Brushing should be a regular part of your dog’s grooming routine. Not only does it make your dog’s fur look soft and neat, but it also removes dirt, dead hair, and remove matted fur. Regular brushing can also bring out the natural oils produced by glands in your dog’s skin that keep his fur soft and skin moisturized.
Grooming can be a bonding experience between you and your dog and will build trust if done correctly.
Your dog may love being groomed, but with the wrong brush, it can be a stressful experience for you and your dog.
In this article, we are going to review 5 of the best dog brushes. There’s also a buyers guide that will help you choose the best dog brush for your furry friend.
Glendan Dog Brush
This slicker brush will remove mats, dander and trapped dirt with ease.
The budget-friendly brush has been specifically designed with a comfort grip and an anti-slip handle, so you can brush your dog for hours without getting sore or achy hands.
Glendan, the company behind the brush, offers a 90-day warranty with no questions asked – so if this brush isn’t up to your standards, then you won’t have wasted your money.
The massage particles are topped with plastic, so they are super soft. They won’t harm or scratch your dog’s skin and are designed to increase blood circulation through your dog’s body.
For a more streamlined grooming experience, the head of the brush rotates 360 degrees. You can brush your dog from any angle with this brush, and even get the hard to reach areas.
The brush comes in two colors – blue and pink. The handle of the brush is decorated with a picture of a bone.
- Plastic topped tips to prevent scratching your dog’s skin
- Budget friendly
- Takes time to clean after use
K&K Pet Grooming Glove Set
The glove is a great way of bonding with your canine companion. You just stroke them while wearing the glove, and your dog’s loose hair will effectively be de-shedded. It’s an experience both you and your dog will enjoy.
The loose har easily sticks to the specifically designed silicone tips, so you can even use the glove to pick up loose hair on couches or carpets!
There are 260 tips, which is more than most others available to buy on the market. The grooming session will be a breeze for you and feel like a massage for your dog.
You can even use this glove in the bath, which is perfect for getting the doggy shampoo spread evenly across his fur!
The product is free from any materials that could cause skin damage, so it’ll be a harmless experience for both you and your dog.
The glove itself features breathable mesh and elastic spandex fabric, which will allow a good fit for pretty much any hand size.
Once you’re done grooming your dog, just put the glove back into the free storage bag included in the purchase.
- Silicone tips massage your dog instead of scratching
- Easy to use
- Can also use to pick up hair from couches and beds etc
- Glove design for a more personal grooming session
- Hair can fall off glove and onto the floor
Many brushes have difficulty reaching the undercoat – but not the FURminator. This is specifically designed to de-shed your dog’s fur, so the days of floating fur everywhere are over.
The brush teeth are strategically positioned so they remove excess undercoat hair without causing any damage to the topcoat.
The curved edge of the comb comfortably fits your dog’s natural shape, making it easier to pick up any excess fur off your dog’s coat.
If you’re concerned about the environment, then enjoy this product guilt-free as the product will last you a long time and the packaging is sustainable- with no waste plastic.
For best results, use the FURminator a couple of times a week for 10-20 minutes each grooming session.
- Reaches undercoat with ease
- Fur ejector button that releases hair from the brush
- Ergonomically designed handle
- Different sizes and fur types available
- More premium price
- Very sharp teeth so be sure to brush gently
Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush
If you’re sick of your dog’s fur matting together, then give it a brush with the Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush.
The brush will remove mats without hurting your dog – the bristles are fine bent wires that are designed to penetrate deep into his coat. It will groom the undercoat without scratching his skin.
Although the bristles are very fine, they may still scratch dogs with a shorter or finer coat. It’s best used on medium to long-haired breeds!
If you’ve got a tough job on your hands, don’t stress about wrist pain and strain. The handle is ergonomically designed with a comfort grip and an anti-slip handle which will prevent any strains.
Hertzko had your dog’s best interests at heart when creating this brush. The brush is not only designed to brush excess fur away and tidy your dog’s coat, but it also increases blood circulation.
Once you’re finishing grooming your four-legged friend, click the button on the backside of the brush and the bristles will retract into the brush. This will get rid of all the fur from the brush, so it’s ready for the next grooming session in the click of a button.
- Self cleaning - just press a button
- Comfort grip on handle
- Reaches the undercoat
- Sturdy frame
- Not suited to dogs with a thin coat
Pet Grooming Brush by Pet Neat
Are you fed up with dog hair all over your floor and furniture? This product will put an end to that. You can remove up to 95% of dead hair from your dog in minutes with this professional de-shedding tool.
It will be a pleasant experience for both you and your dog. The handle is ergonomic and hypoallergenic – so you or your dog won’t be sneezing and wheezing because of this brush!
For optimal brushing, direct the teeth of the blade toward the coat and stroke their hair gently. It should only take around ten minutes to brush your dog’s hair, and for best results, do this a couple of times a week – or more if your dog has problem hair!
This brush is super durable and is made to last through long years of effortless dog grooming.
The 4” long comb blade is resistant to rust, which means it will stay shiny for years.
When you purchase this tool, you also get four free ebooks, including an essential manual on dog first aid – which is always useful to know. Also included is a comprehensive puppy training guide. We all know how difficult pups can be – and this guide will give you the helping hand you probably need!
The comb can be removed from the handle quickly and easily – just press the quick-release button located on the handle head.
- Four free dog care e-books
- Suited to all hair types
- Ergonomic handle
- Comes smaller than expected
There are countless brushes available on the market – some specialize in problem areas, and some are generic brushes suited to every dog. It’s important that you pick the best dog brush for you and your dog, and this guide will help you decide which brush you should buy.
How Do I Brush My Dog’s Fur?
First of all, it’s best to give your dog a wash. Brushing is always more effective with wet hair.
Check your pet for any bruises or scratches so you know where to avoid when brushing. If you believe your dog has a skin condition, consult your veterinarian.
Gently stroke down your dog’s coat in the direction of hair growth. Angle the teeth toward the coat. It’s best to start from the head and work your way back. Be wary of areas where your dog is sensitive.
If you notice any redness or irritation, stop brushing.
Once finished, remove the fur from the brush ready for the next grooming session.
What Should I Look For in a Dog Brush?
Dog brushes come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes – but they all remove excess fur from your dog’s coat.
The best dog brush will effectively remove any matted fur, detangle hairs and tidy up your dog’s coat. It shouldn’t be a painful experience for you or your dog, so some steps should be taken by the manufacturer to ensure you and your dog have a positive grooming session.
Slicker brushes have fine, short wires that are closely positioned on a flat surface. If you’ve got a long-haired or a curly-haired dog, this brush will be great as it removes mats really well.
Always be careful and gentle when brushing your dog with a slicker brush – the wires can scratch your dog if you apply too much pressure.
Pin brushes look a lot like people-brushes. They are either oval or square-shaped and have flexible wires that are spread out with pins on top for your dog’s comfort.
These brushes don’t tend to reach the undercoat but are great for making your dog’s coat look well-brushed. Loose fur is usually picked up by this type of brush, but not all of it.
Bristle brushes are great for removing dirt and debris from your dog’s coat. Usually, bristle brushes are made of natural materials – never metal.
If your dog is short-haired, a bristle brush may be the best option for you. The bristles are short and spaced closely together, which is perfect for short-coated dogs.
Rake-style brushes are specially made for ridding the undercoat of tangles. The teeth on this brush will be longer and spaced together, to reach further into the coat.
They sometimes look like a razor with single or double rows of pins. You just apply pressure and brush – and your dog’s undercoat will be soft and mat-free.
It can be tiresome removing the fur from the brush after each grooming session. If this is a real problem for you, you may want to choose a brush that is ‘self-cleaning’.
Self-cleaning brushes usually have a button that either makes the bristles retract and releasing the fur or that physically pushes the fur off the brush.
These tend to be more expensive as it’s a super useful added feature.
Bristles that are super close together, or thick, tend to be harder to clean. You may also have difficulty removing the fur from smaller brushes, as the gaps between bristles are smaller.
Especially if your dog is super furry, brushing can take a long time. If you’re likely to experience wrist pain while grooming your dog, you’ll want a handle that’s ergonomically designed.
Your hand will ache after a while, so make sure that the handle feels comfortable in your hand.
An anti-slip handle is always best too – so you have a firm grip on the brush.
All the brushes we reviewed will effectively rid your dog of excess loose fur, but the one that really stands out to us is the Pet Grooming Glove Set by Kennels & Kats.
The idea of grooming your dog using a glove is great, as dogs will feel like they’re being petted instead of grooms. This will get rid of the fear that some dogs have of being groomed!
The gloves come with 260 tips that are silicone and are specially designed to be comfortable on your dog’s skin. They do a top job of de-shedding loose hair, and can even be used on furniture, so your home will be fur-free!
These gloves not only do a fantastic job of removing dirt and dander, but they increase blood circulation while stimulating healthy oils – making this, in our opinion, the best dog brush out there.
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