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Combs and Rakes: Preventing Doggy Bad Hair Days

Combs and Rakes: Preventing Doggy Bad Hair Days


In the world of dog grooming, there are two primary types of combs: combs and rakes. These each have their own uses, and are preferred for different reasons. They are equally as popular and effective, depending on what you need them for.

  • Combs – The classic, standard shape of dog comb is a straight comb similar to human hair combs (though designed for dog fur – do not use human hair combs on your dog). Combs should preferably have fine, coarse teeth. A sub-type of comb is the flea comb. It allows you to comb through your dog’s fur to check for fleas. This is a good idea to have around in the summertime when even the cleanest indoor dog can end up with fleas when the pests decide to climb aboard.
  • Rakes – These are another form of comb, which are in the shape of a rake. They have a handle with a perpendicular cross bar at the end which has a row of teeth. Like with the standard combs, you’ll want a rake that has teeth that are fine and coarse.

Regular use of grooming combs and rakes allow you to maintain your dog’s well-groomed appearance, as well as keeping control over mats, tangles, and snarls.

To use combs and rakes, work through your dog’s coat one layer at a time, gently tackling the tangles one at a time. This should be considered a pre-step before you use a brush to go through your dog’s fur again, as rakes and combs don’t remove the loose fur that a brush will.

To select combs and rakes that are easy to use, get one that fits your hand comfortably, preferably with a rubbery handle that will give you a good grip and reduce fatigue in your wrist and fingers.

Combs and rakes with short teeth are appropriate for short-haired breeds, or for small, double-coated breeds. Combs and rakes with long teeth are better for long-haired breeds, and larger, dense-coated breeds.

Combs and rakes are the ideal choice for preparing your dog for a good brushing. It’s a step that should not be missed.