Brush time. Whether you find it therapeutic or not, it needs to be done; especially if you have double coated dogs. Now that Anuko is an adult and his coat is fully matured, I had to sit down and devise a routine that’ll keep me itch free when it comes to blowing season. There’s only so much hair in my coffee I can take.
A part of this plan included the obvious: brushes. Which style, which brand, which size: so many questions and a lot of conflicting opinions online. I wanted tools that were stylish yet didn’t compromise quality, that were lightweight for prolonged use and affordable. Quite a list, right? Thankfully Mikki Pet did much of my work for me and sent me 5 of their best selling brush tools to try out.
A little about Mikki
Whilst searching for grooming equipment, Mikki was a name that popped up repetitively. Mikki Pet is a company who are most reknown for their professional grooming products but have since gone on to develop other items necessary in the day to day life of pets. They’ve been making their award winning grooming tools since 1984 and are loved by groomers and pet owners alike.
The Mikki Pet grooming range alone is enormous, offering a tool for just about every coat type there is out there. The selection I was sent was created in mind for Anukos thick, plush double coat.
The 3 tools that immediately caught my eye were the Anti-tangle rake, the Undercoat take and the Moult master. In that order I tackled one half of Anukos body, giving each tool 5 minutes to get as much hair out of his coat as possible.
The results speaks for itself. The Moult Master, despite being the 3rd brush to try on the same side, destroyed the other 2 in terms of how much fur was taken out in the time period given. Given this circumstance you may be inclined to reach straight for the Moult Master and be done with it, however I found great benefit in the routine and order I went through when grooming Anuko.
The first brush to be used was the anti-tangle brush. This brush has long metal teeth which dig deep into thick fur, whilst dently tugging away any knots and tangles. Whilst it didn’t get a great deal of fur out, all of the fur that was excavated were knots that would’ve otherwise been painfully ripped out had I gone straight to either of the other two brushes. Plush and woolly coats especially would benefit greatly from this brush passing through the fur at the beginning of any grooming sessions.
The second brush, undercoat rake, is shorter in width with thicker teeth that have plastic coating at the bottom, giving a dagger-like effect. Double coated dog owners everywhere know that our dogs don’t tend to go poof evenly all over their bodies, and instead develop clumps that stick out from their fur. This brush is amazing at removing those clumps because of the shape of the teeth, especially on the hind legs where fur gets thick and unruly. Since these clumps are not tangles, the anti-tangle rake passes through them. The Moult Master worked a little at removing them, but clumps imbedded Into the undercoat could not be reached. For clumps that were especially deep I’d angle the brush and gently tug the clump out with the end teeth.
The Moult Master polished off the job by removing all of the fur the other two brushes did not get. The teeth are short and close together, and do not cut live hair, instead removing the dead hair beneath. Out of all of the brushes it was the most time effective one at hair removal, and left the beautiful wind strokes through Anukos fur that I love. In total it took me about 20 minutes on each side, and 5 minutes on all other areas of his body such as his tail and legs.
Aside from the performance of the brushes themselves, they’re a pleasure to work with. Being lightweight means they’re not taxing on my arms when in use and I can perform a whole groom without needing a break. The handles have red rubber strips running down them alongside the plastic, which provide a comfortable grip. Another great feature is that some brushes provide a grey flexible area between the handle and brush which gives to some bending. On my right hand I currently have a cyst on my wrist which limits its movement and it was pain free the entire time, so I feel these brushes would be ideal for arthritis hands and wrists.
I was in love with the results. Other grooming sessions with other products did not result in the natural wind strokes in Anukos fur that I favour, and instead left his fur soft but fuzzy all over. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just isn’t my preference.
Did they all work?
The Massage Slicker brush admittedly didn’t do much for grooming Anukos fur. After a good few strokes it picked up perhaps a couple of strands. However I feel that isn’t the main purpose of the brush; it is instead to stimulate blood flow and improve the growth and condition of the fur in one loving massage brush. For this reason I feel it would be an epic brush for bath time and I will try that out when Anuko is next smelling a little stinky. I will keep you updated on how that goes.
The last brush technically isn’t a grooming brush but is still one of the best tools in grooming I’ve used, and that’s the Pet Magnet Tool. Fur clings onto my carpeted house, so when I groom Anuko my floors look like there’s been a snow storm in my living room! I’ve been using the Dyson pet Vacuum cleaner for a while now however with how much hair Anuko produces, I usually need to empty it in the middle of cleaning up after a grooming session. No more!
With one effortless sweep all of the hair is picked up and bundled. It takes me perhaps a few seconds to scrape up all of the fur clinging to my carpet, bin the bundle and vacuum the remaining few hairs left behind. It can also be used on clothes which saves a fortune in sticky rollers.
As I go on my journey to creating Anukos personal bullet-proof grooming session, Mikki Pets will be a name I know will end up in my final routine. At such an affordable price whilst delivering a professional performance, I can see why they have won so many awards. And what do I do with all of the hair I end up with, you ask…