Whether you groom your dog at home or take him to a professional, there are certain tools that every dog owner should have in their arsenal to keep their four-legged friends neat, clean, and comfortable. AKC Family Dog magazine shows dog owners what to include in their at-home grooming toolkit.
Brush: There are many types of brushes and the one you need depends on your dog's coat type. For example, a natural-bristle brush works best for short coats and a pin brush for long and curly coats.
Nail trimmer or electrical nail grinder: Based on your preference, choose scissors-style or guillotine-style nail clippers in a size appropriate for your dog. And keep them sharp!
Clotting agent: Nothing is worse than the feeling you get when you accidently hit the quick when trimming your pal's nails. (The quick is that part of your dog's nails that is filled with blood vessels.) Don't fret. Just keep a styptic pencil or powder handy to stop bleeding if you make a slip.
Dog shampoo: There are almost as many types of coats as there are breeds, so choose a shampoo that is suited to your particular dog's needs, whether it be hypoallergenic, moisturizing, for a specific coat type, and so on.
For more grooming tips, and lots of other dog-related advice and entertainment, check out the digital edition of AKC Family Dog magazine at www.akc.org/pubs/index.cfm.