Noodles doesn't mind the pin brush. He tolerates a comb. But he hates the slicker. Is there another option? I have two slickers, the big k and a cheaper flexible one from Amazon. (don't recall the brand). He hates them both.
The comb is the most important tool so if he doesn’t like a slicker, use the comb and pin brush.
I have a cheap no name slicker with plastic tips on the end of the metal bristles that I prefer to use. I have a very expensive Chris Christensen slicker that’s not tipped and I rarely use it. I think my dog prefers the tip.
I am currently using a plastic tipped slicker. It's less irritating. I recently tried a Wet Brush Detangler and find that slides through short puppy fur just as easily as it slides through super-fine, straight old lady hair. I've ordered the puppy his own brush though, because I don't want to share mine.
My sensitive skinned boy prefers Activet slickers to Chris Christensen's. He will lean away from all other slickers. It is a flexible backed brush, and is expensive. I tried some less expensive flexible backed slickers, but Wilson can tell the difference.Ugh.
As long as you are getting any and all matts out, using the pin brush and especially the comb, is fine. I rarely use a slicker brush on my girl, as a pin brush, then checking my brushing with a comb, get down to skin easier on her 'long hair areas'!
I agree, if a good metal comb and pin brush take care of everything, no need for a slicker. I do have several, and like the soft Doggyman slicker a lot. The Andis soft slicker has also turned out to be a good one for Oliver.
Thanks everyone. For know I'm going to keep working with the comb and pin brush to see if I can get him to a point where he really doesn't mind those. And maybe when his coat changes, I'll try a different kind of slicker. He's pretty good with the pin brush and minds the comb less than the slicker.