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Types of Brushes and Their Uses

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There are many grooming tools on the market and each one is specifically designed to suit the needs of all dog coat types from combination to silky and curly. This guide will help you determine which tool is right for your dog's coat type.

There are many grooming tools on the market and each one is specifically designed to suit the needs of all dog coat types from combination to silky and curly. This guide will help you determine which tool is right for your dog's coat type.

Slicker Brush: This is a great general purpose brush for de-matting and removing dead hair and undercoat from all coat types, such as Combination, Double, Heavy, Silky and Curly. These brushes have a flat or curved head with rows of thin wire pins that are slightly bent at the end. The pins comb through the hair to remove tangles while the bent ends hold dead hair, releasing it from the coat. Slicker Brushes are available in a wide variety of sizes with pins that range from soft to firm to match your dog’s size and coat texture.

Pin Brush: This brush is great for removing tangles from longer flowing coats such as Silky and Natural Long, without removing hair. Pin brushes have rows of straight pins that are often tipped at the ends with plastic rubber to prevent scratching. Be sure to check the coat with a comb for missed tangles and mats after brushing as the pins can jump over mats and tangles. Brushes are available in a wide assortment of sizes, types and colors.

Bristle Brush: These brushes are made with natural or man-made bristles on a curved rubber base. They are designed to remove debris and also shine the coat on Wirey and Combination coats. Bristle brushes are available in a wide assortment of sizes.

Shedding blade: This tool is terrific for removing dead hair from Flat, Short and Combination coats. The shedding blade is not a brush at all; it is a thin strip of metal with tiny teeth on one side and leather or plastic handles on each end. The tiny teeth grab dead or loose hair from the coat as you gently drag the “blade” along the coat, following the direction of hair growth. Shedding blades are available in a wide assortment of sizes and colors.

Undercoat rake: Just as it sounds, this tool looks like a mini rake with its single row of straight metal tines and center-set handle. The long teeth of the rake are designed to get down into a deep coat and remove tangles and undercoat from Double and Heavy coats. Rakes come in a wide assortment of sizes, teeth lengths and configurations to meet a wide range of coat textures and lengths. Undercoat rakes are available in small and large sizes.

Furminator tool: This tool is designed to remove dead hair and undercoat from Flat, Short and Combination coats. It will remove dead hair from the surface of Heavy and Double coats but will not get down deep into the coat, so always brush the pet with a slicker brush or undercoat rake before using the Furminator. Furminator has a suite of shedding products and has tools available in many sizes.

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