Most dogs love getting brushed. Brushing removes dead hair from your dog’s coat which prevents matting. It also helps stop their hair shedding all over the house. You can brush them as much as you think they need to be brushed but usually the longer your dog’s hair, the more often you’ll need to brush. If your dog’s hair is very long they may need it daily or weekly but short haired dogs may only need to be brushed weekly or monthly. Try always to brush the hair outwards from the skin to the ends of the hair and don’t forget the tail and feet. If you find it hard to brush through the hair try lightly wetting their coat with a grooming spray to help the brush slide smoothly through any mats. If your dog has a smooth, short coat like a Chihuahua or boxer you could firstly use a rubber brush to loosen the dirt, next use a bristle brush to remove the dead hair and then shine them up with a chamois cloth. If your dog has a short, dense coat that's prone to matting you could use a slicker brush to remove the mats and knots and then remove the dead hair with a bristle brush. If your dog has a long, coat, such as a Collie or Afghan Hound they will need extra grooming to prevent and remove tangles and knots. You can remove tangles and knots with a slicker brush and then brush their cost with a bristle brush. You will also need to pay attention to their legs and feet.
Always try to brush in the direction of the hair. If your cat doesn’t like to be brushed, start with an oven glove; this will get them used to the stroking motion. Then move onto a grooming mitt and then on to a brush. Start brushing with gentle strokes. You could begin by stroking them with the back of the brush as this will help your cat to trust the brush and not see it as a threat. If your cat isn’t happy, try brushing them on a small table as it’s more difficult for them to run away. Or you could get a friend or family member to gently restrain your cat whilst giving them attention. Don't groom your cat around other pets as they feel exposed when on their backs. Make sure to know your cat has had enough. If you force them they will resent grooming. Reward your cat with a treat once you are finished. If they associate grooming with treats it will help them become happier with grooming.