If your normally sparkling white dog is sporting more of a dreary cream, beige or even yellow color, it may be time for a doggie makeover. She can’t go to the doggie park without looking her best. What will all the other doggies say?
Begin the doggie day at the spa with a good brushing to remove any dirt or matted hair. The type of brush you use will depend on your dog’s coat. For long or curly-haired dogs, choose a slicker brush. Rakes work for dogs with a thick coat and are able to penetrate the undercoat. Use a bristle brush on dogs with short, smooth coats.
Place your dog into the bathtub and, using a spray nozzle, wet her coat thoroughly. If your shower does not have a spray hose, use a pitcher or cup for water. Begin with the head, making sure to avoid spraying water in the eyes, nose and ears. Work your way down the back and feet, making sure she is wet down to the skin.
Massage in the hypoallergenic shampoo. Rinse thoroughly. Using the whitening shampoo, target the white areas and areas where stains are present. Follow the leave-in instructions on the bottle. Rinse thoroughly. You may have to repeat this for a few weeks before she reaches her optimum color.
Apply doggie conditioner as directed. Conditioner seals the hair shafts and keeps the hair from collecting dirt.
Remove your fresh and clean princess from the bathtub and give her a good dry with the towel. You may choose to use a hair dryer on the lowest setting to make sure she is completely dry. Wet hair is more prone to collecting dirt. Once she is completely dry, give her another good brush.
Sprinkle a little cornstarch over her coat if she is still looking a little dingy. Massage the cornstarch into her coat and then brush again to remove excess powder. She should now be bright, white and ready to hit the doggie park with pride.
- If your little princess has a bad habit of getting her whites dirty, consider giving her a quick wipe down with a wet washcloth when she comes in from outside.
- While people shampoo will get your dog clean, they are not made for a dog’s skin pH. Many also contain fragrances that can irritate dog’s skin. Make sure to choose a quality dog shampoo
Deborah Lundin is a professional writer with more than 20 years of experience in the medical field and as a small business owner. She studied medical science and sociology at Northern Illinois University. Her passions and interests include fitness, health, healthy eating, children and pets.