Train Your Dog To Like Brushing: 7 Tips From Your Groomer

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How To Brush a Dog | Brushing Poodle Puppy

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Do you dread brushing your dog? We know the feeling! It seems like a tedious task, but it can be done at home with little time and patience. The secret to success is starting early-when they’re still a puppy, use the right tools and techniques, while making it a positive experience.

Our recommendation is to regularly brush your dog at home (at least 2-3 times a week) while taking them to the salon for grooming.

Benefits To Brushing

Brushing your dog regularly is necessary to prevent tangles, matted hair, as well as removing any unwanted debris in their fur. Matting can be very painful and uncomfortable to live with so brushing is an important part of their lifestyle.

Not only does regular brushing and combing prevent mats from forming, but it also helps their coat stay healthy by distributing the natural oils throughout your dog's hair and skin. This keeps your dog’s coat looking healthy and also helps to make their groom last even longer!

It helps reduce the amount of dead hair, dander in your home, and on clothing or furniture which is a nice bonus! Regular brushing ensures a happy pet with fewer allergens to deal with at home.

How To Make Brushing A Positive Experience Every Time

1. You want to get into the habit of brushing your dog when he is still a puppy. Start by ▢ touch training and gaining their trust, then work up from touching different parts of his body until you can use just a brush on its own.

2. Train your dog to love being brushed by offering attention, praise, and treats when he sits still for a grooming session. Help him associate brushing with a positive and relaxing experience.

3. If the hair is tangled, make sure not to aggressively pull at the mats with the brush. Instead, start from the outer layer of the matting and gently brush the surface as you work down closer to the skin. After you’ve brushed through the tangled mass, comb through the area to make sure your comb can pass through without catching any tangles. You should be able to comb down to the skin without hurting them.

4. In this video, you’ll notice the dog is on the grooming table without a grooming loop around its neck. If you are also using a table to brush them, make sure you use a collar with a leash attached so that you can prevent them from falling off.

5. When brushing at home, ask your groomer what kind of brush to use and how to use line brushing and other proper techniques. There are many different types of grooming tools out on the market so it’s best to consult a professional about which type of brush to use on your specific dog breed and coat type.

6. There are many ways to remove tangles and matted hair from a dog. De-matting with a brush can be painful for your dog and also takes time, so it’s best to brush regularly and avoid mats from forming in the first place. If the matting is severe and covers a large part of their body, we advise not to brush them and to have a professional groomer shave it out. It is far more humane, and will not leave them with a painful experience.

7. It is more important to make brushing an enjoyable experience for both you and your dog, so instead of focusing on the right techniques, try to figure out why your dog might not enjoy brushing. Prevent any painful experiences as much as possible. Keep the brushing sessions short, and link them to activities your dog enjoys like mealtimes, playtime, or long walks.

Maintain a Healthy, Shiny Coat Of Your Pet

Regular brushing is important for maintaining a healthy, shiny coat. If you’re having trouble getting your pup to sit still and let you brush them, don't fret! There are plenty of ways to help train your pooch to like the grooming process.

We hope these tips will give pet owners some ideas when it comes time for them to start thinking about their dog's next haircut or trim! Which method did you use to get your pet used to being brushed?