Since bringing home our new Dachshund puppy, Georgie, a few weeks ago, I’ve been on the look-out for a gentle yet effective dog shampoo that can be used for puppies. I asked for recommendations from my pet blogger friends and other dog moms, and I got lots of different ideas but nothing that I was crazy about until someone mentioned a DIY puppy shampoo.
One of the best things about making your own puppy shampoo is the ability to control the quality of the ingredients. I was able to find a shampoo recipe that uses essential oils, and I couldn’t wait to try it.
I chose lavender and rosemary essential oils for a clean, fresh, earthy scent, but of course you can play around with the recipe a bit to find the perfect combination of oils that both you and your dog will love.
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1 tsp. olive or coconut oil
- 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
- ¼ cup Dr.Bronner's castille soap, mild
- 5-7 drops lavender essential oil
- 3-4 drops rosemary essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Use a funnel to pour the ingredients into a glass or plastic bottle with a pump.
- Shake well to combine ingredients; you'll want to do this each time you use the shampoo.
- Puppy shampoo can be saved for up to 6 months; after that time, make a fresh batch.
- This puppy shampoo will not lather like typical shampoos, as it is sulfate-free. But no worries, it will still wash your dog's skin and coat very well, and it leaves a light, fresh scent!
When purchasing essential oils for use with your pets, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Always purchase oils that come in amber, cobalt blue, or violet purple glass bottles;
- Check the label for important information such as the country of origin, how the oil was extracted, and the names – both common and scientific – of the oil;
- Be sure the label specifically says “100 percent pure essential oil” and “therapeutic grade”. Accept no substitutes!
Although aromatherapy and essential oils may provide many wonderful benefits for pets, it is imperative that we know which ones are safe and how to properly use them so as not to harm our pets. If you have any questions about what is safe to use for your pet, always consult your veterinarian BEFORE using any essential oil or other natural product.
Be sure to check out our recipe for DIY dry dog shampoo, too. For those occasions when a good soap and water bath just isn’t doable, this dry shampoo is a real lifesaver!
Have you ever tried a do-it-yourself shampoo for your pet? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience in a comment below. And if you decide to try our recipe, feel free to share your photos on our Facebook page!
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