#1 Dog Tip to Save you Time and Money, for Memorial Day and Beyond!

Making Your Life Easier

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.

Thanks to Laundromutt for the Image

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.

My Tips:

Make Your Life Easier!

  • 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.

My Favorite Shampoo?

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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  1. captherm says:

    Hey there , I am making a new site like ehow and some of your original articles would fit the context good. Would you care if I copy and paste your article?


    Minette Reply:

    That would be great as long as you give us credit and link back to us! Thank you!


  2. KIm says:

    I really like the idea of using a chemical sprayer to dispense the shampoo. I’ve worked with dogs for 30 years and it’s rare for me to run across a truly new and good idea, but this is one. I am pleasantly surprised. One important thing not covered in this article is the importance of keeping shampoo out of the dog’s eyes. This is especially crucial if you are using a scent loaded product like Fresh n Clean. Some people put a drop of mineral oil in each of the dogs eyes before bathing, and although this does work, it can leave the hair around the eyes pretty oily.A good rule of thumb is to always have a bottle of tearless shampoo and to use only that when washing your dog’s face and head. And careful with the sprayer around the head because spray could accidently get in the eyes.

    Still a good idea though.


  3. Sandra Winsett says:

    I used the fertilizer sprayer attached to our water hose to give our dog a bath only problem is, he is terrified of the spray. He also panics when it starts to rain on him so I think he is afraid of water. He is a 75lb coon dog so he’s a handful to deal with. Any suggestions?


    Minette Reply:

    I use lots of treats and a clicker and I attach my dogs to something like a tree with a harness to I can just get in and get it done.


    Sharon Kidwell Reply:

    as far as the water, don’t use a full force spray but use a low pressure spray from the hose – pet and praise your doggie as you ae wetting him down. I use a chemical sprayer – I got one on Amazon for about $10 – it is called a bleach sprayer – and I deluted the shampoo with water 50/50 to make the shampoo come out better. As you lather your doggie give him lots of praise and encouragement for being still and letting you bathe him. I don’t use treats but I do put a thin leash around my doggies neck and attach it to a chair or to the bar in the shower. The leash lets them know they can’t go away and soon you will be able to bathe them without attaching the leash to anything.

    Don’t ever get your doggie’s head wet – I wash from the ears back and I use a wash cloth to clean their faces. Having water run over a dogs head can scare them. Be firm but loving and give him lots of praise afterward. They may never like to take a bath – as soon as mine see the leash they go and hide, but as soon as I slip the leash around their neck they come with me and sit quietly through their bath.

    The main thing is try to make a bathe a pleasurable experience with lots of loving and I promise it does get lots better.


  4. Jenny says:

    I loved this tip, however I am sensitive to being cold, so think my dogs are to. I bathe them in the bath with warm water. My question is do dogs get colds and do don’t they mind cold water?
    Am I making them into a soft dog?


    Minette Reply:

    Many dogs swim in lakes and ponds in the winter, especially hunting dogs.

    My dogs dock diving until late October and start again in March or April.

    I suppose that it depends on the dog. My dogs prefer cold water to hot water, but if I am bathing them in the colder weather I can hook the hose to the faucet and use warm water.


  5. Randi says:

    My way is easier… I take my dogs (80 lb Doberman, 62lb BMC) into the shower. Put soap into special scrubber- not really special, just one of those new rubber type dog brushes… I could never bathe my dogs in a hose unless its really hot outside! it helps that I have a walk in shower now, no more lifting paws & legs into the tub!


    Minette Reply:

    I use a walk in shower in the winter but much prefer the hose and have even hooked it up to hot water in the winter.


  6. Carol says:

    I have a seven month old Mini Pin. I used baby shampoo for a first bath after a stinky romp outside. Is that harmful to him? I usually just brush him and rub him with a warm damp washcloth and rub him with a dry towel. His short hair/fur doesn’t get very dirty.


    Minette Reply:

    Baby shampoo is okay, but human shampoo is not ph balanced for dogs.

    I will use baby shampoo or even that special dishsoap we see on all the commercials if I am in a pinch, but I try and keep dog shampoo around so that it will help with their skin 😉


  7. marion mcdonagh says:

    I have a bishon with a terrible skin itch problem.And plenty of large hot spots. Am presently using t gel shampoo. Is there any harm in using T Gel


    Minette Reply:

    Yes, that is medicated human shampoo.

    Go to the vet, some hot spots need antibiotics in order for them to heal, and I am guessing that the TGel is actually making it worse.


  8. holly says:

    I have an abused Anatolian male. He was found in a wolf trap (been in so long his immune system was shutting down kidneys and got red mange). He is all back to health (except foot will be amputated in future since it grew back wrong). He is a service dog now, but he has fears. The big one is water. He is totally house broke but if it sprinkles he leans his bottom off the porch to do it, He can not do baths but I can live with it because Anatolian are like cats they groom selves all day. This is my fifth and not one has ever smelt like a dog even when wet, and not one has liked water except for Anna Bell who I also have now. He also came to us with a fear of black vehicles. He is cautious about all cars though and on walks if a car is coming down road, we have to stop and he stares at it till it passes out of our safety zone, I consider this an added bonus of protection,


    Minette Reply:

    Any dog with fears should not be a service dog, period. Very few dogs are appropriate for service dog work.

    And, no fears are good. I would work on conquering fears so that his life is more comfortable and normal. We even have a fear program.

    Contact Dana at info@thedogtrainingsecret.com for more information.


  9. michelle says:

    I loved this article.I am going to have to make the house myself.Can you tell me exactly how. I am thinking cut a piece of old house about 3ft. Long and put a hose connector on both ends…male and female..or whatever there called..But then what about my kitchen sink faucet.? Do I just unscrew the end of it and will the hose just screw on? I don’t have to have a special size of tubing our hose our anything? This would be great for my Yorkie. She’s hard to bath by mussel as Skye wiggled so much, thinking maybe this might be easier. Thank you.I just found your site and love it.


    Minette Reply:

    I would ask someone at your local home store. Buying a few dollars of equipment is going to be less money and less time than trying to manufacture something on your own.


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