How To Give Your Dog A Bath
As the days become hotter, you may want to give your dog a bath more frequently to keep their coats clean and shiny. Dogs don’t share our love for long, bubbly baths, but it is necessary for their health nonetheless. And while most dogs learn to tolerate baths in time, here are some excellent tips that can help dog owners keep their furry friends fresh all year round.
1. Fill the tub with warm water
Getting your dog to be comfortable in the bathtub can be a difficult feat to accomplish, but it can be made easier if the water is warm and inviting. The bathtub should have enough water to reach your dog’s knees. Having just the right temperature water is essential for creating a welcoming and cozy bath time for your dog. This will ensure that they won’t hesitate the next time you decide to give them a bath.
2. Help your dog get familiar with the water
Gently lift them up and lower them into the water. Avoid dropping your puppy or dog as it will likely shock them and avoid baths in the future. Talk to them in a calm friendly tone and provide a treat if needed. Help them get familiar with grooming tools like the brush, comb and clippers by letting your dog smell them. Spray the water slowly on your dog’s shoulders and back to help them get familiar with the water’s temperature.
3. Avoid spraying water directly on your pet’s face
This is a no-brainer, but spraying water directly on their face can spook them. Tilt their head sideways and let the water run down their back. Clean gently with a soft washcloth to clean around their mouth, nose and eye area. Leave the inner ear alone if you don’t have explicit guidance from a veterinarian as residual water can cause ear infections.
4. Wash your dog orderly from top to bottom
Start with the top of their head, then clean their neck, chest and them wash your dog by lathering them down their back to their feet. Washing from their head to tail will ensure you clean every body part and get rid of any grime or fleas they may have accumulated since their last bath.
5. Use grooming products formulated especially for dogs
Dog shampoos, formulated especially for them, have the right pH and ingredients necessary for dogs’ sensitive skin and a shiny soft coat of hair. Work the shampoo along the line of their back and massage the lather into their coat. You can also use a soft-bristled brush to clean their paw pads.
6. Rinse carefully with warm water
Rinsing your dog should follow the same technique as lathering them up. Start from the top of their head and slowly make your way down their back to their tail and then their legs and paws. Knead and massage while rinsing them until the water runs clean.
7. Pat dry with a soft, absorbent towel
Dogs are uncomfortable when wet. Therefore, this step is very important. Use an absorbent and soft towel to remove most of the water from their coat. And if they want to shake, roll around and indulge in post-bath running, let them.
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