Taking your dog to the groomers can be pretty expensive but grooming your dog on your own can be very time-consuming, especially the cleanup that comes after. However, there are some great ways that can help with how to keep your dog clean between baths.
These tips and tricks can cut down on how frequently you need to take your pup in from a wash and clip.
Depending on the breed, brushing your pet is usually a lot less time consuming compared to bathing, especially if you do it a few times a week. Dogs with curly or thick hair may need to be brushed more often in order to avoid tangles or mats, but it’s often worth it. Brushing will remove debris and dirt that can contribute to unwelcome smells and a musty coat.
Since a dog’s coat is basically a magnet for dirt, dust, pollen, debris, and allergens, vacuuming daily can be an excellent way to keep your dog clean between visits to the groomer. We recommend the Oreck upright vacuum.
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Doggy wipes can be incredibly handy and work well to freshen up your dog between baths. These wipes are nontoxic, moisturizing, gentle, and usually smell pretty great. You can use doggy wipes to clean your dog’s pads, paws, and bottom, or you can use a couple of wipes to clean off their entire body.
If you want to freshen up your dog’s coat, keep them clean and deodorize their coat between baths, use a dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is incredibly easy use. Dry shampoo is a powder formula that can be sprayed or sprinkled onto your pet’s coat. It’s then rubbed in and brushed through. The shampoo instantly works by absorbing excess grease, oils, and breaks down grime and dirt, leaving your dog’s coating looking shiny and soft and smelling great.
Perfume for Dogs
Perfumes for dogs is a popular choice for small breed pups who don’t smell so great between baths. These fragrances are designed to be aromatic, light, safe, and long-lasting. Some dog perfume manufacturers even create fragrances for dogs that are designed to mimic popular designer scents. However, if your dog’s skin becomes irritated, make sure you discontinue use immediately. You should never use human cologne or perfume on your pet.
Keeping your dog clean between baths isn’t easy, but it can be done. However, if you’ve done everything to keep your pet clean it will all go out the window if you fail to wash their bedding. Your dog’s blankets and bed should be washed regularly in order to remove body oil, dirt, grass, and other types of debris. If you have the option, buy a bed that comes equipped with a removable cover or one that allows you to wash both the cushioning and the cover. If you allow your pet on the furniture, make sure you use a removable cover, so you can remove it and wash it weekly.
Just like at the groomer’s you should keep up with your pet’s hygiene. This includes cleaning both the teeth and the ears. This is especially important in small breed dogs who are prone to dental problems.
Additionally, if you have a dog with floppy ears, such as a springer spaniel, you’ll want to pay close attention to their ear hygiene because this breed is prone to ear infections.
Floppy ears are also magnets for dirt, debris, oil, foxtails, and fleas. To clean, take some baby oil, pour it on a cotton ball and gently wipe out their ears. Make sure you don’t use too much oil as a dog’s ears can be sensitive just like a human’s.
When it comes to oral hygiene, you can use a toothbrush for dogs and approved dog toothpaste and brush their teeth once daily. Or, you can use dental chews, which can be a much easier way to maintain oral health.
Freshening Up Your Pet’s Coat
If you’re brushing your dog’s coat regularly, why not use a foam or spray to freshen up their coat and take out some of the mats?
If you don’t want to buy expensive dry dog shampoo, you can make your own. To do, mix half a cup of baking soda with one cup of cornstarch and half a cup of salt. Mix well then take your dog outside and work it thoroughly through his or her coat. Leave the mixture in for ten minutes, then comb or brush it out.
For a touch of fragrance try adding a few drops of rosemary, lavender, or eucalyptus essential oils. Not only will one of these oils leave your pet smelling fresh, but they can also scare off ticks and fleas as well.
Oatmeal can be a great choice for a dirty dog with skin issues. To use, cook up the oatmeal, adding about twenty percent more water than you normally would, leaving the oatmeal with a soup consistency. Allow the oatmeal to cooldown. Take your dog outdoors and smear their entire coat with the oatmeal, making sure to rub it in well. In order to prevent your dog from licking the oatmeal off put an Elizabethan collar on your dog until the mixture dries. Once the oatmeal is dry, brush the dried oatmeal out of their coat and it will remove the built-up dirt and grease with it.
Baby Powder to the Rescue
Using baby powder works much the same as a basic dry shampoo. The talc will stick to the dirt and grease and can be combed out. Another option is baby oil. You can add some baby oil to a soft cloth and rub it all over their coat to remove dander and dirt. However, we don’t recommend using this method if your dog normally has oily skin. Additionally, one drawback of using this method is the fact that any remaining baby oil can end up attracting more dirt, so make sure you only use a very small amount.