Beauty Routines To Share With Your Dog

I admit it: My beauty routines include clipping coupons to save money on shampoo I buy at Target, manicuring my own nails at home, and visiting the Ulta store when I accumulate points to go on a shopping spree. For my dog, however, the sky’s the limit. Why is that?

The why is L-O-V-E and the fact that my heart beats dog® means there is no coming back: I’m hooked on dogs! With all of the health and wellness tips we share on Fidose of Reality, there’s one category on which we’ve not yet shone the spotlight. That category is beauty routines you can share with your dog. As a lifelong dog mom, I’ve been doing these beauty improvements to myself and my dogs for well over two decades. What you are about to read is great for:

  • Bonding with your dog;
  • Getting your younger dog used to be touched and handled with ease;
  • Showing your elderly dog that you love him or her oh so much (and you can check for lumps in the meantime);
  • Cold or rainy weather activities;
  • Sharing a mommy (or daddy) and me day;

Beauty routines to share with dogs

Foot Care with Mani-Pedi

I have a huge confession to make: I’ve never had a professional pedicure. I prefer to do my own feet! That said, I leave it up to the pros (dog groomer) to trim my dog’s nails…for now. In terms of a manicure, most times I do my own nails.

People: Some of my favorite at-home products for nail to build strength for human nails that I like are:

OPI’s AvoDerm Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil: I apply this to my cuticles weekly It moisturizes and conditions with an avocado lipid complex.

ProStrong Pro Advanced Fluoride Nail Strengthener: I started using this several years ago after seeing it on QVC. You brush it on your nails daily, it dries in seconds, and provides a fluoride-strengthening quality for stronger nails.

Incoco Nail Polish Strips: Made of 100% real nail polish, Incoco nail appliqués are the easy alternative to liquid polish. You just apply and go. I’ve tried many nail strips and these work really well and last a good week before showing signs of chipping on my nails.

After bath dog
Dexter in his pj’s

Dogs: Some of my favorite at-home products for dog paw care and maintenance include:

Dr. Harvey’s Organic Healing Cream is a combination of healing herbs in a base of organic shea butter. This cream is used for minor skin irritations, hot spots, rashes, cuts, sunburn and itching. It is great for human bug bites, too! I use it on my dog’s paw pads: They are oh so smooth and soft now. Toss this in your dog’s first aid bag right away. I use this for paw maintenance. I rub it into my dog’s feet twice a week.

For Outside: Pawz, which are natural rubber disposable boots for dogs. Never in a million years did I think I’d have a dog who wore “booties,” but I do. Our pooch is very sensitive to the cold. He loves to play outside in the snow, but snow and ice tend to form in between his toes and pain results. It took us 10 minutes to get Dexter used to wearing Pawz.


Winter Walks and Summer Strolls:  Mushers Secret is a barrier, food-grade wax for dog paws/pads that acts as an invisible boot. Developed in Canada for sledding dogs, apply a thin coat on pads and between toes, weekly. It dries in seconds and does not stain, is nontoxic, non-allergenic and ranges from $12-$20 depending on size. This will not stop a dog’s feet from freezing or getting burned, but it is a good protectant.

Nail Care Tip: Dog claws are not used as weapons as they are with felines. However, nails grip the ground in activities of daily living and when dogs run, play, and turn corners. Indoor dogs tend to have nails that need more regular attention than dogs who put a lot of wear on tear on their nails from outdoor play.

Imagine wearing a pair of high heels if you are accustomed to flats or wearing shoes: Now try running in those heels and wearing them 24/7: This is akin to what overgrown nails feel like on a dog. This can also create bone and leg pain, which in the long run, causes serious issues for a dog. Learn to trim your dog’s nails or have a qualified groomer or veterinarian/vet tech perform this  necessary duty.

CLICK THIS: Treat the Feet and Other Dog Paw Problems

Treat a dog's paw

Brush and Groom

I get my hair trimmed every 8 weeks and my dog gets his groomed every 5 or 6, with a full maintenance every 8 to 10 weeks. We highly recommend finding a good dog groomer with whom you can form a long-term relationship. Know what to look for in a good dog groomer.

CLICK THIS: 10 Myths of Dog Grooming

Dexter getting groomed with Groom Genie

When I give myself some at-home hair care time, that very same weekend, I do the same for my dog.

People: Here are some of my favorite at-home products to keep hair manageable for people: Keep in mind that like my dog, I have thick hair:

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Hair Cream:  I apply this to dry hair once or twice a week. It helps my hair stay soft and isn’t heavy or sticky. A little bit goes a long way.

Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine Super Spray: Great hold, not sticky, not flaky. This thick hair of mine needs something strong but not heavy: This is my favorite.

CLICK THIS: Dog Shampoo Can Be Hazardous

Dogs: Oh how I love to share products that I believe in and that work, plus we are taking on a new venture! I am learning to do some basic grooming of my dog at home!

Waiting for Mom to groom me
Dexter chilling out on our relaxing weekend

Learn to Groom: I do not want to be a professional groomer, but I do want to know how to do basic grooming on my dog. Carol Doggett is the founder of LearntoGroom.com. After watching my dog’s breeder perform some basic grooming, the logical next step for me is learning nails, face trim, private parts, and an overall “feel good” grooming to my Cocker Spaniel.

Carol began training to be a dog groomer in 1975. Based on her vast experience and success, she, along with her husband, developed and began, 12 years ago, successful home study Career Development Package. For me, learning the basics of dog grooming means going to the best. Be sure to stay tuned for our grooming adventures with LearntoGroom.com this fall.

Learn to Groom

Groom Genie: Brushing a dog regularly stimulates the oils in the skin and at the follicle of the hair. In turn, dogs that have sensitivities and allergies benefit from regular brushing. Have you heard of fatty (often benign) tumors on the skin of dogs? Stimulating the oils in the skin is beneficial for dogs and fatty tumors don’t like that: In other words, it’s good to keep a dog’s skin healthy. Circulatory enhancing behaviors like brushing and massage are good for the dog’s overall well being, so it makes sense.

The tri-bristle pattern of the Groom Genie unravels knotted hair and does not pull it, as traditional grooming tools might. The lady who invented it, Rikki Mor, is also the inventor of the Knot Genie, which gently and painlessly removes knots from a child’s hair. Here’s my dog going into a Zen moment when he first “discovered” the Groom Genie.

Teeth Reminder: Brush your dog’s teeth, too – it’s not only easier to do than you might think, but with patience and love, your dog can learn to accept oral care.

CLICK THIS:  10 Tips for Dogs Who Hate Their Teeth Brushed

Pet bloggers
Melissa Clinton, left, with yours truly.

Do you have a favorite “beauty” routine with your dog? Our pal, Melissa Clinton, of Barking From the Bayou, shares her favorite beauty routines with her dogs.

CLICK THIS: Barking From the Bayou Dog Beauty Routines

Note: We were not compensated to tell you about these products; we just share what we use and might consider using for yourself and your pooch!





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  1. I make sure to groom our two pups once a week. Lots of brushing out their fur, nails clipped, teeth brushed, ears cleaned, baths. All that good stuff!

  2. I’m not a big fan of grooming, but it needs to be done. Mom isn’t big on spending a lot of time on her hair either, but she says we both have to. We also have to do our nails which she finds to be a chore for both of us. Some things in life need to be done for humans and dogs. It becomes an accepted habit after a time.

  3. Thanks for all the great recommendations for all the great products to share with our doggies. They will love getting pampered.

  4. i do my own grooming on my girls, i have all of the tools. i used to show horses, so i am pretty good. i started at stripping but since not showing, stopped, too hard on me, the girls, and very time consuming. however, i do prefer a stripped schnauzer. the girls get their nails done more than me. i work in the yard alot so no use getting my nails done. i hug and kiss my girls several times a day. i check for bumps, etc. when they get their morning massages.

  5. Fun post! Her and her dogs LOVE spa days. Well, I should say Reese loves the feeling AFTER she is groomed. I enjoy the entire process as a treat but after dog-grooming x 3 I also do the ‘at home’ maintenance.

  6. I’m still trying to teach my dogs to enjoy their beauty routines, including brushing teeth and clipping nails. I’m considering getting a pet dremel, because the clippers currently squeeze their nails in a way I think they find uncomfortable, even if I treat after every nail.

    I’ve painted their nails a few times, but I need to invest in the dog-safe kind so I don’t have to worry about fumes.

  7. OMD, Dexter in PJ’s! That is just Too Cute, I love dog’s in PJ’s. These are some great products you’ve recommended, for both peeps & pooches. I only groom Phoebe about every 3 to 4 months, mainly because it’s just sooo expensive. I would love to learn how to properly trim her face myself because the hair around her nose quickly gets too long. I can’t believe you’ve never had a pedi, I’ve been getting Mani/Pedi’s since high school. I’m so busy these days though, that I often skip the manicure & do it myself, thanks for the reco’s on the ProStrong nail strengthener and the OPI cuticle Oil (I love OPI).
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  8. OMD, Little Miss Bella needs a Groom Genie asap! Dex was beyond hysterical “zenning” out! I’ve got a couple of your human product suggestions on my list too! Thanks, Carol!

    1. Your Bella will love it. Dex runs over to us when he sees the Groom Genie – it’s like magic. Want to meet Miss Bella, too, Cheryl!

  9. Really useful and funny post also. By looking at relaxed face of Dexter I know this is exactly what I need for my furry family. Hope my family will enjoy these routines like Dexter :*

  10. Looks like Dexter had some wonderful relaxing moments! This is a nice and lovely post. Thanks! But I wonder that it seems most of furry dogs love to be brushed. However, my little dear Lucky – a Samoyed one – he doesn’t like brushing and grooming. How to improve this case?

    1. Try the Groom Genie, Monica. My dog considers it a massage. You can also associated brushing with your dog’s favorite treat or toy for patient, positive reinforcement. Keep us posted!

  11. I usually bring my dog to the shop to have it groomed. My dog actually shed quite a lot so i send him for grooming every 2 weeks. They cut off his nails also if they are too long. He always looks so happy when i come and pick him up.

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