Brush Your Dog Before It’s Too Late

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You may have heard that you need to brush your dog, especially double-coated breed, but why? Brushing removes dirt and dead hair that can get trapped in the coat. Brushing will help reduce shedding by removing the excess undercoat which would otherwise fall out all over your home. It also stimulates blood flow and helps keep skin healthy, which is especially important for dogs with allergies or sensitivities. Brushing your shedding breed is in some sense, more important than brushing non-shedding ones. Read on to see why!

Double-coated dogs need regular brushing at home

All double-coated breeds have a predetermined length of hair, meaning their hair will stop growing at a certain point and will not grow longer. This category of breeds include Huskies, Labs, Pomeranians, Boston Terriers, Golden Retrievers and many more. These breeds shed much more than single-coated breeds and require lots of brushing. 

While short haired doubled-coated breeds like Boston Terriers, Jack Russels, and Pugs can get away without brushing for a couple of months, brushing is a necessity for our longer coated breeds. If their shedding undercoat isn’t brushed out regularly, it quickly becomes entangled underneath, close to their skin. When these tangles become much worse, it can turn into pelting which can encase your whole dog in dense matting. This is often the result of bathing at home without brushing or drying. This type of matting is very hard to see in these breeds because their outer coat can look and feel untangled. 

Establish the routine to brush your dog at home

When breeds like Samoyeds or German Shepherds become severely matted, the safest and most humane way to take care of the matting is to shave them down. While we do not advocate shaving double-coated breeds, their health and well-being is our main priority. Shaving these breeds can compromise their coat. This can look like patchy fur, different coat texture (they usually grow back coarse), and their hair colour may change. 

So we highly recommend regular brushing at home before you get to a point of no return. If you can not brush them as often as they need, we suggest making monthly appointments with your groomer for a comprehensive bath and blow-out session. You can save their beautiful coat and you will also have a dog looking and feeling their best without too much effort on your end.

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