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Old 08-10-2009, 11:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What kind a brush should be used for the daily brushing and why?

I use a slicker as my pin brush doesn't seem to go down his coat and leaves tangles.

I've heard pin brush with little balls at the end is no good?

I am afraid of damaging his hair but I don't know what I need to do to keep it healthy.

Perhaps someone could make a sticky for this.
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I use a pin brush with balls on the end to brush moose quickly and also to remove burs and other dirt, grass, etc objects that are on him. It doesn't appear to ruin his coat he likes it, and it removes the items quickly.

I also have a couple other brushes but this one works the best. It's not very long and is rather tight for a pin brush which may be why it works so well.
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I find that slicker brush works the best for me...including removing of matts.
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Is your dog in a pet trim or are you trying to grow show coat?

If your dog is in a pet trim, there is no reason you should have to brush every day. I only brush my trimmed dogs once a week (if that) or if they have picked up debris on the trail. If you are getting matts, then you might consider a shorter trim.

In general your grooming box should have the following:

Pin Brush without balls (balls=broken hairs)
Coarse slicker for getting down through thick coat
Fine slicker
Poodle comb (wide tooth/wood handle)
Greyhound comb (this one keeps us honest)

Do you know how to line brush? If you don't you should have your groomer show you.

If we are talking about growing show coat, well that is a totally different conversation.
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OH, C'mon Cbrand....You could make us a video to show how you line brush. I have seen legs done. I'm not real certain for the rest of the body. I suppose if it is short then it wouldn't really matter. Once I get my puppy, I will groom her myself. I had a fantastic groomer, but she has since retired.
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We keep Moose super short and the slicker is just a nightmare... if your dog is active and you don't do it daily the slicker will be near impossible. At least his has been my experience with a super active dog who also likes to lay on the carpet in 100+ positions and roll around playing with his tale, etc...

We have a poodle / greyhound type brush and I've used that to de-tangle him but rarely need too. We rarely brush too maybe once a week but again we keep him SUPER short.

Like was said before I think it depends on what the cut is what you are grooming him for, etc.

I`m not a prof. groomer so this is all my opinion and experience
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Blah! I'll make the line brushing video right after I get the "Leash Breaking" and "Teaching a Recall" videos done.

I did look on Youtube for a line brushing video but I didn't find a good one. There is one showing how to line brush with a Furminator but it really isn't true line brushing and a Furminator should NEVER be used on a Poodle.

I think it is best to have someone show you how to line brush. The problem most people have with brushing Poodles is that they run the slicker over the hair but they don't get down to the skin and the base of the hair. With line brushing you systematically work from one end of an area to the other. You brush one way in a line down to the skin getting all the tangles out and then brush that section of hair back the opposite way. Then you move forward a little at a time doing the same thing.
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I've been curious about this too. I have a 4 month old mini with his puppy coat still. He likes to nibble my fingers or the brush (pin brush I guess) when I'm brushing him. I know I'm asking for trouble if I let him keep doing that, but I don't know how else to keep him still! I'm assuming he is nibbling because that is what puppies do. He'd show other signs if he was uncomfortable or it was hurting him, right?
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Is your dog in a pet trim or are you trying to grow show coat?

If your dog is in a pet trim, there is no reason you should have to brush every day. I only brush my trimmed dogs once a week (if that) or if they have picked up debris on the trail. If you are getting matts, then you might consider a shorter trim.

In general your grooming box should have the following:

Pin Brush without balls (balls=broken hairs)
Coarse slicker for getting down through thick coat
Fine slicker
Poodle comb (wide tooth/wood handle)
Greyhound comb (this one keeps us honest)

Do you know how to line brush? If you don't you should have your groomer show you.

If we are talking about growing show coat, well that is a totally different conversation.
Thanks, I like to have his coat long but I won't be bringing him to any competition. I just love to brush him and I am learning to groom him. I got the poodle video from Super Styling Sessions with Jay and Sue (super nice to watch) and would love to get him with something like they do.

He's a 16 months miniature dark chocolate brown poodle. Lately his brown is getting lighter in color and I'm not sure if it's a coat change or if it's because I am damaging it.

I don't know what line brushing is. I assume it is when you brush by small layers?

Anyhoo thanks for all your replys
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I don't think brushing should affect the colour of your brown poodle's coat. My little girl started out as dark brown and at 5 has now faded to cafe au lait. Her pedigree, for the first 4 generations, is made up of black and brown. On the fifth generation, looking at names such as "Silver Mystique". "Amber-lite" and "Touch of Gold", she probably has apricot and silver at this stage. With these colours in the pedigree, it is not surprising that she faded. You could be looking at the same scenario in your dog's pedigree. Another reason might be that the hair has changed texture because it is now adult and not puppy hair.
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