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If you have a dog, you know the drill: you take it out for a walking and they manage to get into every puddle. Suddenly you’re going to be 20 minutes late for dinner because you have to give someone a bath. Or, another scenario. You go to give your dog a quick hug and realize that something smells bad and it’s not you. Or! Your dog greets you when you come to the house and scratch the daylight off your legs because someone needs their nails cut. Let’s face it: dog grooming tools are essential for every household, even if you visit the groomer often. You never know when you’ll need to do a quick touch-up.
The next time an unexpected dip in the mud occurs, be prepared. Whether you’re the one bathing your dog or you realize your poodle needs a quick paw cleanup before his next visit to the salon, here are our picks for the best dog grooming tools.
1. Unscented wipes for small messes
These unscented dog wipes are safe to use on your pet’s face, paws and buttocks, making them perfect for keeping around the house. It contains aloe and shea butter to keep their fur soft, and it’s made from 99% bio-based ingredients. The brand notes that they’re also great for nervous foster dogs or after surgery when you need to clean them up during a stressful time.
2. A natural dog shampoo with six benefits
This Paws & Pals Shampoo is made in the USA and comes in a huge bottle with a pump – so it will last a long time and is easy to use with one hand, two things that set it apart from other similar products. It’s also a natural oatmeal shampoo, an incredibly soothing ingredient for dry or itchy dogs. Even better, this shampoo tackles six common issues your pup has: it eliminates odor, calms itchy skin, cleanses, conditions, detangles and moisturizes.
3. A glove that allows you to brush a nervous dog
The grooming glove is a great alternative to a brush – and it’s an essential grooming tool for pets that get stressed or lash out when you try to brush them. With this glove, brushing becomes a hug! Left-handed and right-handed gloves are included, and it works on both short and long-haired dogs, as well as cats.
4. A wand attachment for your pipe
Now you can bathe your dog indoors or outdoors, as this product turns your shower or hose into a comfortable grooming tool. If your dog gets into mud outdoors, simply attach it to the garden hose to clean it up without using the harsh spray from the hose nozzle. You can also attach it to a standard shower head hose, and this shower wand can be set for full spray or narrow spray for hard to reach areas. The water pressure is also adjustable.
5. A perfect brush for dogs with short hair
This demutting tool has fine, folded yarns that are made to penetrate deep into your pet’s fur and gently remove tangles, dander and excess hair. When you’re done, click the button and the hair will easily come loose in the trash can. This highly rated product also gives your dog a little massage, making it an experience you both will enjoy!
6. A dematting tool for large or long-haired dogs
This tool is another gentle, easy-to-use massager that releases hair at the push of a button, but this one is specifically designed for large, long-haired dogs. It cuts through the top coat of longer hair to easily get rid of the undercoat and doesn’t damage the hair or irritate the skin in the process.
7. A Must-Have Grooming Tool for Dogs That Hate Bathing
This brilliant silicone pad looks simple – but easily stick it on your shower wall (just wet it and apply, it will remove immediately when you’re done), coat it with peanut butter and experience a hassle-free bath the next time you need to wash your pup. It is made of food-grade silicone and can be placed in the top rack of your dishwasher. It really is a lifesaver for anxious dogs. One reviewer writes: “Bought this to occupy my bulldog during a medicated bath. It worked like a charm. She stayed in one spot with no problem. What a lifesaver!”
8. A top notch nail clipper for easy trimming
Trimming your dog’s nails can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it highest rated option makes management a little easier. A safety guard prevents you from cutting the snitch, giving you some confidence and peace of mind when you start cutting. It also comes with a nail file, comfortable non-slip grip and locking handles.
9. A powder that stops bleeding quickly
If you cut your dog nails, you also know that even the most careful cutting can sometimes lead to accidents. This typical powder is a staple in your medicine cabinet: just dip a cotton swab in water, then dip it in the powder. If your dog has any bleeding, he stops it immediately and has a painkiller to keep them calm and comfortable.
10. A duo of natural products to help keep paws hydrated
You also need to give your dog’s paws some love! This Natural Dog Company duo is perfect for pampering – the Paw Soother heals and moisturizes cracked or dry paws, while the Pawtection Balm creates a wax barrier on the paws to help them stay more comfortable on salt, asphalt, hot concrete and other irritating surfaces. They’re made with natural ingredients like coconut oil, mango butter, and jojoba oil, and come in a convenient stick that’s easy to apply.
This article was published in November 2021 and has been updated by Alida Nugent.