Bathing your dog is an essential aspect of maintaining his grooming and hygiene.
Baths, of course, aid in removing visible dirt that your dog has accumulated during enjoyable walks and romps through natural settings. Bathing your dog’s coat not only keeps it clean but also keeps it healthy and parasite-free.
1. To begin, you’ll need to figure out where you’ll bathe your dog.
Consider the size and breed of your dog as a starting point to ensure you have space and to best select, whether to bathe your dog indoors or outdoors.
For example, a sink may be the best option for tiny dogs. However, it’s more than likely a bathtub, which can fit a variety of breed sizes.
2. Brush your dog before you bathe him/her
Matted hair traps moisture, irritating your dog’s skin. If you can’t brush or cut the mats yourself, take your dog to a professional groomer.
3. Use lukewarm water to clean
Dogs’ skin differs from ours, and they are more susceptible to burns from hot water. Therefore, the temperature of the bathwater should never be higher than that of a human baby.
Large-breed dogs, who are prone to overheating, should be kept even cooler.
4. Speak to your pet in a soothing and reassuring tone of voice
Some dogs will soon realize that you aren’t hurting them, while others will continue to hide under the kitchen table anytime you get a towel out.
5. Make use of dog shampoo
It is less drying to their skin than regular shampoo. Massage the shampoo into a nice lather all over your dog’s body, being careful not to get soap in their eyes.
6. Rinse well
Once your dog’s fur is dry, any soap left in it can hurt their skin. So rinse, rinse, then rinse some more.
A human blow-hot dryer’s air can be too hot for their skin. Instead, air dry or use a dog-specific blow drier; the lower temperatures won’t create itching or dandruff.
Bonus Instructions to Bathe a Dog
- Begin when you’re young! For example, start when your dog is a puppy and easier to manage, rather than waiting until she is fully grown to introduce her to the bath.
- Before bathing your dog, take him for a long walk. This will assist you in releasing any pent-up energy and give you and your partner some time to bond before the resistance begins.
- Dress appropriately for the work!
- During bath time, never yell or let yourself become frustrated. Bathing your dog might be a frightening experience for him, so keep calm and speak to him in a soothing tone throughout the process.
- Keep snacks on hand to help distract your pet while bathing and to reward her afterward.
- When your dog’s fur is still wet, avoid combing or brushing it.
Your Hungry Dog Will Love This Super Easy Towel Trick
Our dogs love toys, but shopping for a picky dog can be a challenge. The bottom of your toy bin is full of idle toys. And if you have a hungry dog, these toys may be torn up around the house in only a few moments.
Therefore, we don’t want to always rush out the moment your pup gets bored or rip the toys apart. But they need entertainment and exercise.
Here is an easy and simple DIY trick to create fun for your pup without dipping into your wallet or going to the pet store. You only need a towel and some food.