Daily brushing will make your APBT sparkle, because brushing removes dander, dirt, and dead hair while stimulating the secretion of natural oils that keep his coat sleek and shiny. Two types of brushes will be effective with your APBT. The first (and the one you will use most often) should be a handheld brush with medium-soft bristles. Brush your APBT's coat gently but firmly in the direction of growth. When no more loose hair or dander comes out and his coat gleams, you have brushed enough.
To groom your APBT's face, use a damp cloth instead of a brush and gently wipe his face, again in the direction the hair grows.
Your second brush should be a rubber curry brush that's about palm size. When you can actually see the dirt on his coat, use the curry before using your regular brush. Curry by moving the rubber brush in small circles all over the upper part of his body. Skip his legs, feet, belly, and face (and the genitals on a male), as the curry is too rough for those areas. Your regular brush will easily
remove dirt or dried mud from your APBT's legs and feet, and a damp cloth will clean his nearly bald belly and his face (and a male's genital area).
An APBT's coat is also short enough that you can use a flea comb. These fine-tooth combs (plastic or metal) can help you find any fleas that may be lurking in your dog's coat. Just gently run the comb through your APBT's coat, especially on his head and on the hips near the tail. The comb is not to be used for total flea control, but rather it can help you discover whether your dog has fleas.
Inspect your APBT while you're brushing him. Look for open wounds that need washing and treatment, signs of skin disease, external parasites, and bumps, warts, splinters, or anything else that could signal the start of a problem. Remember that ticks sometimes hide between the toes, in the ears, or in the thickest part of your dog's coat (usually the neck and rump area). Separate your APBT's hair by roughing it against the grain to look for fleas. Even if you do not see any fleas, tiny dark specks are evidence that your dog is being used as a bed and breakfast. Ask your veterinarian to recommend preparations to rid your APBT (and your home) of these parasites, and use the products exactly as advised on their labels.
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