When it comes to bathing your dog at home, you can find two possibilities, that everything goessmoothly, or on the contrary, that it is a nightmare because your friend does not like it.
If he does not like it, it may be due to various reasons, they are afraid, he does not want to get wet, they are scared by the noise of the water, or because you do not do it in a way that is pleasant for them.
In our desire to offer useful information, we want to try with this post that bathing your dog is an activity to enjoy and not to fear.
Bathing your dog: a step-by-step guide
Getting ready: things to keep in mind BEFORE bathing your dog
Before you start, make sure you have everything you need, shampoo, brush, towels, etc. It is better that you do not leave your dog alone in the water to find something that you forgot, especially if you are bathing them in your house (we don’t need to tell you what you can find when you return).
A good idea is to have your prizes on hand. If you reward her good behavior in the bathtub, she will learn that the bath is “wow” and it will stay still, letting you do your job better.
A good brushing before wetting the furry dog helps to remove dead hair and the most superficial dirt. It also facilitates later tasks and prevents the accumulation of hair in the pipes in case you bathe in the bathtub at home.
The most suitable temperature will always be warm, even in winter.
If you use a hose or shower, and your dog is easily scared, try not to use too much pressure with the water not to make noise, and do not turn on the tap suddenly, better to do it little by little.
To wet the dog, start with the legs, from bottom to top. We will wet the body from the neck to the tail, leaving the head for the end of the bath. You must take care not to get water in your ears to avoid inflammation.
When you are not using the water, close the tap so as not to waste a single drop.
Once wet, apply shampoo.
Use special shampoos for dogs, do not use human shampoos, other soaps, or specific shampoos such as flea shampoo if you do not have this problem.
Depending on the size of your dog and the length of its hair, you will need a certain amount of shampoo. It is best to apply a small amount, and add more if you think necessary, since if you add too much, it will cost you too much to rinse it.
Apply the shampoo from your back to the rest of your body and rub gently but with some energy to remove dirt. Finally, you must pass the shampoo over her head, being very careful with the ears and eyes.
To clarify it, you must take your dog by the muzzle and pour water from the head to the back. In this way, it will spread to her back. You must repeat this process as many times as necessary and make sure that no trace of shampoo remains in her hair so that you will not cause irritation or other skin problems.
Drying your dog after bathing
You’ve already washed it, and now it’s time to dry it. Your dog will probably shake themself when you stop pouring water on them. If you are inside the house, put a towel over it to avoid losing everything. First, dry it well with the towel and be especially careful with the ears.
If you use a hairdryer, do not use hot air and keep a safe distance from your skin and especially your ears. There are special dryers for dogs that make less noise and do not heat the air as much.
Remember that you should brush your dog frequently if you want the effect of the bath to last longer and not shed as much hair.
If you think that you are not going to know or you simply do not want to, you can take it to a dog groomer or vet for a bath. They have the experience and everything you need to leave your dog perfectly groomed.
Finally, keep in mind that you cannot bathe your dog daily. This would do more harm than good. In a future article, we will discuss this and other topics related to the bathroom of our furry friends.