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Dog Grooming Tools

Martha Stewart Living Television

If you have a long-haired dog, you already know the importance of regular grooming, especially if your dog is prone to knots. There are innumerable grooming tools available in pet stores; following are tips to help you choose the right grooming tools for your dog.

Shetland sheepdogs and spaniels respond well to hard slickers, which offer closely spaced, dense bristles; shedding rakes are another good choice. The serrated edge of a shedding blade is perfect for huskies, which are prone to heavy shedding. Use a bristle brush for smaller, more sensitive dogs like Malteses or Chihuahuas, or pin brushes on dogs that might be sensitive, but can stand a more rigorous brushing. Rubber brushes not only remove loose hair but massage your dog, and dematting combs are particularly useful if a dog has very matted hair.

Most dogs love the attention they get while being groomed, but don't make the grooming session too long. Short periods are best, and you should begin them when your dog is most apt to enjoy the grooming, such as after a long walk. Always brush with the growth of the hair and work in small sections. If the dog gets restless or tries running away, smear a little cream cheese or peanut butter at head level on the refrigerator door. Let the dog lick the treat while you do your work.