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Old 11-21-2012, 03:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need to order Ari some grooming tools. and treats. I have ordered the Maden brush.. I need to get some shampoo and conditioner. What do you recommend? I bought the Bio Gen from an earlier recommendation for spot cleaning his coat also I dont know what treats to buy. This is really overwhelming there is so many options to choose from. What else is useful?


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Old 11-21-2012, 07:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I really recommend the small mustache comb for his face. I got mine from toplinepet.com when I ordered the Madan brush, Pet Silk shampoo and conditioner. I've different kinds of treats and I don't know if they're the best things to give, but haven't had any problems. Most of the time, I just use her kibble when I'm getting her to practice her treats. Some of the other things I have used are Cherios, freeze dried chicken liver treats for dogs by Stewart Pro-Treat, and Nutro Crunchy treats. I got the Stewart and Nutro treats from PetSmart. Nutro makes different flavors. Right now, I've only opened the mixed berry ones by Nutro. Each piece has 6 calories, but I break it in to a lot of small pieces. Stewart and Nutro are 100% natural. Oh, oh, oh, I almost forgot...for one of our training classes, the trainer told us to bring something extra extra special, like hotdogs. Well, I wasn't too keen on that. So, I bought a jar of the ones for skin babies. She LOVED it!! I've been meaning to ask here if those are ok to use. I only used part of one of them for that class and let our Lab have the rest.
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Mine like Buddy Biscuits(soft and crunchy! And mini Zukes chicken treats. I have the Madan brush and the light weight aluminum comb from top line pets, and I really like using a man's mustache comb for the eye )I call it Mr. sleep) gunk.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd order the comb that Jenny sells with the Madan brushes.... a good comb is a must! You need to comb them and brush them - the comb gets all the snarls out so they don't get mats. The brush is nice and really helps, but it won't stop matting.

For treats - I use things like little pieces of fruit and veggies. Mine love frozen peas! Dry cereal (no sugar), little bits of homemade breads and muffins (we are vegan, gluten, and yeast free).

I don't really buy treats for them... too many recalls, have to know the source of product and where it is made, and they are pretty pricey.

Plus Grace doesn't like many treats because they are so big... I usually have to crush them for her.
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I use Spa Lavish Shampoo for white coats (blue formula.) I also us Pantene - fine formula (for humans) as a conditioner - it works wonderfully! Also, get some Kinky Curly Knot Today from Target's human hair products. This is pure botanicals and get out matts. I mix a small amount with water in a spray bottle and use it for daily brushing!
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Honestly, this grooming question is one that will provide a TON of different responses because what works for one coat, doesn't work for them all.

If you don't want to spend a fortune on shampoos/conditioners, I would suggest trying some of the human products first because then if they dont' work, it's not a total waste. I have spent a fortune on products that are still sitting here barely used, years later! The human products though, I just throw in my kids bathroom.

Some good ones to try are Dove products and Herbal Essence Drama Clean (shampoo and conditioner) Tresemme and Pantene are also some good ones to try.

If you want a dog product, I have found that Spectrum 10 Shampoo and Conditioner seems to work the best on a variety of coats. I buy it by the gallons. A lot of it is trial and error! It is very overwhelming, I know. Soo many things to try!

I always dilute any shampoos/conditioners I use, it makes it easier to disperse into the coat. You can also try some of the human products for a leave in conditioner during brush out.

I definitely agree a face comb and wider tooth metal combs are almost 'must haves'. You can get those at Petsmart/Petco but as a general rule of thumb, if it is sold at one of those stores in the grooming department, chances are I won't want to buy it. I finally just threw away all my 'first' grooming products that i bought when i was clueless and had just got my first maltese. OMG. Talk about wasting money!!
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