Brushing helps to disentangle the fur of long-haired dogs and avoid the formation of knots. It also eliminates dead undercoat, which can be particularly important during periods of moulting. It is important to use proper equipment to brush your dog effectively and smoothly. Here are all our tips so that brushing becomes a pleasant moment for you and your dog !
Why is it important to brush your dog?
The brushing of Dogs is first of all useful to disentangle the fur and avoid the formation of knots in dogs with long hair (Shih Tzu, Bichon, Cocker…).
It is important to brush dogs before knots are formed, this requires regular brushing in long-haired dogs. Once the nodes are formed, it is often impossible to disentangle them. It is then necessary to cut the hair, it may even be necessary to use a groomer or a veterinarian to mow the hair. To make it easier to disentangle the fur of dogs, it is possible to wash them beforehand with a detangling shampoo.
Next, it should be noted that the hair of dogs grows and then dies permanently, with two periods in the year when this phenomenon is accentuated: seasonal moults (in autumn and spring). In dogs living in apartments, the temperature differences are less apparent and this can lead to a loss of hair throughout the year.
The amount of hair lost varies depending on the breed. In some short-haired dogs, for example, the amount of hair lost is minimal. On the other hand, for other dogs such as the breed dogs Husky, Samoyède, Akita Inu, German shepherd… the amount of hair lost during the moulting periods is very impressive!
For these breeds, brushing is done mainly during periods of moulting in order to remove the dead under-hair. This is important because the dead undercoat prevents the skin from breathing. Outside the moulting periods, brushing can be done occasionally (to remove dirt stuck to the hairs for example).
From a more practical point of view, brushing helps to limit the amount of hair you will have to clean in your home !
Which Brush To Use To Brush Your Dog?
The brush must be adapted to the size of the animal and the length of its hair. The width of the brush and the size of the teeth will be different depending on these parameters.
There are brushes that effectively remove dead hair and gently disentangle the fur. For example, Furminator brushes or Foolee brushes.
Some brushes should be avoided (teeth too long, too fine…) because they remove dead hair more laboriously and can lead to painful brushing.
How Do You Get Your Dog Used To Being Brushed ?
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It is very useful to teach dogs from an early age to be brushed so that it is easier once they reach adulthood. In a general way, it is very useful to teach the puppies the various treatments that will be necessary during their life : cleaning eyes, ears, bath, cleaning teeth, etc.…
It is however possible to teach an adult dog to be brushed. For this, it is advisable to proceed gradually to accustom the animal gradually. You should start by brushing it gently for only a few seconds after asking it to go to bed. If he lets himself be brushed calmly, then congratulate him and reward him well with sweets, his favorite toy, caresses… he will thus associate the fact of being brushed with something positive. You can gradually increase the brushing time.