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.
– 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.
use of grooming combs and rakes allow you to maintain your dog’s
well-groomed appearance, as well as keeping control over mats, tangles,
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.
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.
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.
and rakes are the ideal choice for preparing your dog for a good
brushing. It’s a step that should not be missed.