View Full Version : What do you use to groom your Cav?

19th July 2006, 12:24 AM
Im not sure that this is the right place to put this but ;

I was just wondering what everyone uses to groom their Cav.

Are there any specific grooming tools that would anyone recommend - like 'cult classics' especially for Cavaliers? (such as the grooming tool equivalent of the puppia or Kong...)

Also are there shampoos which suit Cav's the best?

Sorry for all the questions but Im really curious to know as I just use basic tools on my Cav at the moment but Im on the look-out to upgrade!

19th July 2006, 01:14 AM
I use a slicker brush and I start using it when they are puppy. Not that there is anything to brush at that age, but so they can get used to me touching their entire body, legs, etc.

That way when there is long hair to brush, they lay there calmly and let me brush them. Sometimes they will avoid getting near me at night, because they know that is when I brush them, but once we get started they lay back and submit.

The later you start the brushing process, it seems to me, the more the dog squirms. I started one at 5 months and one at 3 months and the one that I started early is easier for me to brush even now that she is 2 years old. My dog that I got when he is 3.5 yrs old is the hardest to brush, because he isn't used to it and doesn't like me to do it.

19th July 2006, 03:33 AM
Depends on what u wanna do...do u want to kno the tools for brushing or tools for actually clipping his fur???

For brushing/clipping-nails King I have:
-A slicker brush
-A horsehair bristle brush
-A metal comb for detangling
-A toe-nail clipper (I like the scissor type, use wat u for comfortable with)

For bathing him:
-A tearless dog shampoo (baby-powder scented but use wat u like)
-A light conditioner (helps keep fur from tangeling)
-A whitner shampoo (King is more white so i use it to brighten him up)

For clipping hair:
-A standard clipper from "Andis" wit the combs
-A small handheld clipper for the small areas like the feet/pads
-A pair of hair trimming scissors
-A pair of Thinning Shears to even out his feathering

I also have a toothbrush/toothpaste for cleaning his teeth...Ear cleaner for his ears...also a colone to make him smell "MANLY" :lol:

But u dont need to go all out like it did i got all that so not to have to bring him to the groomers every couple of weeks to get his hair between his pads trimmed of his belly trimmed so I do the small things myself but the bigger jobs i bring him to the groomers..

19th July 2006, 11:13 AM
OMG Aaron, I thought I was bad but you are WORSE!!!!

Maxx and Charlie have a Mikki ball pin slicker brush (brilliant as they don't scratch).

A fine comb and a finer face comb (both metal) that is excellent for getting through the fur on the long ears.

A regular two sided brush that I use the bristle side of to brush down to finish off and just remove and dead fur.

A pair of guillotine nail clippers and a pair of very fine sharp scissors with rounded ends that I use to trim any knots away and also the fur on the bottoms of feet etc.

Maxx has baby powder shampoo and whitener shampoo (also makes the black in his coat very glossy) & a baby powder grooming spray.

Charlie has Malaseb :(

We also have Epi Otic ear cleaner from the Vets that we use once a week to prevent problems.

When they are shedding their coats madly I also don a pair of marigolds and rub them down twice a day - amazing for getting rid of the dead fur and they think they're getting a fuss :lol: :lol: :lol:

19th July 2006, 11:20 AM
That brings a whole new meaning to the saying 'pampered pooch'!!!
But how cute- Cologne for dogs, awwww I love it

I would never attempt to clip Mim myself- I can just imagine the disaster. Im just interested in the brushes and shampoo side of grooming.

19th July 2006, 01:38 PM
Charlie has Malaseb :(

When they are shedding their coats madly I also don a pair of marigolds and rub them down twice a day - amazing for getting rid of the dead fur and they think they're getting a fuss :lol: :lol: :lol:

What is Malaseb, and what are Marigolds? I'm still new to all of this.... icon_whistling

19th July 2006, 02:06 PM
well marigolds are yellow rubber gloves- the ones that you would usually use for washing the dishes.

Not sure about the other thing...

19th July 2006, 09:20 PM
merlin has :

pin brish first, moveable teeth comb second and thn a human nit comb last - this seems to get te stray hairs out that the other two dont which seem to be the cause of nots.

he has a shower (has to be warm!) once a month which I use crazy dog baby powder shampoo ( the very berry one irritates his skin) and then pantene ice shine conditioner. I also put charles wothington leave in conditioner on hi tail as his hair seems dry on his tail.

In between times he has a wipe over with asda non fragranced baby wipes and he has the softest fur I've felt

21st July 2006, 12:13 AM
Malaseb is special shampoo from the vet as Charlie has sore skin at the minute :(

21st July 2006, 12:31 AM
I have a couple of slicker brushes, some that are pins, and some that have the tipped ends. Jaspar HATES the slicker but I need to use it for some mats but not touching his skin. My favourite slicker is actually a really small one I got in a very cheap cat litter and cat toy package deal at Lidl! The brush is about 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches and is just the right size for ears and mats.

I have a comb that I almost never use, and a rake comb (ditto), a small blunt scissors for hair between pads.

The brush I use most is a Mason Pearson that was expensive but all the dogs like it; even Jaspar doesn't detest it.

I started brushing Jaspar with a soft brush from puppyhood and he was fine with the soft brush. But almost every other type of brush he hates; unfortunately he's the one that mats the most with his fine hair. I mostly use the tipped slicker brush, the tiny slicker, and the Mason pearson on him.

I also have a mat cutter which is really useful.

Cathy T
21st July 2006, 12:56 AM
Absolutely love my mason pearson brush! So do the dogs...I have to get a picture of them laying there getting brushed. As I'm brushing Jake (I do him first) Shelby sits there waiting until he moves...then she flops down on her side and hold up her one leg...me next me next!! I also use a metal comb for knots. I like petsilk or Chris Christensen shampoos. I bathe once a month and the groomer does them once a month. I don't dare clip nails...too chicken!!

21st July 2006, 06:11 AM
My favorite tool for removing knots is an Original Greyhound comb. You can use the ends to pull through the knots and it doesn't hurt them. I also keep the comb in my purse in case we are out and I find a knot or a tangle. (OK it is weird I dont' have a comb for me in there??)

I also use a Mason Pearson nylon and boar bristle pocket brush for just nice gentle brushing that makes my babies shiney.

I also have a #1 All Systems slicker.

Last but not least I use a Mars Coat King or Mars stripping knife to thin Maxwell's thick (neutered male) coat. He goes from fluffy puppy to handsome cavalier after using those.

cavtiny Nancy

21st July 2006, 08:47 AM
This is great, thanks for all the feed back everyone!

Its really useful to know what tools other people find the best as it saves on having to buy loads of products on a trial and error basis.

Im going to check them all out, especially the mason pearson brush.

And to Maxx's Mummy- I really hope that little charlie is feeling better soon, there's nothing worse than a poorly fur baby. x

21st July 2006, 11:04 AM
The Mason Pearsons are really expensive :yikes but they are very nice. I don't have one for me but I have one for the dogs! :roll: I keep meaning to buy one for me as well. Often they have them at dog shows.

Leo used to not like being groomed but of late as soon as the brush comes out he starts trying to move in front of whatever other dog I am brushing so that I'll do him instead. :roll: Jaspar does the same when I am blow-drying another dog -- he loves standing in the heat from the dryer -- well not at the moment I guess with all the hot weather. 8)

Cathy T
21st July 2006, 03:16 PM
Yes, the mason pearson was expensive :yikes I've had mine for about two years now and it has completely paid for itself at this point. Considering I was use at least 5 x week!!

21st July 2006, 03:33 PM
Mason Pearson brushes are the very best....my last one cost me £45!!!
they last a life time and are invaluable for my Shelties. I found an on-line shop that sold them in the U.K. Will try to find the address again.

We also bought a hands free dryer and grooming table (xmas gift from the hubby!!!) both items are just invaluable and it saves the old back!

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

21st July 2006, 04:02 PM
found the address if any one is interested in the brushes,

this shop is fab!


Happy shopping!

Alison, Wilts, U.K.