WHY IT IS IMPORANT TO START GROOMING AS SOON AS YOU GET YOUR DOG OR NEW PUPPY
As with anything else with a new puppy or dog, if they are young enough to be imprinted or they are the age of needing training, grooming is a part of your everyday puppy’s life. It is important for them stand calmly and relaxed for bathing, brushing their hair, cleaning ears, eyes, feet, and even around the tail. The more you do this at a younger age, the more likely your puppy will come to enjoy this time as bonding time and not an experience he has to run from, because of the water or brush. A good tip is for two to three minutes, two or three times a day, run your hands over his entire body with a brush, practice opening his mouth, wiping over his eyes and wiping in his ears, and even cleaning his rear end and tail. Remember, positive reinforcement is what is going to work here, not negative. If in the beginning he doesn’t like the brush on his fur, just simply put the brush down, let him relax and come back with a softer brush to try again. Again, having a treat as a reward will assist in the process.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN POWDER SHAMPOO for DOGS
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp. arrowroot powder
2 tbsp. baking soda
½ cup cornmeal
1/4 cup rice flour
1/2 to 1 cup oatmeal ( I like to blend my oatmeal on its own first to ensure we get a nice uniform mixture and not just dry oatmeal this is great for soothing skin.)
Dry Shampoo and refresher powder
15 drops citronella
10 drops lemon
10 drops rosemary
20 drops tee tree
8 drops Lavender
The trick with making this powder is to sift all your ingredients and then once blended you need to let it sit for 24 hr. till you can sift again then fill up a shaker bottle to use as a powder container. Look for old glass shakers at flea markets
Why does Dry Pet Shampoo works? Simple- by Rubbing the powder deep into your pet’s fur. The granules bind to the dirt, oil and odor which can then be easily brushed out. Dry Shampoo does not leave behind any sticky residue and thus prevents quick re-soiling.
Combine ingredients in a blender if you have one if not I like to use a hand mixing style of bottle like the ones used to mix powder drinks just do not add liquid. Make sure you have a tight fitting lid. Shake or blend vigorously to ensure all your ingredients are well mixed. Brush your dog thoroughly with a natural bristle brush to remove any loose dirt.
Sprinkle Dry pet shampoo uniformly on a small area of your pet. Rub it in with a clean dry brush, warm towel or your fingers in slow, circular movements. Then proceed to the next area. BE SURE TO KEEP OUT OF EYES & EARS!
Leave for 20 minutes. Allow 50 minutes in the case of heavy odor. Should the powder fall into your carpet then simply vacuum afterwards it will also leave a fresh smell on your carpet?
Then Brush your dog thoroughly with a natural bristle brush to remove powder with the dirt and dander is has collected.
Warning: Suitable for all pets. Always be sure to test a small area for reactions. Use contents within a short time. This recipe produces enough Dry Shampoo for 1 medium sized dog.
Combine ingredients in a glass container with tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously to blend scent into powder. Follow above directions.
Make sure you purchase a non-shatter style glass container that you are able to place a shaker top when ready to use.