Having three dogs, we’ve had to get smart about how to save money. We want to provide our dogs with the best; they deserve it. I considered taking them to a groomer, but we quickly squashed that idea, because they’re very easy to care for at home. Here are the dog grooming products we use to keep our fur babies looking gorgeous…
DRYPET DOG BATH TOWELS
We have ONE DryPet dog bath towel for three dogs and use it to dry the dogs off when they come in out of the rain. One towel takes care of all three dogs. This is a MUST HAVE if you live in the Pacific Northwest, because they dry our dogs coats so fast, soaking in a lot of water and still able to handle two more dogs. And DryPet doesn’t make a wet dog damp, it drys our dogs. AMAZING!
After a bath, one towel will take care of Blue or Sydney OR just Rodrigo (who has the longest hair). I was skeptical, because we have a microfiber towel set that is okay, but just as good as our regular towels, because we made the mistake of drying the set with dryer sheets. Our DryPet bath towel requires no special handling and works as well today as it did the day it arrived in the mail.
CLIPPERS / TRIMMERS
We use a clipper set purchased locally, but I’ve heard great things about the Andis Easy Clip Grooming Kit and it’s on our list should our current set crash and burn.
SHAMPOO / CONDITIONER
I can’t remember how I found John Paul Pet Shampoo and conditioner, but I was surprised that I could only buy it at a beauty supply store. Then I started seeing it all over the place and now stock up a few times of year. I love the way the shampoo makes our dogs smell and their coats are gorgeous. It doesn’t take much to wash three dogs and it lasts a long time.
Bonus! John Paul products are cruelty free, not tested on animals, and don’t use ingredients from companies who test on animals! There’s no need for our fur babies to be gorgeous at the expense of another animal.
I purchased these after a groomer clued me in on the “guillotine” style clippers. Our dogs Sydney hated getting her nails clipped and it turned into a huge ordeal. Turns out, the ”guillotine” style clippers were hurting her. So we switched to Millers Forge Dog Nail Clipper, Plier Style and after a few “clip + treat” nail clipping sessions, she now tolerates having her nails clipped. They’re fast and easy to use and I can have all of our dogs nails clipped inside of 15 minutes. Pretty good, right?
I didn’t understand the importance of cleaning our dogs’ ears until I started writing Keep the Tail Wagging. Each of our dogs are on different ear cleaning schedules. Rodrigo’s ears need to be cleaned the most, then Blue, then Sydney. But each of them has their ears cleaned at least once a week. We use John Paul Pet Wipes Ear and Eye for our dogs. We can use this on our dogs and cats and, once again, it’s cruelty free!
Living in the Pacific Northwest makes us
victims survivors of Wet Dog Smell x3 for half the year and it’s a lot of work, but doable. We sweep and vacuum every other day with our Rainbow E2 Series Vacuum, a great investment for dog owners. We turn on our Rainbow RainMate daily, which cleans and freshens the air. The dogs get regular baths (every other week or as necessary). And we spray them with “perfume.”
We use Life’s Abundance Bath Fresh Mist, which is a dream product. Although I’m no longer a rep for the company, I have yet to find a product that does such a great job. The bottle is small, but lasted us nearly a year with our dogs. They’re not a fan of the “perfume,” but we love it.
Another great product to keep the dog odor under control in your home is NOse Offense For PETS Air & Fabric Odor Eliminator. We wash our dogs’ bedding weekly when we’re being drenched in rain and spray it with NOse Offense between washes. The smell is barely noticeable, it works fast, and it’s long lasting. I’m a fan of products that do more than COVER the dog smell.
FLEA & TICK TREATMENT
Once I learned about the dangers of flea & tick spot treatments, I started looking for a natural product. Recently a lot of reps have reached out to me about a product that you just attach to your dog’s collar, but I have something better (especially since our dogs don’t wear collars).
Bright Eyes Pet Wellness flea & tick spray. One 16 oz bottle protects three dogs for a year at our house. This past season was supposed to be a rough one for fleas and we didn’t have one issue at our house and we live in a very rural area, lots of trees, shrubs and wooded areas, and our dogs interact regularly with other dogs at the park. I love this product. Plus it’s all natural!
Now it’s YOUR turn! What are your favorite grooming products?