Today I’m asking questions, to prove I don’t know everything. Oh, alright – there’s very little I actually KNOW. But this is more of a preference issue. How do you wash your dog?
To take your dog to a dog wash? To a groomer? Or to launder your dog at home?
I’ll tell you what we do, what we’ve done, what I’d LOVE to do, and what I’ll probably never do again. But I’m genuinely interested in hearing from you. Since, y’know, I don’t know much.
Different dogs have different grooming needs. Smaller dogs seem to need more … attention. Fussy primping. Am I wrong? Please tell me I’m wrong. But so many small dogs seem to have hair instead of fur, meaning they need it washed, cut, styled. Maybe it’s just the small dogs that I know.
We took Flash and Patches to the groomer once. Once. The cost about killed me. Being Aussie mixes, they have a long double coat of fur and shed all year long. A friend recommended we try defurmination, so we did. It was WONDERFUL. And probably worth every penny. But I went hunting for an undercoat brush after that and have been quite pleased with the ten bucks I spent on a brush. Defurmination is a special washing, then a fancy undercoat brush, then another brushing. Or something. It’s mysterious. It must be a magical secret. Our dogs each probably lost a third of their size in volume at the groomer’s. I kid you not. I don’t give them the same attention to detail, but I do try to brush them weekly. The results aren’t pretty.
I would do the groomer’s again in a heartbeat if I could afford it. But a little extra elbow grease doesn’t kill me, so I brush at home.
We’ve done the dog wash thing a handful of times, usually before a trip when we don’t have time to wrestle with them in the backyard or we’re on our way out of town.
They don’t really care for the process. It’s a great idea, and it’s not too expensive, but for a 55 pound dog with a ton of fur, the dog wash just doesn’t work. We never get enough time, water, soap, rinse, to finish cleaning our dogs. Similar to a car wash, but not suited to every dog. Not to ours, anyway. Anyone have a different, better experience you’d like to share?
Laundering the dog at home is probably my least favorite of all, but the one we do every month or so. More frequently in summer, since the dogs get stinky then. Closest we can tell, the doggy stink is bacterial, something like athlete’s foot. Bathing more frequently, with a white vinegar and water rinse, to kill bacteria, helps a lot. And their coats are softer after the vinegar. They don’t smell like pickles AT ALL.
So that’s what we do, what we’ve done. I’m always open to alternatives. Please share with me what works for you? PLEASE? This is probably me least favorite part of being a dog mom. Thanks.
Until I write again …