1. Grooming table: It should be solid with a non-slippery surface. Adjust the table to a height at which you can work without bending. Use for all grooming sessions that last more than a few minutes.
  2. Bristle brush: This is a brush for all breeds. It removes loose hair and surface dirt and dresses the top coat. A brush with natural bristles produces less static electricity.
  3. Pin brush: This brush has long pins protruding from a rubber cushion. It’s especially effective for long-haired breeds.
  4. Slicker brush: This is a rectangular board with thin, bent wire teeth and a handle. A slicker brush is used to remove loose hair. Brush in short, deep strokes. This brush may be too harsh to use on short haired dogs.
  5. Hound glove (palm brush): Intended for short haired breeds, this is a glove or pouch that you slip over your hand and then use to wipe down. It may have small rubber nubs or a sisal pad that does the actual grooming. The glove removes dead hair and gives a polish to the coat.
  6. Rake: Long- and short-toothed rakes are used to remove loose, dead hair during shedding. They will damage healthy hair if used too vigorously.
  7. Mat splitter: This single or multi-bladed tool is used to break up mats into smaller and smaller strands.
  8. Nail clipper: Nail clippers come with either two cutting edges or a single blade that clips down like a guillotine.
  9. Dremel tool or nail grinder: A Dremel can be used to carefully grind nails down to an acceptable length.
  10. Nail file: Handy after cutting nails to round the edges.