How to Brush a Dog With a Slicker Brush

Medium
10 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

Slicker brushes are typically wire brushes with firm bristles. They are great for dogs with short, wiry coats such as Terriers. Slicker brushes are a great tool to use to help remove knots, tangles, and even mats that don't necessarily need to be cut out. You can use your slicker brush all the time if you have a dog with a wiry coat or you can use your slicker brush before bristle or pin brush grooming to remove mats and tangles. Some dogs will require only a slicker brush, while others will benefit from a slicker brush along with other grooming tools for regular grooming. Look for slicker brushes that have fine wiry bristles to work out tangles and mats.

Dog's Perspective

 If your dog has tangles and mats in his fur, his skin might be a little sensitive because mats tend to pull on the skin. So make your slicker brushing gentle and easy with soft and short strokes. A treat for your pup never hurt to help get him through difficult detangling moments.

The Slicker Brushing Method

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Condition
Prep your dog's fur and skin by spraying a small amount of leave-in conditioner on your dog's coat before brushing.
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Brush
With short and slow strokes, brush your dog from his neck to his tail in the direction the fur grows
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Tangles and mats
If you come across any tangles, knots, or mats on your dog's coat, work on those individually with the slicker brush. Work out tangles by pulling the slicker brush in small strokes over the knot or mat. Remember to use gentle, short strokes to detangle.
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Continue
Once you have brushed your dog's back from neck to tail, continue the same method with his sides and stomach. Be sure to pause and work out any tangles or mats with the slicker brush.
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If you come across any mats the slicker brush cannot pull out with a gentle tug, consider cutting large mats out with scissors.
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Face
Because the slicker brush is tightly bristled with sharp metal tines, avoid using slicker brushes on your dog's face. If your dog has a long beard and you can brush out tangles in the beard without pushing the slicker brush against your dog's skin, you can try a comb, or a bristle brush might work better on the sensitive facial skin.
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Treat
Be sure to end every grooming session with a tasty treat to reward your dog for a job well done.
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The Matted Dog Method

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Brush out
Use the slicker brush to brush your dog from head to tail, skipping over any mats or difficult to remove tangles.
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Small tangles
Once your dog is brushed from head to tail, focus on removing small tangles one at a time. As you go through your second brushing from head to tail, work out any small tangles using the slicker brush. If your dog's fur is long enough to lift up and hold the small tangles in your hand, it would be easier for you to lift the fur from your dog's skin holding the tangled area in your hand and brush over with the slicker brush.
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Larger knots
Larger knots may require a bit more attention with the slicker brush. Add some conditioner or detangling spray to these areas and use the slicker brush, brushing in different directions in small spots to remove larger knots.
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Mats
If your dog has mats that are not huge and tight to the skin you might be able to work them out with a slicker brush. Be gentle and move the slicker brush in short strokes to remove any fur from the mat that is loose and not tangled. As the knots become smaller you can change your brushing direction to loosen the fur in the mat.
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Remember
Brushing your dog should be a high-quality bonding experience for both of you. Your dog should not be apprehensive about regular brushing or anxious about sensitivity and pain because of tangles or knots. If your dog is nervous, take your session slow and remember to give him a big treat and lots of love.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Slicker brushes are great at removing debris from your dog's fur as well as tangles. If your dog has been playing in a pile of leaves, use a slicker brush to remove all the loose debris from his fur.
  • Good slicker brushes will have wiry bristles that are set close together to assist in easing out any tangles or mats.
  • Though you may use a bristle or a pin brush to groom your dog on a regular basis, a slicker brush is perfect for getting out any loose hair to minimize shedding or removing debris from the fur and spot detangling.
  • Slicker brush bristles are angled to easily pull out tangles without scratching your dog's skin.
  • Slicker brushes are great for dogs with wiry fur, short or long.
  • If you have a Poodle, a Cocker spaniel, a Retriever, a Husky, a Terrier, a Saint Bernard, or a fluffy cute Doodle, you should probably have a slicker brush in your collection.
  • Though you may have a group of brushes specific for your dog for grooming, remember a slicker brush is great for removing unwanted mess in the fur. Slicker brushes remove knots, tangles, mats, dirt, and debris.
  •  Though it might work well for your dog for every brushing, you still may need additional brushes every so often for regular grooming.

Conclusion

 Remember a slicker brush is perfect for tangles, knots, and mats. Keep your dog looking beautiful while de-shedding and getting rid of the tangled mess that once was your dog. Give your dog a fur-tastic makeover using a slicker brush, some detangling spray, and a little tender loving care.

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