Whether you have a short-haired dog or a long-haired dog, regularly brushing their fur helps keeps their skin healthy. Brushing is especially important for longer-haired dogs, whose fur can be prone to matting. Continue reading to learn about the importance of brushing your dog.

Why Brushing Your Dog Is Important

  • Prevents painful mats from forming
  • Reduces shedding
  • Allows you to spot lumps, bumps, parasites and skin issues
  • Keeps your pup looking their best
  • Is a wonderful bonding opportunity

How Often You Should Brush Your Dog

Short, Smooth Coats: once per week.

Short or Medium Double Coats: daily, or at least once per week.

Long Double Coats: a few times per week.

Curly or Wavy Coats: daily.

Straight Coats: a couple of times per week.

Wire Coats: once per week.

When You Should Brush Your Dog

  • Before and after a bath.
  • After getting a bath.
  • During shedding season.

How To Make Your Dog Comfortable with Brushing

  • Use treats.
  • Introduce your dog to the brush and let them sniff it.
  • Reward them at the end of each brushing session.


For short/medium fur: KONG Dog ZoomGroom Multi-Use Brush

For long/curly/wiry fur: Hertzko Self-Cleaning Dog & Cat Slicker Brush

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