Did You Know that a Dog Groomer can make anywhere from 15 to 25 dollars per dog. Dog grooming is an good job opportunity especially if you really like animals. But to get started, you’ll need certain tools. All Groomers should have the basic supplies such as a brush, comb, and scissors. However, if you are grooming dogs with longer coats, then you will require different grooming tools than smooth coats, wire coats, and curly coats. The following is a list of some tools you will need for grooming:
These supplies are handy to groom your pup, or but if trying to start a dog grooming business. Most of these supplies can be found on Amazon. The list below will take you to a list of supplies on Amazon
- Boar’s Bristle Brush/Bristle Brushes
- Cage Dryer
- Duplex dresser
- Floor dryer
- Grooming post and loop
- Snap-on comb
- Grooming table(Small Dogs)
- Grooming table(Large Dogs)
- High-speed floor dryer
- Hound Glove
- Hydraulic grooming table
- Large pin brush
- Matting comb
- Nail Clipper
- Oster Blades
- Rubber brush
- Shedding blade
- Silk handkerchief
- Small pin brush
- Stripping Knives
Professional Groomer Tools
- Chamois cloth: This cloth is used for polishing the coats of short-haired dogs.
- Duplex dresser: A stripping tool used on most Terriers and other breeds.
- Grooming post and loop: The ideal grooming post should be one that is portable and can easily be attached to any size table. The loop is placed around the dog’s neck to ensure his safety.
Brushes and Combs
- Boar’s Bristle Brush: This brush works great for removing the undercoat of long-coated breeds and also helps in getting rid of mats in the undercoat.
- Bristle Brushes (soft, medium, and stiff): These brushes are used on different short-coated breeds, for regular brushing and to remove the undercoat of certain long-coated breeds.
- Rubber brush: This brush is designed for use on few short-coated breeds.
- Small pin brush: This type of brush is used for brushing long-coated small dogs.
- Large pin brush: This brush is commonly used for regular brushing of long-coated large dogs.
- Matting comb: Heavy comb with wide teeth preferred. A matting comb will help in getting rid of mats from the coats of long-haired breeds.
- Comb: The best comb is a regulation-size steel comb with both medium and fine teeth. This comb will do a good job on most breeds.
- Snap-on comb: This is a favorite among ”fast job groomers.” If slipped over a #15 blade, it will thus uniformly leave 5/8 inches of hair wherever used. This type of comb is available in six different sizes.
- Cage Dryer: This type of dryer is designed to fit on cages so that the dog may be dried inside the cage.
- Floor dryer: This is a type of dryer that is generally used for fluff drying. Because of the long arm on this dryer it can be used to direct the air on the coat and dry the hair.
- High-speed floor dryer: This dryer is the same as the other floor dryers except that it has a high-speed motor attached for fluff drying long-coated breeds such as the Standard Poodle, Old English Sheepdog, and Afghan.
- Deshedding Glove: This type of glove is used on the coats of To help with shedding.
- Shedding blade: The shedding blade is used on dogs with excessive shedding.
- Silk handkerchief: This is mainly used for polishing the coats of white short-haired breeds.
- Small Grooming table (18′, x 34”): This standard size grooming table is usually a folding type and easy to carry and move to a different location. It is 30″ high and has ribbed rubber matting. This table is mostly used for grooming small dogs.
- Large Grooming table (24″ x 36”): This is an average size grooming table, usually a folding type, and also easy to transport. This table is 30″ high and has ribbed rubber matting on the top. This table can be used for grooming various breed sizes.
- Hydraulic grooming table (23″ X 36”) with tailgate in position 23″ x 47”): This table works great for grooming dogs of all sizes and weights. It can be lowered to 29” from the floor and raised to 35 1/2” at its highest point. This type of grooming table has an 11″ tailgate that can be folded away when not in use and ribbed rubber mat on the top. It is especially useful when grooming very large or very heavy breeds.
Shears and Clippers
- Animal Clipper: A very good clipper to use, though it requires interchangeable heads which makes it a little harder to use due to the added inconvenience.
- Clipper Spray Lube: This spray product is used to cool and lubricate the blades. Using the spray lube is necessary when clipping in order to prevent clipper burns.
- Stripping Knives: The fine stripping knife is used on the head, ears, and other sensitive areas. The coarse stripping knife is used on the other parts of the body.
- Nail Clipper: The following are three types of nail clippers that are suitable for small, medium, and large breeds. The scissors-type is recommended for small dogs. The guillotine-type is used on medium-sized dogs. And finally, the heavy duty, pliers-type, is best used for large breeds with strong, hard nails.
- Scissors: These types of scissors come in both large and small sizes, and some are designed for left-handed people.
- Curved shears: This tool is used by some groomers to help achieve a rounded effect on top-knots and “pom-poms.”
Remember All of these tools are not necessary to groom your pup, but will be handy if trying to start a dog grooming business.
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