I will never understand why my adorable dog LOVES to roll around in nasty, dirty, gross things. She manages to find a nice pile of yuck and roll around in it with glee and excitement. And after this joyful event comes the unpleasant part - the bath. My dog really dislikes getting a bath, so I try to get it done as quickly as possible, which is not always easy. *SIGH*
One of the challenges of traditional liquid dog shampoo is that you really need more than two hands. Pour the soap in one hand, use a second hand to try to lather it up, and a third hand to prevent your dog from trying to get out of the tub. Well, I don't have three hands and can't always time the dog baths when someone else is around to help.
Many times I have used too much liquid shampoo so the rinsing part of the process takes FOREVER!
When I discovered that I could make dog shampoo in bar form, it made this task a LOT easier. You hold the soap in one hand and after getting the dog and soap a little wet, rub the soap to create a bubbly lather. You will have one hand free to hold onto your dog! And it is really hard to use too much, so the rinsing step is easier and faster.
I intentionally do not use any fragrance in my dog shampoo. Some dogs can have a reaction to essential oils like tea tree oil, and their sense of smell is so powerful that any fragrance may be overwhelming to their noses. I never understood why some dog groomers use such strong fragrances on dogs. They are overwhelming to me and can only imagine how unpleasant that is for a dog.
In addition, I add neem oil (a natural flea and tick repellent) and ground oatmeal to make it beneficial for their hair and skin. The pH of soap is higher than a dog's skin, so some dogs may benefit from a quick rinse of diluted apple cider vinegar (a part vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle). Be sure to rinse off the vinegar afterwards. I have found that my dog does not need this step as her hair is soft and shiny without it, but some dogs may benefit from the rinse.
I just loving using shampoo in bar form on my dog! Have you ever tried shampoo in this form on your dog?