If you have an Italian Greyhound you will know that combing and brushing is an important part of their grooming routine. So it’s important to know how to properly brush and comb their fur. This includes knowing exactly which tools should be used and in which order for a more appropriate technique.
Why Brushing and Combing Your Italian Greyhound is Important
Regular brushing and combing of your dog is vital for maintaining their coat’s health. If not groomed properly, it can lead to a host of problems, including: matting, skin irritation, and even infection. By regularly brushing and combing your doggo, you can prevent painful matting. Brushing also helps to distribute your dog’s natural oils throughout their coat, keeping their skin and fur healthy. Regular grooming also provides an opportunity to check for any skin irritations, bumps, or lumps that may require veterinary attention. By catching these issues early, you can ensure that your IG receives prompt and appropriate care by a specialist if needed.
Another important aspect that may be overlooked, is that regular grooming also provides an opportunity for bonding between your doggo and you. Take that time to cultivate a trusting and special bond between the two of you. This will not only bring you closer to your pooch, but allow them to complete the necessary grooming ritual in a safe and loving way. This will create positive lasting effects, especially when they then transition to regular veterinary appointments.
Brushing also helps to remove dirt, debris, and loose hair, which can reduce shedding. This also helps to reduce the amount of loose hair and pet dander within your home; thus reducing the increased risk of exposure for allergy sufferers.
It is recommended to brush your pupper at least once a week.
What You’ll Need
Before you start brushing and combing your Italian Greyhound, make sure you have the following:
- Brush Type
- A bristle brush or grooming mitt
- Comb Type
- A greyhound comb
- Other Tools
- A mat table or high surface
- A detangling spray
- A treat to reward for good behavior
Preparing to Brush and Comb Your Italian Greyhound
It is important to start the grooming process as early as possible. For pupper up to 4 months of age, you should brush several days a week with a metal pin brush in order to begin to establish a grooming routine. Always make sure to remain patient and gentle when completing. Place the puppy on an elevated surface with a non-slip mat such as a dog grooming table in order to complete the grooming routine (brushing, combing, teeth, and nails). Get them comfortable lying on their side and standing while on the higher surface. Just make sure you grab all the necessary equipment required prior to placing your pup up high, and if you have forgotten something then lower them back down to the floor so as you’re making sure not to leave them on a high surface unattended.
Bringing them to a higher work surface will not only signal to your pup that ‘now it’s time for the grooming routine,’ but will also save your back. It will allow you to have proper body mechanics, which will become especially important as they become bigger and stronger. Also, please make sure to incorporate praise and treats prior to and after completing the grooming routine. This will not only help solidify the bonding experience, but will signal to your doggie that the grooming process is a safe and loving space for them.
You should brush and/or comb your Italian Greyhound at least once a week.
How to Brush Your Italian Greyhound
- You should start by removing all mats, dirt, debris, and loose hair from their coat. Attempt to use your fingers firstly, by gently pulling apart small sections at a time and working your way from outermost mat sections and moving closer to the skin. Pinch the tangle between your fingers so as not to pull on the hair. If you would like, you can use your greyhound comb, using the end tooth to try to work the tangle out delicately and in small sections at a time. Start working the tangle at the tip of the hair and work your way closer to the skin. A detangling spray is always a good option in order to ease the tangles out more freely.
- It is not necessary to both brush and comb the IG. They have a short, flat coat, which means that dirt and debris does not usually get trapped in the fur. If you choose to brush, a high-quality bristle brush or grooming mitt will work well. It will help to remove the loose fur and dirt. You will want to start at the head and work your way towards the tail. Remember to brush in the direction of the hair growth. Pay extra attention to legs, chest, and tail as these areas are prone to matting.
How to Comb Your Italian Greyhound
- A greyhound comb will work well for this breed, which is a good choice for fine-haired coats. Use the longest teeth side first. Comb starting at the head and working your way towards the tail. Brush in the direction of hair growth. Comb at a 45-degree angle to the skin. Avoid areas of the body that are sensitive such as the belly.
- Use the shorter teeth side next. Comb starting at the head and working your way towards the tail. Brush in the direction of hair growth. Comb at a 45-degree angle to the skin. Avoid areas of the body that are sensitive such as the belly.
- Use a pin brush for finishing in order for a more polished look. Just a simple brush through the entire coat. It should be smooth and effortlessly glide through the coat, free from tangles.
Tips for Maintaining Your Italian Greyhound’s Coat
To keep your doggo’s coat healthy, you should brush and comb it regularly. Here are some tips:
- Brush their entire coat at least once a week
- Use a comb to remove loose hair and debris.
- Be gentle and avoid pulling or tugging on the coat.
- Pay special attention to areas that are prone to tangles, such as the intersection where
- the legs meet the body
- If you encounter a mat, use your fingers first. A detangling spray and/or dematting tool or
- scissors to carefully remove it are also options.
- Always give a treat and praise for good behavior.
By following these tips, you can maintain your Italian Greyhound’s coat and keep it looking healthy and shiny.
As long as you are able to maintain regular brushing, shedding will be minimal.