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• Grooming table. It should be solid with a non slippery surface. Adjust the table to a height at which you can work without bending. Use for all grooming sessions that last more than a few minutes.
• Bristle brush. This is a brush for all breeds. It removes loose hair and surface dirt and dresses the top coat. A brush with natural bristles produces less static electricity.
• Pin brush. This brush has long pins protruding from a rubber cushion. It’s especially effective for long haired breeds.
• Slicker brush. This is a rectangular board with thin, bent wire teeth and a handle. A slicker brush is used to remove loose hair. Brush in short, deep strokes. This brush may be too harsh to use on short haired dogs.
• Hound glove (palm brush). Intended for short haired breeds, this is a glove or pouch that you slip over your hand and then use to wipe down. It may have small rubber nubs or a sisal pad that does the actual grooming. The glove removes dead hair and gives a polish to the coat.
• Comb. A standard wide-tooth metal comb with smooth, round teeth is used for areas where the hair is short and to hold up hair for scissors. A fine-tooth comb is used to unsnarl fine hair. Many utility combs, such as the Greyhound comb, combine both features: the teeth are one-quarter inch (6mm) apart on one side of the comb and one-eighth inch apart (3mm) on the other. A flea comb is a very fine-tooth comb with 30 to 36 teeth per inch.
• Scissors. These are used to trim the coat, trim long hair on the feet in most breeds, and cut out mats. Dogs with long hair may need the hair trimmed around the rectum. The tips should be blunt or rounded. Thinning shears are scissors with spaces between the teeth that thin out hair but don’t cut all of it.
• Rake. Long- and short-toothed rakes are used to remove loose, dead hair during shedding. They will damage healthy hair if used too vigorously.
• Mat splitter. This single- or multi-bladed tool is used to break up mats into smaller and smaller strands.
• Nail clipper. Nail clippers come with either two cutting edges or a single blade that clips down like a guillotine.
• Dremel tool or nail grinder. A Dremel can be used to carefully grind nails down to an acceptable length.
• Nail file. Handy after cutting nails to round the edges.
• Towel. Toweling short haired breeds will remove loose dead hair. A wipe with a damp towel may be all the grooming your hairless breed needs. Rubbing with a towel tends to tangle long hair, though.