Do’s And Dont’s To Consider When Shampooing Your Canine Friend


  1. Try to purchase dog shampoos made with detergents because they work best on canine skin, support the dog’s skin without irritating it, and they don’t disrupt the skin’s pH balance.
  2. Take a little extra time to look over the label to make sure the product is pH-balanced especially for dogs. If you find dog shampoos that contain natural skin moisturizers, including vitamin E or aloe vera, this can be an extra soothing added bonus for your dog.
  3. Try sticking with quality dog shampoos. Most manufacturers will usually request that when applying on your dog that you dilute the shampoo with some added water. A little bit goes a long way and you do not need a lot to give a good quality bath.
  4. With there being so many types of canine shampoo out on the market, it is always best to check with your veterinarian or breeder for some good recommendations. Some types of shampoo are for: hypoallergenic conditions or formulas specifically created for dry, oily, or long coats.


  1. Try to avoid soap when bathing your dog due to the higher pH and alkaline it
    contains. It also, tends to be a little harsh on your canine friends skin by raising the pH balance, as well as, disrupting the protective natural acid mantle of your dog’s skin.
  2. Avoid saving any mixture of diluted shampoo to avoid any bacterial growth.
  3. Avoid human shampoos. It can irritate your dogs skin and cause allergies and make your dogs coat dry, itchy, and dull.
  4. Stay clear of dish soap when bathing your canine friend. This degreaser can irritate a dog’s skin and also strip it of it natural oils that maintain sufficient hydration to keep the coat soft and lustrous.

Taken from the American Kennel Club