How to Brush a Small Dog With a FURminator

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15 - 30 Minutes
2 Days

Introduction

The FURminator is a fantastic tool to de-shed your small dog and prevent future shedding. Your fluffy small dog will still drop some fur, but after several uses with the FURminator, you should see less fur shedding from your small pup. FURminator comes in different sizes and for different hair types, so be sure you are getting the right one for your dog. The tips of the FURminator comb are blunt, making brushing your dog easy and smooth. The center section between the FURminator bristles is sharp, pulling fur that is already loose and waiting to drop out of your small dog's coat. Keep your small pup groomed on a regular basis with a FURminator to maintain his coat, so he's not shedding all over your house.

Dog's Perspective

If your little pup loves a good brushing, he will love the FURminator as well. For your first few times using this new tool be cautious around any bony areas on your small guy. Make long smooth strokes and be sure you are using the right size for your small breed.

The On Table Method

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Prepare
Place your small dog on a table in front of you. You’ll want him to be at a comfortable level for you to reach, so waist or chest high on you.
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Dry
Be sure your little guy is dry. If he has recently had a bath, dry him or wait until his fur is dry before using the FURminator for brushing.
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Knots and tangles
Before full brushing your small dog, remove knots or tangles. The FURminator is a great tool for this. Work with these small sections out before you brush his whole body.
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Debris
Be sure to look your small dog over for any large debris such as leaves or branches and remove these items from the fur before brushing with the FURminator. Large debris could damage or clog the FURminator.
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Skin
Look your dog over for any dry skin or injuries. The FURminator is metal and could scrape the skin if not used properly. Be aware of any skin wounds before any brushing.
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Brush
Angle the FURminator in the direction the fur grows on your dog. This is usually from neck to tail an then back down towards the belly. Using long strokes, brush your small dog with the FURminator.
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Fur
This tool will remove excess fur, so be sure to pull this excess out of the FURminator’s teeth before continuing with the next stroke. You’ll want the tool to be as empty as possible so it can help de-shed your little guy.
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Strokes
Be sure to use long and gentle strokes with the FURminator. Do not push down hard with this tool. If you come across any tangles, knots, or mats, the FURminator can be used to work these out with shorter strokes.
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Use caution
Remember not to pull the FURminator against the grain of your dog’s fur. Watch the pressure you use when pushing down so you do not cause pain. Avoid using the FURminator in one area with several unnecessary strokes as you may irritate the skin. Do not go too fast. You will miss pulling out excess loose fur if your strokes are too fast.
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Treat
Remember to give your little guy a treat after a good FURminator brushing.
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The FURminator Brush Method

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Placement
Make your little dog comfortable. This could be in your lap or on a table in front of you. You could also place your small dog on the floor and sit next to him. For any brushing, you want your little dog to be comfortable and enjoy the pampering.
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Body
Start at your small dog’s neck and pull the FURminator downward toward his tail, Use long slow strokes. If you find tangles or knots, you can work these out using the FURminator with short strokes.
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Sides
From the backbone down to your small dog’s sides, brush again with long, slow strokes removing any excess loose fur and smoothing out your dog’s coat.
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Stomach
Roll your small dog to the side and brush from his chest to his belly using the FURminator. Be cautious of knots and tangles in this sensitive tummy area. Repeat this for each side of his stomach.
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Neck
Lift your small dog’s chin and brush down his neck, removing any excess fur. You can repeat this on the back of his head. Remember to use long and gentle strokes to remove shedding fur.
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Tail
If your small dog has a fluffy tail, the FURminator works great at removing tangles and smoothing out his beautiful fluff.
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Caution
Watch any bony areas on your dog. This will include shoulders and hips. These areas will be more sensitive and the FURminator could potentially scratch the skin if your pressure is too hard. Brush over these areas with the FURminator, but be aware they are more sensitive than softer areas on your small dog.
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Maintenance
As you are brushing, pull out excess fur from the teeth of the FURminator. This will keep the tool working well and assist with de-shedding.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Always use long strokes. Be sure to move slowly to pull out loose fur.
  • Watch bony areas like shoulders and hips.
  • Brush the same area more than once to remove all excess fur, but be cautious not to overdo one area.
  • Be sure you are using a FURminator specially made for a small dog.
  • FURminators also come in various types for different coats as well.
  • Using your FURminator on a regular basis will help prevent future shedding. It removes excess fur as it becomes loose before dropping off your dog.
  • The FURminator is a good tool to use for removing knots or tangles, but remember to be gentle to avoid bending the teeth.
  • Remember to always brush in the direction your small dog’s fur grows from head to tail.
  • If your small dog blows coat with each season, the FURminator is a great tool for removing this undercoat or excess winter fur.
  • Removing the fur from the teeth of the FURminator as your brush will keep the tool in good working order, as well as help get deeper into the undercoat.
  • Remember to reward your little guy after each brushing. This will help to make grooming valuable bonding time and keep him interested in doing it on a regular basis.

Conclusion

With the right size FURminator, your pint-sized pup can look beautiful. Reduce the large volume of shedding from your small dog before the fur hits your floor. Always be gentle and rewarding while using the FURminator and leave your little pup looking fur-bulous every day.

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