Anonymous said: What kind of brush do you use on Kaiser?
Hi! c: We keep a little slicker brush in the dog supply basket, and just grab that to use in between trips to the groomer. It’s nothing special, just an off brand from Petco.
Slicker brushes are okay for a dog like Kaiser who gets regularly groomed at a professional and just needs a little maintenance in between. But I wouldn’t recommend it as a regular brush for a GSD. Slickers are more for breeds like poodles and bichons, and are meant to help detangle and fluff their soft coats. Not so much for de-shedding double-coated dogs though you can use them for that but it wouldn’t be my first choice on a GSD. It’s very easy to brush-burn a dog with a slicker if you use it too much or too roughly.
If you’re doing all the brushing on your GSD yourself (as I do!) you’ll get best results with more than one type of brush. I use a combination of the Zoom Groom, Furminator, and fine comb.
The Zoom Groom is my personal favorite for short-haired double-coat dogs. People are skeptical because it looks nothing like any other brush but it works great! And you can brush and brush and brush with it and it won’t burn your dog’s skin or take out anything but already-loose fur. Plus it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the Furminator! And along the lines of different brushes for different purposes, a Zoom Groom would not be recommended for long haired dogs or single-coated dogs like poodles.
Furminators are great but super expensive almost everywhere (I got mine on Amazon for $25, not sure what they are now but in stores I seem them for $50-60+ which is ridiculous IMO). Like a slicker, they are also easy to over-use. If you’re not careful it will start cutting your dog’s top-coat instead of just pulling out undercoat. Use a light touch, basically skimming it over your dog instead of pressing hard.
I use the comb last, almost flat against the dog instead of perpendicular to their skin to avoid scratching. It helps pick up any leftover loose fur and makes my dogs nice and smooth.
Other people use undercoat rakes, personally I don’t but have nothing against them. Just be careful and don’t press too hard since some of them are rather pointy and can scratch your dog.
Sorry to butt in, it’s just very important to recognize that there are a wide variety of brushes and not every brush is for every breed, and some need to be used very carefully.