Slicker Brush FAQs


What is a slicker brush?


‘Slicker’ is the name given to dog grooming brushes which have a high surface area of thin metal pins. These pins are secured in a flat pad. Slicker brushes usually have an ergonomic handle to allow the brush to be held and angled appropriately when brushing your dog, or pet. They have several functions including getting rid of dirt and mud, declumping hair at the follicle - ensuring it is all unidirectional, detangling matted coats and for blow drying and fluff drying at the groomers.


Why are slicker brushes good to use on your dog?


The long pins of the slicker brush get deep into the coat, right at the base which means they touch the skin, effectively massaging it. This has the benefit of stimulating blood flow in the area that you are brushing therefore helping circulation. Not only that but it will help promote the production of natural oils in the skin which are essential for keeping coats moisturised and glossy. Plus it feels great if you happen to be the dog being brushed! 


Do you have to be a groomer to use slicker brushes?


You don’t have to be a groomer to use slicker brushes. All regular dog owners should have and use one regularly (ideally daily). If you’re not a professional groomer then when you’re using the slicker brush make sure you take a section of the hair and part it from the rest where you can see the root. Then from the root brush the hair in the direction it is growing. Avoid tugging and pulling as your dog won’t like this. We recommend following the line brush method.


What kind of dog can I use my slicker brush on? 


Slicker brushes are suitable for most dogs and puppies. They are ideal for any sort of doodle (think cockapoos, cavapoos, golden doodles, labradoodles) but also all varieties of poodles, and long and woolly haired dogs breeds such as Lhasa Apsos, Akitas and long haired German Shepherd dogs. 


What are the different types of slicker brush?


You’ll see there are multiple different types of slicker brush, depending on what part of the body you are using them on, the sensitivity of your dog’s skin and the type of coat your dog has. You’ll see everything from long pinned, curved, oval and triangle shaped, large and small. They all perform a similar role, but specialised according to the job that you need them to do.