With few exceptions all dogs need to be brushed, certainly some more than others, but if you want to save yourself some money on grooming expense, brushing your dog regularly, with the right tools, will certainly help. We plan a reasonable amount of brushing time into every grooming session according to the breed, but a dog who is brushed regularly is much less likely to accumulate excessive brushing time/cost.
For short haired dogs like Labs, and Beagles, a good rubber tipped brush will help pull out TONS of that loose hair that is all over your car seats, furniture, kitchen floor, and bed. The one pictured here in the picture is inexpensive, and most dogs LOVE it. Also good for scrubbing them if you decide to bathe them at home in the tub.
For long haired, curly haired, or wire haired dogs a good slicker brush is invaluable. It is important to be careful when using a slicker brush to avoid “brush burn”. So start gently down at the base of the hair close to the skin and brush away from the skin. It will seem at first like you are only doing a small bit at at time, but just dragging the brush across the coat repeatedly might cause a brush burn. Be gentle and careful, and if Rover starts wiggling too much, take a break. Just do small bits at a time. Try to make it a soothing affair. If there are lots of matts and you feel like you are pulling too much at his or her skin, perhaps it is time to call your groomer for some help.
Be patient and loving, if you are nervous about doing it, Rover knows, so the more you do it, the more relaxed you will be and the better time you are likely to have with your dog. It really is about loving your dog. Both of my dogs, Moose and Bella love to be brushed when I am watching TV. When they get tired of it, I just let them walk away. They always come back for more.
If you want a quick lesson or some extra brushing tips please stop by and ask or ask at your next appointment.
More important than any brushing you may or may not accomplish, is the time you spend giving your dog some love and affection.