Even though your dog has regular "spa days" with your groomer, keep a good pet shampoo and brush on hand in case you need to bathe your dog after he has a particularly stinky rolling session. We recommend Happytails All Natural Dog Shampoo, which provides gentle cleansing with a coconut based surfactant, but no SLS, parabens or detergents.
Be sure to brush out matted fur and tangles before and after bathing. There are a number of types of brushes, so here's a quick primer:
A Universal Slicker Brush can be used for most breeds, in most situations because it's ideal for untangling and de-matting hair. There are also soft slicker brushes, which can be used on breeds with finer hair and sensitive skin.
Bristle brushes help to stimulate and distribute oil throughout the coat, which brings out the shine. Pin brushes remove loose hair and are used on breeds with long coats. They are also used for fluffing the coat.
Have a short (or smooth) coated breed? Or, are you looking for a brush that does double duty so you can use it on your cat too? A Rubber Curry brush will do the trick. Stroking with the lay of the coat, using a rubber curry brush, will remove loose hair and dust.
Reward your dog after a home bath or brushing session. A tasty dog biscuit, play time with a special toy or a nice ear rub will make the experience all the more positive for him!