Best 7 Tips on how to give a dog a bath
Here are the Best 7 Tips on how to give a dog a bath, Bathing a dog may be both enjoyable and challenging. Even the most untrained dogs will frequently be exceptionally well-behaved when they are given a wash. Dogs can comprehend that you’re assisting them with grooming, and they appreciate it greatly! If you are an expert dog bather, you may find an entire blog post about how to bathe a dog a bit ludicrous. For a first-time dog wash giver, understanding what to expect and how to prepare can make the process less scary, and soon they will be an excellent dog bath giver as well. Here are a few easy procedures to ensure that your dog cleaning event is successful.
Determine the site where you will administer the bath. If you do not have a yard or live in an apartment, it will likely be in your bathtub or shower. If you have a large, flat kitchen sink with a faucet that you can move completely out of the way, you can use a kitchen sink for a small dog (less than 10 pounds). Even if you have a backyard, bathing a dog with cold water from a hose is not enjoyable for either of you except on the hottest days. You’re going to likely be getting very wet too! However, if you only have a tub, this is sometimes the only option for a dog that is too large for you to pick up. You cannot anticipate a large dog to leap into the tub!
- Dog brush
- Canine-safe shampoo
- Dog-safe conditioner (optional)
- A shower nozzle (see below), a plastic bowl, or a large cup to scoop water from the bathtub for wetting and rinsing.
If you intend to routinely bathe your dog at home, having a spray nozzle on the end of a hose connected to your faucet, so you can spray your dog with just the proper temperature water to wet and rinse them, greatly simplifies bath time!
It is good to have someone hold the dog while you bathe it so that it does not jump out of the tub. If you cannot find a helping hand, bathe them while they are wearing their harness or leash so you have greater control; but, you will be bathing them one-handed, so it will take longer!
How to bathe your dog in the bathtub:
- Brush your dog. If your dog has longer hair, ensure that it is clear of tangles. Once matted areas become moist, they become tough to brush away.
- Adjust the water temperature in the shower or tub to warm, not hot. As warm as you would provide for a human infant. If you do not have a spray nozzle, fill the tub to a maximum of six inches, even for a large dog. More water generally results in more mess! You don’t want your dog to feel compelled to swim, so make sure the water level is low enough that it doesn’t reach their tummy when they stand in it.
- Ensure that you have all necessary items in the bathroom. Bring your dog into the toilet and shut the door. Put your puppy into the water by picking them up. Many compliments on how well they are performing!
- Using the spray nozzle or the plastic cup, thoroughly wet their fur. Use damp hands to wet the fur on their ears and cheeks; do not pour water over their head.
- Shampoo: Pour a small amount of shampoo for dogs into your hand. Starting with less is preferable in order to reduce the amount of rinsing required! Start by lathering their tail. You may frequently work the shampoo foam through their fur, allowing you to use less. To clean their ears and face, wipe your hand over the exterior of their ears (never the interior) and their face, avoiding their eyes by a large margin.
- Rinse: Using the nozzle spray or scooping water from the tub’s bottom, rinse all shampoo from the hair.
- Lift them out of the tub and dry them with a towel. You’re all done, you have a clean puppy! Now you only have to clean the tub
What about the blow drying process? Dogs dislike the sounds of a blow dryer tremendously. But if your dog is older, a puppy, or otherwise prone to feeling cold and your home is cool, you may want to dry them with a hair drier set to medium (not hot) and blown from approximately 2 feet away from their fur while running your fingers over the fur to ensure it is not getting too hot. You can also engage them in vigorous play (run around the coffee table!) to increase their body temperature.
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