A shiny, silky coat is not only a matter of aesthetics, but also an indicator of the dog’s overall health. A good diet, regular exercise and brushing are factors that will help keep your dog’s coat in good condition, and of course, his health as well.
However, it is important to note that the correct brushing depends on the type of coat your dog has. In fact, depending on the breed and coat type, different brushing techniques and also different frequencies will be used.
Brushing your dog’s coat correctly
Some general guidelines on how to brush your dog’s coat according to its type are as follows:
Short or straight coat
Use a soft bristle brush or a rubber glove with soft bristles to remove loose hair and dirt.
In this case, it is best to brush in the direction of coat growth.
The frequency with which you can brush your dog is once a week or as needed.
Long or silky coat
Use a brush with long, soft bristles or a metal comb with long, splayed teeth.
Separate the coat into sections and carefully brush each section to avoid tangles.
Brush at least several times a week, and daily if possible, to prevent knots and tangles from forming.
Curly or shaggy coat
Use a soft-bristled brush and a long-toothed stainless steel comb to avoid tangles.
Brush thoroughly to prevent tangling of the coat, especially behind the ears and on the tail.
May require daily or every other day brushing to keep the coat in good condition.
Dense coat or double coat
Dogs such as Huskies and German Shepherds have this type of coat.
Use a long bristle brush and a rake or molting brush to reach the undercoat.
Brush in the direction of coat growth and pay special attention to areas prone to tangles, such as the neck and back of the legs.
During molting periods, you may need to brush daily or several times a week.
Rough or wire coat
Terriers have this type of coat.
Use a stiff bristle brush and a steel comb to remove dead hairs and tangles.
Brush in the direction of coat growth.
Brush your dog at least once a week to keep the coat in good condition.
Woolly or curly coat
Dogs such as Poodles are characterized by this type of coat.
Use a soft bristle brush and steel comb to detangle and shape the coat.
Brush daily to prevent the coat from tangling and forming knots.
Dogs of breeds such as Xolos or Chinese Crested, although hairless, can benefit from a gentle brushing with a rubber glove to remove dead skin and stimulate circulation.
Remember that regardless of your dog’s coat type, it is important to use proper grooming tools to avoid damaging the skin or coat. In addition, brushing not only helps to keep the coat in good condition, but also strengthens the bond between you and your pet and allows you to detect skin problems or parasites early.
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