, , , , , , ,

Ahhh, the signs of spring. Robins , buds on the trees.. Grass greening..LOTS of shedding… how do you manage it?

While, you could try spinning it up to knit (yes, this is done) but most of us are looking for a more simple solution.

If you do nothing else, you must brush, brush ,brush…but be sure to use the RIGHT brush and techniques. Choose a brush that is designed for your dog‘s type of coat, and use a very soft brush for your cat.

Use deep, firm strokes that penetrate the coat-don’t just brush the surface.

Brush head to tail, then reverse direction to loosen any hairs you may have missed. Finish off by going head to tail again.

Use a static free brush if brushing against the grain turns into a “shocking” experience.

After brushing thoroughly, switch to a comb or a “rake”. A rake is a big comb with a handle. This makes it easier to grasp than a comb and makes the grooming experience more comfortable for you.

Use a rubber curry comb (go in the direction of the hair with the curry comb).
Use a shedding blade

Use a “grooming glove” if your pet isn’t keen on standing still for a brushing-maybe he’ll think he is just getting petted..
Comb your dog after bathing in warm water. This helps loosen the hair.
If the hair is seriously matted, mats are easier to remove when the hair is wet. Don’t let matted hair dry though-it will get even tougher to get the mats out.

Apply a hair conditioner or “creme rinse”. This makes the hair smoother and easier to brush.

Use a spray on/leave in conditioner between baths.

Regular care can make your dog’s life and yours much more comfortable, and when you are complaining about the cold weather next winter? Be glad your dog is not shedding!