Your At-Home Dog Grooming Tools List
You've recently added the furriest member of your family. With an addition that cute comes responsibility and often, hair. A lot of hair. And, while grooming can keep shedding in check and your dog looking their best, regular grooming also helps to keep them healthy.
Some people opt to send their pup to a professional groomer, and while that’s a great choice when it comes to baths, haircuts or very anxious dogs, at-home grooming and upkeep is also an essential part of being a dog parent. In addition to routine brushing and paw care, some pet parents can take on the majority of their pet’s grooming needs themselves. No matter which camp you fall into, having some of the basic dog grooming equipment at home will help your pup look and feel their best.
Dog grooming tools to have at home
Establishing a regular grooming schedule is important, so you can avoid health problems such as excessive shedding, skin ailments, mats in your pup's hair, paw deformities from untrimmed nails as well as teeth, ear and eye troubles. Here are the tools you will want for the job.
Products for cleaning and bath time
Depending on the breed of your dog, baths should be given every 4-8 weeks. In order to keep you pup squeaky clean at home, or maintain their last groom, it’s best to have the following on hand:
Human shampoos and conditioners can irritate pet’s skin so getting products formulated for dogs will help rinse away dirt and debris while maintaining the health of their skin.
Perfect for when you don’t have time for a full-fledged bath or are trying to extend your pet’s last professional groom while waiting for your next appointment. Waterless shampoo helps aid in nourishing scruffy, tangled coats in between baths.
A pet wipe is perfect for messes on the go or cleaning small spots on your dog. Keep a pack in your car or handy near your front door to wipe away any dirt from the dog park or muddy paws before coming inside.
If you’re getting ready to bathe your dog at home, don’t forget to keep some old towels near your bathing station and determine if your dog is more comfortable getting bathed inside or outside (if the weather allows).
Tools for brushing your dog’s fur
Those who have long haired or double-coated dogs quickly realize regular brushing is a necessary part of their pet’s care, often taking place daily. But, even the shorthaired pups out there need their coats brushed regularly.
While the exact comb or brush your pet needs will depend on their coat type, the below are the basic tools you should have on hand.
To break up small mats, a de-matting comb with widely spaced teeth are used to separate and untangle mats. For more serious mats you will need to see a professional groomer or veterinarian, which is why ongoing brushing is essential.
Tools for trimming your dog’s fur at home
It’s important to cut your dog’s hair according to the coat type they have which is why many decide to take their pet to a professional groomer for hair cuts. However, after consulting with your groomer, you may decide you feel comfortable to do trims in between their full groom yourself. If your dog may need a slight hair cut every once in a while, the most common useful tools to have on hand include:
These are electric shears with detachable blades and/or snap-on combs to cut your dog's coat shorter depending on the blade length you choose. If you decide to clip your dog’s fur yourself, always maintain your clipper’s blades with oil or lubricant to ensure the blades do not become hot or pull at your pet’s fur.
Nail and paw care needs
When it comes to grooming, it's easy to notice the head, but overlook the toe. Nail and paw care are as much of a benefit to you as they are to your dog. Untrimmed dog nails can scratch your floors and furniture, and neglected nails or paw pads can lead to discomfort, and even deformity. If your pet has been made accustomed to nail trims, it may be easy for you to accomplish at home. However, some squirmy pups handle the treatment better with a groomer.
Ear and oral care
While you go through your grooming checklist, don’t forget their oral and ear hygiene. Ongoing tooth brushing and ear cleaning can reduce the risk of more serious ailments.
Water, dirt and other debris can get into your pet’s ear—especially those that have long, floppy ears—causing build up and may lead to infection. To clean your pet’s ears, use a pet-specific wash or wipe according to package instructions. Remember: never put anything smaller than a finger in your pet’s ears to avoid further pushing debris into the ear canal or potential punctures.
Dog toothpaste and toothbrushes are specifically designed for dogs. The fluoride in human toothpastes can upset a dog’s stomach so it’s best to use a toothpaste made for them. In addition to regular tooth brushing, consider adding dental chews, wipes and water additives to your pet’s routine to keep their pearly whites healthy.
All-in-all whether you decide to take on the majority of your pet’s grooming needs at home, or go to a groomer, you will need some dog grooming supplies at home, and this is a great list to start with. As you learn more about your pet’s specific grooming needs, you can add to your grooming kit by visiting your local Petco.