11 Dog Grooming Products Every Dog Parent Needs To Know About

11 Dog Grooming Products Every Dog Parent Needs To Know About

Grooming is one of your dog's basic needs and an important part of dog ownership. Just like people, dogs need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. Fortunately, dogs do not need to bathe as often as people, but you do need to introduce a habit of regular grooming as early on in your dog’s life as possible.

Generally, a dog’s grooming needs depend on the coat or hair type and what you want to achieve from the grooming session. Some parents will need a dog deshedding tool whereas others will require a comb to detangle unruly knots. Here are some basic grooming tools that will suit your needs.

1. Rubber brush.

Upper thigh of a dog with loose fur and a dog rubber brush

If you’re tired of spending money on two different brushes for your short hair breeds, a rubber brush is your solution. A rubber brush (also called rubber curry brush) is a great multifunction tool suitable for all coat types, especially short coats, and works well to remove loose hair (as a grooming brush). It also works great in the bath to massage the skin and work the shampoo in (as a shampooing brush). This brush is perfect for dogs that hate being brushed.

The Safari Comfort Grip Rubber Brush is ideal for short coats and will not yank or pull. Brush your dog outside, as it can be messy.

2. Slicker brush.

Dog being brushed with a slicker brush and dried with a hand blow dryer

Slicker brushes have fine wire bristles, are suitable for all coat types and are especially useful for removing debris, loose hair, mats and tangles. The bristles are often angled or have protective nubs to prevent damage to the skin. Use a slicker brush to remove knots or mats or tangles in long, medium and curly coats.

The slicker brush is also effective at removing loose hair and undercoat. It can be used on short hair however extra caution must be taken not to scratch your dog’s skin. You must also be gentle with long hair as vigorous use can cause damage to the hair.

Grooming tip

Pet brushes increase interaction time with your dog and help prevent uncomfortable pet hair matting. When brushing, be gentle and take your time. Be especially careful when removing mats or tangles. Brushing can and should be a pleasant experience for your pet as the gentle stroking feels good on his skin. 

3. Double sided (pin and bristle) brush.

Pin brush with hair

A double-sided brush offers the best of both worlds for brushing of the topcoat and removing dirt (but not useful for removing lots of loose hair). It is a useful dog-grooming tool for all types of coats.

One side is a pin brush, which removes tangles and mats in fur. The pin brush is suitable for medium and long coats. This side, however, isn’t as widely used for detangling, and is more used as a topcoat or finishing brush, which can smooth out the coat and leave it looking healthy and glossy.

The other side is a bristle brush, an ideal finishing brush, which is great for finishing up a grooming session as it smooths fur and spreads healthy skin oils, resulting in shiny glossy fur. It is suitable for short, medium and long coats.

Short bristles that are compact are ideal for shorthaired dogs; longer bristles are better for longer hair. If your pooch has a wiry coat you’ll need to look for stiffer bristles.

4. Undercoat rake or Deshedding brush.

Dog lying on a sofa

This brush is a must have for any short, medium or longhaired dog with an undercoat, particularly those that shed on a regular or seasonal basis. A dog undercoat rake or deshedding brush physically extracts excess loose hair that can help canines stay cooler during the warmer months as well as keep the house and your clothes hair free.

Getting rid of this loose hair helps to prevent matting and reduces clumps of hair seen around your home. You must use even pressure and avoid pressing too hard as it could hurt your dog’s skin.

Nothing can remove 100% of the shedding. However, many of these undercoat rakes or deshedding brushes claim to remove up to 90% of your dog’s shedding fur. We suggest that you use these brushes outside; so all the hair you brush off doesn’t land on your couch or carpet or floor (which defeats the purpose right?).

 The Safari Undercoat Dog Rake is suitable for medium to longhaired dogs.

5. Pliers-style nail clipper.

Pliers dog nail clipper cutting dog nail

Even if your pooch is walking and running on hard ground all the time, you should trim his nails regularly. Overgrown nails are prone to being ripped off after being hooked to various objects, which can cause severe bleeding and are avenues for infection.

With pliers-style nail clippers, the spring-loaded mechanism provides even, and easily controlled pressure to trim nails, while the blades lock closed when not in use for extra safety. If you do not know how, ask your vet or groomer to show you how to clip your dog’s nails.

 Use Safari Professional Nail Clippers for your nail trimming sessions.

6. Dog dental products.

Dog on a table with teeth being shown by a vet wearing gloves

You brush your teeth regularly, right? Well, your furry-friend should too! For this job, you need a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically designed for dogs (make sure you don’t use human toothpaste – Due to its fluoride content, human toothpaste can destabilise pH balance in canines if swallowed).

Alternatively, there are many dental gels, sprays, mouth rinses, and chews that can help keep your pet’s teeth and breath in healthy condition. You can help protect their teeth from dental decay by using any of these dental products.

Purchase TropiClean Fresh Breath Clean Teeth Gel to keep your dog's teeth clean.

7. Ear cleaner and cotton.

Dog on grass with ears pointing up

Proper ear care for dogs is often overlooked, but it is just as important as maintenance of hair and nails. Use a gentle ear cleaner that helps to rinse and clean the ear canal. Always be careful with how far in the ear you clean.

You should never “dig” or reach deep into the ear canal as this can cause severe ear damage to your dog. Only clean the outer ear and creases that are visible to you. Always read the instructions before using the ear cleaner product.

Purchase Oxy-Med Ear Cleaner for your bff. 

8. Dog shampoo and conditioner.

Dog in a blue plastic tub with water

The first rule of dog bathing is not to use human shampoo or conditioner. The pH of a dog's skin is very different to that of human skin. Shampoos formulated for humans are much more acidic than those for dogs, and using a human shampoo can upset the balance of a dog's skin.

Bathing your dog with a quality dog shampoo and conditioner is an important part of keeping your dog's skin and hair coat healthy. Bathing can prevent minor dog skin problems, eliminate parasites, and rid pets of surface bacteria and yeast that can cause problems. Regular pet shampooing and conditioning can soothe the discomfort of allergies.

TropiClean shampoos are soap free for a healthy coat and skin.

9. Pet paw butter.

Two dogs seated with one dog putting its leg on the other dog

Paw butter is TLC for your dog's rough, dry paw pads. Paw butter provides layers of moisturising support for your dog's rough, dry paw pads. Sure, your dog’s paw pads are strong and tough, but they still need paw-pampering!

Trotting beside you on hot pavement will brutalise your dog’s paws. Most dogs have to deal with sticks, thorns and all else Mother Nature throws their way. Even the hardest working dog needs paw support.

Grooming tip

The best way to build trust and make grooming a pleasurable bonding time for both of you is to brush your pet’s coat often, preferably daily. This prevents problem mats and tangles from developing. If you cannot achieve daily brushing, aim to brush thoroughly at least twice a week.

10. Grooming comb.

Dog being combed with metal comb

Grooming combs gently untangle knots without causing breakage and are suitable for medium to long coats, as well as double coated dogs like German Shepherds or Huskies. Good combs should have a coarse side, as well as a fine side of teeth to comb through the hair, untangle knots and remove loose hair without breaking the hair.

Li’l Pals Double Sided Dog Comb is suitable for small breed dogs with medium to long coats.

11. De-matting comb.

Dog being dried with hand blow dryer

The de-matting comb breaks large mats of hair into manageable sections, and is suitable for medium to longhaired dogs with matted coats. This tool has sharp blades that cut through the hair removing the matted areas of fur.

It is a better alternative to cutting out hair or shaving your dog down as it preserves the length of your dog’s hair. You must use this tool gently and carefully to avoid damage to your dog’s skin.

The Safari De-matting Dog Comb will remove mats from your dog’s coat.

Purchase grooming tools for your dog.

Information for this article was sourced from thespruce.com and theitchypooch.wordpress.com.