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Brushing is the key to keeping matting to a minimum. But before we get ahead of ourselves you must ask yourself, “Is your dog making much ado about brushing? What I mean is how does your dog behave when they know it’s brush time? Does this behavior help or hinder you in the process? If the hinderance prevents you from brushing; matting will shortly follow. Improving communication with your pet is super crucial to all pet care and to grooming. So building a strong foundation of communication is the first important step. The next step is plenty of practice. It’s just like grooming, your dog will eventually accept that brushing a regular occurrence and they can become accustom and even enjoy brush time!
Now lets talk about how much brushing is needed. The amount of time spent brushing will depend on: behavior, size of your dog, type of coat, and lifestyle. Longer and thicker coats will require more brushing than shorter and smoother coats. A dog’s lifestyle also plays a significant role in brushing. For example, temperature controlled dwellings may inhibit a double coated dog from seasonally shedding it’s undercoat so more brushing would be needed during seasonal changes. Your brushing schedule can be made easier in conjunction with regular grooming visits.
The right brush will also help you in brushing smarter not harder. I recommend to almost all my clients two tools for managing matting in between grooms. A slicker brush to remove the tangling and a greyhound comb to check your work. A good rule of thumb, the denser your dogs coat, the firmer the slicker pins should be. Good luck, and just keep brushing!
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