Best Dog Grooming Supplies

stella the goldendoodle

Stella has most definitely made herself at home over the past 3 months.  Her quirky puppy ways make us smile and keep us on our toes all the time!  She has a tendency of getting herself into some stinky situations, so I researched and found some of the best dog grooming supplies. 

Stella is a golden doodle – a mix between a poodle and a golden retriever. She has hair, not fur and does not shed, but requires regular hair cuts – about every 6-8 weeks.  

The products below are perfect for any breed!

Splish Splash – Bath Time!

I am grateful that Stella doesn’t mind taking a shower (bathing in a tub is another story).  One of my favorite “human” brands, Kiehl’s, now makes the best dog shampoo and rinse.  The mix of chamomile and glycerin helps to moisturize the pup’s coat, keeping it super soft. 

Other notable shampoos and rinses are below:

Towel Time!

I also recommend a good dog towel.  You could most definitely use a standard bath or beach/pool towel, but these large microfiber towels are great because they help dry your furry friend that much faster.


Your dog’s coat will determine the type of brush you will need – and there are a few different types to choose from! 

Slicker Brushes

These brushes look the most “painful” to me (but they aren’t – unless you accidentally jab yourself with it).  The fine, short wires help to remove mats in medium to long-haired or curly-haired dogs such as golden retrievers, poodles, yorkshire terriers, st. bernards, and cocker spaniels.  The longer the hair, the more of an opportunity for matting and knots.

Bristle Brushes

If you have a frequent shedder, then you need one of these brushes in your collection.  Used mainly for smooth coated pups, the tight clusters of bristles help to remove loose hairs.  Italian Greyhounds, Pugs, and Jack Russell Terriers are just a few breeds that can benefit from a bristle brush.


Sounds scary, right?  I wonder who named these brushes BUT the name makes sense.  Rakes are designed to brush through thick coats to remove tangles and undercoat.  It essentially rakes through the coat.  Look for a rake that has pins the same (or as close to) length as your dog’s thick coat.  German Shepherds and Chows are perfect candidates for a rake.

Pin Brushes

Pin brushes look the most like a brush you or I would use.  Although they don’t really benefit your pet’s coat as they just pick up loose hair at the top of the coat, they are the most well-known.    

Dog Wipes

If Stella wants to hang with us on the couch or cuddle in bed, her paws need to be wiped after galavanting outside.  You can use conventional wet wipes or baby wipes, but I worry about the chemicals.  (Stella licks her paws at times and I can only imagine what the poop situation would be like afterward.)

Dog Nail Clippers

Dog nails grow FAST.  If they aren’t consistently walking on pavement, which helps to grind down their nails a smidge, you are going to have to cut them at some point.  You could always bring them to the groomer or nicely ask the vet at the next appointment, but we like to have a pair handy just in case.  NOTE: there is a vein within each of your pup’s nails that you need to be cautious of.  It is called a “quick”, and there are ways to make it recede.  

drawing of a dog paw and nail

We use a grinder, which takes a little bit of getting used to (for Stella, not us).  Here are some great clipper and grinder options:

Dog Grooming Supplies Debunked!

I’ve also created an Amazon Storefront with a lot of the items mentioned above!

What dog grooming supplies do you use to keep your dog looking and smelling fabulous?

golden retriever

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Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

About The Author

Dana Peller

Dana Peller

I’m a wife, mom, biz owner, writer, creator, and TV personality. My days are accomplished with a dash of flair, lots of style, and fueled by coffee.

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53 thoughts on “Best Dog Grooming Supplies”

  1. Great suggestions. We have a cat so bathing isn’t a regular thing but we still have similar brushes etc for her!

      1. We give our chowchow a bath every week but this morning we took him to the groomer to trim and style his fur. These are great grooming supplies for dogs. My favorite is definitely the dog towels

        1. Chowchows are gorgeous dogs and do require a lot of grooming! I’m sure the towels come in handy when bathing!

  2. I’m not a pet owner yet, but this is good for when I buy my future, furry baby. Thanks for the tips!

  3. I had no idea that there were so many types of dog brushes on the market, each with a different use. The nail clipper is very handy, no pet needs to struggle with long claws. I use one for my cat’s claws every week.

  4. Stella is adorable! While I don’t have a dog, I definitely plan on it in the future so this is super helpful!

  5. Stella is so adorable. I never knew that there are a lot of brushes for different dog coats. We where planning to adopt a dog soon and this post will help us know what supplies to get.

  6. Jasmine M

    I didn’t even know dog grooming wipes were a thing. I am definitely going to have to buy some for my dog. Thanks for this!

    1. I know! There’s something for anything you can imagine when it comes to pets 🙂

  7. Nice list! We don’t have a dog. We cannot afford the care and nobody really has the time to take care of him. My daughter wants one though.

    1. I completely understand your stance on pets. They are a huge responsibility and added cost.

  8. Dani Flanders

    Our dogs have super short fur, so we don’t have to worry too much about heavy grooming with them, but it’s still great to have a good shampoo and nail trimmers no matter what kind of dog you have!

  9. Jennifer S Walker

    I had no idea kiehls had a dog shampoo! I’ll have to pick some up for my girls. I need paw wipes too as one of my dogs keeps wanting to get into the dirt and it’s always on (only, thankfully!) her paws).

  10. Stella is a cute pie, she looks like my dog Kona, he is also a golden doodle. I love the wipes for in between baths. I need to try the shower method since Kona is not a big fan of the bath either.

  11. Oh that rake is such a good idea! I never thought about that before! I’ll have to keep that in mind for when I get a dog.

  12. I have a bristle brush for my two weiner dogs. They really do work wonders on their coats.

  13. I’m going to be honest. I didn’t know dog wipes existed. And my dog is 8!!!! I love this list, thanks for compiling it. Love the pictures of your little pup!

    1. Jessie, I didn’t know either until we got Stella (and she’s like the 4th dog I’ve owned!).

  14. We usually take our puppy to the groomer, but we’ve been discussing the idea of trying to groom her ourselves. This is a great start!

  15. Angela Milnes

    A good brush goes a long way. It has really helped me to keep them dirt and bug free for the most part!

  16. Wow! There’s so many dog grooming supplies to choose from. Thanks for these tips! I learned a lot! Thank you!

  17. I am actually looking at changing up our dog’s grooming supplies and appreciate your suggestions. Thank you!

  18. emily zielinski

    I find these nail clippers also work well on rabbits too.

  19. Melanie williams

    My friend will love you for this article. Her dogs are number one and I wil wing this her way x

  20. Yeah, we should make our pets feel special.
    Nicely written blog
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Keep it up 🙂

  21. Ricky Flynn

    How do I know which product is the best among the ones listed here?

    1. All of them are items I have used in the past or have heard amazing reviews about!

  22. I like that you advised brushes with short wires. Our pet schnauzer Matilda gets hurt when we use long wired brushes. It would be nice if a pet wellness service nearby can help us trim her hair.

  23. A rake is a MUST HAVE for my small pom! Her coat is ridiculously thick omg! We still take her to the groomer though, it takes a pro to get allll that undercoat out before it mats!

    1. Yes! It’s so important to find the right brush for each breed. I’d love to see a pic of your super cute pom!

  24. It is great that you are getting advice like this out there as a professional, experienced groomer! It does make a difference when someone knows what they are doing. Our pets deserve the best! It is surprising that there isn’t any licensing involved with grooming.

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