Washing a dog: Bathing White Dogs

Groomed standard poodle with whitening shampoo.
A groomed bichon-poodle mix.
A groomed bichon-poodle mix.

Washing a dog at home is the best way to keep your dog looking great in between grooming appointments. A good dog bath can make dog not only look better, but feel better, too. Washing a dog that is white, or light in color often presents a challenge to some pet parents. White dog breeds such as bichon, poodle, westie, and maltese are quick to show dirt, residue, and other stains, and if not cleaned immediately, can permanently stain your dog’s coat. We have seen it all at Cuts for Mutts Dog Grooming Phoenix,  white dogs that have turned a dingy yellow color. Others that have even gotten into paint, oil, or gotten dirty from playing in the garden. Whether you have a smelly dog, or just a dirty dog, no matter what your reason for needing a dog bath, brightening and whitening should be your number one concern.

If you are going to be washing a dog at home, make sure you are using a shampoo that is formulated for your dog’s hair/skin type. Whitening shampoo is a great choice for dogs with white or lightly-colored coats. Just be careful about which products you choose. Some of the whitening shampoos found at big retailers are too harsh for sensitive skin. Whitening shampoos serve a variety of purposes, from brightening a dingy coat, to even bleaching a stained coat. If your dog’s coat is stained, you should consult a professional groomer to use a blueing shampoo. Too much of a good thing can turn your dog a purple/blue color, so use whitening shampoo in small amounts. At Cuts For Mutts Dog Grooming Phoenix, our whitening rates start at $10, in addition to any grooming service.

Whitening Treatment Includes:

  • Mixing of Blueing treatment
  • Application of blueing mixture on stained spots
  • Brightening Shampoo dog bath

Starts at $10 with any Grooming Service

After the dog bath, whitening treatment, and nail clipping, we like to take before and after photos of our work. Please let us know if you would like to see a copy of your photo from your dog’s visit with us at Cuts for Mutts Dog Grooming Phoenix.

Quick Tips For Washing a Dog at Home

Before you get started on your dog bath, gather all of your supplies first. Make sure you have access to everything you need before you get started. You never want to leave your pet unattended in the tub.

Supplies Needed:

  • Whitening Shampoo
  • Slicker Brush
  • Metal Comb
  • Hose Attachment or Cup

To begin washing your dog, use a slicker brush to untangle any knots or matting. Set your dog in the tub, and saturate your dog with lukewarm water. Apply a small amount of whitening shampoo to your dog’s coat, concentrating on problem areas such as feet, beard, and ear tips. Allow the whitening shampoo to rest on your dog’s coat for 3 minutes, or follow the instructions on the bottle. Use a fine tooth metal comb under the eyes to clear away tear stains. Rinse well, and fluff dry.

By April O.

April O. is an experienced groomer of 5 years, certified pet trainer, author of all things dog-related, pet photographer, and a mommy to two kids, 3 rescued furbabies including 3 rescued mutts, and two cats. She is also the wife to Chad Olshavsky for 14 years. April was a featured groomer on Pet Edge. Read the Article

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