Every dog should get brushed regularly to remove dead hair, dander and dirt. If your dog is short-haired, it is very easy. Just take a quality bristle nylon brush, i.e. MaxiPin and brush out the coat well.
Brushing a long-haired dog is slightly more extensive. Try to brush your long-haired dog daily. Even if a puppy not need to be brushed as often, you should make it a routine as early as possible to accustom your dog to lay on its side while getting brushed.
It is not only the technique of brushing that is important, but good equipment, too. These tools are of course available in different price ranges. You just have to be aware, as with many things in life, quality is not unimportant.
Our product recommendation:
Grooming sprays: Iv San Bernard PEK Conditioner
Natural bristle nylon brush: MaxiPin Mix Boar & Nylon
Pin brush: MaxiPin Advanced or Airlastic
Slicker brush: MaxiPin Slicker Brush
Comb large: Show Tech comb Pro
Comb small: Show Tech comb Mini
You can groom your dog on the floor, the couch or wherever you want to, but we advise you to always groom on a table. Your back will thank you for it later. Start your grooming training by doing short sessions only and brush very gently with the bristle nylon brush. Talk to your dog and use treats to reward it. You will see, not long and your dog will enjoy brushing!
First mist your dog’s hair with a grooming spray. This prevents the coat from breaking and it helps loosen any mats or tangles. Fold the top layer of hair over so you can see the skin. Gently brush and detangle the hair section by section using a pin brush starting at the paws and moving up to the middle of the back. To work out any large tangles or mats you can use a slicker brush. Please be careful. Slicker brushes must be held at the correct angle so that you do not injure your dog’s skin.
While brushing, make sure you hold the brush flat. Holding the brush at an angle will rip the coat and scratch your dog’s skin. Brush the entire coat, not just the top. To brush the legs, gently lift up the leg and brush the inner side of the leg, too. When one side is complete, turn your dog over and now brush its side. Once both sides are well brushed put the dog in a standing position. Now brush the head, chest and tail. Next comb the face from the bottom of the eyes down to the sides with the small comb.
After you are finished, use the larger comb to comb through the whole coat again to make sure that all of it has been properly brushed. Glide the comb through the hair gently. If there is any resistance, the brushing must be done again until the comb goes through the hair with no difficulty. To end the session, brush the hair gently with the bristle nylon brush again to give it the desired fall and shine.
By the way, a natural bristle brush is also perfect for brushing the coat after a bath while blow-drying.
Brushing a well-trained long-haired dog should take you less than half hour.