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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

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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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akrsouth akrsouth 8 years
Our girls don't like it but they always feel better after.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
My old Chow actually didn't like it much, but I think it's just a "her" thing because she was pretty sassy. I had a Lemon Basset, though, and he LOOOOOVED it.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
Oooo, yah, Miss Priss [my b!tchy Russian Blue] luvs a good brushin'! Those are very handy to have for them. So helpful when they are inside pets too.
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