Dog Breed Info

Brush Phase

About Brushing the Coat Type
On a tight wire coat type, the overall trim determines the brushing direction and the type of brushing. A slicker brush and a medium tooth comb is used to brush and set the coat for the finishing phase. A hound glove is used on the shorter coated areas and on the jacket. A pin brush is used on the longer coated areas to prevent removing undercoat for the show trim. Check the coat for matting after brushing. Avoid using combs with teeth spaced close together. Utilize the wider spaced teeth on a combination comb to prevent pulling too much undercoat. .

Head Styles
Head style dictate the brushing and combing on the head for this coat type.

Eyebrows, Mustache and Beard
Head trim styles with eyebrows and a mustache and beard or the trim style with a fall and a mustache and beard are brushed forward with the lay and then combed in the same direction with a slicker brush and a medium tooth comb to set the head for the finishing phase. After completing the brushing and combing, to set the coat on the stop area and to accentuate the stop, use your thumb to push the coat flat and as close to the skin as possible in this area.

Round Heads
Breeds with a full coat on the head that is styled to appear round such as with the West Highland Terrier, the coat is brushed and combed forward to create volume with a slicker and a medium tooth comb. The coat on this head style may also be brushed with a pin brush to maintain undercoat and then combed to set the head for the finishing phase.

The coat on the jacket is always brushed with the lay, never against to maintain a tight fitting jacket with a slicker brush. Massage the body coat with a rubber brush to get rid of the loose hairs on rolled coats with not more than 6 -8 weeks growth.

The furnishings on the legs and skirt are brushed using the line brushing technique being careful not to remove to much undercoat with the lay on trim styles with the longer furnishing on the legs and skirt such as the Scottish Terrier and the West Highland Terrier. The furnishing on the legs and skirt on breeds that require a column shaped leg, such as the Lakeland and Airedale Terrier are first line brushed with the lay and then checked with a comb. The next step is to comb the coat upward against the lay, to create volume. Be careful not to remove too much undercoat during the line brushing because you will need this for texture to help lift the coat on the legs.

Brushing Technique Pet: Line Brush Long Coat; Comb Long Coat; Brush Short Coat; Comb Short Coat

Brushing Tools Pet: Comb; Hound Glove; Pin Brush; Slicker Brush

Brushing Products: Moisturizing Spray

Brushing Direction: With Lay of Coat; Against Lay of Coat
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