A well groomed dog is a happy dog! The benefits of dog grooming extend beyond just making your pup pretty- It also improves your dog’s mental state and behavior, is great for his health, and protects you from getting scratched. The key to a great at-home groom is having the right tools. Here we’ve compiled a list of our favorite grooming tools, all under $20!
1. Ergonomic Nail Trimmers ($9.99-$12.99) – Get grooming salon results at home! These dog nail trimmers offer comfortable, non-slip rubber grips and a built in safety guard to prevent over-cutting.
2. Nail Files for Dogs ($5.99) – After a nail trim, your pooch’s nails can be quite sharp. Protect yourself by filing them smooth with these nail files! Has two textures for twice the value!
3. Medistyp Styptic Powder ($5.99-$11.99) – Accidents can happen when trimming dog’s nails. Stop bleeding from a nail cut too short quickly and effectively with this styptic powder. Helps reduce the risk of infection and has benzocaine to alleviate pain.
4. ClearQuest Tear Stain Remover for Dogs ($5.99) – This easy to apply gel formula safely and effectively removes unsightly tear stains around your pet’s eyes.
5. Fresh Dog Shampoo ($9.99) – This dog shampoo has a clean, fresh scent that will stop pet odors in their tracks. Added conditioners give your dog’s coat a bright sheen and helps prevent mats and tangles.
6. Microfiber Dog Drying Gloves ($12.99) – Dry your wet dog quick with these ultra-soft, ultra-absorbant microfiber gloves!
7. UGroom Finishing Spray for Dogs ($7.99) – This great smelling spray is perfect for deodorizing and conditioning dog’s coats. Perfect for after baths or in between grooms!
8. Rotating Pin Combs for Dogs ($9.99) – Rotating pins glide without snagging, for a pain free way to keep coats free of dirt, debris, and excessive hair.
9. Top and Tail Wipes ($7.99-$10.99) – These pre-moistened wipes make clean up quick and easy! Comes in a stay fresh, flip top dispenser pack.
10. Color Paw Nail Polish ($4.99) – Formulated just for dogs, this chip- and water-resistant dog nail polish is the safe way to bright up your dog’s paws! Quick drying formula is perfect for wiggly pups!
It’s that time of year! Shedding season is in full swing and while we love our furry best friends unconditionally, the fur they shed leaves a lot to be desired. One of the most frustrating problems dog and cat owners face this time of year is trying to maintain the shedding fur their pets leave behind. As winter departs, so do the nice thick undercoats that kept our fur babies warm. Shedding season usually lasts from early spring throughout the summer. Our pets shed their thicker coat and make their fur more suitable for protection from the heat instead of insulation from cold. Dogs and cats, unlike humans, cannot sweat to cool themselves. Their fur insulates their body in winter to protect from cold, and in the warmer weather it slows down heat absorption and helps keep their body cool. For this reason, it is a bad idea to shave or dramatically shorten the hair. It may seem that it would be cooler, but in actuality makes the animal hotter and leaves them susceptible to sunburn, dehydration, and insect bites. While eliminating the hair all together is not a good idea, there are some steps you can take to make shedding season more bearable. Here are a few ideas:
1. Invest in a strong vacuum with a HEPA filter. Vacuum daily and change the filter often. Make sure that it has an upholstery attachment. Some companies even make vacuums that are specifically for households with pets.
2. Brush your dog outdoors at least once a week. Twice a week is ideal. Use a combination of dog brushes to get to the undercoat. A rake dog comb is great for getting through fur, to the undercoat. A slicker dog brush is perfect for the top layer of fur.
3. Feed your pet a high quality dog food with little to no filler. This will improve the condition of your dog’s coat and will help cut down on excess shedding.
4. Bathe your dog regularly. Bathing loosens dead fur and brings it to the surface, making the coat look and feel much healthier. A shampoo with Omega 3 as an ingredient will help improve the condition of fur. Using dog conditioner will moisturize both the fur and skin. This will not help stop shedding, but it with a healthier coat comes better overall shedding.
One of the biggest trends sweeping the fashion world this year is bright hues for your hair – Streaks, bright dyes, pastel washes, dip dyes, oh my! Celebrities including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavine, Juliette Lewis, and Jordan Sparks have been sighted on the red carpet with daring dye jobs. This fun trend doesn’t have to be limited to just humans – Let your dog join in the fun with our completely non-toxic and odor-free semi-permanent hair dye gels for dogs! These vegetable based dyes are specially formulated for dogs and will not harm them in any way. The easy to work with gel formula is less messy than similar liquid formulas. These usually last 4 to 6 washes, depending on the type of coat and breed and come in 15 fun colors. Independence Day is just around the corner and our Wicked Red and Midnight Blue are perfect choices for your festive furry friend!
Our dye gels for dogs work best on lighter colored coats – The lighter the coat, the brighter the color will be. Before dying your dog’s fur, brush out the coat to remove any mats or tangles. Like any other product, test the dye on a small patch of fur before proceeding, to ensure that your dog will not have an allergic reaction. Shampoo your pet and rinse thoroughly, and then apply the dye to wet fur and let it sit for 15 minutes. Avoid areas too close to the eyes – You don’t want to get the dye in them. If the color is not dark enough, leave the dye on for a longer amount of time to increase the intensity. Rinse the dye completely out until the water runs clear and then dry your dog’s coat. You can use a hair dryer on the lowest setting to set the color. Make sure you wear protective gloves to prevent stains on your skin!
FYI: For added fun, we have Stencils for Dog Hair Dye! Add fun designs to your dye job with one of our 8 stencil options. Our Dog Hair Styling Gel is perfect for molding your punky pup’s mohawk! If you need a little assistance, our Dog Hair Dye Accessory Kit has clips, combs, brushes to apply the dye… Everything you’d need to make your dye job a breeze!
Maintaining your dog’s dental hygiene is always important. February has been acknowledged as National Pet Dental Health Month and encourages pet owners to practice good dental hygiene with their furry friends. Keeping up with your pup’s teeth not only prevents bad breath, but also aids in avoiding any dental diseases that may otherwise occur from plaque and tartar build-up. Many owners are oblivious to the dangers that unattended teeth can create; gingivitis and periodontal disease are no joke. Recognizably bad breath, known as halitosis, is a sign of deeper underlying dental issues that your pooch may be suffering from. Gingivitis has stages ranging from mild to severe, and can develop into irreversible periodontal disease if left untreated. In extreme cases a pooch may require tooth extraction. Bring your pup to the vet if you notice symptoms including halitosis, gum bleeding, red gums, drooling, or loss of appetite. Invest in at-home doggie dental care; a dog toothbrush, dog toothpaste, and dog chews. Make it a habit to tend to your pup’s teeth and gums at least once a week to fight off any tartar and plaque building up. Infection and bacteria found in the mouth could extend through the bloodstream to cause heart, kidney, or liver disease. Such diseases could create serious harm to the organs and lead to early death. Make good dental hygiene a habit from the beginning to ensure a healthy, happy dog.
It is typical for dogs to accumulate tears, dirt, and dust in the eyes. Certain dog breeds; such as the Maltese, Shih Tzu, Poodle, Pug, Beagle, and St. Bernard, are prone to obtain dirty eyes that could develop into serious health issues if they are not cared for correctly. If doggie eyes aren’t cleaned routinely, bacteria could form and cause infections with side effects as consequential as blindness (in more extreme cases). Keeping those puppy dog eyes adorable can be done with some basic necessities; including blunt scissors (for longer haired dogs), sterile dog eye wash or eye wipes, and a damp cloth. If your pup has longer hair that grows in the way of their eyes, use the blunt scissors to free-up any stragglers in the way. Unruly hairs can scratch the eyeball, leading to discomfort and a possibility for infection. Rinse doggie eyes with either a sterile eye wash, or use dog eye wipes to rid the gunk that has formed. Some dogs may fight this process, so using dog treats as a reward may help. There are even tear stain removers for dogs that come in flavors which can be sprinkled on dog food. After the cleaning process has been accounted for you may then use the damp cloth to gently press over the eye area. Doing this will assist in removing any missed gunk and finalize the cleaning process. Clean eyes make for a happy dog!
Shedding is a common issue owners come across with their furry friends. Even shorter-haired dog breeds leave loose hairs behind around the house. It is impossible to prevent shedding entirely, but there are ways to tame it. Typically a dog’s coat will shed the most during the spring season to adapt to the climate change, although shedding happens year round. Brushing is the priority if you want to relieve your dog’s coat of unruly hairs that may infest your house. Try to brush your pup once a week, if not every day. Running a dog brush or dog comb through your pooch’s coat will help maintain it to be softer, cleaner, and shinier. In return, brushing will also help whisk away detached hairs. You always want to be using the right tools, so researching dog brushes and combs will be helpful for this process. When brushing, try and also run the brush in the reverse direction. Doing this will assist in any dead hairs you may have missed during the first run through. Finish with one last brush through the fur and a quick run of the dog comb. If your dog has shorter hair the process won’t be as rigorous, but it should still be tended to with a good dog brush and comb. There are also grooming gloves that provide small rubber teeth on the bottom to free loose hairs off squirmy dogs. If you own an extra furry friend it may be beneficial to invest in a shedding blade, which is simply a band of metal with a jagged edge attached to a handle for thick dog coats. Dog shedding blades should be used outside or in a garage because the amount of fur released could get messy. Dogs sporting long hair may even be due for a haircut – keeping canine coats trimmed helps with less mess. Bathing your dog occasionally will aid in preserving a healthy coat and keep pesky straggle hairs under control. No mess has to get too hairy!
Even though dogs love to get dirty, giving them a good cleaning will leave a wagging tail. While regular shampoo and conditioner does human hair just fine, washing your pup down with special dog shampoo and conditioner is essential. The line of doggie hair care products is explosive, offering quite the variety of types and smells. If you are looking for an effective dog shampoo that can leave any coat shiny, try the baking soda dog shampoo, it’s base of baking soda helps eliminate odors without leaving any grease. If your pup suffers from dandruff, DerMed dog shampoo can solve the problem. Prefer a sweet smell? The Citrilux dog shampoo is bursting with citrus scents, or there is a Green Tea and Mint dog shampoo that will leave your pup smelling minty fresh. Once you have picked out the best dog shampoo for your canine, follow it up with a great dog conditioner! Just like dog shampoos, there are many dog conditioners for your sudsy pal (everything from All-Purpose dog conditioner to SPA Nourish dog conditioner for a ritzy feeling finish). After a refreshing scrub down, there is even hair styling gel for dogs that want to look extra chic. Bath time with Fido will become a favorite in no time.
Keeping stylish nails on your dog may sound crazy, but the trend is catching on quick! Companies have started investing in doggie nail polishes, with quite an assortment of colors and glitters to play around with. There are even dog nail polish pens for easier application. Get creative and alternate colors on each nail – orange and black is always fun around fall time. Greens and reds are festive during the winter holidays. Or, if you’re heading to a bonfire everybody will not only get a kick out of your pooch’s glow-in-the-dark nails, but your furry friend will be easier to spot. You could even have some fun in breaking good news, paint nails pink and put a sign around your pup to let your family know “It’s a Girl!” Attending a big event? Jazz up a plain color by adding some glitter dog polish to the mix. Whatever the occasion, finding the right dog polish for your pup is just a click away!
Regular grooming for your dog is very important to their health and your home. However, taking your furry friend to the groomer can get quite expensive and time consuming. Many groomers get overbooked during the holidays as well. With these few at home tips, you can keep your dog healthy and smelling fresh, making everyone happy!
Whether it is a special occasion or just time for a bath, there are many dog grooming products that can be easily used to keep your dog clean and fresh. The first step to grooming is to untangle matted fur with a good brush. If you don’t brush your pup first, the hair will become even more entangled during the washing process. Dogs with short hair probably only need to be gone over a few times with a rubber curry brush, while dogs with longer hair need to use a slicker brush or pin rake style dog brush. The next step before getting your dog in the tub is to clean their eyes, ears, and teeth. While that initially may sound like a hassle, there are many products that make that process a breeze. Dog ear, eye, and dental wipes make grooming your dog a much simpler task. They are easy to use and gentle on your puppy.
Now you are finally ready to get your dog in the tub! Make sure to choose a dog shampoo that is best suited for your dog’s coat. For sensitive skin, a hypoallergenic formula would be best, or for dry skin, an oatmeal formula would be very beneficial.
After giving your dog a good shampoo, condition, and rinse, you are almost done! Drying your dog is an important part of the grooming process. If your dog has short to medium hair, simply towel drying or using Microfiber Dog Drying Gloves will be just fine. If your dog has longer hair, you may want to blow dry their coat. Make sure the blow dryer is on a cool setting and also do not blow dry completely, as that will dry out their skin. After following these steps, your furry friend will be fluffed, buffed, and ready to go! Now that they are all clean, treat them to a new outfit to show off their new look!
All year round dogs find new ways to get dirty and into things they shouldn’t, especially during the summer when a lot of time is spent outside. From rolling in mud, to jumping in lakes, dogs are constantly in need of a quick bath and brushing. Trips to the groomers for baths can add up quickly. Doggie Vogue offers a wide variety of products to help keep your pet well groomed and with these few simple at home care tips, your dog can stay clean and healthy for less!
Before putting your dog in the bath, lay down a rubber non-slip mat so your dog can stand up okay and not feel uncomfortable. Make sure you have all your supplies ready before starting the water. All dogs have different types of coats, many need certain qualities in their shampoos to ensure proper coat care. With our Ugroom Dog Shampoos you can choose the shampoo to best fit your pup’s needs. For the sensitive dogs and puppies, our hypoallergenic dog shampoo is a gentle, tearless formula that leaves your dog’s coat silky and smelling great without any irritation. If your furry friend suffers from dry, flakey skin then our oatmeal dog shampoo is the perfect fix. This formula features oatmeal, lavender and cucumber extracts to moisturize and soothe itchy skin. Some dogs can be fearful of the water or try to jump out mid bath, so remember to make the bath a fun experience for your dog! Try bringing some water friendly toys in, or giving them a nice massage with the shampoo to calm their nerves.
The real hassle of doggie bath time is when it’s time to get your dog out of the tub and dried off. When your pup gets out of the tub, they most likely will give one big shake to get the water off them, this is unfortunately inevitable. So make sure you’re wearing clothes you don’t mind getting a little (or a lot) wet! Instead of trying to make your pooch stay calm and still while you dry, make it a fun game. By using our Microfiber Dog Drying Gloves you can give your dog a nice belly rub or massage while drying them with this great bath accessory. These gloves make drying your pet quick and easy with their ultra-soft, ultra-absorbent microfiber material. After your dog is dry and smelling great, your mission is complete, until your fur baby gets into the next pile of mud!