Dog grooming is an important part of owning a dog. While some breeds have less fur to deal with, some dogs have a ton of fur and maintenance is crucial for the overall health and wellness of your dog. With the right tools and grooming techniques, you can learn how to groom just about any dog, or specifically just your dog. Grooming at home rather than seeking a professional dog groomer can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars over the course of your dog’s life. If there are bearded dragon kits, then surely, there’s also a kit for your dog. You just have to carefully identify the basic needs for your dog before purchasing any items.
Basic Dog Grooming Supplies
Here are a few dog grooming tools that most pet owners should have. All of these supplies can be found at local pet stores for relatively inexpensive.
A pin brush is the bare minimum for every pet owner. Using the pin brush on a regular basis helps remove loose hair and other dirt and debris that may be stuck in your dog’s coat. It also helps bring out the natural oils that give your dog’s coat a gorgeous shine.
The slicker brush is good for most types of dog grooming. It helps remove snarls, mats and the extra loose hair that causes all of the above. Using a slicker brush regularly can help reduce the amount of shedding.
Ideally, regular dog grooming sessions are a way to prevent matting from occurring. However, if they do occur – you’ll need something to help get them out. If your dog is prone to matting or tangles, you should also invest in a comb and a dematting tool or a heavy-duty rake.
A responsible pet owner will also invest in a toothbrush and toothpaste. Doing so will also save on veterinary bills because your dog will not need as many dental cleanings, if any at all. Ideally, you should brush your dog’s teeth every day. Consider brushing his teeth every morning, after you’ve done yours.
Lastly, you’ll need a nail clipper and a nail file to smooth out any rough edges. If you’re afraid of clipping your dog’s nails too short, consider purchasing a nail grinder instead. You can also invest in nail clippers that can detect the quick of the dog’s nail so you know how short is too short. Overall, you’ll need to decide what you’re most comfortable with. Your dog’s nails should be trimmed every two weeks.
Professional Dog Grooming Supplies
Grooming a dog is big business. People all over the world love to pamper their pets, and many dog groomers offer more than just a bath, haircut and brushing. There are a variety of dog grooming tools available to the public today. Most items can be purchased through your groomer or through your local pet store.
Many professional dog groomers recommend that you purchase a grooming table. Grooming tables allow you to hold your dog in place as he’s being groomed. This can be extremely beneficial for dogs who don’t enjoy regular grooming sessions.
If you plan on showing your dog, you’ll need to invest in shampoos and conditioners developed for your dog’s specific needs, a dog hair dryer and so forth.
Depending on the breed of your dog, you may also wish to invest in an electric clipper, a pair of thinning shears, a pair of straight grooming shears or various other supplies based on your dog’s specific needs. It may seem like a large purchase at first, but regular use will pay for the items in the long run when you’re not taking your dog to the groomer on a regular basis.
Overall there are dozens of different combs, brushes, shampoos and a variety of dog grooming tools available. If you’re unsure of what to purchase, consult your groomer for the basics or consider purchasing a basic dog grooming kit.