Your dog needs to be brushed but there is a plethora of brushes to choose from at the pet stores in Fort Collins. Which brush is right for your dog?
Types of brushes
There are 4 basic types of brushes for grooming your dog: pin brushes, slicker brushes, bristle brushes and rubber curry brushes. Each is used for a specific purpose.
Pin brushes have thin metal, plastic or wooden pins set into a pad with a handle. Handles are made of wood or plastic. The pins are placed approximately ¼” apart, usually in circular rows. Pin brushes are used to smooth, fluff and separate the long hair of double-coated, drop-coated, and silky-coated breeds.
Try to find a pin brush which does not have ball tips on the ends of the pins. Often pin brushes with ball tips on the ends are marketed as being gentle to your dog’s skin. In my experience the ball tips catch in the hair and pull, which, of course, your dog will not like. If used properly a pin brush without pins will not scratch a dog’s skin. If all you can find is a pin brush with ball tips then go for the smallest balls on the end you can find.
Examples of double-coated breeds on which a pin brush could be used are: Australian Shepherds, Collies, Border Collies, Great Pyrenees, Shetland Sheepdogs, Poodles, and Pomeranians. Examples of drop-coated breeds are: Lhasa Apsos, Bearded Collies, Yorkshire Terriers, and Shih Tzus. All setters and spaniels can also have a pin brush used on their long, silky coats.
My current favorite pin brush is an all wood model which I found at Sunflower Market in Fort Collins. Marketed for humans, it fulfills all the requirements for a quality pin brush and the wooden pins cut down on static electricity while brushing.
My second favorite is called a porcupine pin brush. This brush has plastic pins with short, bristles around each pin. This brush excels at fluffing and separating the coat while removing some of the loose coat.
For information on the best all-around brush see the next article-Different brushes for different breeds of dogs part 2.
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