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My home shower routine needs to level up. Basil kicked over the diluted shampoo in the middle of getting soaked, so I just did conditioner this week.

My shower shampoo diluting containers got us through puppy hood (see below). We're taking a budget DIY approach.

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I was thinking of using some old water bottles with a closed lid and squeeze nosle.. like the green/orange iconic gatorade bottles you see football players drink from.

Basil's my first dog, so we're learning together -- and in collaboration with the PF community. It takes a village to raise a poodle.

When you give your furbaby a bath a home, what kind of container do you prefer to use to hold the diluted soap & conditioner?

Furbaby in question--
"Just woke up and rolled out of bed"
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We use nature specialities plum silk & almond crisp and follow their dilution recommendations. Basil's 7mo old & 38#s.
 

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There are inexpensive plastic squeeze bottles -- think restaurant condiment containers -- available at Walmart. This is what I use when diluting shampoo. The versions sold by grooming suppliers are more expensive and come with markings that show the correct dilution ratio. I eye-ball the 1:8 ratio.
I'm considering a trip to good-will soon. I have a feeling they might havesome. Good to know

I got a pump top for my enormous bottle of Wahl shampoo (stole from another bottle). I don't strictly dilute it, just get the dog VERY WET, put a small amount in my hands (1-3 pumps) then run it through her coat, adding more water if needed to get the soap to spread farther. I go through about 5 small handfuls for her whole coat. One hand full for her back, one smaller one for her head and face, one for her belly and backside, and one for her feet/legs.

I have also been known to use an old dishsoap bottle for applying/diluting soap.
@For Want of Poodle I'm 100% open to trying and adopting other techniques in the search to make this processes as easy and effective as possible. Do you use conditioner?

I feel I have to use my 16oz bottle of Plum Silk condition since I bought it just to try it. I did just try shampoo and no conditioner once; It was good enough.
 

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I've been adopting a little bit of everyones ideas since then so far.

Dilution Concentration:
Instead of the recommended dilution directrions, I just do ~8 oz of water which is about 1 cup with 1 oz of conditioner or shampoo. I weigh it out on an electronic scale. It's not too diluted but it's not too concentrated. Sometimes they get kinda wiggly and you miss lol.

Container:
I've been using shaker bottles because the mouth is smaller and they're easier to handle. I'm still considering a squeezy bottle as an option because Basil can jerk around when I'm trying to wash the top of her head. The thought of soap in her eyes makes me nervous. I'll have to keep my eyes out for squeeze bottles....

The scrub down:
Getting her soaked then turning off the shower and applying the soap of conditoner is way more effective. Thank you for the suggestion @For Want of Poodle . I would apply the soap to her back and assume the drip down method worked, but I found your cupping method to be WAY more effective to get her sudsed up.

We might try shampooing twice to be extra clean when Basil gets older. Maybe there's someone like me who might find this helpful too.
 
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