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For groomers: Selecting Dog Shampoo

Selecting dog shampoo

For groomers – What to know

Selecting dog shampoo for your pet grooming salon is a balance of fitting your budget while finding the best product available. When clients entrust their dogs to you, it is very important to deliver a high quality experience and return their best friend perfectly coiffed. We understand that you are running a business and therefore want the very best quality for the price. Our shampoos are safe, effective, and allow you to deliver a beautiful-looking pet each and every time.

For any dog groomer, one of the cornerstones of the grooming experience is the bath. The shampoo you use needs to outperform and satisfy your expectations as well as those of your most discerning clients. We know you have many choices when it comes to selecting dog shampoo for your salon: fragrance or fragrance-free, tearless, de-matting, de-shedding, deodorizing . . . how do you choose?

Avoid cheap dog shampoos

You may already know that buying the cheapest shampoo available can sometimes cost you a client’s business. Additionally, buying a lower quality shampoo risks adverse reactions in pets, which will not make for happy clients. They want for their pet to have the cleanest fur and skin, the best smell, and for them to be as safe as possible.

Here at Les Poochs, we know groomers. We know that you work hard for your money, and that your money should work hard for you. We also know you can be overwhelmed with many options when selecting dog shampoo to use in your business, and want to educate yourself on the important differences.

Avoid selecting dog shampoo containing soap

It is critical that you read labels and understand each and every ingredient. When selecting dog shampoo for your salon, make sure any shampoos you choose have safe ingredients for dogs, that they do not contain soap, and that they leave a dog’s coat looking and feeling luxurious.

Les Poochs shampoos are of the highest quality. We do not use any soap in them, since we know that soap can be drying to a dog’s coat and skin, and leave an unpleasant residue. Instead, our shampoos contain surfactant.

What is surfactant, and why is it important in a dog shampoo?

Surfactant-based shampoos promote lather and do not produce any suds at all. This is advantageous because suds and bubbles from soap are what causes residue and dandruff (dry, flaky skin) on a dog coat.

Our shampoos will give your clients’ pets the shiniest coat possible. You will also find that our shampoos are luxuriously fragrant, but not overbearing, with a pleasant and fresh scent.

We want your clients’ dogs to have “The best care” for THEIR “best friend.”

Salt water safety for your dog

Salt water safety dogs fur skin

During the summer months, it is fun to go on a vacation with your pet. Many of us head to the beach for a day trip or an extended stay.  If you visit a dog-friendly beach, your dog is going to love running in the sand, chasing seagulls, and might even charge right into the waves.

Salt water safety for your dog – Is salt water safe for their fur and skin?

We always recommending checking with your groomer and veterinarian before exposing your dog’s skin and fur to a new experience. Generally, salt water can be safe for your dog’s fur and skin.  But before you let your dog play in the water, make sure to bring towels and shampoo with you to ensure you remove any salt water and sand, which can be irritating.

Additionally, as a precaution, be very careful not to allow your dog to play in the water too long.  As with humans, salt water is dangerous for a dog to consume, and can result in dehydration and ingestion of other substances that are toxic to their internal systems.  Make sure your dog is well-hydrated before entering the water and watch closely to make sure they are not swallowing the salt water as they play.

You may also find yourself spending time poolside this summer, and wondering if it is safe to let your dog swim in chlorinated water.  Check with your vet and groomer for your dog, and if you get the OK, then they will probably love a dip in the pool.  However, be sure to rinse them off immediately after swimming, and also give them a good brushing.