Dog Grooming Tools and Products

dog grooming While bathing, brushing, clipping your dog’s nails and dog grooming in general are pretty straightforward tasks, it’s important to make sure you get the right tools and products. There are several types of brushes and other dog grooming items to choose from. The following tips can help you find the right kinds of grooming products and tools to keep your dog looking her best.

Brushes

The type of brush that works best on your dog depends on her coat:

  • Rubber brush: These are designed for dogs with short hair.

  • Bristle brush: These soft-bristled brushes should be used on dogs with short, straight coats.

  • Slicker brush: These brushes work best on dogs with medium to fine coats, as well as dogs with curly coats.

                Please note: Look for a slicker brush that has had the tips smoothed down. Most of the less expensive models have tiny barbs that not only pull hair, but cause micro damage to skin and hair as well. If in doubt, consult a grooming professional!

  • Pin brush: These brushes are ideal for dogs with long, full coats or dogs with double coats that are prone to matting.

Combs

Choose a comb with wider teeth if your dog has a thicker coat. For a thinner coat, choose a comb with thinner teeth. You can also use special types of combs, such as:

  • Mat combs: These feature a blade that removes thick mats on dogs with dense coats.

  • Rakes: Long-tooth rakes help get rid of dead hair on dogs with dense coats and medium to long hair.

  • Flea combs: These combs help you check for fleas on your dog and get rid of flea dirt.

Whenever possible, get a anti-static comb as static damages the dogs hair.

Shampoos and Conditioners

There are several types and brands of shampoos and conditioners to choose from, as well as other types of skin care products for dog grooming, such as lotions. These are a few different types:

  • Conditioning shampoo: This is ideal to use on dogs with normal or mildly dry skin. It conditions your dog’s coat and keeps it looking shiny.

  • Whitening shampoo: If your dog has a white coat, whitening shampoos help remove yellow tinting.

  • Medicated shampoos: These are designed for dogs with skin problems, such as eczema and dermatitis.

We strongly urge you to speak to a grooming professional before purchasing shampoo and conditioner. Many use chemicals or ingredients that can cause skin or coat issues in the long run.

Nail Trimmers

The kind of nail trimmers to get depends on your dog’s size and how comfortable you are trimming her nails.

  • Guillotine clippers: These clippers are easy to use and ideal for trimming the nails of small or medium-sized dogs.

  • Miller’s forge trimmers: These resemble scissors and provide enough force for clipping the nails of larger dogs. They can also be used on small and medium dogs.

  • Rotary trimmers: Rotary or powered trimmers leave nail edges smoother than regular clippers.

Again, we strongly urge you to consult a grooming professional about the pro’s and con’s of each tool as well as a short tutorial on how to correctly trim nails to avoid pain.