Home Grooming Tools You Need To Know About

12Dec09

Brushing and bathing your dog at home can be far more than cost effective. It also gives you and your pet time to bond. The tools you use when bathing and brushing your dog are very important to making the experience both fruitful and enjoyable for both of you.

Brushes


The Curry Brush

For short coated breeds this soft rubber brush, when used in a circular motion against the natural lay of your dog’s coat, will loosen dead hair and undercoat. This brush can also be used in the bath to get shampoo all the way down to the skin.

The Slicker Brush (Soft)

For long coated breeds the slicker brush is the most important tool you’ll need to maintain your pet’s coat. The correct way use a slicker brush is in a pat and pull motion in small strokes. Many owners have issues properly brushing out their dog.  I will be addressing this at length in another post. The soft slicker brush is best used for puppies and sensitive skinned dogs.

The Slicker Brush (Hard)

Hard slicker brushes are the work horse of all the brushes. They help get through knots and tangles with ease. I recommend every medium to long coated dog owner has one of these! Even if your pet has sensitive skin, if you place you fingers between the knots and your pet’s skin you can detangle them easily without irritating them.

The Greyhound Comb

This comb is the finishing touch for long coated dogs brushed with a slicker brush. This comb allows you to make sure that you have removed all tangles and knots. The comb should be able to run smoothly through your pet’s entire coat on the close spaced side.

The Furminator

This brush is a God-send to any short coated dog owner that is sick of all that shedding. The design of this brush grabs the under coat and pulls it out without hurting your pet, and is more effective than other methods. You can learn more about this great product by visiting this site.

Shampoo

Many people will tell you that there are a million and one shampoos you should use on your pet depending on what your needs are, but what if there was one that could do almost anything you need it to? Why Itch by B3 Salon Products is just that shampoo. This shampoo is aroma therapeutic, lifts and cuts grease, stains, oil and organic residue. It restores and whitens fur and coats to their natural beauty without the use of conditioner, is sugar based and gentle. But above all else it is highly concentrated, a 16oz bottle at a dilution ratio of 8:1 will give you  128oz of usable shampoo! This is the only product I use on my clients and I have had nothing but rave reviews from clients. You can check out B3’s website here.

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Audrey is the Groomer/Owner of D’tails Dog Grooming, a home salon in Wausau, Wisconsin. She owns a miniature poodle named Zeke, and loves being able to work at home so she can spend more time with her dog.

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