2-in-1 combination brush for long haired breeds A slicker and bristle brush in one Made exclusively for PetSmart Brushing your dog's coat is one of the most important steps in the grooming process. For long haired breeds, brushing helps remove dead hair before it mats. The wooden handle makes gripping easy. Advice for Use: Brush in the direction of hair growth. Start at the rear of your pet and work your way forward. Brush the hair before bathing as water may tighten any mats. For tougher matting problems, use a dematter before brushing.