Dog's Grooming Tools

Proper Gear and Tools For Your Dog’s Grooming

Dog Grooming for Beginners with the right tools and equipment.

Your Dog Grooming Tools & Supplies are a key component to keeping your pet happy and healthy, therefore, it is a wise choice to groom your dog regularly at least once a month. To do this you need to have the right basic equipment. It would be good to follow a routine on a flexible schedule so you will remember to cover all the steps with each grooming cycle. Grooming is more than just a bath and brushing and should include cleaning your dog’s teeth and ears and clipping nails to keep your dog’s hygiene and health in check. Keeping up with their grooming needs does prevent many future incidents and costly visits to the veterinarian.

Your Basic Dog Grooming Tools

So what equipment must you have? Much depends on your dog’s breed. For example, a Golden Retriever, that I have, will need a different brush and comb for tangled hair and matting than a dog breed of a Labrador or Boston Terrier.  The brush and comb components are the only tools that will change from the rest of your gear.

1. Comb and Brush
2. A pH-balanced shampoo and conditioner made just for dogs
3. A cotton drying towel
4. A toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs
5. Soft gauze for cleaning eyes and ears
6. Dog nail clippers and file, styptic powder
7. Electric clippers
8. Dog’s Grooming Shears-Scissors

1. Brush and Comb
Every pet owner needs a good brush to keep their dog’s hair looking nice and groomed. No one likes looking at a dog with matted hair. It’s a blot against you.

Regularly brushing your dog’s hair will eliminate tangles and matting and helps cut down on shedding. It also stimulates their hair growth and will keep your dog’s hair and skin looking healthy and shiny.

Deshedding tool
Anyone of these is a very good dog grooming tool. For dogs that shed, it can seem at times impossible to stay on top of the hair situation especially in my case where my dogs are outside a lot. My 4 dogs fall into this category. They don’t shed as much as most of these breeds do because of the care and shampoo and conditioner I use. Nevertheless, they still shed and get tangled hair so I prefer the Hertzko Bristle Brush to remove loose hair, dust, and dirt from my pet’s topcoat before bathing and during the week. I also use the Hertzko Self Cleaning Slicker Brush, de-shedding tool,  to remove loose undercoat, mats, and tangled hair when really needed. Both of these brushes are good for both long and short-haired dogs and you should eventually have both in your doggy tool box.

All my dogs love being brushed and yours will too once you get to do it on a regular basis (beginners) otherwise you all have a different experience. They’ll sit calmly and let you gently bush and comb them. And when you do it on a regular basis, you’ll have less of their hair around the house.  Dog’s brushes & combs

2. High-quality shampoo and conditioner
Giving your dog regular baths is a very important part of your grooming regime. Using a good ph shampoo cleans and moisturizes, leaving your dog’s hair shiny and strong.

My thoughts and experience with dog shampoos are extensive. I have found that using natural organic ingredients and non-toxic shampoo is not only 100% safer, but I have found over time that the hair shedding tends to be a little less but more importantly healthier and shinier.

Do not fall into the cheaper dog shampoo trap. You simply get what you pay for. a shampoo that contains a lot in non-essential ingredient fillers. I would hopefully compare their hair to yours. Cheaper or better shampoo? Besides, if you don’t, the shampoo could irritate your dog’s skin or even cause a reaction. More expense! I also prefer using the 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. (time-saver) I have done them separately and have seen no difference in hair sheen or skin flaking. On the other hand, our hair is different.

Another recommendation on this subject is getting a shampoo that fits your dog’s breed and specific needs. For example, I get one that helps with shedding because all 4 dogs I have do shed their hair. i.e: 2 Shepherds, Golden Retriever, and Border Collie. Dog’s 2-1 Shampoo & Conditioner

Note: When your dog tries to shake off the water while bathing it is always a good idea to hold them with one hand and bath with the other or better yet bathe using both hands but with a firm grip or pressure. Always talk to them telling him how good they are. It calms them down in the bathing process. After a few bathes, he/she will give you no more problems. Hopefully!

3. Dog drying towel
Naturally, after the bathing, your dog is sopping wet yet has an extra burst of energy after getting released from the water, so, if not careful, your pet will scoot-around the house and shaking off all that excess water everywhere.

Two Solutions: 1. I bath my dogs outside in a kiddie pool so there is no problem here. If you are in the house or apartment bathe your dog in the bath or shower. When you are completely done, close the shower curtain (make sure it’s inside the bathtub) or door and let them shake away all that water. Then you can use your thick cotton towel to give them a good drying off. It would be preferable to have 2 large thick cotton towels. Thin ones get to wet to quickly. Talk to them, get them focused on you, and not the idea of shaking off the water. Just wrap it around their bodies and give them some good complements.

Now, some dog owners and even vets prefer to use hand dryers (they are more experienced in this area). I do not. Not even my own hair. It drys our hair, makes it brittle and also drys the skin. You’re defeating the purpose of the shampoo and conditioner. However, if you do use the dryer, put it on the lowest setting, and do not get to close to the hair and skin.

4. Toothpaste and toothbrush
Taking care of your dog’s teeth is so important and unfortunately,  it’s something that often gets neglected, which could lead to serious issues such as periodontal disease. To keep your dog’s teeth and health in check, do regular brushings, they are recommended.

Why? If your dog’s mouth is healthy, I suggest at least twice a week, three is better because it can make a difference. Without brushing, plaque can build up, putting your dog at risk for bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. In fact, they actually make toothbrushes and toothpaste just for dogs!

When you do this chore, hold open his mouth by placing your hand on the upper jaw firmly and with the other hand start your brushing. Now I remember when I first started with pup there was a lot of resistance, but with patients, they will actually like having their teeth brushed. I absolutely have no problems with this exercise. Patients, Patients, Patients. Dog’s Tooth Care

5. Cleaning their eyes and ears
We all know that dogs love to get dirty. With that said, it good to a few soft cotton washcloths in the tool arsenal. Never use a tissue or regular wipes because of the chemicals. You do not want to get their eye infected. If they have tear stains, which are dark blotchy areas under the eye, you may want to use a special tear stain remover. Eye cleaners.

A solution: grab a pack of pet deodorizing bath wipes and have them on hand. They’re gentle yet effective and perfect for everyday use.

Ear cleaner
Dogs have long ear canals, approximately 5-10 cm in length. Wax, dirt, and other things can build up in there, especially my dogs who like to swim in my ponds. This is not an uncommon issue for the ear to become infected. You can tell if a dog’s ear is dirty just by looking at it. To stay on top of things, it’s a good idea to clean out your dog’s ear with either a soft cotton damp cloth or you can use a liquid cleaner and a cotton ball. You can soak the cotton cloth or ball with water or a cleaner, then gently insert it into the ear and move it around to dislodge the wax or dirt. Ear Cleaner.

6. Nail clippers
A subject no one likes to talk about or do. The reality is that it has to be done and done on a regular basis because there can be consequences. Not only does it look good, but more importantly, it prevents health, their paws, and safety issues. With longer nails, their paws tend to point upward instead of flat. That is because the long nails are preventing the paw to rest firmly on the floor/ground. Long nails can scratch and hurt others, Aso, if they break off, your dog can wind up in serious pain. Veterinarian appointment. $$$

You’ll know when the time is right to trim your pup’s nails. Trimming your dog’s nails is easier than you’d think, especially when you invest in a good pair of clippers. Dog’s Nail Clippers.

Septic Powder

This is used in the veterinary trade to stop bleeding from nails that are clipped too closely. (see video) This powder is generally used on animals, such as cats, dogs, and rabbits, whose vein is found in the center of the nail.

In the absence of styptic powder, use corn starch. If corn starch is not available, try flour. If you happen to have alum, that seems to work the best in a pinch! Once the styptic powder (or styptic powder substitute, like corn starch) is applied to the dog’s broken nail, keep the dog quiet and do not allow him to walk.

Here are four good choices. I use the first one listed.

7. Electric Clippers
This is almost like nail clipping. Do I or don’t I. It really all depends on your dog. The whole idea you may be reading this is that dog grooming clippers, electric trimmers can and will eliminate those weekly or monthly trips to the groomers. Pets do get nervous with grooming and that is why it is a good idea to show the instrument you are using to your dog and let them see it, lick, and smell it. With clippers do some trial runs where you are just turning it on and making believe you are cutting him. If a second person is available have them hold the dog. You turn on the clippers and use your other hand as the fake clipper, running your hand over your pet. Three, four times and I don’t see a problem. This is what I have taught friends and neighbors. worked fine. With today’s technology, there are low-noise, low-vibration, and low-heat clippers. Clippers & Hair Trimmers

8. Grooming Scissors & Shears
For the pet owner, there is no need to spend a lot of money on scissors but a general pair of good quality scissors, specifically designed for grooming dogs, will possibly be a necessary requirement for the grooming kit. All types of dog grooming scissor sets are reasonably priced. It is a good practice to have not only a set which includes the straight scissor, a curved scissor, trimmer, and comb but also has different sizes. Small dogs the 5 to 6 inches sets are fine and for larger dogs, you may want to go to the 6-8 inch route. But in either case, once you get good at your dog grooming, it would be good to a few extra on different sizes. Grooming Scissors


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2 thoughts on “Proper Gear and Tools For Your Dog’s Grooming”

  1. Both I and my girlfriend have never had a dog before. Our friend Alex’s dog had puppies 9 weeks ago, cocker spaniel, and offered to give use one because Gail and I had discussed it and we do have a big back yard. So here we are today with our new pup Simon. Now Alex gave us some of the basics on care, food to start with and your website. He said from a friend of his that you breed German Shepherds and have a site about dog grooming.

    So, any advice would be appreciated and any type of books you can recommend.
    By the way your Golden retriever looks amazing. definitely a WOW!

    Donald., Okla.

    1. Like you, your pet needs to have good hygiene to stay healthy. Dog grooming is an important element of canine care. If your dog is not used to being handled then there may be some struggles here and there. But don’t you worry, dogs can be taught to enjoy the grooming process. You need to have patients because you both will be rewarded in the end. You saving money and both of you have a better relationship.

      Grooming is also an activity wherein you can build a strong bond with your pup. It helps strengthen and maintain a healthy relationship with your dog. Grooming also allows you to have a closer look at your dog…there could be cases in which you may notice some physical symptoms of an underlying medical condition that you wouldn’t have noticed in normal circumstances.

      Here are some grooming supplies that are necessary for a smooth grooming experience: The basic tools will tell and give you links on the best tools to buy.

      Shampoo and Conditioner – make sure that you choose a brand or a type of shampoo that is appropriate for your pet. Puppy and adult dog shampoos have different formulations. You can consult your vet if you are unsure how to pick the best kind.
      Small bucket or small tub of water (for a nice lather)
      Ear cleaner- ear cleaning is an important step in dog grooming, dogs are prone to ear infections which can cause hearing loss if left untreated.
      Parasite-control if needed in your area for fleas, ticks and mites) Flea collar here
      Comb and/or Brush- there are different kinds of combs and brushes for different kinds of fur.
      Nail Trimmers (find ones that match your dog’s nail size)
      Nail file
      Toothbrush and dog toothpaste (dental health is important too)
      Safety scissors (for trimming dog hair..ears, feet, eyes)

      Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.


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