Grooming products for pampered pooches

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From gentle shampoo to toothpaste, these treatments will help keep your dog’s coat glossy and tail wagging

Person brushing Afgan Hound’s hair Gently does it: whether Afghan Hound or short-haired terrier, choose a shampoo formulated for dogs. Photograph: Rainer Elstermann/Getty ImagesGently does it: whether Afghan Hound or short-haired terrier, choose a shampoo formulated for dogs. Photograph: Rainer Elstermann/Getty Images

Sun 18 Jul 2021 01.30 EDT

How often should I wash my dog? Some experts say once a week is fine (good luck if you have a Pyrenean Mountain Dog), others say every three months and some say never wash a dog unless it’s really dirty. So I guess the answer is not straightforward. Whatever you do, the key is to be gentle. Use a wash specifically formulated for dogs, something that won’t irritate their skin and ideally that leaves them smelling halfway decent – until they roll in fox poo. Thankfully, there’s also a shampoo for that.

1. Animology Fox Poo Shampoo £5.50, animology.co.uk
2. Kiehl’s Cuddly Coat Grooming Shampoo £20, kiehls.co.uk
3. Green People All Paws Sensitive Shampoo £14, greenpeople.co.uk
4. OUAI Fur Bébé Pet Shampoo £25, harrods.com
5. Aesop Animal Wash £27, aesop.com

I can’t do without… Scented diffusers to keep the house smelling fresh

I didn’t grow up with pets (I don’t think the dead spider I buried – paper gravestone and all – outside our house, aged five, counts). So I knew very little about dogs. But I did know this: I wanted a dog that wouldn’t wake up one day and decide to eat the children; I wanted a dog that doesn’t shed uncontrollably; and I wanted a dog that doesn’t smell. My last desire was futile. All dogs smell. I have come to terms with this. My home smelling of dog, however, is not something I embrace. I have childhood memories of going into homes where everything would smell of dog. Including the owner. I never wanted to be that person. So what to do? When we inherited our first dog, Oscar, my candle obsession went into overdrive. I did buy a dog deodorising spray, but Oscar hated it and our more recent dog, Flash, runs a mile at the sight of it. Extra baths are an option, but they encourage him to roll around in more filth. Recently, I discovered diffusers. Yes I know they have been around for ages, but I’d always associated them with cheap, nauseating, badly concocted potions. This new range from Jo Malone London, however, is exquisite. They come in a chic porcelain pot and the wonderfully fresh scents – there are a few to choose from – last four months. Which means, while your dog might smell from time to time, your house won’t. Jo Malone London Fresh Fig and Cassis Diffuser, £120, jomalone.com

On my radar… Best buys for Fido’s skin, hair, teeth and breath

Breathe easy Developed by pharmacists and vets, this neutrally scented toothpaste will keep your dog’s teeth, gums and breath in tiptop condition. Lila Loves It, Liladent Dog Toothpaste, £9.50, aurora pets.co.uk

Pride and groom The soft flex teeth on these brushes gently detangle fur and remove dead skin flakes without irritating your dog. So no more brush biting while you try to groom. Pet Teezer Brushes, from £10, petteezer.com

Paws for thought A soothing antibacterial ointment works for sores and cracks – particularly on paws. So if you’ve had a long walk or your pooch has a dry skin, dab a little on. Snooboos Paw Balm, £12, snoo boos.com

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