Choose the Right Brush for your Pet:
Bristle brushes: Bristle brushes can be used on all coat types, and vary according to the spacing between bristles and the length of the bristles. In general, the longer the hair coat, the more widely spaced and longer the bristles should be. Also, the coarser the hair, the stiffer those bristles need to be.
Wire-pin brushes: Wire-pin brushes, with or without rubber-tipped ends, are the preferred choice for pets with medium to long hair and those with curly or woolly coats.
Slicker brushes: Slicker brushes have fine wire bristles and are especially useful for removing mats and tangles
How to Shampoo Your Pet
Shampoo should be specific for the animal you're washing.
Teaching a pet to let you brush their teeth requires patience. Start by using your finger without any toothpaste and get your dog used to the idea of someone lifting their lips, rubbing their teeth and general mouth handling, says AKC expert Lisa Peterson. "Pretend your finger is the toothbrush and go through the motions of brushing the teeth, paying particular attention to the gum line, where tartar builds up. Start slowly with maybe just a few seconds, gradually increasing the time you spend in the dog's mouth." Once your pet is comfortable, use a toothbrush and a toothpaste approved for use on your type of animal.