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At home brushing essentials

If you have a rascal that requires frequent grooming; he/she probably needs frequent brushing as well. Brushing your rascals in between spa appointments can help avoid matting which can cause discomfort to your pet and also cause a potential extended appointment time upon his/her next spa visit. In most cases our pet care professionals can delicately remove mat's by using a combination of professional products, bathing, drying and brushing techniques; however in some cases if matting is close to the skin and is clustered around various areas of the pets body the "de-matting" process can be painful. Brushing can be done periodically at home, little by little. Perhaps while the family gathers for a movie night at the end of the day on the couch. Brushing long coated, double coated, and curly coated dogs daily is encouraged. Be sure to always give your rascal(s) praise while brushing, to ensure that brushing is a positive experience.
Many pet parents unknowingly make the mistake of using a "slicker brush" to brush the pets coat. In many cases the slicker brush (although useful when paired with other tools) only brushes the top coat of the pets coat. In order to properly brush coats of various kinds and textures several brushes can be suggested and used in combinations to effectively brush the coat in it's entirety. While using a combination of brushes / tools the method of "line brushing" is also encouraged.
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➡ Poodle Comb is highly recommended for curly coated breeds.
➡ Use slicker brush to brush periodically to separate hair, this brush can not be used alone on curly / thick coated breeds as it only brushes the top coat. Be sure to not over brush with this tool as it can scrape skin if used too much / if too much pressure applied when brushing. ➡ De-matting tool is used to sift through Matt's. The blade like design will slowly thin and remove the Matt's. Be careful when using this tool as its sharp and needs to be used properly. If matting is close to the skin please make a grooming appointment and we'd be happy to help.
➡ The Metal comb is key, use to brush through the coat, if you hit a snag, back to brushing with other tools.If you need to see how this brushing technique is applied, to better suite your rascals needs let us know and we'd be happy to show you! Knitted sweaters can increase matting as well as harness's and nylon collars, we suggest rolled leather collars. If you bath your rascals at home in between services matting can also be caused from in-popper drying techniques. If you have a soft coated, double coated or curly coated dog breed it is best to dry by hand with a dryer in a slow motion away from the skin. NOT in a rapid back and forth motion as this can whip the hair and cause matting. Unfortunately at times good intentions cause the opposite.
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