This is a very good post and I completely agree with it.Slicker brush and metal comb are the must haves.
Shampoo is whatever pet brand you prefer.
Brands really depend on personal preference.
If you're getting your dog groomed every 4-6 week you likely don't need to bath in between unless he gets really dirty, but you can if you want to. My mini poodle gets bath every 4-10 weeks depending on when I feel like taking the effort to groom him (and no bathing in between or brushing except maybe his long topknot as he doesn't matt/tangle much), my show standard gets bathed once a week.
Important thing is to dry the dog after bathing or any tangles the dog has will tighten and get worse. For pet owners it's not a bad idea to brush/comb before the bath and then again after.
Youtube 'Line brushing'
I've learned a few things because I've been bathing Lucky almost every two weeks.
1. Splurge on a slicker brush but don't pay extra for a comb. The slicker brush metal actually wears out on the cheap ones relatively quickly. I don't regret getting the big K slicker brush from CC. By comparison, the thick metal teeth on a comb can be made from any material and it will never die.
2. Get a brush with long pins or teeth. I have a 27mm slicker brush because it reaches further into his coat. I also have a long teeth comb. Not sure about the length but it is great getting to the root of the hair.
I got these:
The reason I've been bathing Lucky every two weeks is because I've decided to bring him back to the dog park, because he has so much fun there. He is always the cleanest dog going in and dirtiest coming out. LOL You have to see it to believe it! I'll post some photos next time. I've never come out of the dog park without at least one joke about where my white dog went every time. :aetsch: