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  • Honestly I've used lots of different puppy shampoos and it doesn't seem to matter lol.  They're all a little gentler than adult shampoos.  The more expensive ones tend to have a thicker consistency so you don't have to use as much.  Other than that I'd just get one that you like the smell of ;)  

    The Burt's Bees one is a good unscented one if you are sensitive to scents.

    The "Pet Head" puppy shampoo is heavily orange scented (and personally I LOVE the smell, smells like an orange creamsicle).  

    • Thank you so much!!  I love the smell of orange ♥️

  • You will read comments online about shampooing your dog with everything from Dawn dish soap to castile soap to cheap human shampoos to the most expensive dog only shampoos. The pH of dog skin is very different to that of human skin. While our skin has a pH of around 5.5 to 5.6, your dog's skin is much more neutral, averaging a pH of between 6.2 and 7.4.1 Shampoos formulated for humans are much more acidic than those for dogs, and using a human shampoo can upset the balance of a dog's skin.

    Having said all that....I like Tropiclean, Burts Bees, Earthbath, and an occasional medicated shampoo for itchiness. It really is up to you, just like deciding your own shampoo. 

    • Thank you so much!!  This was very helpful!

  • An easy way to evenly distribute the shampoo is to pre-dilute it in a squirt bottle.  That way you don't have a high concentration of shampoo in one area and need to keep adding more until it's really hard to rinse off. It's really important to thoroughly rinse. 

    • Love this idea!! Thank you!

  • I like to browse the shampoos at Marshall's.  They often have great prices on large bottles.  Quality varies, though.  I bought a great big bottle with pump dispensor but it has too much of whatever ingredient makes a liquid soap jelly like.

    Speaking of diluting.  I remember someone connecting one of those weed spray thingies (no weed stuff in it obviously, was purchased empty) to a hose and using that to dilute just right and hose the dog at the same time.  I don't quite have the right shower parts to make that work, but if you or anyone else in the house is handy with DIY stuff that always sounded really great to me!

    • Ohhhh that's really neat!!

  • So, this doesn't really answer the question, but I do want to throw it out there. 
    I have owned dogs since 1977. All have been long haired breeds, purebred Poodles and Poodle mixes. 
    I have never in 43 years bathed a dog. 
    The closest I have ever come is rinsing feet (and once, the "undercarriage", as I like to call it) in the kitchen sink or with JD, the bathtub. With warm water alone. 
    My dogs never ever get bathed more frequently than once every 6 weeks, at the groomer's, unless there is a health issue that requires more frequent bathing, like JD's Atopy. 
    All of my dogs have had luxurious, shiny coats. People used to ask me what I used on JD's coat to keep it so shiny. The answer is, nothing, other than good food, Omega 3 fatty acids, and lots of brushing. 
    I know it's sometimes hard for people not to compare dogs to humans in terms of hygiene, but dogs really really do not need to be bathed all that often. Dogs don't sweat. Their skin is very different from ours. They do need to be thoroughly brushed several times a week.
    Obviously, if a dog gets skunked or a puppy poops in his crate and gets it all over himself, you need to bathe them. 
    But even getting muddy is not a reason a dog needs to be shampooed, IMO. 
    And I will add that my unbathed dogs sleep in my bed. 
    I am really wondering why a 9 week old puppy, who I'm hoping has not been with you more than one week, needs to be shampooed. Typically, a good breeder will have bathed and sent the puppies home clean.
    I'm truly not being critical, just curious. 

    • I don't bathe my dog because she "needs" it herself.  I bathe her because *I* need it and it doesn't harm her.  There is just a certain feeling to her coat after a 2-3 weeks or so where it feels dirtier.  Boca's chin sometimes will get crusty, or her behind gets stinky/gross/dingleberries.  It's not enough for me to just wipe it.  Or she will roll to scratch her back in the dirt/grass outside.  And when the water runs as brown as it does at times, I'm GLAD I bathed her.  Plus she comes to the office with me and I want her cleaner for that.  So I bathe her probably every 2-3 weeks, sometimes go a full month when I'm procrastinating.   

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