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Dog hair, don’t care. Well, unless guests are coming over, or there’s a big meeting and you don’t want your black skirt looking like mohair. We love our dogs, but it’s a truth universally acknowledged that dogs bring a little extra stink, hair, and slobber into our lives. Of course, we know it’s all worth it! And dog people have some amazing tools on their side to combat the mess.
We searched through our archives and reader favorites to compile this roundup of our all-time favorite cleaning and grooming tools for dog owners. This list has something for every situation, from muddy paws to shedding season to potty accidents.
Prevention: It’s All About the Groom
2.5 inch comb $12.95
This bad boy gets the job done, but gently.
A classic tool for fur coats of varying lengths, this is a handy everyday brush.
This de-shedder is essential for dogs with double coats (Huskies, we’re looking at you.)
Wearable, soft, and easy to use, a shedding glove is also a fun excuse for extra petting.
Cleaning Fabrics and Furniture
It’s that super stickiness that helps this one rise above the rest! Keep one in your bag, glove box, and kitchen drawer.
Rubber bristles make this easy to use on a wet dog, as well as along couch surfaces.
Powerful and portable: that’s how we like our vacuums, especially for small spaces.
Stain and Odor Control
64 oz $14.45
For stubborn or long-standing stains, as well as quarterly carpet maintenance, a good carpet shampoo does wonders. This one harnesses the power of natural enzymes for odor reduction, too.
32 oz $6.39
Seriously, you have to try this. It’s practically magic when it comes to getting out urine smells from rugs and furniture.
Two 18 oz boxes $7.63
Some dog owners may not like this sweet scent, but the Pet Fresh Odor Eliminator really does mask bad smells—just sprinkle it on before you vacuum.
8 oz $10.00
For those times when you just can’t do a bath.
Floor and Carpet Cleaning
There’s a reason this broom is a perennial favorite with our readers. It really works!
Like a Roomba, but specifically designed to tackle pet hair.
This is an excellent price for a very effective vacuum. We love how easy it is to maneuver, and the suction is pretty darn good.
The Cadillac of vacuums! The Dyson is expensive, but it works very well—for years. A solid investment for a dog owner.
When you see this thing fill up with dirty water, you’ll be horrified and relieved that you tackled your carpets with the power of steam.
The Rug Doctor is an incredibly powerful carpet cleaner that we swear by in the Rover offices. There are a lot of dogs here, and you can’t even tell (based on smell, that is!)