Is there such thing as over brushing your dog? Here’s What to Expect

Heavy Coat:

Many heavy-coated dogs are also double-coated. Considered moderate to high on the grooming scale, it is critical to groom 2-3 times each week. A heavy-coated dog owner’s tool belt should include a slicker brush and a 2-in-1 row rake. Use detangler spray before and after grooming to help remove knots, tangles, and mats easily and painlessly. Pay special attention to the areas that commonly present mats and tangles (neck, chest and hindquarters). A heavy coat should bounce when your dog walks. Or in the case of the Pekingese, when your dog struts.

Wire Coat:

Wire-coated dogs have a combination of short undercoat and a long wiry outer coat. The longer coat is susceptible to matting when not cared for weekly. When brushing your wirehaired dog, start with a slicker brush to help coax out tangles and mats. If tangles are stubborn, try using a liquid detangler. Next, use a bristle brush to remove surface shedding and dead hairs from your dog.

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Is there such thing as over brushing your dog?

Combination Coat:

Dogs with combination coats often shed heavily during changing seasons. Many combination-coated dogs are in the working group or herding group meaning they were bred to excel in the elements. Now, most Goldens and Collies are family dogs only herding bunnies, squeaky toys, and occasionally, the kids. Moderate on our maintenance scale, use a slicker or pin brush to remove tangles, using a detangling spray if necessary. Once tangles are removed, you may choose to use the shedding blade on a 2-in-1 row rake to help remove dead hairs, especially during shedding seasons.

5 benefits of brushing your dog at home

Although dogs do some things to keep their coats neat and clean on their own, they need your help with tasks that require opposable thumbs, such as brushing.

Regular brushing removes excess hair from your dog’s coat and cuts down significantly on the amount of hair you have to deal with on your furniture, car, and your favorite black pants. It also helps distribute the natural oils in your dog’s fur and skin, keeping their coat healthy and looking its best.

Brushing is also a great way to check your dog’s health. While you brush, look at the condition of your dog’s coat. Is it matted or tangled? Dry or oily? Also look for lumps, ticks, fleas, hair mats, cuts, and anything that looks unusual.

As they age, they’ll get a few more bumps and lumps all over. On the off chance one of those lumps isn’t harmless, it’s better to discover it sooner rather than later.