion is in a safe and quiet place. You can even give him small treat to make him more cooperative with you. Then, start gently with its paws and gradually work your way up to other parts of the body.
It's important to brush sideways and in the direction of hair growth – dogs don't like being brushed backwards! The longer your dog's hair is, the longer you need to move the brush.
Also, be sure to brush only the hairs near the skin and not the skin directly, as you could potentially irritate or even injure your pooch.
2. Use detangling products
If you're looking to make your job easier, or before you get out the scissors to cut out those stubborn knots, we recommend using a detangling product like our DOGMÄ Detangling Lotion.
Antistatic and non-greasy, this little miracle bottle will allow you to comb and smooth the coat that is more difficult to brush, whether it is wet or dry!
Make sure to read our article (French only) to learn more about detangling hair!
3. Use the right brush for your pet's coat
The length of your pet's coat and whether it's single or double are factors that influence the ideal brush to use.
Medium and curly haired dogs
Smooth brushes have short, fine wires that are closely spaced on a flat surface. They are used to remove tangles on dogs such as Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cockers and St. Bernards.
Thick haired dogs
Rake brushes are specially designed to get under the dog's thick coat and remove the dead undercoat next to the dog's skin. They are designed to be used gently, like a razor. German Shepherds, Malamutes and Chow Chows should use this type of brush.
Short haired and smooth-haired dogs
Dense bristle brushes exfoliate the skin and remove loose hair from short-haired and smooth-haired dogs that shed frequently. Breeds such as Pugs, Italian Greyhounds, Jack Russell Terriers and Boston Terriers can all benefit from this type of brush.
If brushing your dog's coat is causing you problems or too much stress, don't hesitate to visit a professional grooming salon to bring your dog's coat back to life!