Hey fellow dog owners! It's spring, and that means our dogs become shedding monsters. It appears that the further north you live, the more fur your dog will shed in the spring months. Having moved from Minnesota to Charlotte, our dogs have been shedding like crazy! We love how warm and sunny it is here compared to the far north, but it comes at a price.
In this blog article, we will revisit some of the things we've discussed before, and go into some new tips and tricks as well. Let's dive right in!
Super Stinky, Hot Dogs
Part I- Bathing Your Dogs
No one likes a smelly house. But putting your dog in the bath tub can be a real pain in the butt. They make a mess, get you soaked, bark/whine, and sometimes get really itchy afterwords. But here are a few products that we have come across that could work wonders for your bath time woes!
ConairPRO Dog Delux Pet Washer ($27.99):
This products hooks into a connector piece that fits in behind your shower head. Instead of using an old plastic cup and filling the bath tub up with water to rinse the shampoo off, try this easy to use and position sprayer. The product has an 8ft hose with a full body spray setting that makes rinsing all the shampoo off (a vital step to bathing your dog) much easier and more efficient! We also sell the Rinse Ace version, which has a connector that works outside on your hose spigot if you dread the idea of bathing your dog indoors!
Rinse Ace Pet Shampoo Mit ($5.50):
Instead of using your hands and trying to lather up the shampoo or wasting a bunch of it, try out this easy glove. It is soft and flexible and lasts a long time. It is also great for flea and tick shampoos so that you don't have to come in contact with any of those disgusting insects.
Rinse Ace Bathing Tethers ($8.25):
Is your pup an escape artist? Is half of your time in the tub spent trying to keep the dog in place? Then you may want to try and one of these guys out. For only $8 it is definitely worth a try! You just attach the huge suction cups to the side of the bath tub and attach the straps to your dog's collar.
Aroma Paws Shampoo Line ($12.99):
If you have a dog with itchy skin, you should not be using store bought shampoos. Most of the shampoo in a normal pet store will have trace amounts of salt and other unpronounceable products in them- making your dog itch after bath time. All natural shampoos should last you longer too- the lack of "fillers" helps the shampoo foam up better. We describe the benefits of each shampoo we sell- some are for itchy dogs, some for fluffier fur, some even for skunk smell removal! Check out our filters on the side panel!
Part II- No Time for a Bath?
If you're like me and hate going through the motions of giving your dogs a bath, even with those helpful products, then do what we do- give your dogs what we call the "Spray Bath"! We pair a few products together and can all but eliminate even the stinkiest smells after a day at the dog park! If you haven't tried these products, I'm not sure what you're waiting for!
Step 1- Aroma Paws Organic Face, Coat, and Paw Wash ($11.99):
Take a wash cloth, fold it a few times, and dispense a bunch of this stuff all over it. Then wipe down your dog all over. They should love it- it's like a mini-massage! This product can be used everywhere except around the eyes (it might burn a bit). Once the dirt and stink is wiped off, it's onto step 2!
Step 2- Brush Your Dog with a FURminator (Prices vary depending on size):
The greatest comb we've ever tried (and we've tried a lot of combs), this thing takes all the loose hair off your dog...including the hair in the "undercoat". Groomers charge $10-$15 to do this service because it could literally take 30 minutes. I've had HUGE piles of hair after using this comb.
Step 3- Make Your Dog Smell Amazing with a Dry Shampoo! ($12.50)
We actually call these "Deodorizing Coat Sprays" because that's more what they're doing. After your dog has been thoroughly brushed, spray this all over them and rub it in. More hair will probably come off, so this helps get whatever remaining fur off as well. We choose to keep with the all natural sprays instead of the ones you can find in some stores because of the alcohol that's in them. Alcohol has the same effect as salt in shampoo- it dries your dog out.
That's it! Three steps, and depending on how long it takes you to brush your dog, this could take as little as 3 minutes!
Cleaning Up after the Fur Monsters!
Vacuum of Choice
The vacuum we recommend for fur is hands down the Shark Rocket Pro (linked to Walmart, we don't sell them). It was a wedding gift from my parents, and I think it was around $200. The suction is great and very tightly sealed, so vacuuming doesn’t release all kinds of pollen and garbage into the air. There is a great attachment for the stairs if you have carpeted stairs like us. Also, the vacuum tank is easy to dump out with a few clicks, and believe me it needs to be dumped often because of all the hair it picks up. We've used it for over a year now and it shows no signs of slowing down. I know people usually turn to the Dyson pet vacuums, but why spend all that money when this product is out there?
Clean Up Your Couch and Car Seats!
People hate sitting somewhere and getting fur all over themselves. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to take care of your dog’s fur before someone sits on your couch or rides in your car. The best product for doing so- the 3M Scotch-Brite “Fur Fighter" (linked to Target, we don't sell them). The tool is $7 and comes with a few cleaning sheets. This is an absolute must have for any pet owners. The sheets attach to the main black piece, you slide the tool over the couch, and the microfibers pick up TONS of hair. This is probably the greatest pet owner product out there. I wish we sold it!
We've had blog posts about these products in the past, but this is something I'm asked about a lot. Bath time is something that all owners dread, but hopefully these products can make your life a bit easier. As for the sprays and dry shampoos, I definitely recommend trying some. They last a really long time even though they are a bit on the pricey side. We've had our sample deodorizing coat spray for months now and have given both of our dogs countless "Spray Baths".
Let us know if you have any questions or need a recommendation for your furry household! Happy spring!
Matt and Penny
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