The Ultimate Guide for Choosing the Right Comb for Your Dog
When it comes to the health of your dog’s coat, you want to make sure that they are well taken care of. One step in doing so is to make sure that you have the right tools. Combs are a necessary tool for any dog hair care routine. If you have been having trouble properly maintaining the health of your dog’s coat, or achieving the groom you’d like, perhaps you should consider using a comb.
This Chris Christensen Poodle Buttercomb is perfect for de-tangling and fluffing up the coats of poodles and other coarse-coated breeds. The long-toothed comb glides through the coat without snagging or breakage. The stainless steel teeth create a strong, long lasting tool that is more comfortable to use.
Combs help to remove knots and tangles from your dog’s hair (note that hair and fur are chemically the same thing scientifically speaking). When their hair is free of knots, it is easier to brush and style. Combs can also help to distribute the natural oils in your dog’s coat evenly. This leads to a shinier and healthier coat overall while also promoting growth. Combs can reach areas that brushes cannot. This allows you to get a more thorough clean when grooming your dog and inspect the skin for lumps and parasites.
To properly prep any dog for a groom, the coat must be completely knot free. The comb is the ultimate tool in appropriately line brushing a dog, which is the technique that gets down to the skin, beneath the coat. If only surface brushing (brushing or skimming over the coat), your dog may look nice, but mats and debris are hiding beneath the coat, next to the skin. The longer this is left, the tighter the matting becomes.
Combs are a necessary tool for any dog hair care routine. With so many different types of combs available, it is important to choose the right one for your dog’s hair type, length, and needs.
There are many different types of combs, including combs for different hair textures, combs for different hair lengths, and combs for different purposes.
Combs are made of either
- Wood or
Some combs are a combination of wood or steel teeth, plastic with steel teeth, or all steel. There is of course a wide variety of styles, types, and quality of combs available to any groomer or pet owner. Different combs are better for different purposes. Some combs are better for certain types of coats than others. The quality of a comb can impact its performance.
Professional combs not only do a better job, they last longer.
- They are heavily plated,
- Finely polished
- Smoothly finished
- Teeth do not fall out because they are installed correctly
This makes professional quality combs superior to combs found sold in pet stores.
Picking the Right Comb
Simple “rules” for choosing the most effective comb:
- Long teeth are used for long hair
- Short teeth are for short hair
- Wide-spaced teeth are for thick coats
- Narrower teeth are used for thin coats
- Combs with plastic or wood handles are lighter in weight
Combs come in a variety of styles, types, and qualities. Different combs are better for different purposes. Some combs are better for certain types of coats than others. The quality of a comb can impact its performance.
No one comb will be ideal for every pet, as there is no one size fits all. That is why professional groomers find it is most beneficial to have a range of combs in their toolkit.
Consider these three types first:
Long toothed, coarse or coarse and medium spaced comb
- Sometimes called a “rough in” comb
- Excellent to help you remove loose coat
- Finds tangles your brush missed when working on double coated breeds, drop coats kept in full coat, or dogs such as poodles and bichons with long hair
Medium/fine comb with moderate length teeth
- A fantastic basic universal comb that can be used on most breeds
Fine finishing comb
- Separates every last hair
- Makes the dog look its fluffiest
Overall, combs are a great tool to add to your dog grooming routine. If you have been having trouble keeping your pet’s hair healthy and tangle-free, consider using a comb during your next groom.
Danielle & Sheepdog Riggs
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