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Get the Grooming Goods: Slickers


Although this brush also includes "pins", it's the shape that makes it in a class of its own. The fine wire bristles and wide frame easily remove dead hair, mats, and tangles. It's important to gently use this brush in the direction of hair's growth because some pups consider this a tad prickly.

Before investing, consider a self-cleaning version like this one ($16 and up) – either with a snap-off top or button to make the pins retract, and the hair falls straight in the trash!

Learn which breeds benefit from this brush when you read more.

Dogs with short, wiry coats like terriers as well as pups with harsh, outer coats and soft undercoats (collies, sheepdogs, chows) can benefit from some slicker action. For those double-coated pups, you can then brush against the grain to get at that second layer. There's even versions for kitties!

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