Which Dog Brush Should I Use?
A dog brush – such as a slicker brush or pin brush – is an essential tool when grooming your standard poodle. You’ll also need a comb and dematting tool, as pictured below.
In this article, we’ll specifically focus on dog brushes. Please visit our dog grooming supplies page for recommendations on tools for:
- Nail Trimming
- Ear Care
- Oral Hygiene
Best Dog Brush Options for Poodles
It’s difficult to over-emphasize the importance of routine brushing – It’s so much easier to maintain your dogs’ coat than to clean up a matted mess. A poodle should be brushed at least 2-3 times per week.
To thoroughly brush and de-mat a standard poodle, you will need either a slicker brush or a pin brush. Generally, professional groomers favor the slicker brush over the pin brush. I use both.
Here are the brands we recommend.
Slicker Brush – Removes Mats & Tangles
It works great for removing loose hair, loose mats, and tangles. I alternate between this and the pin brush for daily dog brushing.
This was the first slicker brush recommended to me during training for poodle grooming. It’s a very popular dog brush.
The pins are extra long to penetrate deeper into your standard poodle’s long coat and are “soft and scratch-free”. The ergonomic handle helps to reduce hand fatigue.
Pin Brush – Another Detangling Tool
Even though many dog groomers swear by the slicker brush for daily dog brushing, others prefer the pin brush. I use both.
The pin brush comes in a large variety of styles. Some styles have rubber-tipped pins, some have round-tipped pins and some have polished tips – so the pin brush is gentle on your dogs’ skin.
It’s my favorite pin brush.
If your poodle has a long or dense coat, we recommend using a technique referred to as line brushing to make sure you’re getting down to the skin.
Combination Pin / Boar Bristle Dog Brush
Boar bristle brushes work great for redistributing oils throughout the coat after bathing and they give the coat a nice healthy shine.
They also help to grab any fine loose hairs that your brush or comb missed.
When shopping for a boar bristle brush, look for one that does not have real dense bristles.
It has a bamboo handle, alloy pins on the outside to detangle, and natural boar bristles in the center to smooth and redistribute oils.
I have this brush, and use it occasionally, but would not consider it an essential tool for your dog brush collection.
I hope this has helped you determine which dog brush is the best for your standard poodle grooming needs.Poodle Grooming Basics Dog Brushing
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