My dogs make it a point to roll in any and every funky thing they come across. Sometimes it can feel as though the second they're clean, they're already taking a lavish roll in something else. Here are few items that have become essential in our household to not only keeping our pets away from chemicals, but saving water and energy along the way. There's a great deal of water loss when washing a large dog or multiple poochies in your house. Especially when you're not bathing just for fun, you're bathing to rid them of "poop-neck" or the odor of dead snake or mouse that they just flung themselves upon. It might seem best to simply fill the bathtub and reuse the same water, but that just makes more of a dead mouse soup. Here are a few things that have helped us along the road to clean dogs:
• Natural or Eco Friendly Shampoo: Dog skin is different than our own, so the same natural shampoos you probably have in your shower won't do the same things for your pet. That said, they do make wonderful green doggie alternatives these days. Here's the new ones from Molly Mutt (though no spray is going to make their dog bed less funky!). Make sure to check the pet store closest to you and read the ingredients! If you wouldn't use it, don't put it on your dog. Good news is, green shampoos tend to work a little better, even if they don't foam up to the same level you're used to.
• Rinse Ace Sprayer: Although there are many doggie shower heads on the market, this one is without all the bells and whistles. There's a button on the side that allows water to flow through and when it's released the water stops. It allows you to put the water right where you want it in exactly the amount you want it (without pulsating or massage settings). $21.60 from Amazon.
• Large Microfiber Towel: Although you can use old towels from your linen closet, if your dog is as large as ours, you'll end up using 4 of them (even if you squeegee all the water off them first!). Instead of laundering that many items, we use one microfiber towel that sucks up a bit more water. You don't have to buy pet specific ones; just check the automotive detailing section of your local big box store for some in slightly smaller sizes (usually for less). This one is on sale at Petsmart for $11.99
Do you have a product, technique or method that has become indispensable in your doggie grooming routine? Let us know in the comments below!