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Okay I have a really, really stupid question to ask ya'll on here! Lol...okay so I'm wondering this: do you dilute the shampoo you use with your dog in the show ring? I know the lady who I have an internship this school year, does. At least that's what it looks like. And how do you dilute it? Or do you just put straight shampoo on the dog?

Also-What is a good brand of shampoo do you use?

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yes, always dilute with water at least 2 parts water to shampoo.
Makes your shampoo last longer and much easier to rinse.
I make my own shampoo one part Softsoap one part white vinegar one part water.
 

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yes, always dilute with water at least 2 parts water to shampoo.
Makes your shampoo last longer and much easier to rinse.
I make my own shampoo one part Softsoap one part white vinegar one part water.

What does the white vinegar do?
 

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I dilute whatever shampoo and conditioner I am using on the dogs. Any I do it VERY PRECISIELY.
I have a 64 oz. juice bottle for each. I fill the bottles with water about 95% and then squirt in some shampoo or conditioner. I shake well and use as is. I can get 2 - 3 baths per shampoo bottle and 4 - 5 baths per conditioner bottle. A 16 oz bottle of shampoo or conditioner makes about 10 64 oz bottles of diluted mix.
 

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Vinegar kills odors, makes rinsing easier, and just like your grandma said, is a good natural hair conditioner :)
 

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Lol..my Grandma never said that! haha. Okay so the lady uses Ketchup bottles...and hey they work slick! lol. I guess I didn't know the whole diluting stuff....so if it's a 2 to 1 ration...that means like 2 cups of water and approximately a cup of shampoo? right?
 

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Vinegar kills odors, makes rinsing easier, and just like your grandma said, is a good natural hair conditioner :)
I'll give it a try next bath day. We don't have a problem with odors but the easier rinsing and conditioner part warrant a try. Thanks.
 

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I never thought to dilute but now working in the groomer I find that it is standard practice. Makes the rinse much easier and is more economic. We use oatmeal based shampoos and conditioners.
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Most commercial shampoo is meant to be diluted and it'll say on the bottle by how much. I usually don't dilute it as much as it says, I like to have a lather in the coat even it it means a lot more rinsing. Oh and I use strait grease busting shampoo around/in the ears so they're easier to trim. I do find diluting it works better to get it into their coats, if it 'dribbles' in...

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:doh: :doh: :doh: I never even thought to dilute it! I gave Molson a bath tonight to test it out and it worked so great! A few months ago when I had to use a medicated shampoo from the vet, I had the hardest time trying to get it to lather and eventually rinse out because it was sooooo thick. I just added about 30% water to it and it worked amazing tonight!
 

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Does anyone use Mane 'n Tail shampoo on their dogs? If so how do you like it?
I have used it and their conditioner and like both a lot. I still use the conditioner but switched over to Cowboy Magic Rosewater shampoo about two years ago. No real reason for the switch other than someone recommended it and I liked the smell of it.
 

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My magic shampoo is my little secret, or, not so secret secret.
Mix it up next time you bathe and you'll be amazed that you love it so much.
I use it on everything from show dogs to dirty nasty grooming client dogs.
 

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What kind of Softsoap? Hand or bodywash? Shea butter?

I use Touch of Mink Minksheen Pet Shampoo. I like the fragrance and it leaves the coat very soft.
 

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Use the antibacterial hand soap. Actually I buy it by the gallon, Sam's Club generic brand. Use the clear kind.
 

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I always dilute shampoo. You definitely get "more bang for your buck" and it's MUCH easier to rinse. I also find that diluting shampoo makes it really easy to get a nice soapy lather on the dog versus straight from the bottle.

Anney, I'll have to give your recipe a try!
 

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With my Great Pyrenees, a prominent breeder told me to wash him with dish detergent ( I think it was Ivory), and then rinse with vinegar. He used to smell like a pickle, but it worked great!
 

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I use a lot of Cowboy Magic diluted just because it works well. Will not dry out coats even woth weekly use. And it smells AMAZING. If they made a perfume that smelled like Cowboy Magic I would be all over it :)
 

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I just started using Isle of Dogs on my puppers. I like it a lot :)
 

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yes, always dilute with water at least 2 parts water to shampoo.
Makes your shampoo last longer and much easier to rinse.
I make my own shampoo one part Softsoap one part white vinegar one part water.
Ok, I am fascinated by this idea. I want to try your shampoo. Do you said "antibacterial hand soap" for the softsoap. Anything else I need to know? Thanks for sharing your secret.

I use Earthbath and have been pretty happy with it, although I have never tried to dilute it. I am learning so much today!
 
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