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Best Untangler Tools for Grooming Double Coats

What is a double coat?

Double Coated Breeds consists of two layers of coat consisting of a dense undercoat and a longer protective topcoat. As a general rule, the fluffier your dog is on the outside, the denser their undercoat is and the more grooming is required to prevent matts and tangles from forming.

The Double Coat is very functional: The top coat repels dirt and moisture while the undercoat helps to protect your dog from both hot and cold weather. The double coat is especially useful for working dogs, such as herding dogs who need this type of coat to provide insulation when the weather is bad.

Be mindful of shedding: Double coated breeds tend to shed a lot, so regular grooming is needed.  When a grooming routine is not maintained, hairs from the undercoat will get caught in the top coat, leading to matts and tangles which is uncomfortable for your dog and difficult to remove.

Never shave Double Coated Breeds:  This type of coat protects your dog from the heat and is an important part of the natural cooling system, as well as protecting the skin.  Seasonal shedding occurs year round with these breeds and can be profuse when blowing coat.

Breeds Include: Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Norwegian Elkhound, Collie – smooth coated, German Shepherd, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Finnish Spitz, Schipperke, Shiba Inu.

To ensure your dog’s double coat stays in the best possible condition, you should make regular visits to the groomers, backed up by a solid and consistent home grooming routine.

Best Untangler Grooming Tools for Double Coats

Directions:

In addition to Professional Groomer Care, Home Grooming is essential to keep your pup in good health.   

Start with Untangler Shedding rake (T801RKL) or Untangler Extra-Long Rake (T865RKL) to gently remove loose hairs from the undercoat that are ready to be shed.

Next, use Untangler T906Pro-brush to gently brush through the soft undercoat to gently remove remaining hairs and clean dirt and debris.

Comb through the coat with the Untangler T777PX/  extra-long 1.25″ teeth or T767PL/ long 1″ teeth. These dual-spaced combs are recommend by Professional Groomers for deep cleaning close to the skin. Teeth must be long enough to reach the skin and remove small particles of  dirt and debris to prevent itching and other skin issues.  

Untangler T716PC a 7″ comb with coarse teeth or T516PC, a 5″ comb are used by many pet owners to clear tight mats and matted hair near face and ears.  

Finally, Brush again with the Untangler T906Pro Brush to smooth the hair so that it lies in the direction of growth. This encourages the spread of natural oils in the coat, improving coat condition and prevent itching.

Note: Untangler T712BC Hand-Held soft rubberized brush is effective as a daily brush.  31 deep soft fingers massage and stimulate the skin and collect loose hairs.  Use after a long walk. It relaxes both you and your pup.   Dogs love the deep rubbing action and most lay down at your feet. A pup favorite.

Do dogs feel better after being brushed?

Regular grooming relaxes the dog who’s used to it, and it becomes a special time that you can both share. A coat free of mats, burrs and tangles and skin free of fleas and ticks are as comfortable to your dog as fresh, clean clothes are to you. It makes you feel good, and the effect is the same for your pet.

Special Info on Brushing the Dogs Tail

Many owners are not familiar with how to brush out their dogs tail and are leery of hurting their dog by handing his or her tail, which is part of the dog’s spine. Done carefully, there are several options for brushing your dog’s tail so that it looks great and protects your dog’s delicate tail area.

From a dog’s perspective most dogs are not super crazy about having their tails touched or handled–they definitely don’t want the hair on their tail pulled! Dogs may be sensitive, because tails often get injured by being slammed in doors, or stepped on, so they are nervous of having them handled. Also, the tail is part of your dog’s spine and a sensitive body part they will try to protect. 

Preparation: Working to avoid pulling tail hair and making your dog comfortable with having their tail brushed will be necessary to get your dog’s full cooperation in the tail brushing procedure. 

STEP 1:

Wrap hand around tail grab the base of your dog’s tail, hold the tail bone in your hand with your thumb on one side, and wrap your fingers around so that the dangling hair lays on your splayed fingers.

STEP 2:

Depending on your preference, select the Untangler Pro Brush. Brush from root to tip of the section of the tail you are holding, with hair laying against your fingers to prevent hair from moving and to support hair and tailbone so pulling of hair is at a minimum.

STEP 3:

Work each section move your hand down the tail as you complete brushing each section, moving down to the tip of the tail. Continue holding the tail bone with hand and thumb and resting fanned tail hair against splayed fingers as you brush each section.

STEP 4:

Work out mats when you encounter a tangle or mat, use a mat splitter, fingers or small Untangler pet comb to gently work out mat or snarls. Continue holding and supporting the tail.

STEP 5:

Finish brushing and then use a small Untangler Comb to locate any knots you missed.

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