Where can I some really good spay to use on my dogs before shows? I want some that isn't going to be really oily. I want something that isn't going to make their coat look dull either and attrach dust/dirt. I want a really good product that actually works no rip offs. Another question I have is has anyone tried color intensifying shampoos? And if so how did they work? I'm thinking about ordering some, I'd like to know how it works before doing so. Thanks any input is appreciated.
The best way to learn more aobut dog products and how they work for me personally is to go to a dog show and look at some of the booths that vendors will have up on the show grounds. Usually there's some breeders/exhibitors milling around looking stuff over, ask them if they use any of hte products or recommend them.
I use Hylite Shampoo and conditioner on my cocker, since they are prone to dry skin i also use the spray on oil. Doesn't make her look messy or greasy, smells nice too. You can usually purchase this through you vet clinic. i haven't seen it in any stores or in any pet order magazines.
Therapymom>>>Is the hylite shampoo similar to the color intensifier? I'm assuming it is because of the word "Hylite". I think I will definatly be getting some and that will probably be real soon so I can try it before the shows start up. I'm not familar with Hylite Shampo however. Could you give me some info on it? If it is a color intensifier? Where to purchase it? And the price? The spray I am looking for isn't for dry skin, it is just used to enhance the dogs coat. You spray it on right before you show them and rub them down. They look very shiny. It can make a dramatic difference in appearence. I had a dog that was shedding and used it, then rubbed them down, they looked really revitalized.
the Hylyt is an essential fatty acid shampoo,hypoalllergenic, with optimal pHbalance. it also contains emollients moisturizers to promote hydration of the skin and coat. the fatty acids nourish the skin and help with flakes and scaling. I use all three, shampoo, conditioner and oils. I have used the shampoo and conditioner on myself, its great!! Great shine and scent, coconuts. I can only find this at vet clinics. Not sure about the spray you were talking about, but I will check at work tomorrow and let you know. Oh yea, each of these sell here in VA for about $12 an 8oz bottle.
It really helps to know what you are trying to acheive when selecting shampoo for our dogs. The Hy-Lyt (EFA)? Shampoo is a great shampoo for dogs which are extremely sensitive skin and prone to dryness and itchiness. The EFA in the name stands for essential fatty acids. It has a lot of conditioning power in it. TMom, is your cocker in full coat? If it is, you may want to use a clarifying shampoo from time to time as I find that the Hy-Lyt builds up on the coat and winds up with a "sticky" feel to it and the matting will increase. You can follow up with second shampooing of the Hy-Lyt to restore moisture. It's amazing though, you don't realize it until after you've shampooed with something else. Is the spray you use Humectant? It's great for itchy dry skin in between baths too. I recommend it often to clients, especially in the dry winter months. On the AmStaff coat, it's supposed to have a hard texture. If you are preparing for a show, try one of the protein/texturizing shampoo. Cindra makes a great texturizer. Then, if you want to add some serious shine (it will make coat slick too) try some Liquid Slicker by Nature's specialties. You can spritz it on after the bath and your dog will shine bright. #1 All Systems makes a great "whitening" shampoo that won't soften the coat much and can be used on any color for bringing out highlights as much as possible with shampoo only.
Thanks for all the replies. I really appreciate it. I don't think the Hylite shampoo will work for me then. It sounds good for dry skin though, I think the supplements I use have done nice to keep healthy skin, but I might look into that Hylite shampoo for my Boxer. She has bad allergies and gets really dry skin and not much has seemed to help. The oatmeal shampoo does some, but the Hylite sounds really great. The color intensifier shampoo it does moisterize, revitilize and condition, but it is also to made them "stand out" you have to buy it color coded. Fiery Bronze is for brown and red colors, but they have all sorts like Black Sapphire for blue, sable and of course black coats. Its like $16.95 for a gallon, but I think it will be worth it. Wench I also appreciate your reply too. I am trying to achieve a healthy coat and skin, but also make them really shine and stand out. Its just a plus when showing a dog. To have one that really stands out among the others along with conditioning. I wasn't sure what the hylite shampoo was, but now I know it definatly sounds like something great for my Boxer. I don't own any AmStaff and don't show any. I'll look for the Liquid Slicker though as it sounds like something I could use. I've seen some pretty crappy sprays out there. Some that don't really help, others that the dogs are sensitive to, ones that makes the coat too sticky and others that actualyl attrack dust and dirt!! I'll at least ue the color intensifier and see how it works for me. If its crap guess I never have to buy it again. But if its great then I'll make sure to always have some on hand...lol
wench, she is in full coat. the spray is also hylyte, what would you reccommend for the clarifying shampoo? we have always used the hylyte. she doesn't have the dry skin, but i just always felt this was a good shampoo. i would appreciate your advice. I guess kinda of preventative maintenance, i have seen so many of our cocker clients that have bad allergies, and dry flaky skin, just want to do the best for her.
There is a product called "The Stuff" that I have seen used a lot at shows. It's a spray that conditions coat and repels dirt and is also hypoallergenic. You can usually find it for sale at shows, and also J-B Wholesale sells it. Works good.