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Updated: 2014-10-04T22:51:10.701-07:00


Optional tools for grooming your dog


Although you can customize your product selection to your type of breed and to specific products you want to use, below is a general list of the kinds of products you will want to consider for stocking your grooming station.  The products listed are necessary for the basis of good dog grooming.  Optional products are also included for dog owners who want to go the extra mile in grooming their dogs.

The following are eight necessary products essential for grooming your dog:

1. Shampoo for your dog's coat type
2. Coat conditioner for your dog's coat type
3. Petroleum jelly to protect your dog’s eyes and ears
4. Nail coagulant or styptic pencil
5. Medicated ear powder or other ear cleaning liquid such as rubbing alcohol or a product designed for this purpose
6. Eye drops for moistening and cleaning eyes
7. Cotton balls
8. Cotton swabs

The following is a list of optional products for your grooming:

1. Talcum powder for keeping skin wrinkles dry
2.  Lanolin or oil based coat spray for sheen
3. Mineral oil for polishing nails
4. Cologne or other scented coat spray(image)

The right collar for your dog


Collars come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and materials.  The two common types of collars are training collars and buckle collars.

The purpose of a training collar is for you to be able to guide your dog or to check your dog if necessary.  (A check is a tug on the leash followed by an immediate release of tension on the leash.)  A check is used when you want your dog to stop doing something.  However, the check is a form of negative reinforcement and an unpleasant experience for any dog. 

Collars for the trained dog are called buckle collars.  They are either leather, nylon, or canvas.  For the untrained dog, buckle collars are virtually useless.  Trying to control a dog with a buckle collar would be difficult.  Some dog owners prefer to use a harness, which is perfectly fine for dogs that do not pull or for small dogs, where pulling is not terribly objectionable.  But for a medium-sized or large dog that pulls, harnesses are not a good idea because you give up the control that you are trying to achieve.  The dog literally leans into the harness and drags you wherever he wants to go.  The only exception for using a harness on an untrained dog is if the dog has a neck injury. (image)