Not all brushes are created equal…

Regular brushing is a necessity to controlling matting, managing shedding and the general well-being of your dog. This guide is designed to help you choose the best brush to use on YOUR dog

Short haired dogs

A Grip Soft rubber brush is suitable for shampooing or gentle brushing of your pet. It removes dead or shedding hair from the coat. Bristle brushes are used on short-haired, smooth-coated dogs that shed frequently. Their clusters of tightly-packed natural bristles will remove loose hair and stimulate the skin.

Bristle brushes can be used on breeds such as Pugs, Italian Greyhounds, Jack Russell Terriers and Boston Terriers.

A Furminator will reduce shedding up to 90%. The Stainless steel de-shedding edge reaches deep beneath your dog’s short topcoat to gently remove undercoat and loose hair.

Medium haired dogs

Pin brushes look similar to brushes used by people. They are usually oval-shaped with loosely-arranged flexible wires with pins on top. They will pick up loose hair before it is shed onto furniture, or finish and fluff a well-brushed coat, but provide little benefit to your pet. They are best used to finish off the grooming process.

Medium and long haired dogs

Slicker brushes have fine, short wires close together on a flat surface and are used on medium-to-long or curly-haired dogs. They are used on many dog breeds, including Yorkshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, and Golden Retrievers.  Remember to be gentle when using a slicker brush. The fine, tightly-spaced wires may cause discomfort if too much pressure is used.

The Comb is perfect for removing tangles, dead hair and to help maintain your pet’s coat. The fine teeth help ensure that even the smallest of knots are removed.

Undercoat Rakes are brushes designed to penetrate a dog’s thick coat and remove tangles and dead undercoat near the dog’s skin. They are often shaped like a shaving razor and feature one or two rows of tightly-spaced pins. Like a razor, they are intended to be used with minimal pressure. Rakes should be used on thick-haired dogs including German Shepherds, Malamutes and Chow Chows. These breeds tend to develop dead undercoats, especially during shedding season and their thick coats also tend to trap debris.