Updated: Jan 27, 2022
These products are what we have found works well for our Golden Retrievers. Every person is different and every Golden Retriever is different. What works for our dogs may not work for yours. But hopefully you'll find some new favorites in this blog! I feel I should also add: there is no substitute for a healthy diet. That is going to give your dog's coat such an advantage!
There are so many amazing shampoos out there. They seem super expensive, but you can dilute them according to the instructions so they go so much further! Some of our personal favorites are:
Hydra Odor Neutralizing Shampoo
Pure Paws H20 Shampoo
Crown Royale Shampoo (Formula #2)
I don't use conditioner all over my dog's coat every time I bathe them. But I do occasionally use it on their featherings or if their coat is feeling a bit dry.
Hydra Moisturizing Conditioner.
Pure Paws H20 Conditioner
Crown Royale Condition Plus
Artero Keratin Conditioner
I brush my dog's hair every day. It only takes about 3 minutes and then they are off. We always use a brushing spray when we brush our dogs. I use the one of the following products before brushing my dogs:
Chris Christensen Just Divine Brushing Spray
Pure Paws H20 Hydrating Mist
Paw & Nose Butter
Dog's pads and noses can get dry, especially in extreme weather conditions. I like to put paw and nose butter on my dogs in the summer and winter. We use the following, as recommended on the packaging:
Natural Dog Company Paw Soother
Natural Dog Company Snout Soother
High quality, forced air dryer made for dogs. There are several on the market. They will save you so much time and many of them do not contain heat which is great because that can be damaging to the coat.
Grooming table. I was able to find a used one when I first started.
Cheap dog brush for daily brushing. I think I got mine for like $3 at Walmart.
Slicker Brush for grooming feet. Be very careful with these brushes. They can break the skin, especially if your dog's coat isn't entirely dry.
Mars Coat King for de-matting. (Be careful though, you can overdo it and cut your dogs coat!)
Stripping knife - This helps me with ears, pants, and hocks. It cleans up hair while looking natural, if done right. As with anything, moderation is key. Don't go overboard.
Thinning Shears - I really like J.L. SharpShop's Symphony thinners.
7" Straight Shear - I use this for hocks.
7" Curved Shear - I use this for ears and the tip of the tail.
Small (~5") Pointy Shear - This is for feet. I recommend J.L. SharpShop's Golden point small scissors. They are super reasonably priced and they work so well for me when trying to get into the small areas of the foot. I couldn't find other brands with a comparable point.