• Smart Bark

Top 10 Dog Grooming Products

Updated: Sep 14

Smart Bark is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

To keep your four-legged friend in top notch condition, it’s worth spending some time and a little money on top dog grooming products which you can use at home.

Although many dog lovers especially those with fluffier breeds, use professional dog groomers on a regular basis, in between visits it’s still important to keep your dog looking and feeling their best with a grooming routine.

Two dogs having a bath with bubbles on their heads

Of course, grooming your dog is a wonderful bonding experience as it gives us all the chance to slow down and pay some quality attention to our dogs.

It’s also a ideal opportunity whilst touching your dog all over, to check their skin for suspicious lumps, bumps and tics which can easily be hidden by their coat.

Here is a carefully curated selection of some of the best grooming products for 2021 which are designed to make your dog look, smell and feel their best.


selection of best dog grooming shampoos

1. Best Puppy Brush - Pet Teezer

Starting to groom young is the answer! Most dogs inherently dislike being brushed, so get your dog acclimatised to the process whilst they are still a puppy.

Cockapoo with a Pet Teezer dog brush

PET TEEZER (Tangle Teezer for dogs) is designed to detangle your dog’s coat quickly and more importantly gently without any tugging or pulling which is ideal for puppies.

The Tangle Teezer for humans was such a big success when it was launched back in 2007, dog owners were begging the company to create the perfect tangle teezer for their precious pooches.

They listened. Three years of research to create the PET TEEZER - a grooming brush created specifically for dogs and puppies.

It can be used to groom wet or dry hair and is recommended by Battersea Cats & Dogs Home.

This brush may not be able to deal with the biggest matts and knotted fur, but it's an ideal starting point for getting your puppy acclimatised to the brushing process. Available in two sizes.

Reasons to Buy

+ Soft & gentle

+ Suitable for puppies

Reasons to Avoid

- Won't deal with heavy matting


How to Groom your Dog at Home

Follow our Pampered Paws Guide to keep your dog happy and healthy whilst looking totally adorable.

2. Best Dog Brush - Pecute Slicker

There are so many different types of dog coat that there is no real surprise that there's an abundance of different dog brushed available.

Pecute dog brush

Your dog may well benefit from more than one type of brush. Slicker brushes are ideal for dogs with medium to long hair.

The Pecute slicker dog brush features in Pecute's popular range of dog grooming equipment.

It is slightly angled to help prevent the metal pins from scratching your dog's delicate skin whilst dealing with any matts or knotting.

Made from smooth stainless-steel, the pins penetrate deep into the undercoat, efficiently removing dead fur and loosening any hidden matts.

The handle has been designed with anti-slip rubber to reduce pressure on your wrist. This is great as it means you can take your time with the brushing process.

Reasons to Buy

+ Penetrates deep into the coat

+ Deals with knots

+ Ergonomically designed

Reasons to Avoid

- Maybe too rough for puppies

3. Best for Cleaning Dog Ears - Stinky Stuff

Stinky Stuff are a family run business based in Yorkshire. All their horse and dog products are made from 100% naturally active ingredients.

Stinky Suff, Ear Stuff for dogs

One of their products is especially good for ear problems and has a pleasant smell too.

There are lots of products on the market that work well on ear issues but a word of warning - they can smell really bad !

The nasty smell is often accompanied by oily fur around the ear.

Ear Stuff is naturally anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic.

It not only soothes irritated ears it can soften any wax build up whilst removing dirt and getting rid of any unwanted smells.

Reasons to Buy

+ Antibacterial

+ Smells pleasant

+ Easy to administer

Reasons to Avoid

- Underlying ear issues which need vet intervention

4. Best All Round Dog Shampoo - Groom Professional

Groom Professional dog shampoo in a screw top bottle

We rate Groom Professional Baby Fresh the best smelling dog shampoo with a totally gorgeous baby powder scent lasting several days.

It's also a great all-round option for most dogs. This shampoo is ideal for dogs that love to roll around in the mud or splash in stinky puddles.

A firm favourite with dog groomers, it lathers easily and deep cleans.

Made in the UK, it contains aloe vera for it's moisturising benefits so it is gentle enough for you to use once a week to cater for seriously muddy dog walks.

The truth is that this is a great all-round shampoo if your dog doesn't have any specific needs.

Available in three different sizes so you can try it out without investing too much with the 250ml bottle or save money by bulk buying a 4lt bottle. Conditioners are also available.

Reasons to Buy

+ Amazing smell

+ Easy to lather

+ Range of sizes

+ Great value

Reasons to Avoid

- Doesn't cater for skin issues

- Creates lots of foam


Top 10 Dog Shampoos

A great dog shampoo is your secret weapon. We review 10 of the best dog and puppy shampoos on the market.

5. Best Puppy Shampoo - Wildwash

If you're welcoming a puppy to your family, to avoid any adverse reactions opt for a dog shampoo specifically designed for puppies.

Wildwash Puppy Shampoo

They have delicate and often more sensitive skin than adult dogs, so they need a much milder shampoo.

Wildwash are a company devoted to creating a range of natural skin and coat care products for dogs. Their puppy shampoo uses aloe vera and evening primrose essential oils for their mild and calming properties. Quick rinsing and kind to their skin, your puppy will love you for it. Dilute before use and leave on for 5 minutes to maximise the essential oils.

Reasons to Buy

+ Formulated for puppies

+ Mild for sensitive skins

+ Pump action bottle

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricier than some

6. Best Dog Drying Coat - Ruff & Tumble

When bath time is over, dog drying coats are ideal for avoiding that wet dog rubbing on carpets and furniture.

Dog in blue Ruff and Tumble dog coat

Ruff & Tumble's stylish dog drying coats are designed to dry your dog quickly and comfortably and are ideal after a bath or shower.

Crucially, the coat incorporates two layers of absorbent towelling.

It's easy to pop on, simply slip over your dog's head and then attach the velcro around the tummy and neck.

An extra deep collar can be folded up to make a hood that helps dry ears and their head which is an innovative idea.

Ruff & Tumble's dog drying coats are available in a whole range of sizes and colours. They are not the cheapest but arguably the best.

Reasons to Buy

+ Quality drying coat

+ Two layers of towelling

+ Choice of sizes available

+ Choice of colours

Reasons to Avoid

- More expensive than some

7. Best Dog Skin Balm - Pro Groom

ProGroom is registered with The Vegan Society. Every ingredient used has been thoroughly researched and verified as 100% vegan.

Program Skin Balm for dogs

The skin balm is made in the UK with natural butters and 100% organic essential oils.

It's safe to use on sensitive skin and mild enough for puppies.

Excellent for treating canine dermatitis, insect bites, irritated wounds and cuts. It's also very effective for dry, flaky, itchy skin.

This skin butter is safe for frequent use and licking and absorbs quickly into the skin.

It can be applied daily to protect your dog's skin.

Reasons to Buy

+ Great for dry paws

+ Relief from insect bites

+ Safe for Puppies

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricier than some

8. Best Dog Spray - Pro Pooch

Dog sprays are lovely for after a bath, adding another layer of gorgeous smell, but also incredibly useful to combat the ‘dog smell’ if you’re expecting guests and simply don't have time for a full groom.

Baby powder cologne spray for dogs

Pro Pooch offer a Baby Powder Cologne which not only adds a gorgeous smell but it doesn't contain nasty chemicals which could cause skin problems.

The scent is not only totally luscious but mild and deodorises your pooch while providing a conditioning boost to their coat.

Made in Britain, it's vegan friendly, PH balanced and hypoallergenic - so ticks all the boxes.

Reasons to Buy

+ Great for smelly dogs

+ Long lasting scent

+ No nasties

Reasons to Avoid

- Need to avoid eyes

9. Best Dog Wipes - Earth Rated

Dogs wipes are a really convenient solution for keeping your dog fresh and clean at home or on the go.

compostable earth rated dog wipes

Overall, dog grooming wipes are a portable and low-cost essential for busy, modern pet parents but unfortunately not the most eco-friendly option.

Take a look at Earth Rated dog wipes.

Their plant-based wipes are compostable to help you keep your carbon-pawprint low.

Hypoallergenic and gentle yet strong enough to stand up to those sharp dog nails.

Made with shea butter, aloe vera and chamomile they are perfect for emergencies on-the-go.

They come in a choice of lavender or a fragrance free version.

Reasons to Buy

+ Convenient

+ Free from chemicals

+ Compostable

Reasons to Avoid

- Expensive cleaning option

10. Best for Dog Emergencies - Pet Head

PET HEAD produce a range of grooming products for dogs manufactured in the USA to human quality standards, but pH balanced for dogs.

Dry clean shampoo for dogs

One of the products, the Dry Clean Spray Shampoo, is a super convenient way to clean your pet without needing any water.

This dry shampoo is perfect for road trips or a quick freshen up between baths.

The formula is hypoallergenic, hygienic, non-irritating, deodorising and anti-bacterial.

It's also a great dog grooming product to keep in the car for those unpleasant rolling emergencies!

Reasons to Buy

+ Convenient

+ Free from chemicals

Reasons to Avoid

- Doesn't replace shampoo

Even the best-kept dogs will benefit from a good grooming routine at home not least to prevent mats and other skin irritations that can cause problems.

Our choice of the TOP 10 Dog Grooming Products will ensure that your dog's coat and skin are kept in tip top condition.

RELATED POST Itch Relief for Dogs

If your dog suffers from allergies and itchy skin, we offer a buying guide to the long and short term options available and help you decide which products will help most.

Thank you for dropping by and reading our article

- Top 10 Dog Grooming Products for 2021.