How do I brush my dog?
Updated: May 4, 2020
Whether short haired or long haired, your dog is likely to benefit from regular brushing. Not only does it help to manage shedding, it’s also great for stimulating your dog’s skin. This helps to release oils which naturally condition their coat.
How often you need to brush your dog usually depends on its breed and coat type. For most breeds with relatively short coats, a thorough brush once a week should be enough to keep their coat in good condition. For other breeds with longer hair, more frequent, even daily, brushing might be needed.
Once your dog is used to being brushed, there’s a good chance that they’ll continue to enjoy this part of their grooming routine. However, there are some ways to make brushing even more enjoyable for your pet.
Buying The Correct Tools
There are a lot of different types of brushes available, so it’s a good idea to check that you have the right brush for your dog’s coat. A brush that isn’t quite right for your pet could damage their fur or have less effective results. Speak to our experts in the Groom Room if you’re not sure.
It’s usually best to brush in the direction of their fur, because this will help to brush out as much of the dead hair or fur as possible.
Be Really Gentle
This is important every time you brush your pet, but especially if your dog’s coat is matted. If your dog’s coat is very matted or tangled, it may be better to book them an appointment and having one of our professionals take a look. Attempting to brush it yourself could hurt your pet or damage their fur.
For very severe matting, we would recommend that your dog’s fur is clipped. We won’t spend more than 15 minutes dematting a dog’s fur as this can become stressful for them. In these situations, we may clip your dog’s fur to remove the matting.
Take Extra Care
These ears and belly are sensitive areas and your pet may not like those areas being touched or brushed (even if they usually love a belly rub or a scratch behind the ears!). Their bellies can also be awkward to get to, especially if you have a large breed dog. Take it slow and reward your pet with plenty of praise and a treat for good behaviour.
Don’t forget to brush the smaller and often missed places too, like the front of their neck or their forelegs.