It’s that time of the year, again. The white fluff is flying everywhere, and regardless of what colour clothes I’m wearing, they end up white…
The past three years, I have tried everything: all kinds of brushes and rakes, even the Furminator. Some worked and some didn’t. With the ones that “almost” worked, my biggest complaint was that they didn’t penetrate the fur and only did a superficial job. I’ve noticed that there was more and more matted areas around Rocco’s hips and the base of his tail. Nothing seemed to be able to penetrate through that thick coat.
Until Rocco’s trainer introduced us to a grooming comb! That thing works like magic.
There are a few things to keep in mind when using it:
– Always comb with the hair
– Go very slowly, making sure that the comb is reaching all the way to the base of the hair.
– When you hit a mat, don’t pull on it, it will hurt and make your dog resent the experience. Move the comb above the mat, separate the hair and gently comb it out.
Combing takes much more time than brushing. Don’t rush it. I usually spend 15-30min each day working on a small area and the results are amazing. A cleaner, softer and silkier coat.
I found many benefits of using the comb:
– allows me to inspect his fur, and possibly find debris or signs of fleas.
– also allows me to inspect his skin. I look for any red, irritated or balding areas
– gives Rocco a nice, gentle massage. I’ve noticed that Rocco loves the comb and finds it very relaxing. I try to alternate between working on a mat and giving him a nice massage on his back or chest.