Bathing your dog is important for the health of his coat and skin and also a wonderful bonding experience. Bathing from an early age, helps them getting used to it. the ASPCA recommends bathing your dog at least once every three months, but some may require more frequent baths if he or she spends a lot of time outdoors or has skin problems.
Your dog’s skin is very sensitive, always use good quality, the best dog shampoos specifically formulated for dogs. Human shampoos aren’t toxic to pets, but some may contain fragrances or other substances that can irritate your pet’s skin.
For dogs prone to dry, greasy, infections or itchy skin, It’s always smart to talk with your dog’s veterinarian to make sure you’re selecting a shampoo that will meet your dog’s needs. You might use conditioners if your dog has dry hair. Most dog’s conditioners are leave-in and can be applied as the coat is drying.
Some dogs might get a bit nervous about bathing. Try to calm him down with treats and tons of praise
Where to bath your dog depends mostly on the dog’s size. Small breeds can be bathed in the sink, baby bath. Large dogs can be bathed outdoors or the bathtub.
While bathing your dog, always check his nails, teeth, ears and skin. Look for lumps and bumps, abrasions, feel your pet all over.
Be patient. Some dogs are more difficult than others. Make it a friendly experience for you and your dog to bond.
Be patient. Some dogs are more difficult than others. Make it a bonding experience for you and your dog. Gather everything you need before the bath, shampoo, towels, the cotton balls etc …
- Give your dog a good brushing to remove all dead hair and mats, and then put him in a tub or sink that’s been filled with about three to four inches of lukewarm water.
- Protect your dog’s ears by placing a large cotton ball in each ear until the bath is over. This helps prevent infections and irritations
- Use a spray hose, large plastic pitcher or an unbreakable cup to completely wet your dog.
- Do not spray or pour water directly in his ears, eyes or nose.
- Wash from the neck down. You can accomplish this using a bucket or cup to wet your dog or using a sprayer. You can find sprayers specifically designed for bathing your dog.
- Avoid shampooing your pet’s head altogether by simply using a wet washcloth to gently remove any dirt or debris from his or her face.
- Rinse, repeat, rinse. Any soap left can irritate his skin once he’s dry
- Squeeze as much water as you can out of the coat, then absorb more water with a towel
- Do not use regular blow dryers. They are too hot for your dog’s skin and the noise might be uncomfortable. Try air drying his coat or get a blow dryer designed for dogs. It’s lower temperatures won’t cause itching or dandruff
Note: To remove salt, mud or paint, apply any vegetable or mineral oil to the affected area and let it sit for at least 24 hours. Then, wash away with soap and water.
Finishing the bath, always reward your dog with tons of praises, petting or play.
Bathing helps keep your dog’s skin and coat clean, healthy, and free of parasites. Some dogs need more frequent baths than others, depending on their coat and how quickly they get grimy.
Remain calm and be assertive while washing your dog. Make this another opportunity for bonding and to share affection.
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