Why groom in between visits to the salon?
Brushing enhances the coat, removes dead hair and keeps skin healthy. It also keeps tangles and matts at bay, saving your groomer time and therefore you money when s/he goes to the grooming salon.
Are you brushing your dog correctly?
There are different types of dog coats and for each one there is a way to brush, and equipment that suits the coat.
For very short haired breeds such as Dalmation or Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a popular tool is the rubber palm pad ('Zoom Groom' for example). This aids shedding and used properly will draw the oils to the top coat making it healthy and giving a gleam to the coat. Circular motions are used when using this tool, this should be done until drawing a brush through does not pull any hair out.
Double coated breeds such as German Shepherd, Golden Retriever or Collie coats normally require intensive work. A good tool to use is a grooming ‘rake’ for the very thick areas such as around the neck or tail. A good slicker brush will be essential for general brushing. Another tool is the 'Coat King'. These vary in size depending on the coat type of your dog. For example, the German Shepherd will normally require a large coat king. These are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased in many good stores and online.
Wool Coats such as the poodle coat tend to knot up quite easily, so regular brushing through with a slicker brush followed with a wide toothed comb will help enormously.
Silk Coats such as Yorkshire Terrier will benefit from brushing through with a slicker followed by combing. Any knots can be teased out with a matt breaker.
A good method of grooming through all coats is to part the hair at the roots starting from the neck and going through it systematically, brushing out knots, old hair and any debris.
A word of warning…. Ensure that you use the brushes and combs correctly. It is easy to burn the skin with a slicker brush if you brush it against the skin continually. It is also easy to scrape skin with a comb.
Remember… grooming your dog is a necessary task, but not all dogs enjoy it, so make it easier for them with treats, giving lots of breaks & spacing out grooming times. Regular attendance at the grooming salon will compliment your care and keep the coat in order.