“ Animals Equipment Type: Dog Grooming „
When you have a long-haired breed in particular, it is a fundamental requirement to keep the dog well groomed for it to look and feel at its best.
When we first got a Samoyed, it was as a result of a family split and the dog was having to be rehomed. Before our arrival, the dog had been washed, powdered and groomed to look her best for her potential new owners and we simply couldn't resist and took her home with us.
Because the owners were no longer able to keep their dog, we were given all the equipment and doggie accessories that they had. This brush was amongst them and we were given instruction in its use. That may sound a bit unnecessary but it is important to use it correctly so as not to tear the hair or hurt the scalp.
You could see that this was a quality item and was a good wide brush with a very high number of very fine aluminium tines on it which really get down amongst the fine hairs of the dog and get an awful lot of loose hair out of the coat = without scratching or hurting the skin. It seemed particularly suited to the Samoyed whose coat was very thick and regular brushing helped to clean the coat as well as keep her tangle-free. She loved being groomed which was just as well as it was part of her daily routine. If you do it regularly, it doesn't take long.
What I liked about this brush in contrast to others I have owned is that it never lost any of its tines and was working as well when the dog eventually passed away as when we got it. We still have it, but didn't use it on our next dog which was a short-haired breed.
The brush comes in a variety of sizes and is very reasonably priced.
So, for long haired dogs, it comes highly recommended.
This handy little brush is great for keeping your pet tangle free.
My little westie gets extremely knotted fast especially on his tummy and around his collar and like most dogs he doesnt like being groomed very much as it pulls and tugs at his fur.
But this little brush makes light of the work in hand and gets it over and done with quickly and seemingly pain free. It takes out all the knots and excess fur meaning your furniture and floors stay cleaner.
Its little bristles work their way through the fur easily without scratching at the skin therefore not causing any irritation to your dog which is good if you've got a westie or a similar breed that suffers with excema etc as most brushes are quite harsh and do tend to cause problems.
This brush comes in different sizes so is perfect for your dog however big or small.
I have in the past reviewed a couple of other grooming tools but this one is the king of grooming!
We've had ours for a few years and if your aim is to really remove excess fur this is the brush to do it. I have two cats as many of you know and when we need to take off loose fur we get the slicker out.
We're at that time of year now when my two go for a tussle, aim for the neck for a quick bite to incense the other one and come away spitting out mouthfuls of fur! It's likely to be a month or so before this stops happening (not the neck grip, that always happens, the loose fur issue!) so we're grooming them both at least once a week.
When I first bought this it was about £3 and I eyed it up in a shop and wondered if it would be too harsh for them. The head is angled to the handle so you can brush easily and the prongs, made of metal with no bobbles on the end which was my worry, are angled to the head of the brush so it really gets into the fur.
I bought one to try and immediately used it once we got home. The metal prongs do not seem to bother my two, they are shorthairs so I wasn't sure if it would scratch but it seems to be a delightful scratching sensation as my two love it. I targeted some very furry areas where I'd seen some loose tufts and it just lifted them right out.
You can brush either in the direction of the fur or against it if your cat will let you, mine love being ruffled the opposite way to the fur so they'll stand for both ways so I get all the loose fur off doing it both ways. When I'm done I have a brush load (or several depending on the time of year) of fur which I let them examine and sniff and sometimes cheek! They like to know what it's all about!
I clean ours out with a flea comb so it's easy to empty and rinse it sometimes to keep it clean which causes no problems to the brush itself. It's great for all over the body although I advise a light hand on the tummy area or around the head and ears and really gets that loose fur off.
I'm not sure if this would be suitable for longhairs, probably it would depend how long as the prongs are quite close together and not terribly long so it may just get tangled up in longer fur. But for shorthairs you can't beat this for a really thorough groom.
Highly recommended by me and my boys.
I picked one of these up at a recent dog show for my Bichon Frise. I went for the middle sized one that was avaliable to me and it is pretty much the same size as my other slicker brushes. They are all of equal quality and vary in price from around £4 to £10. This one was between £5 and £6.
It is a good brush and seems to be gentle on the dogs coat. My groomer told me to test them on my arm and that is obviously what it feels like for the dog so although the teeth are quite sharp to touch directly when brushed it doesnt cause any dis comfort.
The brush is easy to use and I have three because I do have them dotted around the house to make sure I brush my dog everyday as if I did not her coat would become matted overnight! The only thing I would change about my tender care slicker is for it to have ridges to grip onto as sometimes when just trying to wizz through the dogs coat it has got stuck and I have let go without meaning to. However as a slicker brush which was half the price of one of my other brushes that is the only difference, so it is well worth getting one of these.
I bought the Tender Care Slicker Brush in size medium, to groom my Whippet X Terrier, who is labrador height just a lot leggier (!!) and was so impressed I promptly ordered the small version for my Shih-Tzu X!
About the company;
Tender Care grooming supplies are manufactured by a company called Lawrence. Lawrence have been making various products since 1799, the first grooming tools being made by them being 'flesh gloves' and horsehair pads. They are known and acknowledged throughout the world as manufacurers of some the finest pet grooming tools available, and frequently the choice of professionals and champions.
Lawrence have a wide range Tender Care grooming products available including;
* Shedding blades (the curved tooth-edged metal loops)
* Hound gloves
* Slicker brushes
The slicker brushes are available for both cats and dogs, and in the following sizes;
KIT-for kittens and small cats
KAT-for medium and large cats
Small-suitable for breed sizes such as Dachunds, Westies, Cairns and Corgis
Medium-suitable for breed sizes such as Labradors, Retrievers, Chow Chows, Airedales
Large-suitable for breed sizes such as Old English Sheepdogs, Irish Wolfhounds, Deerhounds, St.Bernards
They also come in different styles to suit certain breeds/hair types.
On to my findings.
As I previously mentioned, I bought the medium sized one for my Whippet X Terrier, and promptly bought a smaller one for my Shih-Tzu. These really are great! The cushioning means that they don't pull like a lot of conventional brushes do, and the collect the hair well, rather than scatter it all towards the base of the dogs body. I have never known my dogs to be so eager to be groomed!
I bought the first brush on recommendation from my dog groomer, after jokingly saying that I could do with a brush like that, I'd save myself a fortune! On returning home and having a few minutes to spare I decided to have a little scout about, inwardly shuddering at the thought of the cost, I mean if professionals use them they must be expensive, right?
The medium one was under £5.00!! I think I paid either £4.65 or £4.75, I can't remember which, and the smaller one was £3.72, online. Further snooping around since (If only I'd known about price comparison sites then!) has shown that you can order them from between £2 and £5, depending on the size/style.
Since then I've found several other uses for my Tender Care slicker, including lightly 'grooming' my flokati rug, collecting pet hairs from my carpets (though be warned, if you have deep pile carpets I imagine that this could seperate the fibres) and the best one yet, removing bags of hair from a very hairy, heavily moulting pony!