I was wondering your opinions on people shampoo and conditioner VS. dog shampoo and conditioner. Thanks!!
Hi, I am not quite sure I get the sarcasm ( running for cover)....sorry :fish:
I used Pantene smooth & sleek on Flash for many months. I chose it because I remembered my breeder explaining the difference between fur and hair. I thought, since poodles have hair, I should be able to use my own shampoo on him! So that's what I did. I didn't actually know anyone else had done it until recently.The reason I ask is because my breeder recommended pantene...she says it doesn't dry them out.
Good point, I never thought to mention that. I dilute everything because it's too hard to work it through the coat or rinse it out properly otherwise. Even my Plum Perfect comes in this thick, shampooey goo, so I water it down until it's quite runny. I like my shampoo as watery as possible while still producing a lather when scrubbed in the dog's coat.I use dog shampoo and Pantene (in the brownish gold bottle that says for African American Hair) for conditioner. If you do decide to use human products, make sure it's really diluted. I made the mistake of not diluting the conditioner enough the first time I washed and dried him myself. The next time I get shampoo and conditioner, though, I'm going to try the Chris Christensen Products.
It was indeed once true that frequent bathing would strip the coat of sebum, the natural oil that keeps the dogs skins and coat in top condition. However, many advances in the chemistry of dog shampoo have made this a thing of the past. As long as you're using a quality, mild shampoo and conditioning well you shouldn't have any problems. My own dog has had a bath every week since he was 8 weeks old and he's never had the barest hint of skin or coat problems.I had a pro groomer on a general pet forum get all over me for bathing my Maltese every week. She told me he only needs to be bathed once a month.:scared: (I can't imagine how gross and miserable he would be if I let him go that long.) Her boss breeds "MiKis and they are part Maltese so she knows." She obviously didn't know what she was talking about. And she supposedly shows Miniature Aussies!?! I wonder what she thinks of the show dogs being bathed 2-3 times in one weekend?