When searching for the right Dog Grooming products it's not always so simple as there are thousands of options made widely available especially when trying to purchase the right Grooming Tools, some may agree the market is so saturated and that makes it all harder to make a decision and that's not saying you're indecisive. Many Grooming Tools can serve multiple purposes therefore it's important to first narrow down the field in what you're looking for as there are products that can brush and remove knots with Bristle, De-matter, De-shedding options in the forms of Rakes and Pins and all sorts of options made widely available. So let;s take a deep dive into the many purposes that exist for each type of brush before making your decision.
Dog Bristle Brushes
Dog Bristle brushes feature thousands of little itty bitty bristles that are bendable and specifically designed for smothering a cat and dogs top coat layer of fur. They're fantastic for spreading a dogs natural oils located in their fur that is beneficial in-order to provide a constant natural and shiny coat across their hair. Bristle brushes are universally used for both dogs and cats and both shorter and longer pet hair breeds. Bristle brushes are also easier on the hair and are specially a good option for dogs with sensitive skin. They're however not designed to remove knots and tangles but they can slightly remove loose knots that are along the top coat. Many consider dog bristle brushes to be an essential in your grooming tool box since they're purposeful and provide hygiene. They're nice for shaping hair but don't do the job like a comb.
There are many types of Dog Combs that each provide a different purpose. Let's first start out with Pin Combs. A pin comb features thicker grade flexible combs and usually connected to an air-pocket that creates a smoother brushing experience when combing through hair. Dog Pin Combs are also universally used with Cats and Kittens and are flexible in nature and easier on the hair. These combs are tougher than bristle brushes and less fine-tooth than a slicker brush and close to a slicker brush in flexibility. Pin combs are designed to shape or stylize hair and remove knots and tangles more effectively than Bristle brushes but not as effective as a dematting dog brush. Pin combs are longer in length and easier on both the top and bottom coats and hair follicles. Many humans use similar brushes however those that are designed specifically for dogs feature various designs for proper gripping and we don't recommend sharing one as there could be ticks and insects and that creates bad hygiene (You don't want to do that). Pin brushes are great at removing both knots and combs but require greater hand force than a dematting comb.
Tooth Combs on the other hand are a completely different type of comb, these combs are narrow and feature long stainless steel bristles that aren't at all flexible and are usually available and sold in both wider tooth and narrow tooth options or both. These combs are useful when removing knots and tangles however just not effectively as a de-matter or a rake comb might. These are popular options since they're smaller in size and easier to carry around although they're as effective in providing other functions that a dog deshedder or a rake tool might provide they definitely an option that could help remove larger sized ticks and they're great for smothering their coat and helping stylize their hair looks. Tooth combs while great should always be used with caution since they're sharp to a degree and if too much pressure is applied to their undercoat they may cause injury if pressed too close against their skin. Like all combs it takes practice. For those who are concerned about that issue it might be better to opt for a Pin brush that provides more flexibility. Pet Life sells a beautiful Flex-series that are specially designed to bend that help provide a smoother brushing experience however such a feature might not be as useful when using a pointy object so always be careful and sometimes it just takes a little practice.
Dog Slicker Brushes
Dog slicker brushes are one of the most popular brushes and are comprised of many thinner needle-like flexible brushes that are typically connected to an air-pocket that create a smooth brushing experiences. Slicker brushes like bristle brushes are great in distributing a dogs natural hair oils around and great for smoothening their coats making their coats softer and fluffier. Pet Slicker brushes are a phenomenal option to those that want to remove shedded hairs without aggravating their skin or bottom coat. These forms of brushes are also great at removing knots and tangles more effectively than a pin brush might. The fine tooth needles on a slicker brush are flexible therefore the bristles are more easily able to swiftly get into their hair fibers more effectively and remove dog tangles and knots. It's no secret they've been ranked among one of the most effective grooming tools year after year.
Dog De-matters and Rakes
Dog Dematters and Dog Rakes are combined here in this category since they're almost the same and provide the same functionality. Dog De-matting Combs feature specially designed curved edges that are meant to pull out knots while Dog Rake Combs aren't curved in design and are straighter in structure and are designed to comb through knots and tangles. In many cases it's a simple matter of preference or hair style. If we had to take sides that depends on the type of dog hair breed you have. For example, a dog with curly hair is more susceptible to developing knots therefore it might be better to look into buying something that is more curved as opposed to long hair or short haired breeds with a straighter body of hair.
Dematters and Rakes are comprised of thick stainless steel blades. Rakes in some instances might feature dual rows, some rows are curved and some rakes feature circular structures for multi-directional brushing. While rakes and dematters are not always so comfortable they're necessary in pulling out harder to reach knots and tangles that all other ordinary brushes aren't equipped to handle properly. Therefore it's good to look into rakes and dematters that are unique. Pet Life's Flex-Series features flexible hinges that are specially designed to help decrease pressure and discomfort associated with such grooming tools. Rakes and De-matters are also sharper and pointy so it's important to always leave space between their skin and bottom coat when brushing. They're one of the most effective brushes out there that are designed to really do the job. It's always recommended to remove tangles from their coats following bathing with a conditioner or following the usage of a slicker brush to help loosen up tangles and knots initially and to help alleviate discomfort prior to usage.
Dog Deshedders are also a highly popular option and are comprised of smaller blades that are designed to remove top-coat hairs. De-shedders are also available in differently sized blade lengths however predominantly shorter in blade size. Some Deshedding Tools feature buttons that when pressed is designed to pop-out of an inner shell when brushing and detract inside for a super convenient disposal of hair in a matter of seconds without any mess. The smaller stainless steel blades are sharper and rigid and designed to reach hair located along the top and further down the middle of their coat layers. These brushes provide a much needed service in removing anything that stands in it's way along the top coat such as knots and tangles and completely smoothens their coat.
Massaging Dog Brushes
These types of brushes are generally composed with soft flexible bristles and in many cases with those that are composed of silicone. Massing Dog Brushes are also known are soft brushes and are smaller in size and usually gripped by hand like a bar of soap. These brushes are used for calming, bathing and lathering which is required since a dogs hair is typically heavier in weight after or while taking a bath and that creates lots of uncomfortable and unnecessary pulling or tugging of hair when using any other type of brush therefore it's extremely important to always carry one of these around in order to properly bathe. They're very useful and help soften their hair by assisting in the softening of their follicles by lathering. Some massing combs features pointier bristles than others. Those that are pointy and sharper help brush their hair and are designed for longer-haired breeds which those that are shorter and smoother in texture are designed to massage their bodies and lightly lather short-bred hair.
Paw and Nail Care
It's important to make sure that we're just as fixated on their hair as we are on their nails. Dog Nail Clippers are available in the form of clippers and scissors. Nail Scissors are usually designed for Smaller Dog Breeds, Puppies, Cats and Kittens while clippers are universally used for all nail types. Proper nail maintenance is more or if not, just as important as brushing their hair since nails that aren't cut and filed properly can cause a myriad of issues that can cause skin rashes as dog itch themselves and provide lot's of unwanted scratching on the furniture and carpets in your home including preventable bodily harm to both the owner and themselves. Nails don't only need to be cut, they almost must always be properly filed. Overgrown nail beds can also cause lots of pain if not cut properly that can further result in many additional uses. Thankfully there are so many clippers out there and nail filers including those with 2-in-1 options to those that are even electronic and sand down their nails including those with built-in LED lights that are even designed to illuminate their nail beds for proper cutting. Always make sure to leave a space between their nail beds and their nails as such can cause lots of pain and bleeding. Always proceed with caution, but no worries in no time and with enough practice and with the right tools you'll be just fine!
Tips and Suggestions:
If you're a new pet owner and you're new to usage of grooming tools it might be advisable to look into purchasing Grooming Tool sets or Grooming Tools that are multi-functional or those that feature interchangeable heads such as the Pet Life conversion 5-in-1 Brush that's a De-sheder, De-matter, Bristle, Pin and Flexible Dog Comb. Brushes like these are a great way to learn without having to buy multiple pieces.
Getting your dog prim and proper has never been easier at Pet Life. Dog grooming is part of you weekly routine when caring for your dog. This keeps their coats healthy while checking for any critters that might be on your dog. While most dog owners think dog grooming means brushing your dog but its more than that. Dog grooming starts with dog shampoos and dog conditioners. While you might think that you can use your own hair care products on your dog you shouldn’t. Human shampoo is too harsh on your dog’s skin and coat often stripping the natural oils contained in their fur and skin. This often prevents your dog from being able to produce those healthy oils which protect them from parasites and bacteria by upsetting their natural pH balance. Dog shampoos are designed to clean your dog without getting rid of essential oils and agitating their skin. Another reason to not use regular shampoo is that you can get it in their eyes. This is why most dog shampoos are made to prevent irritation of their eyes. In between baths your dog will get dirty however you shouldn’t be washing your dog with shampoo and conditioner more than once every two weeks. So how can you keep their coats clean and dirt free? Dog cleaning wipes help wash away dirt, dander and pet odor for a quick and simple clean in between baths. These light cleansers lift away dirt, drool and pollen with loads of other unmentionables. With dog cleaning wipes cleaning your dog in between baths hasn’t been easier. There are also tushy wipes for dogs who get waste stuck to their tushies which can help alleviate the need to drag their butts on the floor. Another essential part of dog grooming is dog nail clippers and trimmers. When your dog’s nails grow too long, they end up scratching the floors, cut skin and tear through furniture. Long nails can cause pain and even injuries if you aren’t grooming and taking care of their nails. If your dog’s nails go unmanaged it can affect the way they walk and run correctly. If left unmanaged for long periods of time in extreme cases it causes stress on your dog's joins and can even cause arthritis. Taking care of your dog’s ears is essential for your dog to be able to hear and respond to your calls. Dog ear care is easy for the most part and can be done with wipes and drops that can clear additional waxy buildup. Much like dog ear care dog eye care can help clear the extra unwanted schmutz under your dog’s eyes without the need of giving them a bath. It is best to take care of both ear and eye care during bath time this way you can make sure your dog is fully clean and ready for the day. To keep your dog’s coat from getting tangled dog grooming brushes are needed even for short haired dogs. While you are taking the time to clean the outside of your dog don’t forget that their teeth are also an important with dog dental care products your dog will sparkle inside and out.