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Dog Grooming Supplies

Grooming your dog regularly will keep him healthy and happy. 

Grooming involves maintaining his fur and it’s also an opportunity to monitor his skin for infections, cuts or parasites. Keeping your dog’s fur free from matting means he won’t need to suffer from uncomfortable matting. 

Nail trimming and ear care are also an important part of a dog’s grooming routine. 

The grooming process will also help to develop the bond between you and your dog. The frequency and level of grooming that your dog needs will depend on the type of breed as some shed more than others. 

Ideally, you should groom your dog every 4 to 6 weeks. 

If getting your dog groomed professionally is out of your budget, there are many products available on the market so you can do it at home.

Brushes and Combs

Brushing your dog regularly, regardless of how furry he is, helps to get rid of dead hairs and skin while redistributing the natural oils in the hair.

Short-Haired Dog Brushes

Short-haired dogs need less coat maintenance than long-haired dogs. The best types of brushes for short-haired dogs are curry brushes. These have rubber bristles and are designed to remove excess hair. Rubber brushes protect the dog’s skin and also attract dog hairs. 

Medium-Haired Dog Brushes

Brushes with fine metallic bristles are best for medium-haired dogs. Brushes with rubber spikes are also ideal.

Thick-Haired Dog Brushes

Dogs with thicker hair or double-layered hair (German Shepherds, for example) need more grooming than shorter haired dogs. Special brushes are needed to remove excess hair and untangle knots. 

For brushing and combing, the metal card brush is recommended. For releasing tangles, use a plastic rake brush to get rid of the dead hair close to the skin. 

For removing dead hair, combs with a single row of fine metal teeth can remove around 90% of dead hair in longer haired dogs. They are also great for redistributing the natural oils in the dog’s coat. 

Masking tape or gorilla tape is ideal to have on hand to remove any hairs stuck to your hands, fingers or clothes. 

Spanish dogs have extremely thick matted hair. They need a brush that will undo knots without tearing the hair or skin. A comb with thick separate metal teeth is ideal for this type of fur. 

Long-Haired Dog Brushes

For dogs with long hair and delicate skin like Yorkshire terriers, the best type of brush is a double-sided brush with hard bristles on one side and soft bristles on the other. The softer side will help to create a shiny healthy coat. 

A rake comb is ideal for removing tangles in the coats of long-haired dogs.   

Flea and Lice Combs

If you spot and fleas or lice when brushing, flea combs have long metallic spikes, which are spaced very close together. 

Electronic Brushes

Electrically powered brushes are now commonplace. They remove tangles and dead hair on dogs with medium to long hair. 

Masks

When you’re grooming, you’ll need a face mask to protect yourself from flying hairs and allergens.

Nail Clippers

If you can hear your dog’s nails tapping on the floor it’s a sign they need a good clipping. Clipping them regularly reduces the chance of injury due to long nails.

There are two main styles of nail clippers, the guillotine style and scissor style.

Guillotine dog clippers work by squeezing two blades together to slice the nail in a guillotine fashion. These are considered by some to be the least comfortable for dogs, and they are not strong enough for thick nails. 

Dogs with very thick nails such as Great Danes will need very thick sturdy scissor style clippers. Clippers with very sharp blades allow you to slice through the nail for a very precise, fine cut, especially if you can’t see where the quick is. By slicing just a little bit off at a time, will mean you minimize hurting the dog.

Some dog nail clippers now come with a sensor if you’re not sure where the quick is. Although sensor dog clippers aren’t foolproof, they are a great help if you’re not sure. 

Grinders are very good for trimming nails. This tool works like a rotary sander, which literally sands the nails down. It is harder to cut down to the quick as this tool grinds the nails slowly so that you can keep checking progress. 

 

Dog Shampoo and Conditioner

Human shampoo isn’t suitable for dogs because their skin has a different pH balance. Professional dog groomers like to use protein shampoos as it results in a soft coat and prevents dry fur. 

Oatmeal shampoo is also popular with dog groomers, as it is soothing on irritated skin. Hypoallergenic shampoo like oatmeal is effective for treating the skin of dogs with fleas, dermatitis or allergies. 

Regularly washing dogs that shed a lot with anti-shedding shampoo can really help to reduce shedding, as it contains healthy oils, amino acids and antioxidants.

 

Ear Care

With many dogs a quick swab with ear cleanser is sufficient. Ear cleanser helps to remove wax and dirt that has accumulated, which may cause irritation or infection. The cleanser is to be used preventatively rather than as a treatment for an infection. 

Dog Clippers

The right dog clippers for your dog will depend on its size. Bigger dogs will need clippers with a wider head. Pet shavers generally tend to be quieter than regular shavers so that they don’t scare your dog. 

Comb attachments are finishing tools to use with clippers, they’re particularly useful for trimming soft coated dogs. For a smoother finish without clipper marks, comb attachments are ideal for blending cut hair.

Shears

Shears are a type of scissors used to make specific cuts on dog fur. There are many different types of shears that are used depending on the thickness of your dog’s coat. 

Straight Shears

Straights come in a range of sizes from very small to very long. Longer shears are used to trim the backs of legs of dogs like poodles, so that one cut can cover a longer area. 

Curved Shears

Many groomers like to use curved shears for angled cuts and super curved shears for ball shapes or round moustaches. 

Thinning Shears

Thinning scissors consist of two thinning blades, while blending scissors have one normal straight blade combined with one thinning blade. Both types of scissors aim to reduce bulk in a dog’s hair, and for blending short and long hairs. 

Chunkers are large blending scissors which are good for making angulations in one cut. Chunker scissors are easier to cut into the fur and they leave a softer finish. 

It’s a good idea to keep at least two of each type of scissor. That way you will always have a spare pair when you send a pair to be sharpened.

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We hope you’ve now got a thorough understanding of what to look out for when you’re accumulating dog grooming supplies.

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