As a professional dog groomer we’re sure you know just how important bath time is when taking on any groom. Whether you’re grooming a Great Dane or a Chihuahua if they’re not cleaned properly in the bath, the rest of the groom can be highly difficult.

One major factor that impacts the quality of your bath time cleaning is your dog grooming shampoo! Having a poor quality grooming shampoo can lead to coats lacking softness, retaining unpleasant odours and unwanted dirt/debris.

That’s why having a high quality professional dog grooming shampoo is so important for every professional dog groomer who wants to build a reputation for high quality pet grooming.

But what makes a professional dog grooming shampoo great? Read on to find out the top things to consider when buying your next go-to dog grooming shampoo:


When it comes to finding a great professional dog grooming shampoo, concentration is something that needs to be considered. As the concentration of the shampoo will dictate how long it lasts you and how you practically apply it.

Having a shampoo with a high concentration such as 33:1 will mean you’ll be able to dilute and have a very long lasting bottle of shampoo. The only issue here is you do need to ensure that you are diluting the shampoo properly, as on its own this shampoo will be very strong and could irritate a dog’s skin.

That is why with our concentrated shampoo we usually go for a 20:1 dilution ratio. This slightly lower level of concentration allows our professional dog grooming shampoos to be used neat or diluted. Meaning they strike a happy middle ground between cost effectiveness and efficiency.

If you’re interested in checking out any of our professional dog grooming shampoos you can find them here.


Some professional dog grooming shampoos actually contain ingredients that can irritate a dog’s skin. That’s why another important thing to consider when buying a new dog grooming shampoo is to take a close look at the ingredients list.

Some ingredients that should be avoided in any dog shampoo you buy are: Alcohol, Parabens, Phosphates and Dyes. These to name a few are harsh ingredients that are often used to cut costs when it comes to mass producing shampoos. In some cases these ingredients can lead to a dog’s skin becoming irritated, so we recommend you avoid them.

As a general rule of thumb it’s good to look for professional dog grooming shampoos that are certified vegan friendly. Then you know that most (if not all) of the ingredients will be derived naturally from plants. These all natural ingredients contain less irritants than artificial chemicals and will lead to a better washing experience.

At Groomarts each of our professional dog grooming shampoos is certified vegan-friendly so if you’re looking for your next irritant-free shampoo you can find ours here.

Shampoo Type

When looking for a professional dog grooming shampoo, it’s important to consider the different types of shampoos that are available. As the different types of shampoos will all shine in different grooming situations.

Some of the different types of shampoos you can find are:

Deep Clean Shampoo –

Deep Clean professional dog grooming shampoos serve as a great go to for most of the baths you’ll take on a professional groomer. Offering a thorough clean, removing unwanted dirt and unpleasant odours.

When finding your next deep clean shampoo we recommend looking for one that is enhanced with Vitamin B5. Vitamin B5 is a naturally occurring substance that does wonders for a dog’s coat. Making coats extra soft to the touch and giving them a healthy shine.

Our Deep Clean Shampoo contains vitamin B5 and has a lovely avocado and aloe vera scent. If you’re interested in checking it out you can find it here!

Whitening Shampoo –

Whitening shampoo is another staple of the professional grooming bath time experience. With whitening shampoo being an essential tool you use to deal with all the brighter coated dogs that you groom. It uses either natural or unnatural ingredients to brighten lighter coats and leave them with a brand new shine.

Personally we recommend steering clear of any whitening shampoos that use unnatural ingredients to lighten coats. As these shampoos can often contain dying agents, which whilst making the coat shine brighter, damage the dog’s coat in the long run.

When it comes to our whitening shampoo we went for an all natural set of whitening ingredients. Including Vitamin B5 and Argan Oil, which are both proven to add shine to coats and draw out the natural brightness that may have previously faded.

If you’re interested in our professional whitening shampoo, it smells like fresh blueberries and you can find it here!

Sensitive Shampoo –

Sensitive dog grooming shampoo is made with dog’s with sensitive skin in mind. It is often odourless (as to cause less irritation) and contains moisturising agents that help soothe the skin whilst you wash.

As this is shampoo you will be using on your most sensitive clients, we recommend once again that you go for one that is made with natural ingredients. These natural ingredients help reduce the risk of aggravating sensitive skin with any unfriendly chemicals.

In our professional dog shampoo for sensitive dogs we use Oatmeal and hydrolysed wheat proteins as a natural moisturising agent. This allows this delicate shampoo to moisturise sensitive skin whilst avoiding irritation.

If you’re interested in our Oatmeal Professional Dog Grooming shampoo you can find it here.

In Conclusion:

The shampoo you choose to use as a professional dog groomer has a big impact on the quality of your grooms. You don’t want a poor quality shampoo letting you down in the bathroom, making the rest of your groom that much harder.

Investing in a high quality shampoo is an important step to becoming an effective pet groomer. Although the prices can be high for a good quality shampoo, a lot of suppliers (including us!) offer a subscription service where you can save big on shampoo and never run out of stock.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to comment below!


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