Grooming is not my favourite part of being a dog owner, especially as Rosie is not that keen on it either. Here is a little round up of some of the items we love, couldn't be without and that make life a little easier for both of us.
Rosie recently won this Organic shampoo from The Artisan Pet Deli in a Instagram competition. I was excited to see my go-to online shop for natural treats had a new line of shampoos and conditioners for dogs from Pure Light Botanics. As Rosie was a runner up she got the Pure Paws Mini Organic Shampoo For Little Dogs, which is specifically designed for smaller dogs like her.
I couldn't wait to try this, it lathered up instantly and you only need a little bit to do this. You can tell it is a quality shampoo, I would usually use dog conditioner after but I didn't feel the need to. When Rosie was out of the bath and starting to dry off her fur already looked so much fuller and shinier than it usually would at this stage. She is now looking really fresh, soft and has much better volume in her hair than me! The tangy orange scent is lovely - in fact would be quite happy if there was a human version too! I am really impressed with this shampoo so will definitely be checking out more of the range and purchasing it again in the future. Even though the shampoo works really well on its own, I would love to try the conditioner as I can just imagine how soft and fluffy it would make her!
Having been on the search for a decent doggy toothpaste for such a long time, I was pleased to finally find out that Dorwest make this Roast Dinner one. I introduced it to Rosie without her knowing I would be brushing her teeth with it and she was definitely interested, howvever that did change slightly when she realised it was going on the toothbrush. She is not a fan of getting her teeth brushed but we manage to do it with a little positive reinforcement and treats (of course!) and I was really impressed to see the results after using this paste.
I know Rosie will never like having her teeth brushed, however good the toothpaste tastes, so I'm just really happy to have found a good one I know I can trust, we wont be buying anything other than this from now on.
Now...Rosie is not the biggest fan of baths either, so that's where this sticky bone comes in! She was lucky enough to win this in a competition on Twitter from Ruff Shop along with her favourite bribe...Arden Grange Liver Paste. I usually use the Liver Paste which she licks whilst I trim her fur, bath time etc. but that means I have only one hand to use whilst I hold it. Now with the sticky bone I can load it up with some paste and other treats and just plonk it wherever I wish so I can have both hands free - perfect!
It worked really well in the bath, it meant Rosie stayed put in one place rather than wriggling away from the shower like usual. I was worried it may slip off the bath tub, but It stayed put the whole time despite getting a little wet. I will be sure to use this every time Rosie has a bath now, it definitely helped keep her occupied whilst I washed her and made it a much more positive experience for her.
Ruff Shop have lots of other interactive dog toys, I'm glad I came across them on Twitter as I'm sure I will be purchasing more from them in the future. They have lots of training aids and other things to explore so its definitely worth checking out the site.
We also love John Paul Pet Shampoo and conditioners, we were using the Oatmeal set which are really good. This is the first dog conditioner I have ever used and I will always buy one to match the shampoo I get from now on, as it just gives that lovely bit of sheen and softness to Rosie's fur.
The kong zoom groom has been really handy too. It always gets a surprising amount of fur out of Rosie and she really enjoys when we use it as it gives her a little massage at the same time. So she always feels relaxed whilst I get that extra fur out - win win!
In our parcel from The Artisan Pet Deli there were also some Innocent Hound venison treats which Rosie goes absolutely crackers for - great to make sure she is still my friend after all these grooming rituals - Thanks Guys!!
Love from Louise and a fresh smelling Rosie x