Dry dog shampoo is all the rage, but does it really work?
How exactly is a powder supposed to clean your dog? Does dry dog shampoo work as well as a bath? Is it safe?
I know. I had all these questions myself before I started using dry shampoo on Kolchak.
Let’s be real. Giving your dog a bath isn’t always the easiest task! Kol hates getting clean. It seems like he works hard to build up that weird dog smell and when I try to wash it off he takes it as a personal offense. He’s not the only one. So many dogs HATE a bath, try to escape and want it to be over as quickly as possible.
Dry shampoo for dogs can be a really great solution for a quick freshen up, but it’s not a replacement for good grooming habits and regular baths.
What is the difference between dry shampoo and a water bath?
Waterless or dry dog shampoo work by absorbing excess oils from your dog’s fur.
Pros: quick, easy and convenient
Cons: Does not actually clean or remove dirt, can dry out skin & fur
Wet baths work by removing the dirt from your dog’s fur and washing it away.
Pros: An actually clean dog, can be better for skin and fur
Cons: Can be messy or difficult for some dogs, wet dogs are a hassle
How often is too often to give your dog a waterless bath?
Since dry shampoo works by absorbing oil, using it too often will lead to dry skin and since it’s not actually cleaning your dog, you still have a dirty dog in your house which is not ideal.
I use dry shampoo on Kolchak no more often than once a month. I make sure he gets a real soap and water bath (which can seriously help to reduce shedding) or a bath with our Bark Bath at least once every 4 – 6 weeks, so he’s squeaky clean and he smells great.
Do you use dry shampoo on your dog? Which kind do you love? Share your tips for making it work GREAT.
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