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Sometimes I wonder if other dogs hate baths as much as #WalterBtheJRT does. He behaves well when he’s in the bathtub, but the second we grab a towel from the laundry room he hides or crawls under the dining room table. His hatred for bath time along with his sensitive skin means that I usually try to avoid it if at all possible.
Some of our experiences through fostering (look at all our cute fosters, here) also inspired me to want dry shampoo that I could use on dogs. Sometimes when dogs come out of the shelter they can have an odor that no amount of washing can really alleviate. Plus, dogs don’t really need a bath as often as we think they do. As soon as a dog has an odor our instinct is to bathe them, but their skin and fur really isn’t meant to endure all that primping. Dry shampoo to the rescue!
I like to mix this up and use it on Walter between baths (which he gets about once per month). Use a theraputic grade essential oil (I use Young Living) and switch up the scent depending on what you need. Here are a few of my favorites:
Lavender: a refreshing scent that smells great but is also relaxing for anxious dogs and good for dogs with sensitive skin and can help calm skin issues.
Tea Tree: helps repel fleas! A natural flea preventative.
Peppermint: refreshing and can help alleviate itching from bug bites or allergies. Stimulates circulation and can help with arthritis, dysplasia an other injuries. Also great for motion sickness. (click here to view full post)
3 tbsp baking soda
3 tbsp arrowroot power (I got mine on Amazon)
5-7 drops essential oil
Empty shaker jar (I used an empty Archer Farms spice jar, but you can find a lot of options on Amazon, too)
Combine all of the ingredients inside of your shaker jar and then shake vigorously to disperse the essential oil throughout the mixture. To apply to your dog simply shake a small amount on their fur and then massage into the dog’s skin with your hands. You can also use their favorite dog brush to help work in the powder. I like the rubber-bristled ZoomGroom ($4.99 on Amazon) to really work in the dry shampoo and provide a little therapeutic massage at the same time. The powers will absorb oil or other residue and help remove any odor, while the essential oil provides a refreshing aroma and some aromatherapy for you and your dog. Win, win!