Time to groom your dog? A dog slicker brush is one of the essential grooming tools every dog owner should have, especially if they want their dogs to be able to brag with an incredible and shining coat.
A dog slicker brush can be great for getting rid of loose, trapped fur and restoring the healthy shine to your dog’s coat.
Over time, loose fur can trigger allergies and skin conditions, or just get all over the place and leave you to remove it from your couch. But this is much less likely to happen if you manage to get rid of the loose fur by regularly brushing your dog.
Here’s more about dog slicker brushes and how to best use them to take care of your dog’s fur for the future.
What’s a Slicker Brush?
A slicker brush is usually rectangular in shape, somewhat resembles a human hairbrush, and has plenty of wiry bristles.
It’s designed specifically to remove loose hairs and dead skin cells from your dog’s coat, and it’s an essential part of their grooming routine that’s ideally used together with a regular dog brush – and sometimes dog grooming scissors.
How to Use a Slicker Brush
The best way to use a slicker brush is carefully. If you press down too hard with the brush, there’s a chance that you could hurt your dog’s skin – so go slowly and lightly over their fur, and remember to make regular stops to clean the brush as you go.
It’s a myth that a slicker brush will hurt your dog, but it’s not a myth that it can when used in the wrong way. If your dog shows any sign of pain or discomfort while brushing, stop.
Go slowly and gradually, working with the grain of their fur growth and going through bits of their fur at a time – especially if you have a slightly more furry pup to brush.
Slicker Brushing Tips
If you want to get the best possible use out of your slicker brush, you should clean it properly after every use. Make sure that you get all of the loose hairs out from the bristles – using a toothpick can make it a lot easier.
It’s also best to brush your dog with a regular brush before the slicker brush, especially if they happen to have thicker fur – this prevents the slicker brush from getting snagged.