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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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?