Dry Shampoo for Dogs: How to Use, Benefit & More 

How to Use Dry Shampoo for Dogs?

As devoted dog parents, we always want what's best for our furry, four-legged companions. Keeping our dogs clean and well-groomed is not only essential for their health but also for their happiness. However, traditional baths can sometimes be a challenging task, especially if your dog dislikes water or has sensitive skin. Or if you are somewhere without access to water, which happens a lot! This is where dry shampoo for dogs comes to the rescue. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore everything you need to know about using dry dog shampoo (also known as waterless shampoo) for your canine friends.

What is Dry Shampoo?

Dog dry shampoo, also referred to as dry shampoo for dogs, is a waterless grooming product designed to refresh and clean your dog's coat without the need for a full bath. Pet parents love it! Dry dog shampoos typically come in the form of a powder, foam or spray that you can apply directly to your dog's fur. The dry shampoo ideally absorbs excess oil and dirt, leaving your dog's coat looking and feeling fresh.

Pet Owners Love THE MANE TAME Waterless, Foaming Shampoo for Dogs

THE MANE TAME is light, foamy and super easy to use. No water necessary. A quick and surprisingly thorough way to extend the life of a groom or just freshen up a coat that’s been around the block just a few times too many.

Why is it different?

  • It’s made with natural oils and clean ingredients (no harsh chemicals)
  • It doesn’t need to be rinsed out
  • It dries very quickly
  • It does not leave behind any sticky residue or film
  • It removes excess oils from your dog (or cat's) coat
  • The scent comes from natural, essential oils and is both refreshing and addicting!
  • It cleanses the coat AND moisturizes the hair follicles at the same time
  • It’s a natural deodorizer
  • It can be used as needed
  • It's gentle on a dog's skin
  • It is suitable for puppies AND dogs with sensitive skin or skin sensitivities

Know a kitty who could also use a little somethin’ somethin’? THE MANE TAME waterless shampoo is great for cats too. Quick and effective—they'd never admit it, but they'll feel anew. just pump THE MANE TAME into your hand (for cats and small dogs the size of an egg, for bigger dogs, a couple of eggs).

How to Use PRIDE+GROOM’s Waterless, Foaming Shampoo on a Dog's Coat?

Pump THE MANE TAME into your hand. Use a lot or a little depending on what you are trying to accomplish. For face and paws pump a small amount onto a washcloth or fingertips. Massage around the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, and paws (avoid direct contact with eyes, obviously).

For more of a full body clean up, a few pumps of THE MANE TAME into your palm or directly down the back of your dog should do the trick but keep going if you want more. Massage into the dog’s coat with THE BATH BRUSH. No need to rinse as there is no water needed and it will not leave a sticky residue, but feel free to also grab THE TOWEL from PRIDE+GROOM and get your fluff on.

Is Dry Shampoo For Dogs Safe?

Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, women used dry shampoo powders made from talc, magnesium carbonate, and artificial fragrance for quick “touch-ups.” These dry shampoos went out of vogue in the mid 1970s after talcum powder and asbestos were linked to mesothelioma (lung cancer).

Dry shampoo has recently surged in popularity as both a time and water saver. This trend has of course infiltrated the pet market with a multitude of formulations. These formulations aren’t the clay (Fuller’s earth) powders used throughout the 15th to 18th centuries or the rice and iris powders from the 20th century. They can be anything from starch and talcum powders to sprays, gels, and even foams.

THE MANE TAME tops any of the other waterless or dry pet shampoos on the market, simply because it is “FREE OF SULPHATES, PARABENS, SILICONES, TOXINS, DYES, AND GLUTEN.”

Find the full ingredient list here.

Can You Use Human Dry Shampoo on Dogs?

This is a very common question that arises, and it's important to understand that human shampoos and dry shampoos are formulated for human hair, not for dogs. Using human dry shampoos on dogs can be harmful due to significant differences in their skin pH levels and coat compositions when compared to humans.

Dogs have a more alkaline skin pH,while humans typically have an acidic pH. Applying human dry shampoos to dogs may disrupt the natural balance of their skin, leading to irritation and potential skin issues. The ingredients in human dry shampoos may not be suitable for canine skin and could cause allergic reactions or other adverse effects

How Often Can I Use Waterless Shampoo On My Dog? 

The frequency of dry shampooing your dog depends on their activity level, coat type, and overall cleanliness. Generally, using dry shampoo as needed and in between baths/grooming is considered safe for most dogs. However, if your dog gets particularly dirty or smelly, it's best to give them a proper bath using coat-specific shampoo.

Oprah’s Favorite Things

In 2023, Oprah chose THE MANE TAME waterless foaming shampoo as one of her very favorite things as part of THE TOOL KIT set, which also includes THE BATH BRUSH and THE BALM.

“This set proves handy, especially between grooming appointments, and features a foamy, waterless shampoo, bath brush, and protective balm. These are safe for humans, so you can treat your fur baby like you would yourself.” - Oprah Winfrey

Choosing The Best Dry Shampoo For Dogs

Choosing the best dog dry shampoo can feel daunting, but here are some things to consider as you choose. 👇

  • Ingredients: Always check the ingredient list and avoid products that contain harmful chemicals, sulfates, parabens, or artificial fragrances (tip: formaldehyde, phthalates, and propylene glycol are chemicals that can be toxic to dogs if ingested or absorbed through the skin.). Opt for natural ingredients that will not cause skin irritation.
  • Suitability for Your Dog's Coat Type: Different dry shampoos cater to various coat types, such as short, long, curly, or double-coated. Choose one that matches your dog's specific coat. THE MANE TAME is suitable for all coat types.
  • Cleaning Ability: Read reviews and product descriptions to ensure the dry shampoo effectively removes dirt and excess oil from your dog's coat.
  • Scent: Some dry shampoos come with pleasant scents to keep your dog smelling fresh. However, be cautious if your dog has allergies or is sensitive to fragrances. Some dry shampoos, like ours, are actually made with dog-safe essential oils and natural ingredients which lead to a shiny coat and healthy skin.
  • Ease of Application: Depending on your dog's temperament and your application preferences, you will want to choose a product that is easy to apply. THE MANE TAME easily pumps into your hand allowing you to apply it on a wet or dry dog and towel dry or brush it through. It will make your home grooming process much easier.
  • Vet Recommendations: Consult your veterinarian for product recommendations tailored to your dog's individual needs.


In conclusion, dry shampoo for dogs offers a convenient and effective solution for maintaining their cleanliness between baths. By understanding how to properly use it, pet owners can minimize stress for their furry friends while keeping them fresh and odor-free. The benefits of dry shampoo extend beyond hygiene, providing relief for dogs with sensitive skin or mobility issues. However, it's crucial to choose products specifically formulated for dogs and to follow usage instructions carefully to ensure safety and effectiveness. With proper care and attention, dry shampoo can be a valuable addition to any pet care routine, promoting the well-being of our beloved canine companions.