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Keep Your Pooch Clean With The Right Dog Grooming Supplies

Chances are you love to cuddle with your dog—except for when they need a wash, that is. Instead of sending your dog to a pricy professional, consider grooming your pup yourself. With the right equipment, it's easier than it looks, plus it's a great way to spend time with your dog. What's more, home grooming will build trust between you and your canine. Treat your pooch (and yourself), so you can get in all the snuggle time you want, minus the smell.

  1. Dog shampoo will keep your pup's coat looking shiny and healthy. Not only do dog shampoos keep your dog looking and smelling nice, but they can help protect against ticks, fleas, and dangerous germs as well. When choosing a shampoo, try to stick to a product with mostly natural ingredients that won't irritate your dog's skin (examples include oatmeal, aloe vera, and citrus extracts). To shampoo your pup, just lather his coat as you would your own hair, and then rinse. If you notice that your dog is frequently itchy, he may have dry skin and could benefit from a specialized shampoo or even a dog lotion. If your pup has curly or frizzy fur, pick up a detangling shampoo. You can get your pup a towel of his own to dry off with if you don't feel like sharing yours. If you don't have time to give Fido a bath, consider a simple doggy deodorizer to quickly mitigate odor.
  2. You need a comb or brush to keep your dog's coat looking sleek and shiny. Brushing your dog on a regular basis will remove dead skin and redistribute the natural oils in their coat. If your dog has a short smooth coat (like a hound), a soft bristle brush is the best choice for them. If you have a retriever or a spaniel—pups with longer, flowing manes—go for a wire-pin brush to help remove tangles. If your dog's coat is extra thick and wooly, he'll need a firm bristle brush to work through his thick fur. And no matter what the breed of your dog, it never hurts to have some shedding control products on hand to protect your clothes and your furniture.
  3. And don't forget the grooming odds and ends. Dogs need their nails clipped regularly. Just be sure not to clip too close to the bed of the nail, which could cause bleeding. Many dogs need their ears cleaned on a regular basis as well, in order to keep their hearing sharp and prevent ear infections. If your dog has watery or red eyes, or is extremely sensitive to light, they may have an eye infection. Eye drops and wipes can prevent and treat infections. But be sure to check with your vet first!