What you’ll need
- Bristle Brush
- Rubber Grooming Glove
- An Assistant (only if you have a nervous dog)
Smooth coated dogs have a short and sleek coat that lies close to the body. It often just looks like skin. Smooth coated dogs shed regularly, but are very easy to maintain, as they don’t have to bathe often. The hair is too short to form large tangles and is less prone to smelling.
It’s a good idea to give the dog a bath beforehand as it cleans the hair instead of just pushing things off of it.
Cuts and scrapes are easy to spot on a smooth coated dog, so give them a quick check and get started.
It’s advised to work from the head to the back, as the head gives you control of the dog. Beginning at the front can also give your dog time to get used to what’s happening. Start with a bristle brush to remove dead hair and to clear out any dust or debris caught in the coat.
Holding one of the legs will give you more control and make it easier to reach all of the dog.
Raise the snout of the dog so they are looking upwards, this will flatten the skin of the neck making it easier for you to brush. Be gentle and only apply enough pressure to lightly drag the brush down your dog. Since the coat is so short and provides little resistance you can use longer strokes with the brush.
Once you’re done with the bristle brush, you can move on to a rubber grooming glove. These are like oven mitts with tiny rubber nubs all over the palm and fingers. They help to stimulate the skin and your dog will love it. Make sure to get into the armpits, the glove is safe everywhere and works best when used in a circular pattern.
Now that your dog is all clean and shiny, maybe they deserve a treat for being so nice and calm during the brushing.