Dog Grooming Tools: Everything You Need To Know

Since dog grooming is a thorough process, there is a wide variety of dog grooming tools that are used for this purpose. 

Since dog grooming is a thorough process, there is a wide variety of dog grooming tools that are used for this purpose. 

With close to 200 breeds of dogs, there isn’t any one grooming tool that would serve all the needs of different dogs. Some breeds tend to have much heavier coats and will need fuller and more thorough grooming than those without, hence the equipment for grooming will be different.

Different tools for dematting, combing, brushing, deshedding and removing the undercoat are used while grooming. It’s important to know all the tools to use and how to handle them if you’re going to groom your dog by yourself.

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What is the Best Dog Grooming Tool? 

Basic grooming requires a variety of tools and not just any one tool. These are used for bathing, brushing, nail trimming and ear cleaning which can easily be done at home or before a full, professional groom. These are the basic tools for dog grooming: 

1. Brushes – The type of brush used for grooming will depend on the type of coat your dog has.

 A dog with a smooth, short coat needs a soft, bristled brush like a rubber curry and this can be used with a moisturizer for an easier brush. 

Dogs with long, curly and silky coats will need a slicker brush to get the job done while those with long, wavy coats will need a pin brush for their coats. 

However, pin brushes are only used when the coat has been dematted so you can use them after using a slicker brush on it. 

2. Dog Clippers – these are used to trim their hairs, especially for dogs that don’t shed much. Single-speed clippers are better for those new to grooming. Variable-speed clippers are a good alternative and those with more experience in dog grooming will find them more enjoyable to use. 

3. Combs – These are necessary and they come in different varieties. There are fine-toothed combs that work best with fine hair.

Medium-toothed combs are for more general use and go hand in hand with fine-toothed combs. 

Wide-toothed combs are good options for dogs with thicker and heavier coats. Another must-have is flea combs that’ll help in checking for fleas and detangling. 

For grooming, a combination of these combs are needed and not just one variety except your dog is the hairless variety. 

4. Nail cutters – they come in different sizes for dogs and have to be sharp to use for grooming. An alternative to this is to use a nail grinder since some dogs might get squeamish if you use regular nail clippers on them.

5. Hound Gloves – These gloves have small bristles that help to wash short-coated dogs while bathing. 

6. Grooming table – It’s important to have a grooming table your dog can climb on. This will help keep the dog in place. It makes it easier to attach the restraints while they’re being groomed and makes the process easier since you don’t have to bend over constantly. 

7. Scissors – These also come in different sizes and are used together with dog clippers to trim the hair off the more sensitive areas where a clipper can’t be used. Professional groomers often use both straight and curved scissors.

Why Groomers Use Curved Scissors 

Although straight scissors are the more common choice, curved scissors are also used by groomers. 

They are useful in areas like eyebrows, head, hind leg angulation, ribcages and feet. These scissors give a rounded finish and are used in these curved areas for better trim. 

When using curved scissors, care must be taken to avoid overturning the blade and trimming off excess undercoat.

Other supplies that are needed for grooming include: 

– Mat rake and splitters for dematting

– Undercoat rake for dogs with a heavy undercoat

– Pet blow-dryers with a good alternative being regular blow-dryers with no heat setting.

– Dog toothbrushes and toothpaste

– First aid kit to treat any cuts that might happen while grooming.

– Dog shampoos, conditioners and detanglers

– Tub baths and mats which are optional if you don’t have a useable bathtub

– Shedding blades

– Stripping tools for dogs with wired coats

– Ear cleaner and ear powder

– Dog slip leash or other restraints like grooming loops

– Wet wipes and paper towels

– Eye-cleaning kit to protect your dog’s eyes from shampoo or conditioners

These tools are very important and are used for different purposing and we’ll look at how some of them are used while grooming and how to handle them afterwards. 

Tools for Expressing Anal Glands

Expressing or emptying your dog’s anal glands is an important, albeit messy part of grooming. Fluid buildup in the anal sacs causes discomfort for your dog and will lead to foul smells that will defeat the purpose of grooming if left unexpressed.  

While some dogs are able to do this themselves, others require a little help to do so if the glands become blocked or it becomes difficult to do it themselves, for one reason or the other. These tools are essential for the procedure:

– Paper towels are needed for this to collect the fluid that comes out. You can also use a towel instead by placing it under the dog.

– Disposable Latex gloves are a must to avoid getting your hands soiled 

– Wet wipes or wet, warm wash clothes are needed to clean up after.

Tools Groomers Use to Give Dogs a Nice Smell 

Part of the grooming process involves using different safe products to give your dog a healthy, nice scent.

– Groomers often make use of shampoos suitable for dogs during baths and this help to get rid of foul smells from the hair and skin of the dog. 

– Dog colognes and sprays are also available to give an extra-perfumed scent, especially for dogs being groomed for shows. 

– Ear and eye cleaning products contribute to getting rid of the overall smell of the dog.

Tools Groomers Use to Keep Dogs Still

Since an important part of grooming involves getting your dog to stay still during the process, it’s only normal that groomers will need certain tools to help restrain the dogs to be groomed. 

– Non-slip pads on grooming tables and tubs help keep your dog steady on either of these surfaces. For dogs that are fussier, using a noose to keep the dog in place will be necessary. 

– Professional groomers occasionally employ the use of calming aids like pheromones, coupled with a relaxing voice and tone to create the perfect environment for grooming. 

Cleaning Your Dog Grooming Tools 

Cleaning and storing your grooming tools is just as important as the overall grooming process. The benefits of this are:

– It ensures your equipment lasts, saving costs on extra expenses to replace them

– It prevents any injuries that might occur from keeping the sharp tools lying around in the wrong places.

– Clean tools help in maintaining the overall health and hygiene of the dog being groomed.

Disinfectants, hot water, antibacterial soaps, and rubbing alcohol are typically used in cleaning grooming tools. To clean them after use;

– Remove strands of hair from tools such as brushes and combs immediately after use. 

– Soak them in hot water for a  few minutes with a disinfectant like antibacterial soaps and allow them to dry before storing. 

How to Clean and Keep Clipper Blades and Scissors

– Equipment like blades, scissors and nail clippers can’t be soaked in water because they would get rusty and wear out easily. 

To clean blades and scissors, wipe with a wet, disinfected cloth then wipe it dry, ensuring that no moisture remains. 

– Grooming blades should be sharpened every six months if not used for professional grooming and every 2 months if used more frequently. These blades can be replaced when they are no longer functional. 

– Scissors should be cleaned dry immediately after each grooming session and stored in a dry place. Both clipper blades and scissors need to be oiled regularly for lubrication. 

– Avoid leaving scissors or blades on the grooming table after use. This will ensure your dog doesn’t step on it and get injured.

– Dropping them on the floor will easily blunt and damage them so store them in a rack and make sure they’re properly dry before doing so.

How to Get Grooming Supplies 

There are a number of different manufacturers and suppliers that sell grooming tools, both wholesale, retail and even online vendors. 

To get these supplies is only a matter of ordering them either via their websites or by over the phone.

Most of those listed below are wholesale or retail sellers of grooming and other pet supplies both via mail order and over the internet 

 – Petedge

– American Pet Pro

– Groomtech

– Groomer’s Choice Pet Product

– Groomstar

– The Shampoo Lady 

– J-B Wholesale Pet Supplies  


The most important part of learning how to groom is knowing which tools use for each unique dog breed and how to use them properly. The type of brush, comb and clippers used will depend on the type of coat your dog has and without the knowledge of the proper tools to use, grooming cannot be done successfully. 

Dr. Cynthia Ford

Hey, I am Dr. Cynthia Ford an absolute gem of a Veterinarian. Bringing to Petcarely decades of experience. I’ve got an overflowing talent and passion for breeding and taking care of pets(all kinds of pets), educating/guiding their owners, and building responsible pet owners. My goal is to give pets all over the world a better life and to recommend the best tips, advice, and product(s) to every pet owner.

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