Before you begin bathing your dog, there are a few things you must do to prepare. Proper preparation can make the process easier for you and your dog.
Choose a Location
A bath tub is usually the easiest place to bathe your dog, though very small dogs may be bathed in a sink. If you will be using your bath at home, it might take a toll on your back and knees so consider kneeling on a cushion.
If you choose to bathe your dog outside, remember that cold water is no fun for most dogs. You may want to hook up the hot water so your dog can get a nice warm bath.
- Soft, absorbent towels. Beach towels work well for larger dogs.
- Shampoo — should be intended for dogs and soap-free. Products containing natural ingredients are often best
- Have the collar on so you have something to hold on to
- TOP TIP! Put a towel in the bottom of the bath to help stop your dog slipping and getting frightened and use LOTS of treats to make it a really pleasurable experience.
- Brushes and combs — choose the appropriate tool for your dog’s hair type
- Apron and / or old clothes — you are going to get wet!
- Some treats to give your dog as you bath him to make it a pleasanter experience.
Tip: Brush your dog out before the bath begins. Be sure to remove any tangles or matts as these are harder to deal with once your dog is wet.
1.Soak your dog from head to toe with warm water using a hand- held sprayer.
Always test the temperature on your arm before spraying your dog.Be sure to avoid the eyes and the inside of the ears.Many dogs have water resistant coats,so a thorough soaking is usually necessary to penetrate the coat.
Tip: Your dog will instinctively want to shake the water off. Keeping a hand on your dog’s head may help prevent this. Don’t wet your dog’s head till you have shampooed the rest of his body – they don’t like getting their faces wet. Avoid getting water and shampoo in his eye and ears.
- Apply shampoo to your dog’s coat. Avoid the eyes, face, and genital area. Use enough shampoo to create a lather. Apply small amounts of shampoo at a time to avoid using too much.
You can use a small bucket and sponge – fill the bucket up with water and add the shampoo and use a sponge to apply the diluted shampoo – it us quicker to get the shampoo distributed through the dog’s coat this way.
Tip: Mix two parts shampoo with one part water so a more liberal amount can be applied. Add the mixture to a spray bottle or large plastic cup for easier application. Remember to use caution around the face and eyes.
- Rub, scrub and massage your dog for several minutes. You can use your fingers, just like shampooing your own hair. Your dog will probably actually enjoy this part. Remember to clean the feet, too. Ideally, you should allow the shampoo to remain on your dog’s coat for a few minutes before rinsing. If it is a big dog by the time you get to the end you can start rinsing where you started!
Tip: You can also use a rubber tool with small nubs made especially for bathing a dog. It provides an extra massage for your dog.e.g. a Zoom groom
- Apply a stream of warm water to your dog’s coat, avoiding the eyes and ears. Thoroughly rinse all shampoo out of your dog’s coat. It is very important to remove all shampoo residue from your dog.
Tip: Do not forget to rinse the feet and any skin folds or crevices on your dog.
- If you can get your dog out doors for a good shake – stand back and let your dog have a few good shakes.
Then, towel-dry any excess water from your dog’s coat. Lay a towel on the ground and let your dog go for it. Many dogs will instinctively rub on the towel and continue to shake off the water.
If your dog tolerates it, your may want to try blow-drying. Be sure to use a dryer with very low or no heat. Only turn it up as high as your dog tolerates, and stay away from the face, eyes and ears. Once completely dry, thoroughly brush your dog out.
Congratulations — you’re done! Give your dog a treat, and you’ll probably get a nice wet kiss in return. Your dog might be a bit tuckered out, so a nap may be warranted. Put your feet up and relax, too.
How Often to Bath a Dog
If your dog’s hair is dirty with the faeces of other animals, you should clean him immediately. But it is not necessary a complete cleansing. You can leave the mud in his hair till it dries, and then brush it out. It’s not recommendable to wash the hair frequently, because it eliminates the waterproof natural agents, and tends to tarnish the skin.
If your dog is muddy you can rinse it off with plain water and towel dry.
Over shampooing will dry out your dog’s natural oils in his coat and could cause skin irritation. Regular grooming is important – every day preferably to stop matting occurring and to check that all is well with your dog’s body – even short haired dogs.
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