How to give a dog a bath
Sometimes, your dog will need to shower. While that may not sound like a big deal, it is not always an obvious thing. There are many things you need to know. Sometimes, your dog will need to shower. While that may not sound like a big deal, it is not always an obvious thing. There are number of things you need to know.
If your dog is rolling in something terrible in the woods, becomes dirty or stinky, or just needs a bath, here’s what to do:
Collect your supplies:
Before you take a bath, you’ll need to collect the following items and make them ready for use nearby:
Brush and comb suitable for your dog’s layer
Light shampoo for dogs (do not use human shampoo, which contains the wrong pH for dogs) from your veterinarian or pet shop
Clean the ear of your veterinarian
With many dogs, the bathroom becomes easier with a handheld shower head. Otherwise, use a large jar.
You will get wet and soap along with your dog, even wear old clothes. If the summer days are warm, the outdoor bathtub will be fine. Keep in mind warming up the water bucket if it is not really hot, so the dog does not feel cold.
Brush your dog
Before putting your dog in the tub, clean his coat to remove any tangles. If this tangle becomes wet, it will be difficult to remove it.
Place the dog in the tub
If you use a tub, place the dog in it. You may need an assistant to prevent her from jumping while bathing. Most dogs feel safer if you put a rubber mat at the bottom of the bathtub, so it is not very slippery.
Wet your dog
Get a dog wet with warm water (not hot!). So you feel easy when bathing, it may be perfect to avoid soaping her head completely. Some shampoos may need to increase the contact time specified by your veterinarian. Make sure that your dog does not lick shampoo during this time.
Rinse your dog thoroughly
Using an ejector or hand-held shower head, rinse the dog well. Be especially careful to rinse your armpits and thighs. Thick coats will require many rinsing operations. Rub dog dog between your fingers. If you see bubbles or feel it is slippery, you need to rinse more. Soap in the coat will cause dryness of the skin, irritation, so rinse all hair feels clean.
Dry your dog
Let the dog shake in the sink, then start drying it with a towel. Depending on the size of the dog and the thickness of its coat, you may pass several towels. In cold days, with young or old dogs, or if your dog has a long fur that intertwines easily, you will also need to use a hair dryer. You should be careful because it is easy to burn the skin. Keep the hair dryer low and move it in a round-trip motion. Put your hand between the dryer and the skin – if it is too hot on your hand, it is too hot for the dog! Sometimes stop to double check the skin and make sure it is not too hot. Brush the coat as you dry to speed up the process and prevent tangles.
Clean your dog’s ears
Finally, clean your dog’s ears with a drying solution (see your veterinarian to determine which is better for your dog) to remove any water that may have been entered. Place a small amount of detergent in your dog’s ears, rub it, let the dog shake, and then wipe the rest with cotton balls.
When should a bath be done by the professional?
Your dog should take a nurse to the bathroom if she has a lot of mats or tangle that she can not clean or if the dog objects to your bathroom and you have safety concerns.
How much should your dog be bathed?
In general, you want to try not to shower your dog more than once a month. Lots of showers can dry your dog’s skin and create problems.
However, if your dog is dirty, you may need more frequent showers in the short term. Some dogs only need to bathe twice a year. Your veterinarian may recommend your baths more frequently for some skin conditions.