ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Select Dog Grooming Supplies

Updated on August 28, 2009

Every Dog Owner Needs Dog Grooming Supplies

 If you plan to groom your dog at home you will need some basic dog grooming supplies. Taking your dog to a professional groomer for every grooming need can quickly cost in the hundreds of dollars. If you own a short hair dog you likely won't need hair clippers, however nail clippers, a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb or brush and shampoo are essential. The initial investment in dog grooming supplies may set you back a few dollars, but doing your own grooming will save you money in the long run. For those who aren't sure which supplies are needed, there are kits that contain dog grooming supplies for the beginner.

Most of your dog's grooming needs are easy to care for at home, but may need to done weekly or monthly or every other month. Frequent trips to the groomer can add up so here are some essential tools and supplies you can use at home for basic care needs.

You don't need fancy tools or equipment to groom at home!
You don't need fancy tools or equipment to groom at home!

Dog Grooming Supplies Include Oral Hygiene Products

 A dog tooth brush and tooth paste is important for your dog's oral hygiene. Brushing his teeth just once or twice a week will help reduce plaque and tartar buildup, both of which cause gum and health problems.

Dog shampoo is required for bathing. There are different types of shampoos for different coats as well as shampoos for dry skin, allergy relief and flea control. If your dog is prone to bad odors you can choose one with a fresh scent. Bathing a dog too often will strip him of natural oils that are essential for healthy skin and fur, so only bathe him about once a month. You can dry him off with any towel, but there are special pet towels that are designed to be more absorbent. It's good to towel dry the fur as much as possible as most dogs will make a beeline for the couch after a bath!

There are also stain removal products for certain breeds afflicted with leaky tear ducts. It's important to keep the area around the eye free of build-up in order to prevent infections.

Oster "Lucky Dog" clippers are best for home use.
Oster "Lucky Dog" clippers are best for home use.

Dog Grooming Supplies Maintain Your Pet's Health

 A good dog brush or comb is needed for keeping thick or long coats free of mats and outdoor debris such as twigs and burs. There are many styles and shapes of brushes and combs with different sized teeth designed for particular uses. Choose one or two that are suitable for your dog's fur.

Dog nail trimmers are a must for keeping nails at an appropriate length. The best nail trimmers are ones that resemble pruning shears with curved blades for cutting. When using these, it's easier to determine just where to cut.

Electric dog hair clippers are similar to the trimmers used at beauty salons. One of the best brands of trimmers for home grooming is Lucky Dog's. Designed for occasional use, these clippers are smaller than professional units and are very easy to handle. Lucky Dog clippers come with a standard length blade, but additional sizes can be purchased or ordered. Your clippers will require regular maintenance to keep them operating properly. Most pet stores carry lubrication, cleaning solution and brushes; although, an old tooth brush also works great for getting hair out of the blades.

A dog grooming kit contains the basic tools grooming at home.
A dog grooming kit contains the basic tools grooming at home.

Dog Grooming Supplies Are Not For Everyone!

 If you don't plan to cut your dog's hair at home, then he should be taken to a groomer about every 2-3 months. However, you may find the hair over the eyes gets a little long before he's ready for his next cut so you might want to have a good pair of scissor on hand for quick trims or touch-ups.

Dog grooming at home is not for everyone, but it can save you a lot of money, especially if you have several dogs. You may even become so skilled at hair trimming, your friends and family will pay you to groom their dogs. Before you know it, you'll be starting a grooming business!

Groom Your Dog at Home to Save Money!

 Disclaimer: The information on this Hub page does not constitute medical, legal, commercial, product, and/or service advice or endorsement of any vendor, supplier and/or brand, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the author. Listing of an entity or service on this Hub page is not a warranty of the quality or efficacy of the products or services furnished by any entity. The author is not directly compensated by any entity other than the advertising placement services shown on this page.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Wood"RUFF" Pet Resort 

      7 years ago

      Great article! For some dogs it's critical to groom on a regular basis, and as the article says if you're not comfortable doing it yourself the it's a good idea to look for a pet groomer you can trust.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)