Groomer Joanne shares her advice for brushing your dog at home. This guide focuses on breeds with wool & silky coats, which includes:
- Bichon Frise
- Cocker Spaniels
- Shih Tzu
- Any other dogs that have a longer hair type
Brushing Your Dog
You should brush your dog daily, and the best brush to use is a SLICKER BRUSH (which can be purchased online).
Make sure you separate the coat as you are brushing, as this will then get to the root of hair.
After brushing, you can then use a METAL COMB to remove any dead hair.
Key Areas The Are Prone To Matting
There are certain areas on your dog that are more prone to matting than others. These include:
- Chest and belly
- Beard and around the mouth
- Around the bottom
- Around feet
- Under elbows
- Inside legs
- Under ears and ends of ears
Areas To Wash Daily
- Feet and bottom of paws
- Around eyes (build-up of sleep)
- Around bottom
- Inside ears
- Around mouth and beard
- Inside the groin
Washing Your Dog
You should bath your dog when needed, after walks or when the coat is dirty.
After bathing pat them down with a towel - do not rub as this will matt the coat. If your dog will allow it, blow dry him or her on a low heat, and brush as you go.
Leaving your dog wet for longer periods without drying properly will incur in matting and be very uncomfortable for your dog. Getting them as dry as you can is essential.