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Susan Sims

Professional Pet Expert

Dog Grooming

Grooming your dog is just as important to his health as it is to his self-esteem. An excerpt from the 1893 book, Ashmont’s Kennel Secrets, gives us an insight to how dogs were groomed including washing and coat conditioning over a hundred years ago.

Fast forward to present time and we not only wash and condition our dogs’ coats, we spritz them with essential oils and ease their moods with aromatherapy shampoos and candles. Aside from smelling clean, Fido must look his best when out on the town with his guardian, day or night. With so many products on the market to help keep Fido looking his best, there are many choices vying for the consumer’s dollar these days. Because pH balance is different in dogs, many of your great shampoos won’t be suitable for Fido. However, the opposite is true with most of his shampoo and conditioners, so you can help yourself to your furry companions holistic and organic products!

Best Dog Grooming Products by Susan Sims

The Best You Can Get

  • Spot Organics - Pampered Pup Kit

    Susan says: Ahhh, aromatherapy. We all know how choosing just the right aromatherapy to suit your moods can be very effective. Et tu, Fido? if you are not sure which products to select your first time out, Spot Organics has simplified your decision by offering their Pampered Pup Kit. The kit includes five of their most popular canine aromatherapy products: No More Itch Spray, Peppermint Breath Spray, Cleansing Ear Essential Oil Blend, Orange Lavender Hemp Shampoo Bar, and Chill Essential Oil. All products are wrapped and ready to give to your precious pooch.



    • 100% natural
    • 5 of their most popular canine aromatherapy products
    • No More Itch Spray
    • Peppermint Breath Spray
    • Orange Lavender Hemp Shampoo Bar
  • Cain and Able Collection - Bone-shaped Spa Basket

    Susan says: I liked the Bone-shaped Spa Basket, which includes a selection of goodies and your choice of Original Lavender scent or Peppermint/Tea Tree.



    • Every Dog has His Day Spa!
    • A selection of goodies
    • Choice of Original Lavender scent or Peppermint/Tea Tree
  • Fur Baby - Bone-shaped Spa Gift Bag

    Susan says: If going natural is for you and your furry best friend, then look no further for all natural dog shampoos and aromatherapy sprays that are made from less than seven ingredients and scented with only essential oils. All products are made in New England with only pure, clean and organic ingredients.

    Treat your own fur baby to a bone shaped spa gift bag, which is packaged in a reusable bone shaped vinyl bag that is perfect for traveling. Here is what awaits that special pooch:

    Large vinyl-zippered bone shaped tote bag (7.5 x 11 inches)
    Fur Baby 8 oz. shampoo
    Fur Baby 4 oz. aromatherapy mist spray
    9 x 5 inch embroidered guest towel and paw-shaped soaps


    • Dog Shampoo and Aromatherapy Sprays
    • Scented with only essential oils
    • Perfect for traveling
    • Large vinyl-zippered bone shaped tote bag
    • 9 x 5 inch embroidered guest towel and paw-shaped soaps
  • Bobbi Panter - Sampler Set

    Susan says: Bobbi Panter developed her natural pet pampering products when her dog Bobo was sick. Try a sampler set which makes the perfect traveling companion to your furry companion! Includes one travel size of each of the following: Gorgeous Dog, Itchy Dog, Stinky Dog, Bad Hair Day Dog and Snarly Dog. And don't worry about getting soap in Fido's eyes, all Bobbi Panter products are tear-free, pH balanced to match his eyes.



    • Not just shampoo... it's skin care for your pet!
    • Perfect for traveling
    • Travel-sized samples
    • Tear-free pH balanced
  • Doginhaus Shampoo

    Susan says: You don't have to travel to Park City, Utah to get your paws on Doginhaus Shampoo. Although, if you are in the area, stop in and show Fido the newest doggie day care and spa and while you are there, let him sniff out the perfect shampoo blend especially formulated using essential oils and herbal extracts that offer healing properties for dry skin.



    • Mountain, Urban, and Coastal Dog Shampoo
    • Especially formulated using essential oils and herbal extracts
    • Offers healing properties for dry skin

You will be happy with any of these

  • Doggie Spa Kit with Aromatherapy

    Susan says: DERMagic was developed by a PhD organic chemist to treat her own dogs. This steroid-free, all natural skincare formula is just what the doctor ordered to give Fido relief at the first signs of scratching or biting caused by allergies. Luxury Spa and Travel Kit features six all-natural spa items.



    • By DERMagic, Skin Care for Animals, Inc.
    • All natural skin care products for happier, healthier pets!
    • Developed by a PhD organic chemist to treat her own dogs
    • Relief from scratching or biting caused by allergies
    • Luxury Spa and Travel Kit features six all-natural spa items
  • bark + bath - Nature's Shampoo

    Susan says: Well, you learn something new everyday. Did you know that natural liquid soap does not dry the skin? According to bark + bath’s website, natural liquid soap retains its natural glycerin. bark + bath shampoo admittedly does not create a lot of lather, but it cleans and rinses effectively. Made for dogs with dry or sensitive skin, bark + bath's Dog Shampoo is scented with pure aromatic essential oils which will leave your pet smelling great and showing off his shiny coat for all to see. Put together a gift basket to include Natural Dog Perfume to help keep Fido smelling lovely between shampoos.



    • Does not dry the skin
    • Made for dogs with dry or sensitive skin
    • Scented with pure aromatic essential oils
    • Leaves your pet smelling great with a shiny coat
  • Doggie Sudz by Austin Rose

    Susan says: The Doggie Sudz label alone is worth the price of admission. It just makes you want to roll up your sleeves and start sudzin it up with your favorite pooch. Cucumber extracts and Neem oil helps get Fido squeaky clean while repelling insects naturally. Available in Mango or Lavender, Doggie Sudz is also Vegan-certified.



    • Organic biodegradable pet shampoo and conditioner
    • Cucumber extracts and Neem oil clean your dog and repel insects naturally
    • Available in Mango or Lavender
    • Vegan-certified
  • Aubrey Organics - Organimals Pet Shampoo for Dogs

    Susan says: Natural coconut oil-corn oil soap base cleanses gently, without irritating a dog's sensitive skin. All-natural shampoo helps keep fleas and other pests away and leaves your dog's coat soft and clean. Follow-up with conditioner and check out the grooming spray. Going green this year? Aubrey Organics packaging is made of simple-green and white bottles of recyclable plastic and boxes made from recyclable cardboard. Plus all their product literature is printed on recycled paper.



    • Leaves your dog's coat soft and clean
    • Keeps fleas and other pests away
    • Bottles and boxes are recyclable
  • Cyber Canine - Canine Coat Mists

    Susan says: Keeping your spritzer near to refresh your face? Of course you are, and now, your fur child can delight in a little spritzing too with Cyber Canine's, Canine Coat Mist. Containing pure aromatherapy essential oils, your precious pup will feel refreshed with fragrances such as Chamomile, Citrus, Marjoram for calming, and Lavender Fresh.



    • Gentle non-drying certified organic
    • Containing pure aromatherapy essential oils
    • Fragrances such as Chamomile, Citrus, Marjoram for calming, and Lavender Fresh

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