October 21, 2021
While some people take their pooches to the groomer, it’s not an economical option for those who are trying to save money and doing it yourself can be downright fun.
If you choose to groom your dog at home, there are a few important things to keep in mind – primarily your pet’s safety and trust. Be sure to have plenty of treats on hand and make a place in the house or outside that you expect to get messy. Also, be sure to start any dog when s/he is young, to get used to grooming as a fact of life.
Below are a few of the best pet grooming products right now, in no particular order, that are sure to help your pup get clean and look fabulous:
If your dog tends to get a little nervous when it comes to bath time, before you even say the “B” word, calm your pup’s nerves with a yummy all natural treat like Ready Pet Go Bacon and Cheese Flavored Zen Chewsthat help reduce anxiety in stressful situations and environments. Then doggo can just kick back and enjoy a day at the spa.
All natural shampoos like Nature’s Miracle Skin and Coat Odor Control Shampoo and Conditioner are available in puppy and adult dog formulas which are hypoallergenic and do an excellent job of cleaning your dog’s coat and skin and making both extra smooth and shiny. It also helps to neutralize a wide variety of odors, so your pooch smells fresh and clean. It’s been on the market for a while and makes the list of popular dog grooming products year after year.
When deciding which clippers to buy, you’ll want to consider a few important things like speed, corded or cordless blades, and speed and power of the motor. Also consider the size and weight of the clippers, as well as the vibration, noise and heat. Oneisall dog clippers are a number one choice and have an 80-minute run time, are single speed and are only one pound so they are easy to hold especially if your pooch is shifty and nervous. Wireless and stainless steel, their only drawback is that the attachments can be difficult to detach.
When choosing nail trimmers, it’s important to keep in mind the size of your dog’s nails and whether you trim them regularly. Another thing to keep in mind is if your pup has black nails, as it can be a challenge to know how far you can trim before hitting the quick. (Pro tip: Always start with a clear nail so you can see the cuticle length.) The Millers Forge Pet Nail Clipper is simple and affordable and works well for small to medium-sized dogs. For larger dogs, try the Andis Pet Nail Clipper, which cuts smoothly and easily through big, thick nails. It has stainless steel blades and rubberized grips for comfort and control, so your hands don’t accidentally slip and cause injuries. If you prefer using a grinder, the Dremel 7300-PT Dog & Cat Nail Grinder Kit is a favorite in the world of pet grooming.
If you’ve got a fluffy pup, then listen up! As you might have already discovered, sometimes brushing alone just doesn’t cut it. The Furminator Undercoat Deshedding Tool comes in three different sizes, is made of super-strong and long-lasting materials and does an excellent job of reaching down through the topcoat to get to the finer hairs of the undercoat without hurting your pooch.
HandsOn Pet Grooming Gloves are covered with small nodes that do a great job of removing excess hair. Just sitting down to pet your dog with these gloves can make a world of difference in reducing shedding and will help relax your pup with a gentle massage. They also help cut down on cleaning time and the potential for allergy triggers.
Burt’s Bees Oatmeal Shampoo is a gentle and lightly scented shampoo made with flour, honey and beeswax and is good for dogs with sensitive skin. It’s suitable for topcoats and most breeds and types of coats. It’s also hypoallergenic and doesn’t burn if it gets in your pup’s eyes.
Another option for tackling the undercoat is the Maxpower Planet Pet Grooming Brush. This brush has sharpened, fine-rounded teeth that help to de-shed and untangle your pup’s coat. This lightweight brush has a side with nine teeth which helps to comb out mats and keep your pet well-groomed. The other side has 17 teeth, designed to trap loose pet hair.
The Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean Upright Vacuum is bagless and excellent for anyone with multiple pets or ones who tend to shed. Like any vacuum, it cleans carpets and floors, but also features tools designed specifically for pet hair and dander to pick up the mess and also reduce allergens.
They say no outfit is complete without a little fur, but there may be a time you want to shed the proof-of-pets accessory. The Oxo Good Grips Furlifter is an excellent alternative to lint rollers and has a pivoting head and micro bristles that remove pet hair from your clothes with a few quick strokes. It’s super easy to use with a self-cleaning base.
Let’s say you don’t have time to schedule your pup’s routine grooming appointment, and even when you do, the cost of the visits can add up fast. Dog grooming kits are a great way to save money and time and they have everything you need including nail clippers, treats and brushes. You can get them in any pet store or online.
The Bodhi Dog Pet Shampoo Brush is especially good for short-haired dogs who don’t need as much coat care as long-haired dogs do. It’s also good for dry brushing and bathing and works best when you spray it with a moisturizing spray or water.
Much like toddlers, pets can get a bit messy during walks or play time. Earth Bath Hypoallergenic Grooming Wipes are excellent for removing slobber, dirt and grime quickly and they don’t strip your pup’s natural oils on the skin. They don’t have any artificial dyes and are a good choice if you are on-the-go.
Angels’ Eyes Gentle Tear Stain Wipes are great for removing crusty build-up on the eyes. There are about 100 pre-soaked textured wipes and they help to remove porphyrins which are waste that contains iron and builds up on the skin and helps to prevent tear stain discoloration. They remove irritants from around the eyes and help reduce itching.
Virbac Epi-Otic Advanced Ear Cleaner for Dogs & Cats is a gentle cleanser for your pet’s ears and helps to remove excess moisture that can cause yeast infections. Use it with a cotton ball to wipe away the grime and moisture instead of a wipe which can irritate sensitive skin. A great option for routine cleaning and to eliminate ear odors.
There are countless grooming products on the market, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for on our list, ask your vet, groomer or do a quick search online to read customer reviews on different products. With these grooming tools at your disposal, your pup will be happier, healthier, and look fantastic.