How to Give an Outside Dog a Bath in Winter to Remove Oils

"Nope, no doggy odor here. It must be you."
Jupiterimages/ Images

Outside dogs with oily coats require cleaning in the winter to remove excess oils that lead to doggy smell and poor skin conditions. Dry or waterless dog shampoo is the secret to cleaning your pet without subjecting him to a traditional bath in cold weather. These types of shampoos contain baking soda or cornstarch to remove debris and absorb oils to leave Fido smelling fresh and clean in just a few minutes.

Step 1

Place your dog in a garage or storage shed if you have one available. Enclosures provide protection from cold winds for both you and your pooch and keeps dry shampoos from blowing in your faces.

Step 2

Brush your dog to remove any tangles and debris from his coat. Brushing him redistributes the oil from his skin onto his fur.

Step 3

Sprinkle or spray on dry dog shampoo starting behind his head and working backward to his tail. Rub the shampoo through his fur and onto his skin. Use your fingers to give him a soothing massage all over as you work the shampoo into his coat. Let the shampoo remain on him for about 10 minutes to absorb oil and odors.

Step 4

Practice some simple commands with your pooch to help time to pass and reward him with some tasty dog treats.

Step 5

Brush the dry dog shampoo out of your pet’s fur coat. Keep brushing him until you no longer see any powder falling to the ground.

Step 6

Rub your four-legged friend’s coat with a towel to buff his coat and make it shiny. Rub him in the direction that his hair grows, so as not to create tangles in his fur.

Step 7

Sweep up the excess dry shampoo with a broom and collect it in a dustpan for disposal. You can use a vacuum cleaner instead and dispose of the bag in the garbage.


  • You can apply dry dog shampoo to your pet’s head if you place it in your hand first and use a small amount. Be very careful not to get any of the shampoo in his eyes or ears.


  • It is best to dispose of excess dry shampoo in the garbage because it may contain flea dirt or eggs that come off your pet with brushing.

Items You Will Need

  • Dog brush
  • Dry dog shampoo
  • Dog treats
  • Towel
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum cleaner (optional)