Are a dog mom or a dog dad who takes their pooch to the groomer on a semi-regular occasion? Or perhaps you need to get his or her nails trimmed. At the very least, Fluffy needs a bath from time to time, right? Did you know there are probably at least five product that dog groomers hide from us? Well, at the very least, most dog groomers aren’t sharing this insider info on certain products.
I am the first to admit that I am very insecure when it comes to dog groomers. As a Cocker Spaniel mom, my dogs have always been to the groomer for an “in between” grooming every 4-6 weeks, with a full groom every 8 to 10 weeks. Having a thick-coated dog, I expect grooming trips to be part of the agenda. I do, however, bathe my dog first. I found our dog’s groomer through references, talking to him first, and I actually bathe my dog ahead of time and then wait for him at the shop. I have been doing this for 20 years of dog grooming visits. I trust my groomer but I prefer to wait and get some work done in the lobby. I also don’t want Dexter to sit in a cage while an automatic dryer blows on him.
Over the course of more than three decades of dog ownership, I’ve encountered many dog products. Here are five finds that make the grade as a “cut above the rest.” See how many of these products your groomer has mentioned of late:
Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets: What’s the first thing you do when entering the home after walking your dog on a damp, rainy, snowy, or wet day? Most of us use an old rag or perhaps some paper towels. We have been using Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets towels for years, and over and over we are asked, “Where did you get those?”
The microfiber material absorbs water to the point that it holds up to 16 ounces of water. Those of you with furry feeted Fidos, rejoice: The microfiber towel dries quickly. The patent pending integrated stretchable opening means you can hang it from a doorway, off a doorknob, on a leash hook, coat rack, or any other place you hang your doggie stuff.
Luv & Emma♥s Dry Pets approximate dimensions are 21 X 17 inches. For bigger dogs or for after bath toweling off, we adore the new Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets Plus, which boasts dimensions of 26 x 23 and holds up to 32 ounces of water. Have you ever tried toweling drying a soaking wet spaniel after a bath? After using the Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets, I could never resort back to traditional towels. Even cooler, I no longer have to use two to three towels to dry my dog: Just one of these microfiber towels does the trick.
Here’s Dexter posing in his best after bath Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets pose (in the Plus size, of course). You might want to share the secret of this towel with your pet’s groomer.
Complete pricing, shipping, and product information can be found here: http://www.luvandemma.com/
A Cut Above the Rest
Have you heard of Jorge Bendersky? He has been on Animal Planet’s reality show, “The Groomer Has It,” served as a a Judge on TLC’s Extreme Poodles and as the new grooming expert on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101. Amongst his clients, Bendersky is a master groomer to celebrities and billionaires. He is also the author of the recently released book, DIY Grooming: Everything You Need to Know Step by Step.
I am a hard sell when it comes to do it yourself grooming, as in most cases, grooming a dog is best left to expert groomers/stylists the likes of Bendersky. This book is a step-by-step, photo-by-photo guide to how you can perform certain cuts such as a clip down, bearded face, and puppy cut.
What we love about this book is the hands on approach to many things pet parents should be doing for their dogs on a regular basis, including:
- Teeth brushing: And how to do it
- Choosing the right shampoo
- What type of brush works best for your dog
- Fleas, ticks, grease, glue, and gum nightmares and how to handle them
- Bathing, brushing, clippers, and even drying a dog the proper way
This book is an enjoyable read, and even though Team Fidose won’t be taking a pair of shears to our Cocker Spaniel mascot any time soon, I feel well armed and more informed with the entire grooming process from start to finish.
Want to win a copy of Jorge’s book? Or perhaps a goodie basket of towels from our friends at Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets? Keep reading and we’ll tell you how. And lay your hands on a copy of the book here.
WINNERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED AT RANDOM AND THEY ARE:
Thanks to all who entered!
Here are three more items the dog groomer probably didn’t tell you about:
Earth Friendly Ecos pre-moistened pet wipes
We are totally overwhelmed and a bit nervous by the amount of wipes on the market today designed to “clean” a dog. We do not use nor recommend anything with chemicals, ingredients that can do harm, or fragrances that might irritate sensitive skin of a dog.
How overjoyed we were, then, when a friend shared a container of pet wipes from Earth Friendly Products so that my dog’s muddy New York City feet could be wiped clean. Having used these for over a year now, we keep these handy in our doggy tote bag. Ingredients include purified water, ethanol derived from corn, and biodegradable 100% coconut kernel oil. These wipes can be safely used on the dog’s coat to help freshen his or her fur in between baths or to keep paws free of grime.
Only Natural Pet Soothe & Shield Balm
Dry cracked pads are no fun for your dog and can actually harbor bacteria or worse. We fell in love with this product during a trip to the ONP Store in Colorado recently. You simply twist the stick like you would deodorant and apply to the pads as needed. Made of coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, avocado and other oils, then topped off with Vitamin E, our pooch looks forward to his nighttime foot massage.
I cannot believe I am saying this, but my dog is now accustomed to wearing this product. Pawz are natural rubber, waterproof dog boots. Though we used them this winter on the icy sidewalks laden with rock salt and unsafe chemicals, we plan to keep these on hand for hot pavement and treks to the beach.
So there you have it: Five products your dog’s groomer might not be sharing with you. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, did we miss any of your essential grooming tools? Bark at us in the comments below.
As promised, you can win a copy of Jorge Bendersky’s book. Just reply in the comments below and tell us the name of a dog who shares your life at present. We will pick one winner, U.S. and Canada can enter, and we will have the publisher ship you a copy of the book. THREE WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED! Starts now and ends on April 19, 2014.
In June, we’ll have a big Luv & Emma’s Dry Pets giveaway, too. Meantime, here’s to happy grooming and wagging tails for all!
Note: We were not compensated to review any of these products; we love sharing products that we use and have had success with; we cannot guarantee the same results for you. Please always check with your dog’s veterinarian before using any product on your dog.