As dog owners we all ask ourselves the same questions over time, like “can my dog eat that?” or “why does my dog look at me when he poops?”. We’ve had a go at cracking some of these curious questions in the past, and we’re always keen to dig up some of the best information for dog owners.
This time around it seems fitting with the theme of a "fresh start" in the new year, to scope out some of the best shampoo to use to wash a dog. Now, we know some dogs have a tendency to be more smelly than others, and it’s important to note that any extreme or mysterious odours should be checked out by your vet, but it’s safe to say that it’s no fun having a stinky dog around.
Some breeds can get away with minimal bathing depending on the length of their coats and likeliness to roll in dead animals, however most will need a good bath once and awhile!
Here are some of the best shampoos to use to wash a dog:
What Makes a Good Dog Shampoo
- Cleans thoroughly
- Not too many suds
- Light scent
- Rinses easily
- No chemicals
- Cruelty free
The Best Homemade Dog Shampoo
Here's a recipe for a homemade dog shampoo from the Queen of Green:
- ¾ cup distilled water
- ¼ cup unscented or scented liquid castile soap (or vegetable glycerin)
- 1 tbsp aloe gel
Optional: 5 – 10 drops any combination of anti-flea essential oils including rosemary, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, spearmint, and citronella. Add a drop of each or purchase an anti-flea essential oil blend from a local herbalist or health food store. Add all ingredients into an old squirt bottle.
Shake before each use. Rinse well and avoid the eye area.
Did you know? Try finishing off your dog’s bath with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Add 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water. Be prepared for compliments at the dog park.