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Good Dog Grooming Guidelines

Good grooming is essential for a happy, well balanced pooch. Now, more than ever, eco-friendly, all natural grooming products are available for the four legged persuasion.

A popular and effective shampoo on the market is Bubbles ‘n Beads 2-in-1 shampoo by Happytails. Formerly known as Infuzion, this all natural shampoo/conditioner contains micro-beads that penetrate the coat, delivering vitamins and conditioners directly to the skin. For dogs with dry, damaged or long coats, Fur Butter, also by Happytails, is a great product. Fur Butter is an ultra-rich deep conditioning treatment containing Shea Butter and Colloidal Oatmeal to make the dog's coat super soft and silky. For in between baths try Dry Dog Instant Clean or 60 Second Pet Bath Wipes. No one wants to kiss a stinky dog.

When it comes time to dry a dog, many people reach for the human blow dryer. This is a big no-no. A dog has thin, sensitive skin that can be burned or irritated by a normal blow dryer. The Metro Air Force Quick Draw Pet Dryer puts out the perfect temperature and air pressure to dry your little dog quickly. If your dog shudders at the thought of a blow dryer, try a spa towel such as the Susan Lanci SPAW Towel made of terry cloth to absorb excess water, this towel can double as a blanket.

Different coats require different brushes. Short coats work best with a soft bristled brush. Wire coats require a pin brush. Long, silky coats necessitate a slicker brush. A universally great brush for every dog is the Furminator deShedding tool. The Furminator effectively removes fur in all coat lengths without damaging or cutting the top coat. If you never Furminated your dog before, you will be amazed at how good a job this tool does on their coat.

Tear stains can be a problem for light colored dogs. Caused by excess tearing that can result in red yeast and bacteria, tear stains can make a beautiful dog look tired and sullied. Many products on the market today are all natural and highly effective at battling tear stains. Angels’ Eyes used in conjunction with Eye Envy fights the staining from the inside and outside. Eyemunity is an all natural dietary supplement that nourishes the dog’s immune system and helps reduce bacteria. Both are proven effective in the fight against tear stains.

It is always a good rule of thumb to have your grooming set put together and ready to go. In addition to shampoo, drying towel and pet dryer don’t forget to include nail clippers, nail file and a small set of scissors for trimming discolored fur. With these tools at hand you are on your way to a cleaner, happier dog.

- Asya R.

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