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Video:How to Comb a Dog's Hair

with Tim Pryor

To keep your dog's skin and hair healthy, you will need to regularly comb it's hair. Combing a dog's hair isn't hard, but most pet owners make common mistakes. See the best technique for combing a dogs hair.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Comb a Dog's Hair

Hi, my name is Tim Pryor of Nash Academy in Lexington, Kentucky for About.com. Today I’m going to demonstrate the proper technique for combing your dog's hair.

Brushes for Thick Coats

There are many different brushes out there. First, I would start with a slicker brush, this is a very stiff bristle, works really good on your curly coats or thick, double coats and helps get through a thicker coat a little bit easier.

Brushes for Older Dogs

Our next brush has softer bristle for your older dogs, for fragile skin types. The main thing is to avoid causing brush burn.

Brushes for Smaller Dogs

This is our third brush, it's a little more smaller of a brush. This one can be used for your smaller or shorter breeds. It s a little more delicate of a brush.

Dog Combs

Along with the brushes I would always have a comb. This is a medium coarse comb with a little bit of spacing in between. This is just to double check and make sure your dog is brushed out all the way.

Line Brushing

This is Ralph. Were going to go over what to watch for in the proper technique for brushing. Were going to use the softer bristle brush, Ralph is a little bit older, his coat is getting a little bit thinner and that tells me his skin may be more fragile.

Basic typical problem when they're brushing, a lot of your pet owners want to brush their dogs like this. We call this "top brushing." We need to get to the skin, so we need to use a technique called "line brushing."

Pull Coat Upwards to Reveal Skin

So what we need to do is take one hand and begin to pull the coat upwards so we can see the skin. So well take what's under our hand holding the coat back and we'll gently brush out from what's underneath our hand. That way we can see the skin, and we know we're getting the coat brushed out all the way from the bottom. Like I said a moment ago, our typical pet owner want to top brush, but when we go over with our comb in the end it tends to get stuck.

Double Check With Comb

Once we get an area brushed out, we take our comb and double check. The comb should go right through like it would our own hair. If were going to be working on the head area, a lot of our dogs at home may not want to be bushed when they see the brush coming, so what I would suggest is to just do a little bit at a time.

Make Brushing Fun

Don't make your dog sit for too long in one place. Make fun out of it, make it positive. So what were doing now is were brushing over the ear. I can also line brush underneath the neck area, making sure were getting through the coat and down to the skin, cause that's where our problems start.

Make Sure to Remove Dead Skin

A lot of times if we don't get to the skin well get matted situations, and were not getting the dead skin off, and that's what we need to do to make the skin breathe and be healthy. And that's the proper technique for brushing a dog out.

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