Finding the right shampoo for your dog may not be a big problem, but it can be a nagging question. There are waterless dog shampoos, flea and tick shampoos, and medicated shampoos. There are dog shampoos to help remove tangles, shampoos to enrich color, and shampoos just for puppies. You can buy dog shampoo for $1 and you can spend over $25 on a single bottle of dog shampoo. To complicate matters even further, different dog breeds might need different shampoos. Here is some information to help you choose the best shampoo for your Goldendoodle.
Can you use human shampoo for your dog?
You may have your own personal brand of shampoo dialed in, but just because it works wonders for you doesn’t mean it will work for your dog. Dogs need dog-specific shampoo.
Finding a good quality dog shampoo keeps your Goldendoodle’s coat healthy, clean, and looking its best. It’s important for your dog’s skin, too.
A dog’s skin is more sensitive than a human’s skin. Using human shampoo on your Goldendoodle, or any other type of dog, can damage their skin, and leave their coat cracked, brittle, or dry.
What to avoid in a shampoo for Goldendoodles
There are a few ingredients that you should avoid when choosing dog shampoo for your Goldendoodle.
Steer clear of artificial dyes and fragrances. Avoid parabens, phosphate, sulphate, and synthetic preservatives and chemicals. Also look for dog shampoos that do not have alcohol in them.
Goldendoodle coats do not require excessive maintenance. Regular brushing, bathing, and the occasional haircut is really all they require. However, they do have thick, beautiful coats and fairly sensitive skin.
Goldendoodles need a good quality shampoo that can penetrate through their coat without damaging their skin. Don’t buy the cheapest bottle of shampoo you can find.
What to look for in a shampoo for Goldendoodles
Choosing the right shampoo for your Goldendoodle is a lot like choosing the right food. Look for ingredients that you can pronounce and that you recognize. Generally speaking, non-toxic shampoos that are eco-friendly and biodegradable are a good choice.
Oatmeal, aloe vera, sage, green tea, chamomile, and other gentle ingredients clean without stripping natural skin and coat oils. This helps keep your dog’s coat and skin healthy and prevents brittle hair and dry skin.
You don’t want artificial fragrances, but natural fragrances are fine. They may fade faster than artificial scents, but your dog doesn’t want to smell like a coconut anyway. Essential oils and natural fragrances such as mint, lavender, and citrus are great options.
You want soap-free dog shampoos, and make sure that you find a gentle shampoo that won’t interfere with flea and tick treatments. Additionally look for hypoallergenic formulas, moisturizers, and pH-balanced dog shampoos.
If you bathe your Goldendoodle regularly, a general purpose shampoo is all you need for most dogs. However, puppy shampoos are great for dogs with sensitive skin.
Don’t overdo it.
Don’t bathe your Goldendoodle too often; it can dry out your dogs skin. This can lead to extra pet dander (dead skin cells that all dogs, even dogs that don’t shed, produce). It can also can also irritate your dog’s skin, which can lead to rashes, biting, and scratching. A bath once every three to six weeks is fine for most dogs.
Conditioner is a recommended for Goldendoodles, especially if they have a curly coat. You can look for a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, or a leave in conditioner for convenience.
Remember to start bathing your Goldendoodle puppy at a young age. The younger that a puppy has baths, and the more often he has baths, the more comfortable and cooperative he will be during bath time.