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Five Products Dog Groomers Hide From Clients

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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:

Terrific Towel

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 & Emmas 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:

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.


Christine Aiello

Christine Paul

Kathy Strand


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.

pet wipes


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.

paw balm

Pawz Patrol

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.

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  1. With terriers like Vlad in the house, the things I’ve been using the past decade that I can’t live without are my Coat King Strippers. Over the decades, I’ve collected every stripping knife known to man according to my husband, but they’re a LOT harder to use (hand cramps), and a groom takes longer. And I’ll bet a lot of groomers use them but don’t tell their customers they do.

  2. I currently share my life with five rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds – Suki, Ran, Kenji, Kyoko, and Seiji. I could really use some tips on trimming their nails and keeping their floppy ears clean.

  3. We have a hard time finding a groomer since I need to be stripped not cut or trimmed and no one knows what I am supposed to look like. We recently had to find a new groomer, she is great. She did lots of research and talked to a breeder so she would be able to make me look right. She does a great job and is actually a Cocker Lover and specialized in grooming them!

  4. I pay sooo much for Laylas grooming I would so love to learn to do it at home, damm 70 Dollars plus a month for the Madam is ridiculous but that is the going rate, I could be putting that money aside for other things 🙂 Soooooooooooooooo yes we need to win BOL xxxx

  5. I have two cockers that go to the groomer every 6 weeks for full grooming services. Yes, it’s expensive, yes, it’s worth it 🙂 but would love to learn how to do ‘low end maintenance’ in between appointments to keep the pups looking good!

  6. Oh man, I need a terrific towel! We’re in constant slush mode here in Montana and my floors are not happy about it!

  7. Coco has only been to the groomer once, to get a bath. She is a pretty low-maintenance kinda pooch, so the only one we have experience with is Pawz. I like them ok for not peeling her pads when she plays outside. This is good info for me since I know next to nothing about grooming products!

  8. Thank you for sharing all these great products! Now I want them all! Mayor already has a towel but the towel that you suggested seems so much more absorband and comfy. I love that they added pictures to the book to show how to brush a dog’s teeth. Very helpful! Thank you!

  9. This is great. I am going to the groomer next week and taking this article. I would love to know if she is using any of these products.

  10. Great post! I’m always looking for grooming tips!
    I share my life with three wonderful cocker spaniels from OBG Cocker Rescue, Tater, Sandy, and Allie!

  11. The book sounds like it would have a lot of great info and tips and I am going to have to try that towel!! Especially since Belle LOVES LOVES LOVES playing in water

  12. Our two Scottish Terriers have deigned to share their home with us, as long as
    I prepare their meals, provide a soft sofa, take them for rides in the car and in any other way cater to their every whim. Whistle and Sharkie (named for her puppy teeth ) send their best regards as do I for their permitting my use of this keyboard.

  13. I have two cockers of my own named Bailey and Rooney and a foster deaf senior cocker named Duncan. Unemployed for over a year, I should really learn how to clip the dogs myself to save that $50/dog expense. I don’t suppose they’d look all that great the first few times, but with practice I bet I could do a decent job. I just need the courage to try. The clippers would pay for themselves in no time!

  14. Thanks for the interesting information.
    Our more expensive baby, grooming wise, is Charlotte our Toy Poodle 🙂

  15. My rescue is Miss Violet. She has cotton candy fur, that grows slowly. We think she is a MutiPoo Yorkie mix.
    My six year old mini poodle is Mr. PawZu and his hair grows so quickly that I just can afford to pay the $60 to have him professional groomed more then every six months. I never improve at grooming, but the fur kids don’t seem to mind looking like cool LA dogs 🙂 So my thoughts on grooming at home is go for it, if you make a mistake give them a mohawk, some charming strips, or anything else. They are not show dogs, they get to play in the grass and get dirty. I keep it simple.
    Mary Anne

  16. I have two dogs, both Shetland Sheepdogs. Shiloh is 4 years old and Wager is just 11 weeks. Would love to learn how to do some of the grooming at home by myself!

  17. We have a furchild, Lhasa Apso, named Casey. Grooming is a must for this breed and if we don’t keep up in between sessions it is tough for the groomer, the dog and the parents get scolded. Also tough finding ticks and fleas, if any, and personal problems for our boy if we don’t keep under his tail clipped. Need to learn how to brush his teeth, too.

  18. I share my life with my 3 Shih Tzu’s, Riley, Katie & Trixie. A peki-huahua named Chicky, a Boston Terror named Daisy, an Elkie mix named Kyra & Sunny, a BC/Snowdog mix. Then we also share the house with my mom’s two dogs, Shih Tzu Ise & Molly the Malti-poo!!! I am a DIY groomer but Riley will get a pro-job before BlogPaws… hope they don’t mess her up!! lol

  19. Kirby gets a bath every week and his beautiful coat dries in a snap! His vet clips his nails but I do his grooming which means a clip every 8 or so weeks. That book sounds like a winner to me!

  20. Buddy my resued miniature poodle needs regular grooming which he hates. This book will help with in his regular routine.

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