Some dogs absolutely hate baths, some have severely dry skin that cannot tolerate frequent bathing, and others are indoor dogs that simply need freshening up without having to go through the mess and hassle of a bath. Regardless of the reason, you can skip a traditional bath for your dog and instead opt for a dry shampoo that you can make at home.
Dry dog shampoo
Although a wide array of dry dog shampoos are on the market, mixing up your own is a simple and quick way to save a little money. The ingredients are inexpensive and easy to find at your grocery store. Just pick up some cornmeal and baking soda. These ingredients neutralize odor and absorb oil without over drying your dog's skin and coat. Combine 1 cup of each in a lidded container. Shake the container vigorously (make sure that the lid is on securely before shaking) to mix the ingredients thoroughly and create your shampoo.
Using dry shampoo
Now that you have made your shampoo, the next step is using it on your dog. This, too, is a simple task. First, brush your dog's coat thoroughly to remove any loose hair, tangles and mats, and even dry skin. After brushing, sprinkle a small amount of the shampoo onto the dog's rear and hindquarters, working it in by gently massaging with a warm towel. Use the same procedure on the back, front quarters, neck, and head. Be careful not to get the shampoo into your dog's eyes, as it can be irritating. Leave the shampoo on for 20 minutes to one hour, then brush your dog thoroughly again to remove excess shampoo.
Tools to keep on hand
A good dry shampoo cleans and freshens your dog's coat, but you'll need good tools, too, to keep the coat looking its best and to properly work the shampoo in. Many types of brushes are available to groom your dog's coat. Slicker brushes remove dirt, burrs and dry skin. Dematting combs have serrated edges on the teeth that help loosen and remove tangles and mats from the dog's fur. Use the slicker brush and dematting comb before dry shampooing to prep the fur. After shampooing, use a slicker brush again to remove excess shampoo and finish the coat.