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Old 02-08-2013, 03:07 PM
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I use a water mist bottle to lightly spray or mist the coat before using a pin or slicker brush. this keeps the coat from breaking. The average person will not notice it but this is a left over from my showing. My metro dryer is 20 years old and still going strong they will blow out the loose hair and let you see right down to the skin a great way to spot any problems long before you feel them. Such as cysts etc.
I often brush daily during a shed out. Mostly I will give them a warm bath, after brushing them out, then blow them out. This loosens the hair and I then work the coat for the next few days till they have mostly blown it out. I pull out buckets when I do this and it take some time and patience but hurries the process.
Also slickers are not created equal the back of the slicker should have some give, you should be able to push your thumb down and feel the backing give. If the backing is as hard as a rock I don't bother. They are more likely to scratch or irrate the skin.

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I have two slickers that are about 10-15 years old now. I buy them from the 3C's when they come thru at the local dog shows. So if you have dog shows in your area go hit one and talk to people there they will tell you the good long lasting brushes to us
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:31 PM
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Slickers are an absolute necessity.

I brush my guys every night or so.... I started to do this because Jacks would get hyped up from training and brushing "calms" him down so he isn't as frantic about getting me to throw toys around for him.

As I noticed that he leaves less hair on my bed (particularly my pillows), I kept up the habit whether I trained him or not.

Bertie gets brushed every night as part of training (you have to train them while they are young to hold still while you groom them all over). But I know this will come in handy big time when he gets up close to 12 months and his coat starts coming out in clumps.

I used to brush my guys straight without spritzing. I started to only do the spritzing thing a couple years ago. Other than it making him smell nice, I can't say pre-zactly that I notice anything different? Those people who get split ends in their dogs coats... are they yanking brushes through?
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