Dog Grooming For Dummies
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Good dog-grooming equipment is necessary for doing the job right. You don't, however, need to buy the most expensive supplies to keep your dog's coat in good condition. In fact, some of the best equipment can be made or purchased without spending too much money.

So what equipment must you have? Much depends on your dog's breed. For example, an Alaskan Malamute is going to have different needs than a Poodle, and both are going to have different needs than a Bluetick Coonhound. So some of the equipment may not be optional if you have a particular type of dog.

Whatever the breed, this list of basic dog-grooming supplies will give you a solid start:

  • Comb. A medium-toothed comb is a good all-around comb, but get a fine-toothed comb if your dog has thin hair or a wide-toothed comb if her hair is thick. And get a flea comb for both removing fleas and tangles.

  • Brush. A slicker brush is a good all-purpose brush, but get a curry brush if your dog has short hair or a pin brush if your dog has a long single coat.

  • pH-balanced shampoo and conditioner made for dogs. Keep plenty of old towels on hand for drying.

  • A toothbrush and toothpaste made for dogs.

  • Dog toenail clippers and styptic powder. The powder helps stop bleeding in case you clip too close to the quick.

  • Otic solution, forceps, and gauze. Use these tools to clean your dog's ears.

  • Electric clipper. If your dog's coat needs to be clipped, you need a good electric clipper and blades, including a No. 10 Oster blade.

Gather these basic dog-grooming supplies and keep them in a special "doggy spa" bag or tack box — and remember to groom your dog on a regular basis to keep him happy and healthy.

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Margaret H. Bonham is an award-winning dog writer, a veteran dog trainer, and an experienced dog groomer. The author of The Complete Guide to Mutts and Having Fun with Agility, she lives with 17 dogs and one cat.

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