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Bath time is always such a hardship for both me and my dog. He hates it and I hate it so it is something that is only done when needed. The rest of the time I rely on brushing out dried mud and using pet wipes and deororising spray to keep him looking and smelling good.
When I do wash him (which is more often than I would like thanks to the fact that he seems to love rolling in wet mud) I use a shampoo that has been especially designed for pets as although I am sure human shampoo would be fine I don’t want to use something on him that might irritate his skin.
I usually just buy whatever shampoo I see first in the pet shop when I need a new one. Currently I am using this shampoo from Bob Martin. I like Bob Martin as it is a really reasonable brand and I have used loads of things from them over the years with my cat.
The stay fresh shampoo has ‘stay fresh technology’ in it which is supposed to help keep smells away and provide lasting freshness to the coat. It is also supposed to protect the skin and stop the coat from drying out.
The shampoo has a nice scent though it is very mild so won’t offend your doggies sensitive nose. I just use it like I would any shampoo by wetting my dogs coat and then massaging it in to his fur. I did notice that I needed to use a lot of this shampoo to be able to get a good lather going on his whole coat much more than I would have expected to use but once it got going it gave a really good lather and really cleaned his coat and got rid of all the mud.
I use it twice to make sure that I have got it cleaned properly and it does the trick. I can’t really comment on if it does stop the coat drying out because I use a doggie conditioner on mine because he has a wiry scruffy coat and the vet told me to use one when bathing him so that it doesn’t become matted but the shampoo really does make his coat clean.
I also like that this does seem to help keep his coat fresh for a long time after using it. Sometimes when bathing him as soon as he dries he gets that horrible damp dog smell but this stopped that and he just smelt clean and fresh.
I have a wiry haired Jack Russell called Molly who loves to roll about in mud especially when she finds a worm. As she is predominately white it means she gets absolutely filthy. I don't like washing her too much as I know it isn't good for her skin and coat but sometimes needs must.
I don't have a favourite shampoo which I buy and usually just buy whatever one comes to hand in the pet shop and the last one which I got was by Bob Martin and was called stay fresh.
I have to say that I quite liked it and it did a good job of getting her clean and keeping her smelling fresh.
She isn't really a smelly dog but with all dogs there is always that slight smell of dog about her which I don't actually mind but it can be a little overpowering if it is left for a long time without being addressed.
This shampoo was scented but I have to say it was only mild and when she was dry the smell on her coat was minimal at best but any pongy smell she might have had was completely gone off her coat. It lathers u nice and good and it did a great job of getting rid of the dirt on her and getting her coat looking white again.
It also didn't irritate her skin which is the most important thing for me when considering buying a shampoo for her. I have bought shampoos in the past which have dried out her skin and this is noticeable as it goes a red colour and you can see the flaky bits through her coat. This didn't irritate her in the slightest and I didn't once notice that she was scratching more after using it.
I paid £3.50 for a 250ml bottle of this shampoo which I think is good value as it lasted for a long time and I didn't need to use as much as I have done with some other dog shampoos that I have bought in the past.
My two collie cross pups have lovely shiny black coats, but like most dogs they love to get dirty and seem to attract mud. I like to bath them regularly to keep them clean and to reduce the doggy odour. Bob Martin is a fairly popular brand when it comes to pet shampoos and other products. Bob Martin products are available in pet stores but also in supermarkets. This suits me perfectly as I often don't want to have to go to a specialist pet shop to stock up on things like dog shampoo.
I bought this shampoo for £3.79 in Tesco and a quick search tells me it ranges from around this price to £4.99 depending on where you buy it. It comes in a 250ml white plastic bottle with a red flip top lid and a label with the Bob Martin logo, the product name and a picture of a dog on the front. When you flip open the lid and squeeze out the shampoo it is creamy white in colour and fairly thick. The shampoo has a medicinal smell, however it is quite pleasant and fresh smelling.
To wash my dogs using this shampoo, I first wet their fur well with water and then apply the shampoo. I find that this shampoo lathers well however a good amount of shampoo is required to cover their whole bodies, around 2-3 blobs per dog (medium size collies). I find that a 250ml bottle of this will allow me to wash both dogs twice (4 washes in total), so I probably use around 60mls of it each wash. After lathering the shampoo over their fur I simply rinse it off using water. The shampoo rinses out easily and often I can see dirt washing away with the soap, reassuring me that any dirt is being removed from the dogs fur.
Once the shampoo is rinsed out and I have dried my dogs, the result is that their fur feels soft, shiny and clean. Their fur is easy to brush out and no conditioner is required. The smell of the shampoo stays on their fur for a day or two after washing. Since I started using this shampoo, I have noticed that my dogs stay 'fresher for longer' which is one of the claims Bob Martin make about this shampoo. It definitely keeps that doggy odour away for longer than when I have used other cheaper shampoos. For a week or two after washing, if my dogs get damp e.g. out in the rain, the freshly washed shampoo smell reappears on their coats.
Overall I think this is a great shampoo and it is one that I will continue to buy. It is good value for money and good quality. Thanks for reading/rating, I hope you found my review useful.
My mini schnauzer Sawyer is between grooms right now so his fur is quite long right now. Added to the current bad weather, it means I have been bathing him quite regularly. Because of this, I found myself running out of dog shampoo.
Instead of going out of my way to go to Jolleyes or Pets At Home, I decided to buy this Stay Fresh dog shampoo from Bob Martin when I was doing my supermarket shop.
This comes in a 250ml white plastic bottle with a red lid. The lid is flip-top so you can just squirt the shampoo out. The packaging tells us that it is mildly scented, and helps keep dogs fresh for longer.
SMELL, CONSISTENCY AND APPEARANCE
The shampoo is cream in colour, and is quick thick. I was really surprised to find that when the bottle is opened, this shampoo smells really, really nice! It smelt to me like grapefruit. Once you start to lather it up, it did smell slightly more medicated but overall I was really impressed with the scent because some dog shampoos can stink.
Unlike some dog shampoos, you don't need to dilute this before use. You can just apply it straight to your dog's fur. The bottle doesn't give a recommended amount so I just used as much as was needed. It didn't create huge amounts of lather but this just meant it was easier to rinse out, which it did very easily.
After drying Sawyer and giving him a brush, his fur felt extremely soft. It also felt clean right down to the roots. His legs looked nice and white also, and overall he looked like a cute little ball of fluff! This did not irritate his skin or leave it dry and flakey. I was disappointed that you could not smell the shampoo off his fur after drying, but there was no doggy smell either which is the main thing.
This cost me £3.79 in Sainsbury's, and it seems to retail between £2-4 depending on where you buy it. I think £3.79 is reasonable for a dog shampoo given that I have rarely seen shampoos under a fiver.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
Undoubtedly yes. It's convenient to use as I can pick it up at the supermarket rather than going to a pet store, the price is okay, and it does the job it's intended for well.