Brushing your dog’s hair, is it a must?

Although dogs actually care about ‏their hygiene by licking themselves clean, yet it is important that we complement their hygiene process by brushing. It is a false belief that only long hair breeds require brushing.

Brushing your dog hair helps distribute the natural oils, which helps to keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny. It activates a healthy blood circulation, and removes dirt. It also helps removing excess hair, which again means less hair on your clothes, couch and carpets.

While brushing you can also easily detect any skin conditions which might need a vet to take a closer look at or even ticks and fleas.

How often?

Long hair breeds need more frequent brushing than shorter hair breeds.

It is recommended to brush a long hair breed dog once a week and a short hair breed dog once every two weeks.

What type of brush to use?

No matter which coat type, you can’t go wrong with a bristle brush. The longer your dog’s hair the wider the distance between the bristles and the longer the bristles.

Hair mats and tangled hair might need a wide-toothed comb and sometimes if the mats are too close to the skin, the mat might need to be cut off.brushing dog hair

How to brush?

Get your dog acquainted to the brushing by starting with shorter sessions and increasing the time slowly. End the process with a treat to make your dog associate it with something good.

Do not brush against the direction of hair growth. Your dog won’t like that.

Start with the head and ears. Those parts are covered with sensitive skin. So you might want to brush a bit softer here and watch out for the eyes. Continue to the neck and work on the tangles on the lower neck. Then move towards the legs. Short hair breeds might not need much brushing on the legs, whilst longer breeds need more care on the back of their legs towards the armpits. Comb this part, as it has a tendency to tangle. Be gentle when it comes to brushing the sensitive doggy belly.  Do not pull any mats here, but rather cut them off or let a professional groomer take care of it.

Now move to the rest of the body, which should be an easier task. Finally, coming to the tail; If your dog has long hair on the tail you might want to use a comb to detangle.

Read more on grooming your dog, or how often you should bathe your dog.