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    26 Products That’ll Make Grooming Your Pet A Much Less Scary Prospect

    Products so you and your pet no longer have to dread bath time.

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    1. Pet cleaning wipes for upkeep on the in-between days. Just because we don't have the time to give dogs a bath doesn't mean that's going to stop them from rolling around in the dirt. We have our priorities and they have theirs.

    Owner cleaning the paws of black lab

    Promising review: "These cloths are large and thick, good cleaning products for tender paws. The coconut scent is nice not over powering. I rinse in warm water when cleaning doggy and kitty eye boogers...LOL it cleans them gently because the cloths are soft. Great fuzzy butt cleaners as well. Good price for 100 and in pop up container." —Saywhat4you

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A cordless nail grooming tool to safely and quickly trim your dogs nails. The rotary tool is a less abrasive alternative to nail clippers and much less scary for both you and your pet.

    reviewer's before picture of their dog's long nails and after of short nails

    Promising review: "Works soooo well. I was apprehensive because I figured it would take forever to file dog nails. Surprisingly this Dremel makes quick work of their nails. Yes, it does take longer than just cutting them, however it is worth it. I had anxiety about cutting their nails ever since I cut the quick. This relieves this fear. I am more relaxed which means the dogs are too." —Kate S

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two styles).

    3. A Bissell bark bath that's a two-in-one dog bath and deep upholstery cleaner. It's a portable system so you can wash your dog in any room with minimal mess. Once you're finished with the easy part you can use it to finally clean that infamous stain they left on the carpet.,

    Promising review: "I couldn't be happier with this purcahse. It is truly designed very well and functions exactly as described. Both functions work fantastically and this has been a total game changer. I have a black labradoodle and he also appreciates the Bark Bath as well." —cmagg87

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    4. A gentle grooming glove so you can trick your pet into getting groomed by "petting" them. The glove gives a massaging effect your pet will love and can be used daily to reduce shedding or during bath time for a deeper clean.

    Reviewer's picture of white fur on grooming glove

    Promising review: "This glove is perfect for our one kitty who hates to be brushed. Our family recently added kitty number three, a big beautiful long haired Maine Coon who despises being brushed or bathed. It was such a struggle as fine cat hair started taking over our life. Honestly, I did not think this grooming glove would work, but let me just say it is wonderful. Our kitty Nicki just loves the feeling it gives him, and we love the astounding amount of kitty hair that is now in the glove and not on every surface in our home. Thank you wonderful seller. We LOVE this glove." —Colleen5991

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94.

    5. A silicone lick mat that sticks onto the surface of your sink, floor, or bath tub to distract your pets during their baths. Just apply peanut butter or any spreadable treat onto the mat surface and turn dreadful bath time into something much more enjoyable for your anxious or antsy pets.

    Dog using lick pad in bath

    Promising review: "Our dog Lana is usually very hesitant about walking up and getting into the tub. With this she immediately notices the peanut butter and happily heads right in. She continues to lick at this while we wash her and seems much happier." —Nathan Storm

    Get it from Amazon for $10.58

    6. Styptic powder to have on hand in case you get a little too close while clipping your pet's nails. It's horrifying but it happens...better to be prepared.

    reviewer holding the jar of powder

    Promising review: "I cut our English bulldogs nails at home and it is a disaster through and through. On a few occasion, no matter how careful I am, we’ve gotten the quick. Her nails are thick, black and hard to trim. On occasions she has bled it went on and on — horrible for us all. This stuff does the trick so you house doesn’t look a bloody crime scene. The bleeding stops. Everyone is happy. If you cut dog nails at home, I would not be without." —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.34.

    7. A portable pet grooming arm so you can set up shop wherever you need. It has a clamp to attach to any table and a no-sit haunch holder so you can harness your pup comfortably and quickly get to clipping before they become uncooperative.

    Dog on table connected to haunch holder grooming arm

    Promising review: "I cannot stress enough how much easier this made my job cutting my Yorkie. Very well-made, I’m sure I’ll never have to buy again due to the adjustments. It has already paid for its self in two uses, so you can’t go wrong. I got on YouTube and watched a few videos to teach myself the proper way to cut him an that helped so much! I would recommend to anyone! Perfect!" —Kelly A Coomer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    8. A hair dryer brush because you're not completely out of the woods with bath time until your pet is *fully* dry and fluffy. The dryer's design allows you to dry and brush with one hand and has gentle airflow/adjustable temperatures to ensure comfort.

    Hair drying brush being used on cat

    Promising review: "Another poodle owner recommended this product so I figured I'd try it out myself. Wow, what a game changer! I washed and blow dried my toy poodle and she looks awesome. Her top knot is finally fluffy and full rather than flat and shapeless. It was awesome being able to get her ears dried without her freaking out about a blow dryer blowing on them. On low, it is perfect for ears." —Brenda L Vance

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    9. A pet wand shower attachment that provides full coverage for washing dogs of all sizes and makes bath time a quick, one-handed operation.

    Shower want being used on dog in bath

    Promising review: "I have tried several setups to bathe my dogs. This is by FAR the best. I love the shape/angle of the handle and how the water comes out in a line. It makes it especially easy to clean my Shih Tzus' faces in the tub. Love the on off valve. Can’t say enough good things about it..." —Christine Saunders

    Get it from Amazon for $36.97.

    10. A complete grooming kit for professional results without the price tag. The kit includes cordless sheers with a low noise and vibration motor to keep your pup at ease.

    Reviewer's before and after of dog being groomed at home

    This set includes a grooming tool, four guide combs, two pairs of grooming shears, a comb, nail file, nail clippers, and a charger.

    Promising review: "This groom set exceeded my expectations. It works amazing. What normally takes me two days to do took me literally less than an hour. The sound is so quiet and he cut is so gentle, my dog sat still during the whole hair cut, except when it came towards the face which is to be expected. I highly rcecommmend. I have a Shih Tzu with very thick hair and it worked perfectly with no problem at all. I highly recommend." —Kimaree M

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in five colors)

    11. A microfiber dog towel that soaks water in like a sponge and prevents that wet-dog smell we all know and hate. 😖😖😖

    Promising review: "I love this!!!!!! I just bought this after I watched an infomercial about it. I also did some research about people's reviews about it online and on Amazon. It worked great for our dog Sadie. After using it she is dry to the touch. So much easier and better than using at least several towels to try to dry her, and she still wasn't as dry as when we used this shammy. I definitely recommend that you try this product." —yvonne

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    12. Medicated shampoo made from tea tree oil and oatmeal that exfoliates, moisturizes, and conditions skin and fur. The formula ensures long lasting itch relief so your pup can finally stop scratching that dry spot and relax.

    Tropiclean medicated itch relief shampoo

    Promising review: "I just recently bought this shampoo for my pitbull due to allergies and I've used it on him two times and oh my God it is so amazing. I highly recommend this for anybody that has a pit or a mixed breed...mine is a purebred and he is highly allergic to pollen so I recommend this for everybody it has a very nice smell to it." —JennyLynn11

    Get it from PetSmart for $11.99 (originally $12.99)

    13. A portable paw cleaner to keep by the door so your pups can dig in the dirt without it being a complete disaster every time. Add a bit of water to the cup, insert their paws and gently massage them against the silicon brush for thorough cleaning.

    Promising review: "My dog has an allergy to grass and every night she goes out on the grass to play ball. We usually have to come in and get a beach towel wet to clean off her paws and then throw that in the laundry. This has really made our lives much easier. Simply fill it with water, stick your dogs paw in, move up and down, and the job is done! We use this on my 60-lb pit bull and there was plenty of room for a larger paw as well as it would be sufficient enough for a smaller dog." —LC

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes)

    14. A pet grooming vacuum attachment that fits onto any vacuum thanks to its nearly universal fit. Visible shedding is a good indicator that your pet is in need of a grooming, so the next time you notice pet hair on your couch you can use the attachment to groom your pet ASAP and clean up the mess they left behind.,

    Promising review: "I have a Irish Setter/Golden Retriever. As you can imagine shedding can be intense. When brushing with furrminator I had hairs all over me and floor. I needed something to avoid a huge mess. This vacubrush solved my problem! I was worried the vacuum would freak him out, but after the initial “is this new thing gonna kill me” scare he was fine and best part is there is no mess afterwards. We even used it on our long haired cat. She is less of a fan, but it works!" —TogWithNoBlog

    Get it from Amazon for $21.85.

    15. A set of scissors with ergonomic handles for easy and comfortably clipping. There's a pair of shears for every grooming situation so you'll be set whether your dog just needs a little trim around the face or a full-blown snip.

    reviewer's before and after of their groomed dog

    Promising review: "Love these scissors! Seriously the grooming tool I didn’t know I needed so badly! They are soooo sharp, cut cleanly through the hair with no resistance. They are also super cute which doesn’t hurt. The comb is a nice bonus. I will be suggesting them to any DIY groomers!" —Paisley

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in two sizes and seven colors).

    16. Organic ear cleaner drops, because ears are the trickiest part of at-home grooming. This water-free solution prevents excess moisture that causes odor, wax buildup, and irritation. All you have to do is drop them in with regular cleanings and try to be extra quiet when you're opening up your next bag of chips — they're going to hear everything.

    Dog with dropper in ear

    Promising review: "Our 13-year old sheltie has had earwax issues for the past few years. We tried veterinary treatments and other products, but nothing has been as effective as Kin+Kind. It does a great job of dissolving the old crud in the ears." —Jean Lachowitz

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. A buzz-free grooming kit for cats or dogs who are especially sensitive to loud noises or vibrations. The set includes a pair of scissors that comes with seven different cutting comb attachments. Just pick out the comb according to length and snip the hair all in one go for buzz-like precision without all that noise.

    the pink buzz-free grooming kit

    Promising review: "These are great for dogs who are scared of the buzzing of clippers or squirmy dogs like mine. She stays put long enough for me to be very detailed. Start out with a longer attachment to remove length (do NOT pull the skin) then finish with the short attachment to finish and even it out. Trust the process!..." —Vicki

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available for left/right hand and two colors).

    18. A wearable shampoo brush to ensure the deepest clean possible. It has a ring handle design so it won't slip out of your grasp and soft rubber bristles for a good ol' massage that might make your dog second guess how much they hate bath time.


    Promising review: "Great brushes. They're gentle and thorough, both for bathing and dry brushing. My little rescue pups absolutely love these... they're afraid of everything and won't let me near them with a regular brush, they think they're being stroked with these which makes life so much easier. The adjustable strap makes them a good fit for anyone in the household, and they fit comfortably and securely. I bought two sets so I can always find one when needed. I am so happy I found them. Best brushes ever!!" —Edrice

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (set of two).

    19. A silicone finger brush for easy dental cleaning. It's made from soft rubber so it's a nice alternative to the harsh bristles of a traditional toothbrush. It has 360-degree brush design that allows you to clean your dog's teeth thoroughly from any angle.

    Reviewer brushing the dog's teeth with the finger brush

    Promising review: "My dog is good with me having my fingers in his mouth and touching his teeth. This finger brush is perfect for getting in a brushing all his teeth from the outside and even inside. Paired with a good and favor full toothpaste, my dog will come to me when he sees me putting the brush on my finger. He sits patiently while I brush for as long as is needed." —PWD2008

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. A groomer massage toy, so your cat can self-groom and save you from some of the hassle. It has an arched brush that acts as a massager so they'll have no idea they're actually controlling their shedding. If only they knew...

    Cat sitting in grooming massage toy

    Promising review: "I bought this to help my rabbit self-groom during shedding. He loves it! The carpet padding is attached well for scratching. The brush arch is soft yet firm, which is important for his delicate skin. It grabs the loose hair without getting caught in tangles. Super easy to put together, five seconds at the most. It’s base is sturdy. It comes with a bag of catnip." —snscuster

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    21. A Chi For Dogs detangling kit for the higher maintenance dogs...aka the divas. The set includes detangling spray, a slicker brush, and a double-sided comb to work out knots and tangles. Next stop, Westminster Kennel Club.

    Chi For Dogs detangling kit with spray and two brushes

    Promising review: "We bought this kit for our long hair Shih Tzu. We keep her coat long and the detangle spray works miracles. The brushes are just the right size for her beard and mustache." —Beth56

    Get it from Petsmart for $19.99.

    22. A portable grooming tub that gives you complete access to your pup so you don't have to break your back or make a complete mess while bathing your pet.

    Dog in gray pet tub

    Promising review: "I used this in my backyard using a hose with luke warm water. This was the perfect size for me. It was sturdy and easy to fold and unfold. I kept the drain opened on the bottom. I have a shetland sheepdog (they have three coats of fur), she weighs about 27 lbs and is medium-sized. She was shedding at the time. I could easily grab the shredded hair from the plastic drain, and it was so easy to rinse off. I also groomed her (brushing and cutting), no strain on my back at all." —Rancho Buyer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99 (available in two colors).

    23. Pet cologne to spray onto your pet after bath time so they stay smelling clean for longer than the usual 10 minutes. It also comes in handy on the days when you're not grooming to keep odors under control.

    Cat with cologne bottle

    Promising review: "I have two dogs who love to be outside. They get dirty fast so I give them a bath twice a month. The weeks I do not bathe them I use this spray and it last all week. I am amazed at how long the scent lasts. I’m so happy with the product I will continue to purchase as long as it is not reformulated. It works great. Give it a try. A few sprays is all it takes to have our fur baby smelling wonderful. It reminds me of how they smell when they return from the groomers only this stuff lasts longer." —Leigh

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three sizes and seven scents).

    24. An Aquapaw bathing tool that attaches to any indoor or outdoor hose and dispenses water through a handheld brush so you can get bathing over with as efficiently as possible.

    Owner using Aquapaw on dog

    Promising review: "Our 6-month-old puppy hated bath time, but this seriously made bath time a breeze! She was completely distracted and the speed that I could get her scrubbed and rinsed was amazing. Before it was a two person job, and I ended up with bruises, but with this set up it could be done by one person." —Britany

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in two sizes).

    25. A water-resistant grooming leash to comfortably keep your dog in place while you bathe them.

    Dog in bath tub connected to leash

    Promising review: "I have a 90-lb dog, who doesn't really pull, but doesn't enjoy showers, so I purchased this along with a great suction for the shower and was absolutely amazed that this tiny little rope held up. For a 5–10 min doggy bath, this is incredible. I sized a little down just based on the size of my shower and I'm glad i did." —Aries L

    Get it from Amazon for $10.78+ (available in three sizes).

    26. And calming shampoo, because your pet's cooperation level during bath time is unpredictable and their patience is dwindling — you might only have time to complete one step. Luckily, this one step cleans, conditions, and moisturizes.

    4-in-1 lavender shampoo

    Promising review: "Absolutely the best product and value for the money I’ve ever used in a pet shampoo. Their coat is so nice after a shampoo and the scent is unparalleled, in my opinion." —GDavis

    Get it from Amazon for $14.85.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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