I have noticed that a lot of people have been asking me how to bathe their dog properly and efficiently. I understand that some of you may be having a hard time bathing your dogs, especially when your pet is not very fond of water. So here are a few tips to help you bathe your dirty dog.
Getting Your Things Ready
You can't go to war without your battle gear. That may sound a bit exaggerated but it still applies in your daily life, even when it comes to bathing your dogs. You will just end up having a hard time giving your dog a bath when you haven't prepared yourself for it, so make sure you do the following things first.
If you're going to bathe your dog inside your house, make sure that all the surroundings in your bathroom are secured. You need to prepare a bath mat, so that you or your dog won't slip in case water splashes around. (Or more likely WHEN water splashes around!) You can also try putting some plastic bags like a garbage bag, around the floor, it's not necessary, but it will definitely save you time when cleanup time arises. And it may also protect your other stuff from getting wet.
Prepare the water for your dog. Usually dog's really don't mind if the water is cold or warm, but it's better to use warm water to make him comfortable. Make sure you run the water before your dog enters it. Sometimes when a dog hears running water they immediately get scared and won't enter the bathtub, so you should make sure you do this before he enters the tub. If you don't have a detachable showerhead, you can prepare a pitcher if your dog is large or a cup if your dog is small. This is what you will use to pour water on your pet. Put cotton balls in his ears (not too deep) to prevent water from entering them.
Bathing Your Dog
Before you put your dog in the tub, make sure to brush his hair first. It would be better to brush your dog's hair to prevent it from matting. Sometimes matting can get worse if you wet their coat and apply shampoo or conditioner, so it is essential for you to brush his coat first before getting him wet.
You are now ready to put him in the tub. Start pouring water on his head first before proceeding to pour water on his body. Make sure you avoid his eyes and nose. Apply shampoo on your dog. (Do not use human shampoo; there are dog shampoos for a reason, so make sure to use a dog shampoo.) Make sure not to get any shampoo in the eyes and nose so your dog won't feel irritated. Start lathering his coat from the neck, to his body, his undercoat and legs, and down to his tail. Make sure you have your hand on your dog to prevent him from shaking the lather off.
Use the pitcher or the cup to rinse your dog off, make sure to cover his eyes and nose. Start pouring from his head and then to his body. Make sure to wash all of the shampoo from his body. This may take several rinsings. After giving your dog a rinse you can now get him out of the tub. Let him shake off the excess water, and have your towel ready to dry him off. You can let your dog dry in the sun, keeping him in an enclosed container to prevent him from running back on the dirt. However if there is no sun, you can just towel dry your dog, or you can use a blow dryer. Please take note: Do not put the blower on hot or high, and avoid putting the dry-blower too near to your dog. And now you have a clean, beautiful dog!
Christina Graham has been a veterinarian surgery tech and/or dog groomer for over 15 years. And in those years has gained an invaluable knowledge regarding all aspects of dogs. That's why she created The Daily Pooch, a daily blog dedicated to dog lovers. She posts regular updates on all aspects of your dog's life from training to health and nutrition and everything in between. Head over to TheDailyPooch.com to see what it's all about.