In this article, we will be taking a look at a number of essential tools that we feel every dog owner should own to help keep their dog looking and feeling good. Although some of these are purely cosmetic, some of these also offer multiple health benefits to your dog.
If your dog is totally new to grooming then it can put up a fight, hide or struggle when you try to groom it. This is totally normal and to be expected, our post on getting your dog used to grooming may help speed up the transitioning process.
Kicking off our list of essential grooming tools for your dog is a high-quality doggy hairbrush. Not only can these be used to help keep your dogs fur in order, it can also be an excellent tool for helping to de-matt fur.
Shedding can also be a huge problem with some dog breeds, especially breeds with multiple coats. If you are having problems with your dog shedding, our post on making your dog quit shedding may be able to help you.
Although there are a large number of different types of doggy hairbrush on the market, we feel that the HappyDogz Pet Grooming Shedding Brush for Dogs has managed to take the lead and become the market leader.
Next up on our list of doggy grooming tools is a high-quality doggy comb. Although many people use a doggy comb for the similar tasks to the doggy brush covered above, we feel it is best used for quick and easy styling rather than de-matting or shedding.
For example, if your dog has long hair or fur that keeps covering its eyes, you can use the doggy comb to quickly and easily adjust it. Many doggy combs can also be used to check your pet dog for parasites such as ticks or fleas too.
Next up on our list of doggy grooming products is a high-quality doggy toothbrush. Not only does regular cleaning of your dog’s teeth help keep their teeth looking white but it can also help to control their breath odor and improve their overall dental health.
There are a whole bunch of different styles of doggy toothbrush on the market these days but we feel the cheap and easy to use Pet Republique finger brushes are perfect. Not only do they get the job done but they seem to get less resistance from dogs who don’t like having their teeth brushed.
Electric Hair Clipper
The next item on our grooming item list for dogs is a set of high-quality doggy hair clippers. These can be used to help trim your dog’s hair into a more suitable style for that seasons.
For example, many dogs will grow a thick outer coat over winter but may not be able to shed their coat quickly come spring. In warmer locations, this may cause issues with your dog such as heat exhaustion. A set of doggy clippers can be a quick and easy way to clip off these winter fur and help your dog stay cool.
Doggy Nail Clippers
Next up on our list is a set of high-quality doggy nail clippers. Not only does keeping your pet dogs nails trimmed help it walk naturally and reduce the risk of paw pad and nail injuries, it can also help reduce the chance of compulsive paw chewing.
Some people will try to use nail clippers designed for humans or scissors to clip their dog’s nails. This is NOT recommended, it can cause various problems with the nail, the paw, and the paw pad if done wrong.
Although some dogs really don’t like having their nails trimmed, our article on how to trim a dog’s nails can help teach you how to quickly and easily trim your dog’s nails.
Not only can a doggy shampoo help keep your dogs coat looking bright and shiny while also being nice and soft. They can also help deal with parasites in their fur or any potential sensitive skin issues or hot spots that would otherwise get out of control.
Next up on our list is a high-quality doggy toothpaste. This goes hand in hand with the reasoning behind using a doggy toothbrush that we covered above. If you are struggling to find a doggy toothpaste that you want to use, our post on the best toothpaste for dogs on the market may be able to help you.
Although some dog owners choose to use human-based toothpaste on their dogs, we do not recommend this. Many human based toothpaste contain frothing ingredients and due to your dog’s lack of ability to spit the toothpaste froth out like a human can, it may pose a choking risk to your dog.
The final item on our list is a high-quality stain remover. Now, this item only really applied if you have a dog with white, yellow or a light colored fur. Tear stains on dogs with light colored fur can be notorious. Although they don’t cause any pain to your dog or anything like that, they can be unsightly.
There are a number of different common stains on dogs with light colored fur that requirer slightly different products. If your dog has any staining issues then our post on how to remove stains from white dog fur may help you with these issues
A Liquid Tartar Remover
A Liquid Tartar Remover can be the perfect solution for treating plaque and tartar build up on your dogs teeth without the need for brushing. Simply add it to your dogs water supply and its active ingredients will get to work as your dog drinks.
Not only does using a product like this reduce the build up of plaque and tartar on your dogs teeth, it can also make its teeth look better as well as increase its overall health.
Our post on how to remove tartar from your dog’s teeth can be helpful in explaining the different products available as well as how to use each of the recommendations.