#1 Dog Tip to Save you Time and Money, for Memorial Day and Beyond!
I have been in the “dog” business for almost 20 years and I have learned and developed many skills and also know quite a few tips that just make life so much easier when you live with a dog (or 2 or 4).
Early in my career when I was honing my training skills I was also dabbling in dog grooming.
By day I trimmed nails, gave baths and ran the front counter at a doggy day spa and kennel and by night I helped teach obedience classes.
At that time we had a machine called a “Hydrosurge” which is actually pretty amazing technology. In effect you measure out some doggy shampoo and mix it with a bathtub full of water and the “Hydrosurge” continually mixes and recycles the water and shampoo and sprays it evenly on the dog.
Sure, occasionally we had a filthy dog that needed a draining of the water and then another “Hydrosurging” but most often the baths were pretty quick and very effective.
You see, what is wrong with most “pet” baths is that we get our dogs wet, run a line of soap down their backs then try to get them adequately lathered, then rinse.
Inevitably we over-soap their backs and under-soap the rest of their bodies.
Over soaping during your dog’s bath leads to dry skin and itching and skin irritation and under soaping leads to dirty dogs and ineffective cleansing and possibly flea or tick bathing.
And, most often one dog gets both, over soaping in some areas and under soaping in others!
So the “Hydrosurge” is truly remarkable because it most evenly distributes the soap or conditioner throughout the coat.
It is also very fast because the soap works its way through to the skin without having to manually lather the dog or even touch the soap. And it is more economical because you use so much less shampoo by using this machine than you could using the spritz and lather method.
How on earth do you save yourself the thousands of dollars to get the same basic results?
I really love this tip because I like saving money and doing thing on my own….
You use a plastic Miracle Grow container with your garden hose either attached to your outside faucet or can attach a hose to your inside faucet if you want warm water, with an adaptor.
You need a completely new Miracle Grow container, since we don’t want to risk putting any kind of chemical on your dog, but these are pretty easy to find and fairly cheap.
When you put shampoo in the bottom of the container, the water from the faucet comes into the container helping it mix evenly before spraying it out on your dog.
This helps to shampoo your dog evenly so that you can avoid clumps of shampoo and lessen your risk of skin irritation.
- Wet your dog down first
- Next, mix a small amount of shampoo into the container with the water and spray your dog all over with the shampoo and water mixture.
- Leave the shampoo on for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Often people rinse too quickly, but if you leave the shampoo on your dog its effectiveness is much better. Whether you are trying to soothe your dog’s skin or kill fleas leaving the shampoo on and letting it soak down to the skin gives it a chance to work. Even leaving regular dog shampoo on for 5 minutes will help him smell better longer.
- Rinse well, making sure to get all of the soap out of your dog’s coat.
- Apply conditioner with the same miracle grow container if you are using a conditioner.
- Rinse or leave in as recommended.
I rarely if ever taut a brand name or kind of anything; its just not in my nature but I really have had the scent of this shampoo last for 2 weeks and longer. Although it doesn’t matter what shampoo you are using the Miracle Grow container tip will still be effective, cheap and easy!
My favorite shampoo is a shampoo called Fresh and Clean ™original fragrance and I swear by the fact that if you use the Miracle Grow container, leave the shampoo on for 5 minutes your dog really will still smell good in two weeks or longer (I have found that using conditioner lessens its duration).
So if you bathe your dog at home, I guarantee that this will lessen your regular work!
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I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.