De-Stink Your Dog in Three Minutes Without a Bath!
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De-Stink Your Dog in Three Minutes Without a Bath!

Posted by Matthew Ruggiero on

Giving a dog a bath can take a lot of time and effort. Therefore, people go two directions- dog groomers or no baths. The groomer direction can get very expensive very quickly, and the no baths just doesn't work out for anyone. Have you ever had people over and they have a disgusted look on their face when they look at their hand after petting your dog? Yeah- you need to clean you dog. But how can you do it in a quick and efficient manner? Good news, we have the answer for you!

Dirty Smelly Dog

Since we live in Minnesota, our dogs are constantly exposed to water- lots of rain and snow up here. We are in the "snow" part, and every time they go outside and play, they come in smelling wet and musty. Dogs get smelly like humans after exercise, so it's not a surprise that my extremely active dogs smell often. They are both petrified of baths, so we had to come up with another way to make their coats smell nice, especially around the holidays when people come over. 

Enter the Penny's Choice Three Minute Cleaning system! We have chosen a few products that can be used quickly, without the trauma or time requirement of a bath, to help your dogs smell nice for your friends and family this holiday season!

Step 1- Spray the Dirty, Smelly Dog 

First we use the Aroma Paws Dry Dog Shampoo (but any of our dry shampoo products should work). It's a great smelling all natural product made without any harsh chemicals. This is extremely important when using dry shampoos, as a lot of them have some questionable ingredients in them. The way they get the odor and oils out is pretty harsh compared to these all natural remedies. 

Spray a good bit on all visible areas of the dog's coat, keeping the product clear of the eyes and ears (it would be like getting hair spray in your eyes!). 

Penny sprayed with dry dog shampoo

Penny gets so excited to be sprayed because she knows that it's time for step two!

Step Two- Rub/Comb in the Dry Shampoo

Now that the dry shampoo has saturated your dog's coat and fur, you need to massage the product in with your hands. Spend a little time doing this, it will help your dog associate this process with one of relaxation and attention!

Once that's done, take your FURminator dog comb and brush your dog thoroughly. This step is not required for the Three Minute De-Stink, but there is no better time to brush your dog than after a dry shampoo has been applied. Brushing your dog with dry fur can lead to static and scratchy skin, so wetting it with products like these can help the effectiveness of the comb. You actually will get tons of fur on your hands when you just massage with your hands, so even not using a comb works OK too. 

Furminator deshedding dog comb

Do we have the cutest puppy model in the world or what?

Step 3- Condition Your Dog's Coat

In Step three, we use the Dog Fur Conditioning Treatment. This product is an all natural leave-in conditioner, similar to hand oils that humans use. It keeps the fur soft and the skin from becoming itchy and works great. It does not have any odor to it, so the dry shampoo smell stays (you aren't using competing smells). With this product we want to put a very small amount on our hand- a little bit goes a long way, and we don't want our dog to become greasy. 

Leave in dog conditioner

Similar to step 2, rub this all over your dog's coat and massage it in. You will probably get more fur off, since this ends up being somewhat sticky on your hands. Depending on the size of your dog, use more than what is shown in the picture. Start small, you can always add more but you can't take what you've put on, off.


If you have a dog that hates being brushed, this system should help. They can now associate this five minutes as a time where they get rubbed, petted, and massaged. The combing is only a small part of it. 

That's it! Simple and very effective. If your dog is not only stinky but super muddy/dirty, try the Organic Face, Coat, and Paw Wash. This product is similar to the leave in conditioner, but helps remove dirt and grim whereas the conditioner will not. The dry shampoo is only for freshening up a stinky dog and making them not smell so awful. 

Of course, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask! We hope that this system works as well for you as it does for us! I have bundled my favorite dry shampoo, FURminator, and leave-in conditioner so that you can save money when you purchase all three! You can see the bundle here under the Coconut Hawaiian Papaya dry shampoo.

Happy Holidays!

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  • It is the cat version- we had them laying around from having cats for two years prior to our dogs. They’re basically the same width as the medium dog versions. They work so well, we love the furminators.

    Matt on
  • That looks like the cat FURminator! lol I have that one. Any reason you’re using the cat one?

    Cindy Russel on
  • They don’t seem to! When we do this little quick system, the dog’s fur feels super fluffy and they smell nice, but no greasiness. The only thing to watch it the conditioner- if you use too much it can get pretty oily feeling, so start with a small amount like in the picture.

    Matt on
  • This is cool! Do your dry shampoos leave any kind of oils on the fur after you apply them? Like, leave the dog greasy? The one I have now doesn’t seem to absorb in very well.

    Kristen on

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