Giving Your Dog A Bath
When your dog is visibly dirty or smelly, it’s time for a bath! Follow these tips for a successful bath that won’t leave you soaking wet!
- Start Soon. Get your dog used to bathing by starting early, and praising him as much as possible.
- Make it a Family Affair. Recruit another family member keep the dog calm while you wash him, or make bath time a responsibility-builder for the kids.
- Pick a Spot. Big dogs need bathtubs, while sinks are perfect for puppies and small dogs. A hose or a kiddie pool in the backyard work great in the summer, too.
- Get a Grip. Giving your dog something to grip on to, like a rubber mat, will make him more secure.
- Make it Fun. Like kids, your dog is more likely to cooperate at bath time if he’s having fun. Toss his favorite toy in the tub, or just give him lots of love!
- Avoid a Chase. Gather all of your supplies pre-bath, and never leave your dog unattended. Trust us, chasing a wet dog around the house is no fun for anyone involved.
- Wet Him Down. Use lukewarm water, and save your dog’s head for last to minimize his desire to shake.
- Scrub-a-Dub. Massage a specially formulated dog shampoo into your dog’s coat.
- Rinse Well. Don’t get water in his ears or eyes! Make sure you don’t leave any shampoo behind because just like humans, it will leave your dog’s skin dry, flaky and itchy.
- Steer Clear of the Shake. After a bath, dogs love to shake dry. To avoid water on your walls, toss a towel over your dog and dry thoroughly.
- Stay Warm & Dry. If the weather is cold, keep your dog indoors until he’s fully dry. You can speed up the process with a hair dryer on a warm or cool setting.
- Not Too Often. Dogs don’t need baths as often as the human members of your family. Bathing too frequently removes the essential oils his coat needs to stay soft and silky.
Brush your dog regularly between baths to keep his hair from getting tangled or matted.