Groomer Supplies List: 19 Best Grooming Tools for Dogs

We all know that pets are a big responsibility. From feeding them, walking them, and cleaning up after them, it can sometimes be overwhelming!

One of the most important parts of pet ownership is looking after your dog’s coat. Grooming your dog regularly will help keep their hair free from mats, prevent allergies and skin irritations, and improve their overall health.”

But which dog grooming equipment is worth spending money on? If you are interested in grooming as a career, you might be interested in the dog grooming supplies professionals use: Alternatively, you may just want to give your pooch the odd spruce up at home.

From slicker brushes for long-haired dogs, de-shedding tools and nail clippers, there is a mind-boggling array of dog groomer tools available. Check out our dog grooming equipment list below!

19 Essential Grooming Supplies for Dogs

Dog Grooming Clippers

If you have a breed that requires clipping like the ones below, then a decent pair of clippers are an essential part of any grooming kit. They come as corded or cordless for more flexibility and range in price from under £20 to over £500, which are more suited to a professional groomer

Some dogs that require regular clipping include:

  • Poodles,
  • Cockapoos
  • Shih Tzus
  • Yorkshire Terriers
  • Labradoodles

We recommend spending a bit extra and investing in a high-quality, reliable dog clipper. Cheap clippers are not always powerful enough to cut through dense coats.

Slicker Brush

If you own a double-coated breed, a slicker is a must-have addition to your grooming collection; they are constructed with long fine pins that go deep into the undercoat to remove mats, dirt, debris and dead fur without damaging the topcoat. They work for different coats and regular grooming with a slicker brush can reduce dogs shedding, meaning less hair on your clothes and soft furnishings.

This groomers video shows some different slickers and how to use them

Doggy Dryer

Now, this isn’t essential, but boy does it make bath time a lot easier, some coat types take ages to dry and towels just won’t cut it. Your dog’s coat needs to be completely dry before you can start clipping and scissoring and then there’s that all too familiar damp dog odour that can occur when using towels.

Dog Conditioning Spray

Perfect for curly coats and long coats, a conditioning spray works just like human conditioners making the hair easier to brush and tangle-free. Just spritz on before brushing, your dog will smell sweet and their fur will be soft and shiny.

Rubber Friction Brush

A rubber friction brush like the Kong ZoomGroom range is ideal for all breeds; the hair sticks to the rubber, so this tool can help with shedding and it can also be used in the bath to massage in the shampoo whilst giving your puppy a soothing massage. This increases blood flow and distributes the natural oils of your pet through the coat.

Nail Trimmer/Grinder

It’s essential that your dog’s nails don’t get too long as they can cause discomfort and result in infections and injuries, so tools to keep nails in check should be part of any dog grooming kit. A trimmer will cut the nail; however, the quick can be difficult to see on dark nails, so some pet owners prefer grinders, so they don’t go too far.

Bristle Brush.

Bristle brushes are handy for smooth-coated dogs and adding a sheen to the topcoat once grooming is finished. They are cheap to buy and regular use can stimulate blood flow, massage the skin and distribute natural oils through your dog’s coat.

Metal Comb.

A metal comb is indispensable, sometimes there are just some nooks and crannies you can’t reach with a brush and in matted areas, a comb is much easier to tackle severe mats than a slicker or pin brush which might pull and tug. With a comb, you can separate the mat into sections and gently tease out the tangle leaving Fido feeling good and looking smart. Ones with fine teeth are also ideal for removing fleas.

Dog Shampoo.

One of the bathing tools required is shampoo, but which type? There are literally loads of good dog shampoos to choose from ones for white fur, others for fleas, ones for removing unpleasant odours like Fox poo, many have anti-bacterial properties and some are good for dogs with itchy skin. If you are bathing your pet at home, choose one that meets your requirements and check the dilution rate; some go a lot further than others.

DeShedding Comb with Blade.

Most deshedding tools serve the same purpose; they remove loose hairs and dead fur from your dog before it falls out onto your clothes, carpets and furniture. The fine comb or rake penetrates deep into the dog’s undercoat and is especially good to reduce shedding in breeds like Huskies, German Shepherds and Labradors that shed like crazy.

Shedding Blade.

Do you really need a shedding blade? It depends on your dog’s breed; they are great for Samoyeds and Malamutes. A shedding blade needs to be used with caution, so it is perhaps best left to the professionals, the serrated blade with handle is used like a de-shedding comb. Holding the handle with one hand, press the loop flat against your dog’s coat. Brush from head to tail, then tail to head to remove any clumps or loose hair from your pet.

Hound Gloves.

Grooming gloves are one of my favourite tools, you can just pop them on and stroke your pet for half an hour daily and it doesn’t even feel like a chore, not only that, as most are made of rubber, they attract hair so can reduce the amount of dog hair that ends up around the home. You can even use them to remove hair from carpets and furniture.

Ear Cleansers.

It’s crucial to keep your dog’s ears clean, as not doing so could lead to infections and expensive vet bills. A top tip is to clean your pup’s ears before bathing, then use cotton balls to prevent water from entering the ear canal. Many groomers include ear-cleaning in the price of a basic groom.

Dog grooming scissors

 Many dogs have areas that need to be hand-scissored, from the hair that grows between the paw pads to a Schnauzers bushy eyebrows and you’ll want proper grooming scissors for a precise cut. Working with blunt scissors will not achieve the end result you want and the whole process will take longer.

Dog grooming table

A grooming table is really useful, not just for professional groomers. If you have a smaller dog, it means you can adjust it to the correct height so no back-breaking grooming sessions and if you have a larger breed, the hydraulic and electric tables can be lowered for your pup to step onto it so no awkward and heavy lifting. See what we voted the best dog grooming table here.

They usually come with an arm so you can secure your furry friend great if you have a wriggler. You can shop around and pick up a small table for less than £50, but the more expensive options can cost hundreds of pounds.


What Professional dog grooming tools are best for a dog that sheds

The FURminator is one of the most popular de-shedding tools with dog owners and groomers alike, but depending on your dog, a slicker brush may be sufficient to keep hair under control if used daily

How do groomers get dogs so soft?

Firstly they blow dry them instead of using towels and they also use different products like conditioners and finishing sprays to enhance the coat making it sleek, shiny and soft.

Which dog Clippers do professional groomers use?

Some popular clipper brands that you may find at your local grooming salon include Heiniger, Wahl, Oster and Andis, all top brands when it comes to professional dog grooming tools

What tools do I need to become a dog groomer?

The list above gives you the basics. You could start with a grooming table, scissors, a selection of brushes and some top-quality clippers adding other items as you go, for example, a dog bath or dryer

Last Word on Dog Grooming Tools

We hope that you have enjoyed our list of the best tools for grooming dogs. These items can help your dog look and feel its best, even on a tight budget!

In today’s post, we shared everything from nail clippers to combs, so please be sure to read through it all before making any final decisions about which supplies are right for your pup. If there is anything else you’d like us to cover in future blog posts, don’t hesitate to reach out! Your feedback is always appreciated.

What do you think? Have we missed any important products or tips? Let us know. And finally, if you want some daily inspiration for caring for your four-legged friend, check out our Facebook page

Donna Hepburn

Published author, content writer and qualified dog behaviourist I have owned dogs all my life from Boxers, Rottweilers and Akitas, to Staffies and currently a very demanding Frenchie who is harder work than all the others put together.

I had a collar making business for over 10 years and am involved with several doggy charities. I currently live in the northeast and when I am not writing about dogs I enjoy, travelling, cooking and reading.

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