Step One: Get a Good Comb
Davis, who is the author of Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others (Dogwise Publishing), suggests that, no matter what kind of dog you have, you should invest in a good comb. Look for a stainless steel comb that does not have any sharp points. "Rough handling and grooming obviously harms the dog's trust in being touched, and handling that is too tentative can do the same," she said. "The feel of the comb against your dog's skin has to fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum." Brands that she likes include Chris Christensen combs and #1 All Systems combs and products.
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Pet supply stores & Pet catalogs have a dizzying variety of tools and products to assist in dog grooming. There are combs with fine teeth, combs with medium teeth, and combs with coarse teeth, combs with handles and without. There are brushes with short metal pins, brushes with slanted metal pins, brushes with flexible plastic pins, oval-shaped brushes and rectangular brushes. There are shedding blades for thick-coated dogs that shed gobs of undercoat and nubby gloves for smooth-coated breeds.
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The comb is the best tool to finish and ensure that there are no knots.
Brushing your dog or cat dogs is impportant for the health of the skin and hair.
Good grooming removes dead hair and dirt. It stimulates the hair follicles and distributes the natural oils over the body.
Glorias combs are made to last longer. Comfortable and durable. There are different types - classic, rotating pins, 2 highs, mini flea comb and face comb.
The metal comb has 2 parts, one with seperate pins for de-tangling and to create volume
and the other side has closer pins for combing.
Always comb in the direction of the coat.
Comb the different layers, starting from the root to the top of the hair. Remove dead hair from the comb.
For the face or moustache always use a flea comb or face comb. These are more effective and easy to handle.
Flea combs can be used for removing fleas from the hair. You also need to worm your dog or cat. If you find fleas please visit your veterinarian or specialized pet shop.
For long haired dogs or cats use the large comb with 2 heigts that combs and eliminate small knots and the longer pins remove dead hair.
If your dog or cat suffers from matts, use the comb with the rotating pins, this slides better across the hair and will open the knotts more easily.
The first time you use any new product or tool to your dog, introduce it slowly, let him smell it and recognise it.
In the begining use it for short periods and then increase time and frequency slowly.
Reward your dog for his good behaviour with stroking and soothing words so that grooming is a relaxing and enjoyable time.
Taking care of your dog or cat establishes a strong bond between the animal and the owner.
To improve brushing or combing you can apply an anti-tangle product. Dogs and cats benefit from time spent taking care of them and grooming will be a rewarding time for both of you.
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