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We must have had this bottle of dog shampoo for around a year now, if not longer! My dogs absolutely despise baths; muddy puddles = heaven but warm, soapy baths = torture, haha. I've used this around five times on the occasions that the dogs have been so filthy that a bath has been the only option (we usually just use wet cloths). We used this most recently around a month ago after Pip decided to not only roll in fox poo and a dead rabbit but to also go swimming in some water that smelt like an open sewer. She got absolutely soaking - the smell was vile and me and my boyfriend ended up having to heave her into the bath. She's got a very thick coat with a lot of folds around her neck and joints but despite this we only had to use a few large blobs of it and that was enough to leave her coat looking (and definitely smelling) much cleaner.
I bought our bottle of this from Petplanet if I remember correctly and it is still available on there. It's also available from a wide range of other online pet accessory retail websites and it retails at around £3.35 which I think is a good price considering how effective it is. This stood out to me mainly because of the scent - it's tropical fruits fragranced which for a dog shampoo is quite unusual and most of the other brands that I've seen are unscented. Because dogs have obviously got a much more sensetive nose than humans I did wonder at first if it might smell unpleasant or overpowering to the dogs. When using this on them though I've never noticed any tell-tale signs of them finding it unpleasant or overpowering eg retching or anything like that and it smells really nice in my opinion. The smell isn't as sweet as I had expected, it's quite a subtle, fresh smell and it does definitely smell like tropical fruits. It's not a particularly natural scent but it isn't overlly artificial either.
The shampoo is both a shampoo and conditioner and it has a formula blended with a range of natural ingredients including chamomile extract, aloe vera and lavender oil which are gentle on the dogs' skin. The shampoo comes in a rounded plastic bottle which is transparent meaning that the bright orange shampoo can be seen. The bottle has the blue and white Ancol logo on the front as well as a picture of a border collie and of course the product name. The back of the bottle has directions on how to use the shampoo and the manufacturers state that there are at least 20 washes in each bottle which seems about right - we've used it five times and there's still plenty left. The bottle is squeezy and the plastic cap on the top pulls off to reveal the flip lid which has a small dispenser hole meaning that it is easy to control how much comes out at once.
Using the shampoo is really simple. Just squeeze a 50 pence sized blob out and rub it over your dogs damp coat. I didn't use this on her head as I didn't want it getting near her ears, mouth or nose. The texture is thick but it spreads over the fur easily and it lathers up quickly, producing a slight foam. I left it on Pip for around 30 seconds and then rinsed it out. The shampoo is orange so I was easily able to make sure that it was all rinsed out as it was quite prominent against her dark brown fur. Using this and then rinsing it all out took under five minutes. The full results weren't obvious until we had dried her - her coat was completely clean and she smelt a lot nicer. The smell unfortunately wasn't noticeable on her fur even around an hour after we'd used it but this isn't a huge disadvantage. Considering that this is a 2-in-1 shampoo & conditioner I was expecting perhaps a slight shine to her coat which I can't say I noticed. The most important thing though is that it did clean her fur and it didn't irritate her skin, or mine.
The shampoo is suitable for dogs and puppies and I recommend it. It's effective and good value for money. There are a few very minor disadvantages but these aren't enough for me to knock a star off. I give it five out five stars.
Anyone who owns a dog or has even met a canine will know they are not the sweetest smelling of creatures. They just love to find the muddiest, stinkiest water to gallivant in and even if they don't, they do have this distinct doggie odour about them! Now this odour doesn't particularly bother myself, and I think that anyone who lives with a dog comes to accept it because there are so many benefits aside from the smell, but whenever Rufus (my English Springer Spaniel) and I go to visit my parents a bath is needed to make him as fresh as a daisy... or in this case tropical fruits, as they are rather house proud and always complain that he smells. Poor Rufus!
There are many different brands and varieties of dog shampoo, but as I needed a formula suitable for puppies and one that smelt rather good I choose this Ancol Tropical Fruits Shampoo. The bottle design is nice, simple and most importantly effective. It comes in a squeezy clear plastic bottle, so it is both easy to get the right amount to use and see how much you have left. I have managed to get every last drop out of my bottle by leaning the bottle upside down against the side of the bath, ensuring I'm not wasting any of the product I had paid for. It cost just under £3 from my local pet shop, (but can be bought online too), as the bottle states and I can confirm you get 20 washes from one bottle making it, in my opinion, very good value for money. You don't need to use much, just a 2p sized squeeze, and then you lather this all over your wet pooch, avoiding eyes and nose. It all lathers really quickly and is easily spread, releasing a pleasing tropical aroma. It also rinses out easily when you're done, and you can visibly see if you've washed it out as a) his fur is no longer orange tinted and b) there are no more suds/lather left, so I'm always confident that I've done a good enough job. I haven't had any skin issues after using the shampoo and neither has Rufus, if anything his fur is left clean, fresh and softer than before. I think this shampoo would be suited to short haired or medium haired dogs, as the lack of conditioning/conditioner could make this unsuited for longer haired types. It's worth noting that my vet only recommend that I bath Rufus once a week at most, preferably once a fortnight, as the shampoo can remove the oils from his fur and skin which help to keep himself clean and in tip-top condition.
It is very important to me that a dog shampoo is quick, easy to use and just as quick and easy to rinse out, as bath time is somewhat a struggle in my house as Rufus positively hates it - if only I had 4 hands, 2 to hold him still and 2 to lather him with shampoo! So this product is perfect as it is quick to both lather and rinse out, also been able to tell the second the product has been completely rinsed off avoids me having to subject Rufus to prolonged bath torture! I'm going to continue using Ancol shampoo products, perhaps changing to a different variety when Rufus is a little older, as they are now a brand I trust and would heartily recommend. Most importantly after using Rufus smells and looks pretty dashing, which means he can go visit granny and granddad and most crucially has a good old run in the paddock