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How Often Should I Brush My Dog? Unveiling the Fur-tastic Truth!

The frequency of brushing your dog depends on various factors, such as the breed, coat type, and individual needs of your dog. However, in general, most dogs greatly benefit from regular brushing. Here are some guidelines:

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Short-Haired Dogs:

Short-haired breeds typically require less frequent brushing. Brushing once a week can help remove loose hair and keep the coat healthy.

Medium to Long-Haired Dogs:

Breeds with medium to long hair usually need more frequent brushing to prevent mats and tangles. Aim for brushing at least 2-3 times a week, if not daily.

Breeds with Thick Undercoats:

Dogs with thick undercoats, such as double-coated breeds like Huskies or Retrievers, may require more frequent brushing, especially during shedding seasons. Daily brushing can help control shedding, reduce the amount of loose fur around the house and reduce stinky odours.

Dogs Prone to Matting:

Breeds that are prone to matting, such as Poodles or Shih Tzus, may need daily brushing to prevent tangles and mats from forming in their hair.  Too often at Acres 4 Dogs doggy daycare our guests come in with a new and extreme haircut because mom and dad were not brushing often enough or properly.  It grows back!

Brushing your dog serves several important purposes:

Removes Loose Fur: Regular brushing helps remove loose hair, reducing shedding and preventing hair from accumulating around your home.

Promotes Healthy Skin: Brushing stimulates the skin and distributes natural oils, promoting a healthier coat and skin (and less stink!).

Prevents Mats and Tangles: For long-haired breeds, regular brushing helps prevent mats and tangles, which can be uncomfortable for your dog and lead to skin issues.

Check for Parasites and Skin Issues: Brushing allows you to inspect your dog’s skin for signs of parasites, lumps, or any skin abnormalities.

Ultimately, the key is to establish a routine based on your dog’s specific needs and coat type. If you are unsure about the brushing frequency or techniques for your particular dog, consult with your veterinarian, a professional groomer or call Acres 4 Dogs doggy daycare for guidance.

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