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The one thing you need for a dog especially a poodle like me and my mates dog Daisy is a very good brush. Daisy has a woolen coat that is very prone to going into tight curls and of course a poodle is meant to be soft and fluffy! Daisy enjoys life, loves to romp in grass and so on and so when we spotted this slicker brush in our local pet shop costing £4.00 we opted to get one as we prefer a brush such as this to use on her as well as a flea comb to do a flea check after a brush.
This brush comes in three sizes. We opted for the small brush but it is also available in a medium and a large size all at different prices and they all appear the same apart from that the brush head goes from small to large of course depending on the size you go for and these brushes are suitable for dogs and cats and I will be getting one for my cat Myrtle as I like to use it so much on Daisy and am pleased with the results.
Appearance wise its actually a nice product and looks good quality as well as feels it. Its made of light pink (dusky rose coloured) plastic which is smooth and lightweight and comprises of the long handle which has a hanging hole to the end of it and then the squared head to the other end of it with lots of silver pins of good length that are flexible and not too sharp. A huge benefit of this is a slightly textured rubberised area on the handle designed for our fingers and thumb when in use which makes it very comfortable and safe to use.
This slicks though the hair really well. If I stumble across a matt or lug I gently hold it at a short length from Daisy and pull at it gently with this brush and it glides through it.
Before using this brush I was using a soft bristle brush which wasn't doing anything for her knots and tangles this though does and even though this goes on and close to her skin I am happy enough to think this isn't hurting her and she acts quite contented......in fact I would go as far to say I think she enjoys a good grooming and this really does make her hair very soft and fluffy in a very quick time too so its less effort for me.
For me I just want to do the job and this removes loose hairs as well as everything else and then I simply pull the hair out removed from Daisy's coat and remove it and that's the job done every so easily. Also not being made from material I can rinse this through and leave it to soak in stuff to clean it out and its as good as when we bought it almost a year ago!
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As a family we have 3 springer spaniels and the breed is famous for having the most gorgeous wavy locks and curly ears; whilst this makes them look utterly adorable (or at least we think so) it does mean that their coats can be prone to developing knots and tangles as well as picking up various debris from their countryside escapades. To keep their coats looking lovely and free from matts we try to brush each pooch at least once a week, we own a range of brushes and one that is tried and tested is this slicker brush by the brand rosewood.
Slicker brushes have wire tines (bristles) and are useful in loosening and removing dead hair from the coat, reaching through to the undercoat and gently massaging the skin as you groom. This form of brush can also help remove layers of dead skin cells whilst promoting healthy circulation with each stroke, as such I always think these brushes are best for using on long haired breeds; short haired dogs may find the tines too harsh and scratchy. Some slicker brushes have straight tines but the ones on this brush are specially angled to glide through the coat, when the dogs are having a moult I find this does a great job of bringing out the dead hair - it's quite amazing just how much hair comes off during a grooming session, I always joke that there's enough to stuff a couple of cushions.
The tines tackle tangles well and the dogs will happily stand still whilst I groom, I know then that it must be a pleasant experience and that the brush is comfortable for them, not snagging on their skin or dragging at their hair. To remove the hair from the brush itself I tend to use a cheap plastic comb to comb through the tines and drag the hair out; alternatively you could just pluck out the hair with your fingertips. Whilst some brushes are ineffective at removing hair, only plucking out bits of the top coat, this brush reaches right through to the undercoat. We've had the brush for a few years now and use it on a weekly basis, as of yet all of the tines are still in perfect condition and I can't recall spending more than a fiver on it in the first place. Good brush to have around, can be used on the feathers (hair on the legs), coat and even on the end of the tail, for short and/or smooth haired dogs I would however recommend either a soft bristle brush or a zoom groom as these are more gentle to sensitive skin.
Dogs and cats or in theory any animal that has a long coat needs a brush of some kind which can help tackle the problem and I found this product on Amazon before Christmas.
The brush is quite unusual for me as most brushes for dogs I have seen have bristles which are either wire or plastic and always straight. This brush the bristles are made of a wire which is quite sharp on the tips and all the wires are bent at a funny angle.
The angle they are bent at is done so when you are brushing your dog the brush glides through the fur to help combat knots and basically to keep them looking nice and tidy.
The brush itself is made on the outside of a plastic which has a nice grip so the person who is using the item can keep in control and have a nice grip on it as well.
How many times have we all had a brush which is uncomfortable to use and wish we had a better one? I know it has happened to me many times.
When I first used this brush I had to really make my dog trust me because there were a few problems and the first was the fact that this brush looks nasty to the human eye. Those thin wire bristles look sharp and dangerous but in fact they produce an excellent result.
My rough collie has a coat now which needs constant grooming and this brush has made the job much easier because it goes through the fur but it doesn't pull pieces out. It undoes knots but you cannot pull at a knot with this item.
You take your time and relax and apply gentle pressure the brush due to being very sturdy manages to undo the knot eventually. When it comes to how much nicer his coat is overall the results are usually pretty good.
The brush has good and bad points like most items the good point is the fact it comes in three sizes, small, medium and large and they vary in price. This means regardless the size of the dog you have there is a brush suitable enough for you to use on them.
The second perhaps good point for me is the fact it doesn't pull the hair out. I hate seeing me tuck at knots in my dog fur with cheaper brushes and end up pulling his fur out it makes me feel guilty and I always think the dog is in pain afterwards.
The bad points start with the overall image of the item and how it can look nasty and this is what puts people off purchasing this item. You look at it and just say NO because it looks vicious but it works very well.
I got mine from Amazon for £4.12 and this was before Christmas and various pet stores do sell them and it is all about finding the right size for your dog.
As both my dogs are poodles, I regularly have to take them to be groomed, but because I only take them every couple of months I need to keep their coats tangle and knot free in between visits. This is why I bought this Rosewood Slicker Brush.
~Rosewood Slicker Brush~
This brush is specially designed for de-matting and removing any unwanted loose hairs. The brush has a plastic handle with a rubber grip which is comfortable and sturdy making it easy to hold in order for me to brush my dogs coats. the head of the brush is rectangular and the bristles are short, slightly bent and made of wire. Sounds quite painful really, but it doesn't hurt my dogs when I use this brush, as I use a brushing technique known as Line brushing. This is just the easiest way for me to comb through their coats, especially Reds coat as his fur is very thick compared to Pippas and it does take me quite a while to brush through Red's coat totally, I also need to use a large tooth metal dog comb to get through some of the knots he manages to get in his coat. Sometimes even the scissors come out.
This brush makes getting through their coats a lot easier than if I was using a normal dog brush, poodles seem to have a double coat and so I have to brush them through from the roots then brush their top coat back into place once I have finished, it can sometimes take ages and I end up brushing them on different days, but I knew poodles were high maintenance dogs and so I was prepared for the work I would have to put in with them, but I love them and they are so worth it. Once they are brushed and knot free, their coats look lovely and they feel nice and soft to touch. The slicker brush keeps their coats looking nice and I'd say it's a must have tool if you own a poodle. It makes keeping their coats nice, that much easier.
My Rosewood Slicker Brush cost me £4.00 from a random pet shop but I'm sure you could pick one up from places like Pets at home or Wilkinson's. They come in three different sizes, small, medium and large, I use a small one I'd maybe get away with a medium but I manage fine with the smallest size.
A very useful brush that can be used on numerous different breed dogs and I would totally recommend this brush especially if you have a long haired dog, it makes brushing so much easier. I'm giving 4 stars for the Rosewood Slicker Brush it's a real useful little brush, well worth the money.
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