How to Choose the Right Dog Shampoo

Do you feel an irresistible need to shower your pup as much as yourself? Believe it or not, it’s a common feeling among dog owners.

For each pet owner, picking the best dog shampoo for their furry friend is no laughing matter. It matters to your dog, and it matters to you.

Picking the right shampoo can improve their health and beauty, making it a win-win situation.

Ready to learn the best way to choose a shampoo for your dog? We’re here to help. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about choosing the best dog shampoo out there.

Let’s go!

Choosing the Right Dog Shampoo: Different Coat Types

When shampooing your dog, you want to ensure you use a product specifically designed for dogs. Dog shampoo is different than human shampoo and is formulated to be gentle on a dog’s coat and skin.

You should consider your dog’s coat type when choosing a dog shampoo. There is a multitude of different dog coats with different lengths, thicknesses, and qualities. Some require special products for you to be able to clean them properly. Here are some examples.

Smooth Coat

Smooth coats are short and are close to your pup’s body. This type of coat is smooth and shiny with no texture. Even though this type of coat is easy to maintain due to it being short, dogs with this type of coat frequently shed. Dobermans, Boston Terriers, and Dalmatians have smooth coats.

If your pup has a smooth coat, we recommend using a de-shedding shampoo to assist in your dog’s shedding process.

Heavy Coat

Dogs with heavy coats include Collies, Pomeranians, and Saint Bernards. This coat is a combination of long, thick, and silky hair, which makes this coat prone to mats, knots, and tangles.

In addition to using a de-shedding shampoo, a conditioner should also be used to keep your dog’s coat smooth while you comb it through.

Wire Coat

Wire-coated dogs have a coarse layer of hair around their body, typically short. Breeds that have this coat include Border Terriers, Schnauzers, and Affenpinschers, to name a few.

You must use a coarse coat shampoo if you own a dog with a wire coat. Avoid using a conditioner unless you want your dog’s characteristic rough coat to soften.

Hairless Coat

As the name implies, dogs with this type of coat don’t have fur covering most or even the entirety of their bodies.

Hairless breeds should only be washed with shampoos that are for sensitive skin. There are also sensitive conditioners that you can use to bring moisture back into your dog’s skin.

Double Coat

Double-coated dogs have a harsh outer layer of fur and a thick inner layer, for these breeds are found in harsh weather conditions. Breeds such as Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Huskies, and Shiba Inus have double coats.

Dogs with this type of coat are notorious shedders, that’s why a de-shedding shampoo is essential. Clarifying shampoos will also help in deep cleansing the thick fur which your furry friend has.

Curly/Wavy/Fleece Coat

Dogs with this type of coat do not shed; however, they are prone to tangles and their fur getting matted. That’s why breeds with this coat type require regular baths and grooming. Maltese, Shih Tzu, and Poodles are some breeds with fleece coats.

Volumizing shampoos are great for this coat type as they will body and texture to your pup’s coat. Be sure to also use colognes in between washes to keep your pup smelling fresh.

With all this new information about dog coat types, not only can you choose the best shampoo for your pet, I think you can even open your own pet wash franchise!

Consider How Active Your Dog Is

You should also consider the type of activity your dog engages in.

Indoor family dogs normally don’t require any specialized shampoos. However, we suggest you use a tearless dog shampoo so your pup will be able to enjoy a stress-free bath.

Working dogs require shampoos that are designed to remove dirt and debris. The same goes for pups who love to play outside.

Show dogs require shampoos that enhance the coat’s luster. There are also color-specific shampoos for breeds that are white. And if their coat were to be stained, there are also stain-removing shampoos.

Identifying Any Possible Allergies

There are a few things to consider when selecting the right dog shampoo, especially if your pup has allergies.

First, consult with your veterinarian to get their professional opinion. They will be able to help identify any possible allergies and advise you on the best course of action.

Secondly, read the labels of each shampoo before making a purchase. Look for those that are hypoallergenic and free of any harsh chemicals.

Lastly, ask friends or family members who have dogs with allergies what products they use and recommend.

Frequency of Washing Your Dog With Shampoo

When it comes to choosing the right dog shampoo, you need to consider the frequency of washing your dog.

If you wash your dog once a week, you can definitely get away with using shampoo with a lower volume. However, if you find yourself washing your dog more than once a week, you’ll want to invest in a bigger shampoo that will better meet your dog’s needs.

There is also dry dog shampoo to keep your pup fresh between baths.

The Right Scent

After hours of research and trips to the vet, we think that you have complete knowledge of the type of coat your dog has and if he has allergies. Be sure also to note your pup’s daily activities, as this will help in choosing the perfect dog shampoo for him.

Now, head to your local pet supply store and choose a dog shampoo with the scent you like. Happy bathing!

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