Bathing Your Dog

Here are some washing and bathing tips for your cats and dogs.

Firstly, fill the tub or sink with warm water before you bring in your dog as some dogs do not react well to the sound of gushing water.

Use our four-towel approach by having one towel on the bottom of the tub to provide traction and to prevent slipping. The second towel is your antishake towel that you drape over your wet dog to prevent them from soaking you and the walls (before rinsing or between washes). The third and fourth towels are for drying your dog.

It’s also a good idea to position some steel wool in the drain to prevent hair clogging as well as ensuring all your supplies are easily accessible and within reach

Remember to brush your dog before their bath, helping the shampoo get deep into the coat and to work out any mats before they get set in by the water.

It is also a very good idea to prepare your dog’s eyes and ears. Your vet can recommend a good and bland eye ointment that you can apply pre-bath to eliminate doggy tears. For their ears, place a small piece of cotton wool in each of your dog’s ear canals to prevent water from entering the ear canal (remember to remove these after the bath and don’t put them in too deep).

Lead your dog to the tub, using a leash if necessary and place them in making sure that you then wet your dog down to the skin. Begin shampooing at the neck and work your way down their body to their tail and toes. Once your dog has been sufficiently shampooed up, drain the tub’s water and then rinse, rinse and rinse with tap water until all the shampoo has been removed.

Remember that you can reduce shedding by loosening ready-to-shed fur in the tub with a brush. This will also work the shampoo deeper into your dog’s coat while providing a nice bonus massage at the same time.

As a rule, dogs dislike the smell of shampoo. To dogs, mint, pine and citrus just aren’t as appealing as the smell of rotting stuff. To prevent an immediate muddying of your hard work, don’t let your dog outside until he’s completely dry — or he’ll roll in the muck before you can say, “Oh, no!

Cover your dog with your third towel and use your last towel to dry the face, then the ears and then the feet. If you dog doesn’t mind the noise, blow-drying is an option but you must be sure to use the cooler heat setting.

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