Rosco came in to get cleaned up after recovering from an ear infection. Ear infections are just sooo common in dogs, I think there will be a lot of people that can relate to this: .....the greasy hair that is left from the medicine. You shampoo it, and it stays. You shampoo it again, and yet....it stays, greeeeasy.
Rosco's right ear and surrounding area were like this when he came in, even though he'd had three baths at home since he'd recovered.
You want to know what works? Okay, I'll tell you. Before wetting the hair down, use the shampoo concentrate straight on the dry hair. I discovered this trick after I was working with my husband on something mechanical (I can't imagine what, I don't remember) but the thing was my hands were black and greasy. I got my hands wet and then used a dollop of that Fast Orange industrial cleaner that mechanics use and tried to wash it all off. It didn't work. Then my husband told me it only works if you don't wet your hands, but put the cleaner straight on the grease, scrub like heck, and THEN rinse. Well really. This does make a lot of sense. Oil and water don't mix!
Ever since I've been bathing greasy fur by putting the soap on the dry fur and it works wonders to get rid of the grease. I used to use a bit of dishsoap on the first shampoo (I always shampoo twice), and that works too, but now I only do that if absolutely necessary. I only used the dishsoap on medicated grease on ears, not on the body of a dog that has a greasy coat, just to clarify.
So, as you can see by the large size photo of the oh so cute Rosco above, his right ear came out beautifully, after I just used the straight shampoo on the dry fur. Happy Tails.