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The Art of Grooming Your Dog

Brush up on which tools are best for your dog’s fur

Overview

Much like dogs, brushes for pets come in just about every shape and size imaginable. When you’re choosing brushes, start by considering your pet’s coat.

Slicker brush

This type of brush works with all coat types. It has a flat or curved head with rows of thin wire pins, which remove loose fur and help detangle.

Pin brush

A lot like the slicker brush, but this model’s wire pins are tipped with plastic or rubber. It’s made for longer, silkier coat types.

Bristle brush

This brush is best for doggies with short or wiry coats. The bristles remove debris and leave a nice shine.

Shedding blade

Don’t be fooled by it’s name, this brush is really just a horseshoe-shaped comb with small, harmless teeth. Drag it across flat, short or combination coats to remove loose fur.

Undercoat rake

This tool looks like a pin brush, but with fewer and longer pins. It’s designed to get deep into double and heavy coats.

FURminator®

This handy de-shedding tool has a toothed metal comb, plus a button to release collected fur (which is surprisingly useful). It works on flat, short, combination, heavy and double coats; it can help reduce shedding up to 90%.

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