Washing your dog

Most people don’t realise that over-washing our dogs with harsh shampoos can result in a dull, dry, smelly coat and poor skin health.

Over-washing has become a bit of an issue in recent times. And mostly because we dog owners want the best for them. After all, a weekly wash is good for them, right? Well not necessarily. 

For most dogs, a wash every 4-6 weeks or less is enough. If your dog loves nothing more than rolling in stinky stuff or plunging into mud puddles, you may need to wash them more often. Rule of paw; it’s best to wash less and wipe instead.

If you’ve gotten into the habit of regularly shampooing your dog, they may get a bit smelly between baths. That’s likely due to your dog being over-washed, so the skin has likely been stripped of the natural oils that protect and nourish their skin and coat. Less oils means drier and even flaky skin which can lead to irritation and potentially infections. This can result in a sharper doggy smell. 

Luckily the oil production can be reset and will naturally replenish over time. You can help the process along with the Four Step Skin Reset, suggested by Dr. Lisa.

  1. Wipe for a general freshen up or spot clean
  2. Moisturise with Leave in Conditioner 
  3. A light spritz of Cologne, if you like 
  4. Brush, brush, brush with the Slicker and or Rake or Comb, depending on your dog’s coat type. 

Be patient! It can take up to 12 weeks of less washing to achieve positive results.

When visibly dirty and a wipe isn’t enough:

  1. Brush to remove loose hairs
  2. Wash
  3. Dry
  4. Moisturise with Leave-in-Conditioner
  5. A light spritz of Cologne if you like
  6. Brush, Brush, Brush

Using organic and natural ingredients, making sure to chose a range that is gentle and effective on dogs, with no nasties.

Such as:

  • PEGS
  • SLS
  • SLES
  • MEA
  • DEA
  • TEA
  • EDTA
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