Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day Bio-Groom Waterless Pet Shampoo and man do I love this stuff. I have never been big on bathing dogs very often. The canine is a species that seldom bathes in the wild yet remains fairly clean. I always marveled at how amazing the pelt of a healthy fox or coyote was during my trapping days, who bathes them?
Yet domestic dogs do need bathing at times, mostly though good brushing with a simple hair brush and deshedding with something like the FURminator is all you need. Still there are those times when the dog simply stinks.
A few years ago during a pretty cold fall period, I do not know what Charlie got into but he stunk, not awful but not good either. Specifically around his head and neck, he smelled like well, um, a combination of rotten nasty popcorn and Cheetos that sat in the garbage too long. We know he didn’t actually get into the garbage, though it happens. I don’t know what happened but I knew something had to be done.
There was also a cold snap coming on, now I don’t know if you have ever tried bathing a 100 pound Pit Bull Mix when the temps are sub 50 degrees with a garden hose. Specifically one that doesn’t want to be bathed, but it isn’t fun!
Fortunately I had just started looking for a new waterless shampoo and had already ordered this, it was due in that day so Charlie and I were both spared the hose on a very cold day. He spent a great deal of time outside until the UPS man came with his shampoo.
I started with a brief deshedding as he doesn’t need much. I then sprayed him all over, sprayed my own hands and wiped it on around his head, ears, face and neck so I didn’t get it in his eyes. He didn’t really like it but was agreeable with it, I then brushed him down and no more stink and a shinny happy dog.
Lucy and Max went next and both looked and smelled great after the procedure. The great part? Doing all three dogs took less than 15 minutes and no chasing anyone down and trying to subdue a 100 pit mix let alone a 150 pound German Shepherd under a hose spraying cold water on a cold day.
I now use Bio-Groom Waterless Pet Shampoo on our dogs about twice a month and they have grown to tolerate it. Getting a biscuit as soon as they are done helps a lot, “I don’t like being sprayed but man I love those treats” thinking works with the canine brain. Charlie actually loves getting sprayed now, the other two again just tolerate it.
Here is the procedure I recommend. If your dog needs some deshedding or under coat removed do that first with something like the FURminator. Then spray them all over, again I recommend using hands to apply near the face, neck, head etc. Just spray on your hands and wipe it on them. Then brush well. Done.
On brushing, while I love the FURminator for deshedding, most dog brushes are over priced junk. I use a people brush for my dogs for general brushing and it cost a whopping $6. Any brush of this style with open bristles will work just fine.
So if you want your bow wows shiny, clean and good smelling without the hassle, time and fight of a bath, give Bio-Groom Waterless Pet Shampoo a try today. This is a product with almost 300 reviews, a 4.5 star rating so you know it is quality product.
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P.S. – Also you can get this stuff by the gallon as well. Now that I am totally settled on it that is what I do it is far cheaper that way and any standard spray bottle works fine. Just make sure to label your bottle so you don’t make a mistake. It is blue and could be confused with certain household cleaners otherwise. Just use a trusty sharpie marker.