A Guide to Brushing Different Coats

Brushing is essential for most breeds. Short-haired/smooth-coated dogs like Boston Terriers and Pugs need weekly brushing with a curry brush. Double-coated dogs like Siberian Huskies, Border Collies, and Golden Retrievers also require weekly brushing with a slicker brush, while a comb and curry brushes can be used occasionally. Long-haired breeds such as Afghans and Old English Sheepdogs need brushing weekly or several times a week with a slicker and comb.

Wire-coated breeds like West Highland White Terriers and Scottish Terriers need more frequent brushing. They can be hand-stripped with a stripping knife (if you’re unsure, seek professional help). Their legs and skirts should be brushed with slickers and combed out once or twice a week for maintenance.

Curly-coated breeds like Poodles and Bichon Frises need weekly or bi-weekly brushing with a slicker and comb. Start with the slicker brush, and consider using a demat spray, available at Pooches N’ Pals grooming locations, to make brushing easier. Tanya, an award-winning groomer and owner of Pooches N’ Pals, conducted a brushing seminar with valuable tips. The cost is only $25, and you’ll have lifetime access to the course. For more information, email Poochesuniversity@gmail.com.

For hairless breeds like the Chinese Crested, focus on the areas with hair using a slicker and comb.

Article by Tanya Ellis – Owner of Pooches N’ Pals Inc.

An award-winning groomer with 25+ years of dog grooming experience, Tanya has authored two books with tips for pet owners and grooming businesses.

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