What are the best combs to use at home?
There are many different types of brushes on the market, so choosing the right one for your dog can sometimes be overwhelming. Different tools work better on different dogs, so it’s a good idea to ask your groomer for advice on which brush would work best for your dog before any investment.
Pin brushes – good for smoothing out small tangles and removing dead fur from both the coat and undercoat. These brushes have metal pins with rounded ends to make it comfortable for your dog. The longer the pins on the brush, the better it is for dogs with longer, thicker coats.
Slicker brushes – these brushes have short, fine hairs on a flat brush and are suitable for removing knots from short to medium coat breeds, or those with curly fur. The pins are angled to avoid scratching the skin while brushing, but don’t apply too much pressure – and look out for any pins sticking out at the wrong angle.
Rubber brushes – ideal for removing dead fur and massaging the skin to encourage natural oils to be released, which make a dog’s coat look healthy and glossy.
Grooming mitts – a useful tool for removing dirt and dead hair from short-coated breeds, but not recommended for dogs with medium to long-haired coats.
Undercoat rake or de-shedding tools – these brushes are brilliant for gently removing the dead fur from a dog’s undercoat, while still brushing through the top coat and removing any dirt. These are particularly useful for dogs that moult frequently.
Bristle brush – these brushes are ideal for finishing off grooming, and for quick maintenance brushes in between brushes. They brush through the top coat, removing dead fur and dirt while stimulating natural oil production.