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Make Bathing Your Dog Easier with These Tips and Tools
Try out some of these tips and products and bathing your dog will no longer be a struggle!
Dogs love to get down and dirty! Unfortunately for dog owners, that means bathing your dog is a task you can’t avoid forever. More often than not, bath time with your pup can be quite the water-logged struggle! The good news is, most vets recommend bathing your dog once a month, but be sure to check with your vet about your particular pooch. Some dogs with oily coats could need a bath as frequently as once a week. Whenever the time comes, here are some tips to make bathing your dog more manageable.
Associate Rewards with the Bath
Just like you do with their crate, their potty training, and more, rely on the positive association with treats. Reward your pup when they go into the bath or shower and if they need a push, use treats to coax them in there.
Use a Dog Shampoo and Conditioner
Share your love, not your bath products, with your dog. There are specially formulated shampoos and conditioners -- we’re fans of any with oatmeal in it -- for dogs that won’t dry their skin out. It may be helpful to dilute the shampoo in a bowl of water so it’s easier to spread over your dog's fur. Before you shampoo, brush your dog’s hair and make that a weekly habit, bath or not. This way, they’ll become accustomed to it. Add conditioner into your dog’s bathing routine, and they’ll look and smell great!
Lukewarm Water is Best.
Hot water could be harmful to your pup’s skin and could potentially burn them. Just like a baby, go for lukewarm water. Not too cold, not too hot, just right!
Be Cautious with a Hairdryer.
It may be tempting to use your blow dryer on your pup, but you should avoid using any of the high-heat settings. If you choose to use one, throughout the week, blow cold air on your dog, to get them more comfortable with the sound and sensation. Better yet, invest in a blow dryers made specifically for dogs.
Towel-drying your pup is another safe option. Do your best to keep your dog in the shower or bathtub when you dry them, so that when they shake their fur out, you won’t soak your entire bathroom. There are particular towels just for this, that will help absorb most of the moisture.
A Shower Attachment Is a Must-Have
If you don’t have a shower attachment, you are missing out! Being able to control the water will comfort your pooch, and make your life easier. Using the shower attachment will startle your dog less than having a full stream of water on them.
If you have someone who can help you wash your dog, it will alleviate some of the difficulties. With one of you comforting your dog and gently, but firmly, holding them in place, the other one of you can use the shower attachment to do the washing.
Use a Washcloth for the Face and Cotton Balls in Their Ears
Once you’ve washed your pup’s body, move onto their face. Lightly place cotton balls in your dog’s ears to prevent water from getting into their ear canals. Then, wash off any eye gunk with a wet washcloth, no soap needed (since even the gentlest of soaps can still irritate the eyes). Afterwards, dip the washcloth into a bowl of shampoo and water, and gently wipe their face with it. Rinse the washcloth, and wipe down their face again.
Prep for the Groomer with an Electric Toothbrush
If you prefer to take your dog to a groomer, or are looking to splurge on occasion, we’ve got a tip to get them prepared for the sights and sounds; using an electric toothbrush, run it slightly above their body. Repeat often. This sound is similar to that of the electric clippers or scissors a groomer will use.
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