Whether your dog has long hair or short hair, an undercoat, or hardly any hair, grooming is an important part of caring for your dog. It is not always possible to visit a groomer however having a few grooming tools on hand can help you take care of your best friend.
One of the more important pieces of dog grooming equipment, brushes can come in many shapes and sizes and work based on what type of coat your dog has.
- Short Smooth Fur – You will want to purchase a soft bristle brush and short curry brush.
- Short Wiry Coats – You will need a brush with firm bristles and a softer bristled brush for legs, feet and heat.
- Thin Delicate Coats – Avoid bristle brushes and look for a wire pin brush and slick brush for matts or tangles.
- Long Fur Coats – A brush that has long bristles and a wire pin brush are best for basic grooming. A slicker brush or de-matting brush can come in handy for matts or tangles.
- Undercoats – Many dogs have soft undercoats, underneath a layer of longer fur, for these types of coats you may want to purchase a long-bristled brush than a slicker brush for mats and tangles.
If you have a dog that sheds heavily throughout the year, you may want to consider keeping de-shedding tools on hand. Shedding blades can be used with any breed of dog, however they often work better on shorter fur. If you have a dog with longer hair or an undercoat you may want to consider a de-shedding rake.
Scissors, Trimming Sheers or Clippers
In addition to a brush and your shedding tools you may need to cut your dog’s hair from time to time. If you have a dog who you give regular hair cuts too or you prefer to shave them in the summer months you may want to invest in a good set of clippers. If your dog has longer hair that grows between the pads of their feet you will likely need a small pair of scissors to help trim around the pads.
If you have the space in your home and you don’t wish to share your own bath with your dog, you may want to purchase a bathing tub. These tubs come in all styles from a basic standard step in tub, to tubs with steps and ramps to help those dogs that may not be able to jump in the side.
Dog Shampoo and Conditioners
All natural products are often best, as they won’t irritate your dogs skin. The best types of shampoo for your dog will have a vegetable oil or castile soap base, avoid synthetic fragrances and pesticides when purchasing shampoo and conditioner for your dog.
It is important to keep your dogs nails trimmed up, for their own health and for the health of areas around your home. Nail clippers work for most breeds of dogs, however if your dog’s nails are quite strong and sturdy you may need a nail grinder, or you can visit a professional groomer to have your dog’s nails trimmed.
Dog Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Your dogs teeth can quickly build up plaque, especially as they age. By brushing your dog’s teeth regularly with a specialty dog toothbrush and toothpaste you can avoid some of this plaque build up and keep your dog’s breath smelling fresher.
Other Items to have on Hand
There are some basic items you will want to keep on hand as well.
- Vitamin E and cotton balls for ear cleaning
- Eye wipes if your dog has discharge from their eyes
- Natural flea killer