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Essential dog grooming accessories

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 25/04/2014   Category: Owners Guides

As the cost of dog grooming increases, many owners are turning to alternative, cheaper options. Grooming your dog at home doesn’t need to be difficult and if you have a breed that needs to be groomed every month or so, a DIY job is going to be a real cash saver. Getting the right grooming equipment is a solid investment and over your dog’s life, is likely to cost you considerably less. You just need the essentials.


Any dog will need clipping at some point. Even if you are a fan of the longer, shaggier look, the hair needs to be trimmed regularly to stop it matting. There are a range of different clippers on the market and the key to finding the right one is to research your breed. Using the same equipment as a professional groomer is a great place to start, so try and pick the brains of one if you get the opportunity.

Check out our list of top three selling dog clippers to find some of the best ones. Pick a set of clippers that fit nicely in your hand but also have a fast enough motor to be able to cope with a more difficult coat. Don’t think it’ll always be easy to clip a dog, especially if he’s a wriggler.

Brushes and combs

Dogs with longer coats need regular brushing to prevent knots and tangles, particularly when they get wet. After a walk in the rain, you need to brush through the whole coat to keep it looking glossy and healthy. Different sized brushes are available so you can find one that suits the size of your dog. Smaller dogs may need a large brush if they have longer coats so don’t rule out having a range of different ones.

A clipper comb is a worthy investment as well. Being able to comb the hair as you groom means that you remove any knots and make the grooming experience a bit more enjoyable for your dog. A pack of clipper combs comes with a range of sizes so you can find the perfect fit for your breed, making grooming as easy as possible.

Shampoos and sprays

Dogs have a penchant for rolling around in mud, fox poo and anything else grubby that they can get their faces into. Consequently you are going to end up with a mucky, smelly dog on a regular basis. Even a walk in the rain can be enough to create an unpleasant smell.

There are shampoos available for different coat colours, as well as treatment products to help combat ticks and fleas. You may find that your dog has a preference to one particular shampoo or one brand has a great effect on his coat. Try getting a range so that you can pick between them depending on how grubby your dog is or whether he needs a special treatment product instead.

If you have any questions or just want some advice on a specific product, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 08451 801010 or 01785 819507. We’ll be happy to help to ensure you get the right equipment for your dog, without breaking the bank.