The Essential Dog Grooming Tools You Need To Groom Your Doggy
There are numerous dog grooming tools available right now and the majority can be found in good pet stores, with all of them being readily available online. Most of them are incredibly affordable so it is possible to invest in good tools no matter what your budget.
However, a tip before you start.
As with anything else these days, you get what you pay for.
If you invest in quality dog grooming tools then they will last longer and work much better than the cheaper ones. Furthermore, if you take the time to look after them properly then they will take care of your dog.
You need at least the basics for grooming your dog, meaning a brush, comb, scissors and nail clippers. However, from the list below, you will be better able to assess exactly what you need for your dog. This is especially applicable given the fact that you will need different tools for the different types of dog coats. Start by researching what type of coat your dog has.
Boar’s Bristle Brush – A boar’s bristle brush is not necessarily something that most owners have heard of but is generally used for removing the undercoat during shedding and when there are loose hairs. It can really help to remove matting and is generally associated with the grooming of long coated breeds.
Bristle Brush – Available in soft, medium, and stiff models, bristle brushes are ideal for use with short coats. However, they can also be used on the undercoat of long coated breeds as well. Bristle brushes are ideal for regular brushing as they will not damage the skin.
Large Pin Brush – Ideal for regular brushing, the large pin brush should be used on long coated breeds and especially
the larger breeds that come under that category. It should not be used on smooth coats because of the risk of damage.
Small Pin Brush – A smaller version of the large pin brush, it does exactly the same job but is more suited to smaller breeds within the long coated category.
Rubber Brush – The rubber brush is gentle on the skin and is not designed for coats with tangles. As such, it is designed for smooth and medium coated breeds.
Slicker Brush – The slicker brush is perfect for all breeds of dog, no matter what type of coat they have and is one of our favorites! It is designed to release & extract dirt from all types of hair and is good for use with the undercoat as well as the guard hair. It will also help to pull loose hairs away from the coat but is not necessarily the best tool to use during shedding. Instead, it is better for regular use as part of a weekly routine.
Chamois Cloth – A chamois cloth is commonly associated with cleaning a car rather than a dog but it is perfect for use on smooth coated dogs because it can be used to polish the coats and really bring out a healthy shine without causing any harm to your dog.
Comb – Unlike the brushes available, there are very few combs to choose from and many experts simply recommend a regulation size steel comb. The comb should ideally have both fine and medium teeth for removing tangles and removing stray hairs that the brush has left behind. This comb is ideal for use with all coat types and thus all breeds.
De-Matting Comb – This is another comb that you may want to consider using but only with long coated breeds. It has wide teeth and is primarily used for removing matting rather than tangles.
Electric Clipper – Clippers are used to clip hair and there are models out there that are designed specifically for small animals. Make sure you get some help or advice for the first time before using them.
Nail Clipper – This is an essential piece of equipment for grooming your dog. There are three different sizes of nail clippers available – small, medium and large. Each type corresponds with the size of the dog you are grooming. You can choose the scissors clippers, which are suitable primarily for small dogs. The guillotine clippers are primarily designed for use on medium dogs. The heavy duty clippers that resemble pliers are those for use with large dogs given that this size is well known for its strong and resistant nails. There are also electric models now available.
All of the above information relates directly to the dog grooming tools that you can use to groom your dog but there is no mention of shampoo and other such tools there. However, you will need a good shampoo in order to correctly bathe your dog and ensure that all dirt is removed from his or her coat.