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.
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.
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.
Hii! I'be researched that since labradors have a double coat, its best to brush them as often as possible. What brushes are good for everyday? What's a good routine (everyday and the weekly/monthly more thorough grooming)for grooming for a puppy? What age should I alter this routine and what should i alter it to?
Congratulations on your puppy! You are wise to begin the grooming process at an early age because doing so will help Maki to accept the process and sit nice and still for you. I would brush Maki daily with a slicker brush and at shedding time, add a grooming glove to the session. Get your puppy used to baths with a quick weekly dip in the tub (water only at this point, unless Maki rolls in something). A brush of the teeth daily or at least twice a week, and a clipping of the nails every two weeks. When Maki is older, and used to the bath, once a month or every few months is fine. Use a gentle, vet-approved shampoo so as not to strip the oils in the fur. Keep the brushing daily, and the tooth and nail care the same as well. Hope this helps!
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