Doggie Bath Time
Bathing is an important part of keeping your dog healthy and looking good. Dogs don't need to be bathed as frequently as we do, but it's still something you should do at least once a month (more often if they get dirty). You'll need the right supplies for a smooth and simple experience for both of you. Just follow these steps:
Before getting your dog in the bath, make sure you have everything you'll need on hand.
Before you get your dog in the bath, make sure you have everything on hand. You'll need a bath mat and towel for drying off after their dip in the tub. A comb, brush and scissors will come in handy for grooming afterward. Shampoo and conditioner are essential for keeping fur clean and healthy; make sure it's formulated especially for dogs' skin types.
Finally, don't forget about blow dryers! They might seem like an optional accessory at first glance--but if yours has long hair or thick fur that takes forever to dry naturally then investing in one could save lots of time when cleaning up after baths later on down the road!
Gently wet your dog with warm water from a spray bottle or a cup.
Wet your dog's coat with warm water from a spray bottle or cup. Do not use cold water, as this can cause shivering, which is uncomfortable for dogs and can lead to shock. Also avoid hot water; it can burn the skin if it's too hot for you to comfortably touch.
Work the soap into a lather with your hands.
- Work the soap into a lather with your hands.
- If you have sensitive skin, use a gentle shampoo for dogs that have been recommended by your vet.
- Wash your hands before and after you wash the dog, to avoid getting soap in their eyes or mouth.
- Use a pH-neutral shampoo with an ideal 5.5 pH range (the same as human skin) so it doesn't irritate the skin further or strip away its natural oils too much (which could lead to dryness).
Tilt your dog's head back and give him or her a tender hug.
- Tilt your dog's head back and give him or her a tender hug.
- Use a towel to hold your dog's head back, if necessary. If your dog struggles to keep his or her mouth closed during bathing, it may be helpful to place the towel over their face and hold it there until they calm down enough for you to proceed with the rest of the bath.
- After rinsing off all of their body parts, dry them off with another fluffy towel so that only their fur remains damp--not soaking wet! This step helps prevent tangles in longer-haired breeds like Labradors who tend toward knots when they get too much water on them after being washed (and who doesn't love those adorable puppy faces?).
- Rinse your dog thoroughly with warm water to remove all the shampoo and conditioner, then rinse again until the water runs clear.
- Don't use cold water, as it can cause a shock to the skin and cause injury or illness. Likewise, don't use hot water because it may burn your dog's skin (and yours!).
Once you've rinsed the shampoo out of your dog's fur, it's time to towel dry. Again, don't rub! Just pat them down gently with a soft towel until they're mostly dry. If you need to speed up this process, use a blow dryer on low heat (the kind that doesn't get too hot). Remember: less is more when it comes to drying time--your pup won't thank you for making them wait around while their coat dries before getting back into bed!
Use a blow dryer if necessary to speed up the process of drying off your pup's fur.
If you're in a hurry to get your dog dried off and ready for bed, use a blow dryer on a low setting. (Make sure the dryer isn't too close to your pup's skin.) Use the brush to help speed up the process even more--just make sure not to use it so much that it irritates their skin or causes them pain!
Bathing your dog is an important part of keeping them healthy and looking good
Bathing your dog is an important part of keeping them healthy, and it can also be a lot of fun. Here are some tips to help you do it right:
- Use a mild shampoo that's designed for dogs. Don't use human shampoos or soap, because they may contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs' skin or eyes. You'll want to rinse thoroughly after applying the shampoo, as well
- Dry your dog thoroughly after bathing him/her (unless you're using a blow dryer). Make sure there's no moisture left on their fur so that he/she doesn't get cold later in the day when outside in winter conditions! Also, remember not to bathe your pooch too often - once every 6 weeks should do just fine!
Bathing your dog is an important part of keeping them healthy and looking good. If you follow these tips, you'll be able to give your pup the best bath he or she could ask for!