You and your pup love your daily walks. From exploring the forested trails to sticking to the pavement route, when you return you frequently have to cope with muddy paws, fur covered in sticks, grass and other debris, bacteria and germs from other dogs leavings and whatever dead critters have been discovered along the way.
And especially on those rainy days, that wet-dog smell can linger a little too long. Let’s not forget doggy fur in places you wouldn’t have dreamed of. It’s safe to say that dog owners have a little more mess in their lives than those without fur babies.
But we wouldn’t trade it in for anything. Instead, we’ve covered all the bases and rounded up a curated list of essential tips and must-have cleaning products to have your best paw forward.
Tip: The best way to prevent hairy messes is to brush your pet regularly—once a week or even once a day, depending on the length and thickness of your pet’s fur. This will also determine the type of brush that will work best.
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Pet Magasin Grooming Glove
One of the best ways to keep pet fur off of your furniture is to stop it before it's shed. The Pet Magasin Dog Grooming Glove will collect excess fur as you pet your pup. Loose fur sticks to silicone side and can be easily removed from glove.
Breeds with a dense undercoat (like corgis and huskies) can benefit from a deshedding brush, like the Furminator. This amazing tool is a life-saver. It removes loose undercoat hair and releases it easily with an eject button.
GoPets Dematting Comb
Have you spent hours trying to pull out burrs or getting out gnarly knots without hurting your pup? The GoPets Dematting Comb is perfect for getting out all different mats and tangles. It not only works great as a dematting brush or detangling comb, but also as an undercoat comb or deshedding rake. It’s the multitool of dematting tools for long and medium length coats.
Tip: When your dog is clean and smelling wonderful, your home will too. Dog hygiene such as teeth brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming, and brushing are also an essential aspect of regular dog care.
Bodhi Dog Grooming Brush
Take the stress out of bath time by turning it into a soothing massage. The Bodhi Dog Grooming Brush is effective yet gentle. The soft rubber tips quickly scrubs away dirt, dead skin and loose fur helping to restore sheen and luster to that gorgeous fur coat. Your pup will be begging for their next bath.
Waterpik Pet Wand Pro Shower attachment
Turn your bathtub or your backyard into the ultimate bathing station. The Waterpik Pet Wand Pro attaches to your shower or to your garden hose (with the included adaptor) the provides a full-coverage, powerful spray that you use like a water comb. It feels like a gentle massage and is helpful for getting soap out of thick fur. It will make the bathing experience for your pup like a spa treatment. It feels so nice, you’ll be tempted to test it out on yourself!
Burt's Bees for Dogs Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
Burt's Bees Oatmeal Dog Shampoo is a mild formula containing all natural ingredients including colloidal oat flour & honey to help nourish dogs with dry itchy skin; buttermilk, which soothes skin and softens hair; and linseed oil, which deeply conditions your pup’s coat. We’ve always liked the Burt’s Bees brand for their consistent quality level and their safer ingredients.
Earth Rated Dog Wipes
Earth Rated Dog Wipes are a quick solution for removing dirt and odors from your dog's coat in between baths and after long walks. They’re great for spot cleaning and paw cleaning. They’re also plant-based and compostable which will reduce your carbon pawprint.
Bone Dry Microfiber Towel
The Bone Dry Microfiber Towel is made especially for canines with ultra-soft, hyper-absorbent material that lifts moisture from their fur and soaks it up quickly. Super durable, super absorbent, and super fast drying = making bathing your pup super easy. A great lightweight option for times at the beach, lake and camping too
Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Eliminator
The Rocco & Roxie Stain & Odor Eliminator is a powerful, fast-acting stain remover formulated especially for the less glamorous parts of owning a pup (stinky yellow pet urine, vomit, feces, etc) It seriously works miracles on even the toughest pet messes, yet is safe to use around pets and children.
PetPotion Refresh Spray
Spritz PetPotion Refresh Spray directly onto your dog's fur. It's literally like a dry shampoo for dogs and is non-toxic and odor-eliminating spray. All you have to do is shake, spray, and wipe off with a wet wash-cloth, or massage in and leave on. The combination of shea butter, coconut oil, and neem oil extract will give your pet that fresh-from-the-groomer smell. Perfect for daily care and times when there’s just not enough time for a full bath.
Truly a brilliant cleaning gadget, the Dexus Mudbuster is a quick and convenient way to keep your pet’s paws clean. Here's how it works: add a little water, insert your dog's paw, gently twist it around, and the silicone bristles will brush off dirt and debris.
Pawsibility Dog Nail Clippers
Made with stainless steel, the blades on the Pawsibility Dog Nail Clippers are extra strong, sharp and durable, and will cut through nails quickly — which is perfect for squirmy dogs. A neat feature is the LED light which illuminates the quick for an easier and safer cutting experience.
Dremmel Nail Grooming and Grinding Tool
We used to use nail clippers but with one of our dogs it was hard to see where the quick was. Every clipping was like a nightmare. It felt like we were blindly trying not to hurt him and we’d feel so bad when he’d yelp in pain and bleed. That’s when we decided to try out a nail grinder. The Dremel 7300-PT is specifically for safely trimming your pup’s nails and it does have great reviews.
Click here for more info on the Dremel 7300-PT. We decided to get the Dremel Lite 7760 which was much more versatile now only for our large breed dogs but for DIY projects around the house because we could use it as an actual rotary multitool. Just make sure to keep the speed under 15,000 and use the 60 grit sanding drum.
MISTER BEN'S Original Ear Cleaner for Dogs Care Kit
Stop itching, scratching and head shaking within a few treatments! Once you start using Mister Ben's Ear Wash Kit you'll notice almost immediate relief from infections, inflammation, swelling, redness & irritations. This is one of the most effective treatments for dog ear infections available. No more smelly, painful and irritated ears.
Greenies Dog Dental Chews
Greenies Dog Dental Chews are an easy way to get many of the same benefits of brushing. The bumpy texture cleans their teeth and gums while they chew, it's as simple as that. Made with vitamins and minerals that promote optimal canine oral health, the ingredients are highly soluble so you dog won't have a hard time digesting them.
MOKAI Dental Wipes
Mokai Dental Wipes are the perfect solution for your doggie’s daily hygiene routine. Keep your pup’s teeth fresh and clean by reducing any tartar build-up and calculus and bad breath. There’s no hurting of the gums by brushing. All you have to do is wrap the wipe around your finger and swipe your pup’s teeth!
Now that your furry family member is squeaky clean, it's time to cuddle!