Pet grooming

Grooming gloves for cats and dogs

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  • I have been grooming my golden retriever with HandsOn gloves for two years.
  • The grooming gloves effectively remove hair and help me massage my dog ​​well.
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As a golden retriever mom of 24 years, I’ve had to learn how to manage hair — and a lot. To say I’ve tried many grooming tools is an understatement, and although I like a good ol’ dog brushI started using HandsOn gloves with my 13 year old daughter, Jessie, about two years ago.

The gloves are now my favorite grooming tool to use on her and two other pets in my household, not only because they work, but also because they allow for a unique bonding experience. Jessie looks relaxed as I groom her, and after just one session her fur is silkier and softer than any other grooming tool I’ve used.

Our opinion on HandsOn gloves

HandsOn grooming gloves, made of nylon fabric, feature numerous rubber nodules on fingers and palm. The nodules on the gloves catch the hair, and when the gloves get too full, I just squeeze my hand and the huge collection of hair falls out.

Close up photo of purple Handson gloves with rubber nodules covering palms and fingers

HandsOn gloves have rubber nodules that gently grip loose hair.

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I didn’t know how Jessie would like the gloves at first. I was worried it wouldn’t respond well to texture, but it proved me wrong. She loves gloves, largely because while I’m stroking her and grabbing massive amounts of hair, she’s getting a massage, and when she lays down to have her sides brushed, her eyes close like the mine when I’m on a massage table.

I have also used HandsOn gloves with a paralyzed pittie mix named Macy whom I foster and my long haired cat Toby who usually bites when brushed. They also enjoy touch, and although Toby doesn’t tolerate brushing as long as Jessie and Macy, he does better with gloves than a brush. Premium? The gloves protect my hands when he starts biting, which tells me to stop.

The gloves are easy to put on and take off, and they stay in place thanks to a Velcro strap near the wrist. And they’re so much more comfortable than using a brush, not to mention better on the body. When using a brush on Jessie, I only use my dominant arm, which can get a little tired after a while. However, with gloves, the work is shared between the two hands, and the movements are more natural, reducing fatigue.

Close-up photo of two hands wearing purple Handson gloves with collected fur

It is easy to remove the fur from the gloves.

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What distinguishes grooming gloves

Unlike brushes or combs that stay stiff while brushing, HandsOn Gloves are flexible, meaning they bend and flex with the movement of your hands. It allows me to carry things (like a leash or shampoo bottle) easily when I have the gloves on. They can even be used when wet; some people use them when bathing their pet, which is aided by the friction nodules on their fingers. But what I love most about the gloves is their ability to conform to the shape of the animal’s body.

Take, for example, when I groom Jessie. I caress her body rhythmically, my hands moving together or one after the other. I can even target parts of her body that she doesn’t tolerate as well with a brush like in her “armpits”, behind her ears and around her face.

Of course, my main mission is to keep Jessie cared for, but petting her like this gives me another opportunity to bond with her outside of walking and playing. I even used the HandsOn gloves to remove dried dirt, leaves and stuff from everyone’s fur.

When I need to clean the gloves, I just give them a good rinse in the sink and let them air dry. Even better? I use the same pair and have noticed no signs of wear.

Person crouching on floor using Handson grooming gloves to brush golden retriever

Grooming gloves have helped me bond with my pets.

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The inconvenients

If you have other family members who want to share this experience with your pets, you may need to purchase additional gloves to get the right fit for everyone. The downside with that? Extra cost.

The bottom line

Grooming Jessie (and everyone else) is no longer a chore with the HandsOn gloves, but rather an enjoyable experience for both of us. As a result, I now groom her more frequently – she gets excited when the gloves come out – and her coat has never looked better or felt better.

Benefits: Available in three colors and five different sizes from junior to extra large; easy to clean; can be used on other animals like horses, pigs and cows

The inconvenients: You may need more than one pair to accommodate different hand sizes in your family; the price might deter some; does not catch short hair as well as long hair