Although dogs do a lot to keep their coats neat and clean, they need your help with tasks that require opposable thumbs, such as brushing.
Regular brushing removes excess hair from your dog's coat, and cuts down significantly on the amount of hair you have to deal with on your furniture, car, and your favorite black pants. It also helps distribute the natural oils in your dog's fur and skin, keeping her coat healthy and looking its best.
Brushing is also a great way to check your dog's health. While you brush, look at the condition of her coat. Is it matted or tangled? Dry or oily? Also look for lumps, ticks, fleas, hair mats, cuts, and anything that looks unusual. As she ages, she'll get a few more bumps and lumps all over. On the off chance one of those lumps isn't harmless, it's better to discover it sooner rather than later.