The Dog Brush Guide

If you look at the brush aisle of a pet store, you’ll notice that there’s dozens of types to choose from. Specific brushes have specific purposes, so rather than grabbing the first brush you see, it’s important to choose one that works best for your dog. We’ve created this dog brush guide to help you do just that.

Brush Types


1. Slicker Brush: A slicker brush works for most coat types (except for very short haired dogs like Boxers or Dalmatians). Choose a firm slicker brush for dense coats or double coated dogs.* The softer slickers are best for puppies or small dogs with fine coats. Though this brush is a favorite among groomers and dog owners alike, on long-haired dogs it’s important to use it in conjunction with a comb because it can miss tangles deeper in the coat.

2. Comb: This is a must-have for dogs with medium to long coats. It tackles all the little tangles that other brushes could miss. Use in combination with slicker brushes, pin brushes, and more.

3. Undercoat Rake: This brush works well for getting out tangles as well as removing loose hair. As the name suggests, use on dogs with undercoats.*

4. Pin Brush: Choose a pin brush for long-coated dogs. Because it’s nice and soft, it minimizes possible breakage of the hair and keeps the coat looking luxurious.  It’s also gentle on your dog’s skin.

5. Rubber Brushes: This little rubbery thing looks like it could be a toy, but it’s actually brush. It’s best for fine-coated and short-haired dogs. When it comes to getting loose hair off your pup, this tool works wonders.

6. The Furminator: This guy is actually a clipper blade that is used to brush out loose coat. It should only be used on double coated dogs,* otherwise it will cause damage to the hair.  Because the edge is sharp, it’s important to be very gentle when using this brush. As long as you’re careful, though, it gets an amazing amount of loose hair off of your dog.

7. Dematting Rake: If your dog is really matted, use one of these guys. It cuts through the tangles that could otherwise be impossible to remove.

We hope this dog brushing guide helps you find the perfect tool for your dog. Feel free to pop buy Ollu or give us a call if you have any more questions!

*Certain breeds are double-coated, meaning they have a soft undercoat and a tougher outer coat. They typically shed a lot and don’t need all-over hair cuts. Click here for a list of double coated dogs.

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