Keeping a white dog clean can be tough, especially for breeders, owners and handlers who show their dogs. Bichon frises, West Highland white terriers and white standard poodles all need to look their whitest in the show ring. And when you and your household pose for that beautiful holiday portrait, you want your furry family member to shine, too. Fortunately, you can keep your dog's fur sparkling white and even eliminate the tear stains around its eyes.
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Things you need
- Orvus paste soap
- 1-gallon jug
- 4-cup measuring cup
- Equus shampoo
- Equus moisturising spray
- Blow dryer
- Tear-stain removal product
- Cotton swab
- Cotton ball
Mix 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Orvus paste soap, 2 drops of bluing and 59.1ml of glycerine in a 4-cup measuring cup, according to the Show Dogs website.
Dump the mixture into a 1-gallon jug. Keep adding warm water until the jug is full.
Bathe the dog with the mixture twice. Leave it on for 10 minutes during the second bath.
Bathe the dog once with the Equus shampoo, leaving it on for 10 minutes. Rinse it out of the dog's fur.
Blow the dog almost completely dry with a blow dryer, leaving the dog damp.
Spray the dog with the Equus moisturising spray, combing it into the fur. Blow the dog dry the rest of the way.
Apply the tear stain removal product with either a cotton swab or ball, following the directions on the product, according to the Dog Buffs website.
Tips and warnings
- Try cornstarch, according to the Dog Tricks, Tips and Insights website to get your dog's fur white. Rub enough cornstarch into your dog's coat to distribute evenly with your hands. Massage it through the coat until any loose powder falls off.
- Or, mix a bottle of cream peroxide and powdered bleach. Work into a thick paste and rub into your dog's coat with a comb or brush. Leave the mixture on the dog's fur for about 20 minutes (no longer) and then wash the mixture completely out, says the Show Dogs site. Apply cream rinse afterward and dry.
- If you use the peroxide and bleach method, wear rubber gloves when you're applying the bleach mixture to your dog, and do not get any of the mixture on the dog's skin because it will burn.
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