Grooming your dog is essential so why not use good products to help you

Do you assume that grooming your dog isn’t that important—after all, his coat looks to be in okay shape, so why bother?

By Laura Pakis, Certified Dog Trainer and Professional Blogger

So many dog owners feel grooming their dog is more of a chore than an important chunk of owning a dog.   To them “grooming” is only for poodles or show dogs of the Westminster Kennel Club.

Grooming is so much more; it’s taking care of your dog’s coat, skin, eyes, ears, nails, and even teeth.  It is a vital part of caring for your dog. 

With our increasingly busy lives, sometimes it is difficult to find the time to groom our pets.  The Acme team is here to help.  We tested some products to help assist with your selection of quality “grooming” items.

In addition to our team of “professionals” we sought out local groomer, Kim McMahon of GroomNZoom.  She assisted us with testing the products on her clients and shared her comments from a true professional standpoint.


Relax Rinse Repeat(furry friends)

Jenny Doser, owner of Relax. Rinse. Repeat., was tired of overspending on health and beauty products that were full of harsh chemicals so she started creating handmade, all-natural products.   She sent us a bottle of her Fur Refresher to test.   We found it to have very little scent.  “Also, the dog’s fur didn’t have a hint of scent after the mist dried.”  Cost is around $10.00 and can be purchased on Amazon. 👎


Chammyz Doggy SPAW Towel

Chammyz has a large line of items from shorts to sweatshirts.  All are soft and highly absorbent.  So it made sense that they would create a towel for dogs.  According to Chammyz, “This dog bone shaped Chammyz towel will revolutionize how you dry your best furry friend off. Made of our Chammyz technology with built in side pockets to keep your hands dry and clean. … the Doggy Spaw Towel will handle anything.  We tested it on several dogs and found this product to be EXCELLENT!  “It is very absorbent, more so than ordinary towels.” Great for dog owners on rainy days and with home baths.  It comes in a variety of colors and two sizes; smaller and bigger.  Price ranges from $18.00 to $22.00 👍🏻


Eco Dog Care Nourishing Shampoo/Soothing Itching Relief

Eco Dog Care is an amazing company.  They are certified as a Green American business but don’t compromise on their products quality.   This toxin-free dog shampoo is made of all-natural ingredients that work well without phosphates, parabens or other toxins on your pup, your hands or in the water supply.  We found it FABULOUS!   “Great lasting scent, got a white lab very clean and relieved usually irritated skin. LOVE the smell! Not sudsy but cleaned very well.”  You can purchase this and their other products from their website  Cost for the shampoo around $18.00 👍🏻


Hownd Yup You Stink Body Mist

Dogs Love Hownd is a company out of England.  Their products are free from harsh chemicals such as alcohol, parabens, soap and dyes. HOWND pet care products are Leaping Bunny certified by Cruelty Free International, and endorsed by The Ethical Company Organisation and Nature Watch Foundation.  A bit difficult to find in the USA but some of their products can be found on Amazon.  We found it to be a “good finishing spray, left the coat with a nice sheen and scent. Nice fresh and not greasy at all”.  👍🏻


Dry Clean Dog

We received a bottle of this product to test.  Couldn’t find where to purchase it.  The “packaging sucks. Broke it just trying to pump the product. Still worked, but disappointing because it looked so cool. Smells great but that’s it.  I’d say it’s just another lavender perfume/after spray.” 👍🏻👎


Grooming is a chance to give your dog’s body a good once-over and it’s a great way to bond with your dog.  Using the products we’ve mentioned should help make the process easier and give you more time to slow down and pay some quality attention to your dog.

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