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Sawyer, my 1 year old miniature schnauzer, and I, have been enjoying our wintry walks in the nearby forest recently. Unfortunately: Forest + winter = mud = one grubby little puppy. Having the typical schnauzer white beard and legs, it's tough to keep Sawyer clean if we're walking in a muddy area, and I've had to bath him a lot more frequently than I did during the summer and autumn. My bottle of Pets At Home Puppy shampoo (which I really liked) had run out, so I popped into the Jolleyes near my house and picked the Johnson's Dog Deodorant Shampoo up. These come in 125ml, 200ml and 400ml bottles, and range in price from around £1 to over £3. I paid £3.09 for the 200ml bottle in Jolleyes, which is maybe on the dear side but the shop is right beside my house and I wasn't about to waste petrol to make a saving on dog shampoo! The shampoo comes in a clear plastic bottle with a white plastic flip-top lid. The label is green with the familiar navy and white Johnson's logo, and a photo of a golden retriever. The blurb on the back promises that the shampoo 'dispels body odours, adds lustre and beautifies the coat.' To use the shampoo, the label advises that you should mix 50ml of the shampoo with 300ml of water. I didn't measure this out exactly and estimated the amounts roughly. After getting Sawyer nice and wet, I applied the product and found it lathered up well. I used a bit extra on his legs as they were the muddiest parts of him, and the shampoo squeezed out of the bottle easily. The shampoo itself is a pale green colour; quite thick and not runny at all - so you won't accidentally squeeze out too much and waste this. The shampoo rinsed out quickly and didn't leave any residue. Schnauzers have tendency towards dry, flaky skin, but Sawyer's is absolutely perfect - this shampoo did not irritate him in any way. After drying him off, Sawyer's fur was really, really soft and felt very clean. His legs, beard and chest looked bright white, which is the most important thing for me. His coat didn't look particularly shiny but this is more down to the nature of his salt-and-pepper, soft fur rather than the shampoo not doing its job. Even a couple of days later, his fur still felt clean and not especially oily. The smell of this shampoo was very similar to Johnson's baby shampoo. At first I couldn't place it but that's exactly what it was. The smell lingers long after shampooing. It's a pleasant smell; if not a little odd to smell it on a dog. I would definitely buy this again - if I could find it at a cheaper price.
What to do with a dirty dog? No its not the next celebrity cheating husband special heavily featuring Cheryl Cole but a constant problem for any dog owner. Especially one who ones who own a red setter who thinks its his mission to jump into every puddle he finds and any muddy banks he needs to go and walk on. Red setters are a breed which needs regular grooming they have long fronds from their body down to the ground, large ears and a long swishy tale. All are guaranteed to get wet, muddy and dirty at the slightest sign of mud, water or snow. So the answer is regular baths and plenty of shampoo on their coat when they have that bath. Johnsons dog shampoo is nice because it smells like shampoo when its applied and with very little effort creates a generous amount of lather. So when we have a bath, we liberally apply the shampoo work well into the coat and wash off under the shower. The bottle is made of plastic so squeezing the shampoo out of the bottle is easy and as its clear you can see how much is left. The bottle is capped so there shouldn't be leakage. Pet shampoo is of course a bit of a niche in the world of shampoo, it is an affection of course of the owners after all wild dogs don't run around and then hae a good lather in the nearest lagoon. However, the consequence of a dog living in the house is that the dog needs to be regularly washed and groomed or else the dog and therefore the house starts smelling a bit doggy and that is not something anyone likes. This shampoo does the job, smells nice and helps prevent that dog smell dominating the house, the shampoo is available for around £3 but does last quite some time.
As you may have read from my other reviews myself and my daughter like to take our King Charles on long muddy walks all year round and as I can't throw overalls on our puppy we settle with this shampoo instead! The main reason I chose this was because I know the Johnsons brand are gentle and kind to the skin. I didn't want anything to irritate her and as she is only less than a year I felt it was safer to go for this safe option. The shampoo is designed to leave your doggy spotless and also give them a fresh scent. There is no formula in this to prevent fleas and ticks. This didn't bother me though because I use another method to prevent fleas and ticks. I also find those shampoos that repel fleas as smelly and too medicated. This shampoo was just what I was looking for and cost just 2 euro in my local pet shop. I have used this about every week on my puppy and we simply just put her in the bath with luke warm water and lather her up. I massage the shampoo all over her and also use cotton wool with a bit of this shampoo to clean her floppy ears and this works a treat. Her ears can get a bit smelly as they are constantly flopping around but these really help reduce any odour. The scent itself is fresh and smells sweet like fruit. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a shampoo that will leave your dogs coat clean, shiny and smelling fresh. In my opinion I prefer this than the medicated flea shampoos.
In my house we have a very, very spoilt and important family member. He's a Yorkshire Terrier who goes by the name of Zach. He has been with us since he was 8 weeks old and he's now 14. He's the most spoilt little old man in the world and is totally adored and rightly so! He's a cutie and he's our world, particularly my Mum's cos he's her lap dog! Very often Zach has a bath. Mum likes him spruced up and smelling and looking good. As a terrier he has little manners and loves nothing more than taking his treats he gets and burying them in our landscaped back garden (which drives my parents mental lol) and he really doesn't keep good hygiene skills at all lol. Our favourite shampoo to use on him is this one and it's due to it's overall effectiveness but out of all of the different offerings on the market we all love the smell of this one the best and Zach seems pretty pleased with himself when he's all clean and handsome, he's like a dog with two tails lol The Packaging: The shampoo comes in a 200ml see-through plastic bottle which is slightly oblong in shape and rounded to the top of it and it has a bit of a dent around the middle for ease of use and of gripping it. It has a white plastic flip top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole and the front label is mainly green in colour and as well as being told it Johnson's Dog Deodorant Shampoo 'Dispels body odours, suitable for all breeds' there is a picture of a golden retriever on there. The back label is white and on that I'm told a little bit about the product, directions for use are given, warnings are listed along with flea advice, the size is stated (as I've listed already), contact details for Johnson's Veterinary Products Ltd are given and finally there is a bar -code on there. Simple but informative packaging this is. A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle: Contains anti-bacterial and deodorising ingredients to leave the coat clean, fresh and odour free. Directions For Use: Mix shampoo (50ml for a medium sized dog) into 300ml warm water. Wet coat thoroughly with warm water and apply half the mixture all over the body. Massage well into coat, but use fingertips around the head, taking care to avoid eyes, ears and mouth. Rinse and repeat with the remainder of the mixture, for good lather. Finally rinse well, towel dry, then comb thoroughly. Keeps pet warm after bathing. Me Using It: Well in my home either me or Mum do the dog bathing and Zach actually likes a bath I think as even he doesn't like the feeling of being mucky! So this is really easy to use and basically we follow the instructions on the bottle to the letter for the best results and not to upset our pooches skin. I half fill the bath with warm water, get Zachy all wet and mix up the solution quickly. The shampoo is a light green slightly shimmery sort of lotion and has a sweet none distinctive aroma to it. I guess if I had to say what it smelt of I'd say it smelt of a mixture of flowers and fruits but it's a light, fresh aroma and just lovely really. It lathers up on my dog really, really well into big white thick lather and again as directed I just gently rub him taking care around his delicate areas. I then use the shower head to rinse him off or draw fresh warm water from the taps to get rid of that residue and then repeat the process and then when I'm done I take ages making sure it's really out of his hair. When I wrap my fluff ball in a nice clean, fluffy towel he smells nice and his hair feels soft and I dry him and get into giving him a brush straight away. He's not knotty at all after using this, his hair has a clean feel and smell to it. I then allow him to dry (sometimes when it's cold I will give him a blow dry) and when dried he gets another brushing just to make sure he's tangle free. He is left super glossy, it kills off all bad smells, gets rid of dirt with ease and leaves him smelling fresh for at least a couple of days (till he starts with his nasty habits all over again anyway lol). Verdict: This is a really simple to use shampoo on every level. It really does get a mucky pup clean, doesn't irritate my dog and leaves him looking very unmatted, refreshed and shiny. What's more is that it seems to keep doggy aromas at bay for longer than a lot of other doggy shampoos we have used in the past and this is a firm favourite of ours and poochys. However, this isn't a flea shampoo and that could be a negative for some people. Personally we don't worry about that as he has tablets so we don't feel the need to use anything in that regard and this serves the job required of it and with ease. Superb and good enough for my little prince lol. This bottle will set you back about £2.89 in all good pet shops etc.